The biggest ears: five stand-out performances of Big Ears 2018

By Sidney Roy, Indie Aisle Host Knoxville’s 2018 Big Ears Festival drew artists and fans from every continent for a weekend of perfectly-curated music, film, food, and sweet, sweet, droning. This year featured one of the most ambitious programs in its history, as it welcomed more bluegrass, appalachian folk and jam bands than before while…

Rhythm N Blooms artists to watch

By Marie Kolzow, Jam Band Director, and Sidney Roy, Indie Aisle Host The annual Rhythm N Blooms Festival embodies Knoxville’s vibrant music scene. This year’s festival on April 6-8 will feature performances from popular acts like Dr. Dog, Deer Tick, Paul Thorn’s Mission Temple Fireworks Revival and more. Along with nationally recognized headliners, the 2018…

Punk, Rock, Americana collide at WUTK Battle of the Bands

By Luna Brewer, Electronic Co-Director Four local bands entered WUTK’s Battle of the Bands to perform their hearts out on Barley’s Taproom and Pizzeria stage Sunday March 18, but only one group emerged victorious. While the competing bands, The Sedonas, Travis Bigwood and the Mourning Doves, Gag Me and High Heat, had their own unique styles,…

I’m With Her gives existential performance at Knoxville’s Bijou

By Marie Kolzow, Jam Band Director On March 12, I’m With Her featuring Sarah Jarosz, Sara Watkins and Aoife O’Donovan hit the Bijou Theatre in Knoxville, Tennessee for an intimate performance as a part of their See You Around tour. The house was packed for the trio as all three members have had previous successes in…