Moose Blood: Live in Atlanta

On Friday, March 3, Moose Blood’s 2017 North American tour featuring support from Trophy Eyes, Boston Manor and A Will Away stopped in Atlanta, Georgia. The show took place at the Hell Stage of The Masquerade. The tour, featuring one American band, two bands from the United Kingdom and a band from Australia, is one of…

Alex G explores Americana on new track “Bobby”

Alex Giannascoli (commonly known as Alex G) is one of a few flagship artists to come out of the Bandcamp generation. In 2015, he signed to Domino Records, and released his last album, Beach Music— a strange collection of tracks that at once seemed disparate in sound and at the same time cohesive in atmosphere. Giannascoli…

The Conditions to Play TENNIS

Dear reader, The fourth and newest studio album by the married couple/sexy duo of Patrick Riley and Alaina Moore is a dream within a dream upon a boat of clouds on a sea composed entirely of ecstasy.  This album (to be released later this March) was conceived half at land and half at sea. The couple’s sail…

Emo experimentalists Xiu Xiu to pack punch at Big Ears

Xiu Xiu are true experimentalists. The band’s lead member (and only member to consistently play with the band), Jamie Stewart, explores different methods of approaching music with every album. Stewart has remained one of the most unique voices in music since his album A Promise was released in 2003. Seemingly every album in their lengthy discography…

Thelo-Que’s mixtape provokes thought

Thelo-Que is a local rap artist and member of Rooftop Collective, a Knoxville-based multimedia art collective. After having his track “The Ville” named Knoxville’s best song of 2016 by Knoxville Music Warehouse, Thelo-Que has started off 2017 strong with being featured on the new Hazel single, “Shadow” and the release of his much anticipated new mixtape, Life’s Wonderful Up…

Blank Square’s Animal I is a primal debut record

Blank Square’s Animal I is an album that knows exactly what it’s setting out to do. Taking influence from the musical landscapes of 70’s underground punk and experimental music, Animal I feels as primal as one would expect given its title. Blank Square works with saxophones, drums, bass, and guitar lavished with slap-back delays and recording methods…

Depeche Mode brings the revolution

Depeche Mode has released a new single, as a taste of their new album Spirit that will be released on March 17.  You can listen to it at the bottom of this article, and should before we get any further. I’ll wait and give you a moment to listen to it. Good job, now we are…

Lætitia Sadier to pop at Big Ears

Big Ears is approaching next month, and my excitement for the festival grows stronger every day. Just recently, Big Ears released an official Spotify playlist featuring artists in the 2017 lineup. This playlist gives listeners a great preview of what to expect during the festival. I recommend listening to this playlist or perusing through their lineup…

Mastodon’s Emperor of Sand remains a mystery

Mastodon, the well-known masters of diverse heavy metal music, will be releasing their seventh studio album in late March. Considering the span of styles and genres the group has explored and their determination to make every album different from their last, it is hard to say with certainty what exactly this next album will be…

PMA hits Brackins Blues Club

PMA: Positive Mental Attitude, a dub reggae band from Sylva, North Carolina, recently played in East Tennessee at Brackins Blues Club, in Maryville, on February 17, 2017. The show started off with lead singer Phil Thomas giving the audience a cover of Eric Donaldson’s “Cherry oh Baby,” which really hit things off. The band then…

Vasudeva’s new album entrances listeners

Vasudeva, a New Jersey three-piece instrumental band,  is set to release their second album No Clearance on March 31 on the Skeletal Lightning label. This album is a follow-up to their stellar 2013 debut Life in Cycles. Vasudeva has spent the last several years writing another album, touring the world, and gaining a loyal following. Vasudeva’s three members, guitarist…

James Chance and the Contortions explores no-wave

Around September of last year, I happened to come across a compilation from Soul Jazz Records entitled New York Noise (Dance Music from the New York Underground 1978-1982). I didn’t realize it then, but for the next few months, that compilation would be almost all I’d listen to. If you’re looking to start exploring the…