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…

Ty Richards is really Far Out

Zillion, the debut album of Ty Richards, has blown my mind six ways to Sunday. This up and coming Austin artist is bringing out the heavy guns in this album of psychedelic dance-rock and it brings out the best in the genre. Holding a voice and lyrical quality of Beck, but the fuzzy rock and roll of…

The Lawsuits visit WUTK, to play Jig & Reel show

WUTK The Rock welcomes The Lawsuits to the station and couldn’t be more excited to chat with the band LIVE in-studio. The 4-piece group from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania plan to mix it up with air-play of previous and new tracks, like those off the latest album Moon Son. “We definitely like the older stuff, as well,” lead…

Isaiah Rashad: A Performance Filled With Energy

“Mama I knew I was ‘bout it, way before venues was crowded.” This opening verse from Isaiah Rashad’s song “Park” definitely set the precedent for the night. The show was sold out. The crowd was hype. And Rashad was all about it. His style of hip-hop is laid-back, but full of energy at the same…

Papadosio: An Existential Experience

As a long time Papadosio fan, I was super stoked to find out they were coming back to Knoxville. Papadosio made their fifth stop of their Pattern Integrities 2017 tour at The International. Hailing from Asheville, North Carolina, Papadosio blends psychedelic space jams with a unique electronic twist. With opening support from Hyperbolic Headspace and…

Savage Times showcase Hanni el Khatib’s flexibility

Every now and again I’ll give a listen to an album and wonder “how have I not heard of this before?” I’ll think to myself that it must’ve been the product of some sort of highly-focused effort to keep an artist, whose music seems to fit every criteria I’ve established for me to be “into”…

Japandroids show self-reliance in Near To The Wild Heart of Life

The newest album by the Vancouver indie punk-rock group is, in so many words, absolutely killer. The eight song album stands strong among their repertoire. Strong drums and incredible lyrics can quicken the pace of any heart. This is Rock n’ Roll at its finest: two guys (Brian King and David Prowse) succeeding to find…

WAYNESTOCK 7 @ The Relix Theatre, February 3 – 4, 2017!

The 7th annual Waynestock: For the Love of Drew Festival kicks off tonight, Friday, Feb. 3rd, and continues Saturday evening for round #2 of a music-packed show of talented artists. Bands such as Sweet Years, The Billy Widgets, Good Guy Collective, and more will be gracing this year’s stage at the Relix Variety Theatre, located…