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Photo by Andrew Wigdor / MTSU Sidelines For singer-songwriter Julien Baker, representation matters. But, like most subjects she can (and will) intelligently pontificate about, it’s not that simple. Baker, a former MTSU student who put her college career on hold in 2016 to pursue one in the music industry, recently traveled to the university to …

Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons Story by Allison Borrell / Contributing Writer  To all the old-school punk fans out there: I hate to break it to you, but punk sucks. Don’t get me wrong, punk has its importance in the realm of culture and music. When it hit the scene in the ‘70s, it hit …

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 …

Story and photos by Hayden Goodridge / Contributing Writer Big Ears Festival in downtown Knoxville continued into its second day Friday with a variety of jazz, electronic and psychedelic performances from some of each genre’s most esteemed voices. A host of fans lined up down the block to Church Street United Methodist Church to see …