Björk rediscovers love with “Utopia”

The Icelandic singer-songwriter’s follow-up to 2015’s “Vulnicura” explores finding new love after heartbreak and loneliness addressed in her previous album.

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Ode to Vulf

  By Bradley Blackwelder, Music Director   It’s no laughing matter. In music’s current state of affairs, one out of five listeners will suffer from lackluster grooves and severe boredom. Act quick and get your lover, friend or child the remedy they not only need but deserve; the upcoming release from Vulfpeck. Vulfpeck’s new album “Mr….

“One-man band” Keller Williams interacts with crowd at the Concourse

The “one-man jam band,” Keller Williams hit Knoxville’s Concourse for an acoustic show Nov. 2. Williams often blends aspects of various music genres such as bluegrass, funk, and reggae, but the artist is most commonly associated with the jam band scene. Outside of his solo career, Williams is a member of many side projects like…

Metalcore band Converge explores beyond roots in new album

By Sid Warren Nov. 3, metalcore band Converge returned with an impressive ninth album, “The Dusk In Us,” as the band delves into raw emotion and existentiaism. The 40 minute album is aggressive, and laced with powerful messages from start to end. The only breaks from the exciting in your face messages that dominate this…

311 shows The Mill & Mine peace, love, unity

By Mason Mulkey, World Music Director Reggae-rock band 311 hit The Mill & Mine Oct. 24 for “one magical night” in Knoxville. Hours before the show, a large crowd of fans, friends and concertgoers lined up to see 311’s performance. Within the crowd one shirt stood out. It read “311 is my religion.” How can…

Young Dolph turns tragedy into triumph on “Thinking Out Loud”

By Darius Williams, Hip-Hop Director Just weeks after being shot multiple times in Los Angeles, Memphian Young Dolph is back and better than ever with his new album, “Thinking Out Loud.” According to Los Angeles police, a gunman critically wounded Dolph after firing several shots at the rapper outside a Hollywood hotel in late September….

STS9 blasts off in the Old City

By Marie Kolzow, Jam Band Director STS9 performs two shows at the Mill and Mine on Oct. 3 and 4. (Marie Kolzow/WUTK) As the end of Sound Tribe Sector 9’s “Enceladus Tour” grows near the group made their annual stop in Knoxville for a two night run presented by WUTK at The Mill & Mine…

LOCAL Parents, Scream in NATIVE(s) Tongue

Going to the Mill and Mine is always a journey, and this time was no different. The opening act, Little Scream, came to the Mill and Mine ready to play with a power-packed set in tow. Revolving around themes of disenfranchisement, revolt, and reconciliation, Laurel Sprengelmeyer wasted little time making her opinions heard. Her recently…

Hotter than Hott: Selector Dub Narcotic brings the heat to the Pilot Light

To fans of independent music, Calvin Johnson’s name carries the weight of a legacy. He’s the founder of K Records, has worked with such artists as Beck, Modest Mouse, Built to Spill, Kimya Dawson, The Microphones, and was the front-man of the seminal 90’s twee-pop act Beat Happening. In 2015,  Johnson set his own musical…

Okeechobee Festival Recap and Photos

Over 100 bands from Cereus Bright to Usher & The Roots performed at Okeechobee Music Festival. Photographer Erin Sunday describes her experience and shares some of her photos taken there.

311 Day: A Celebration of the Band from Simmer Down.

Happy 311 Day, everyone! Mulkster of Simmer Down here. What is there to say about 311 besides how amazing their music is and how they treat fans? Little history about the band for you, 311 was originally called Omaha, Nebraska, in the late 1980s. Their music can be best described as reggae, rock, and rap…

An Ungodly Combination; Devil Is Fine by Zeal & Ardor

I love hearing unique combinations of different musical styles that would not normally be paired together or even thought of as being a good mixture. To me, that is precisely what this new album is. Devil is Fine, the nine track journey by Zeal & Ardor features styles of metal that allude to the early Norwegian black…