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Photos and Story by Amber Cetinel / Contributing Writer Stage director Will Perkins wants you to forget everything you think you know about opera. “It’s not just people in powder wigs on stage making big sounds … There is beauty, politics, love, hate and things that really are going on in the world around us …

Photo courtesy of SongKick Story by Max Leach / Assistant Lifestyles Editor  The Liverpool surf-pop rockers known as the band Her’s were both killed in a fatal car crash early Wednesday morning while traveling to a show in Santa Ana, California. The duo—Audun Laading and Stephen Fitzpatrick—died alongside their tour manager, Trevor Engelbrekston. The band …

Big Ears Festival’s 10th annual musical celebration wrapped up its four-day run in Knoxville, Tennessee, on Sunday with anticipated performances from jazz guitarist Bill Frisell, trumpet player Wadada Leo Smith and the Art Ensemble of Chicago. Bill Frisell ended his string of performances throughout the weekend with his group, Bill Frisell’s Harmony, in an afternoon …

Photos and story by Hayden Goodridge / Contributing Writer Big Ears Festival continued into the weekend with a jam-packed day of music Saturday, filling theaters, museums and bars alike across the city of Knoxville. The day was highlighted by striking performances by modern-classical composer Nils Frahm, historic jazz drummer Jack DeJohnette and banjo player and …

Photo courtesy of Bad Suns  Story by Trianne Newbrey / Contributing Writer  Bad Suns return with “Mystic Truth,” their third studio album, with songs that ring reminiscent of a summer day that has yet to happen.  Recently signing with Epitaph Records, the alternative-rock band from Southern California brings 10 new, feel-good songs that each tell of …

Photo courtesy of Warner Brothers Story by Maria de Guzman / Contributing Writer March is Women’s History Month, and during this exciting transitional period of Hollywood where there continues to be demand for diverse stories told by women, it’s important to consider the kinds of stories women have told in order for us to look …