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Photo by Caleb Revill / MTSU Sidelines Archive U.S. Senate candidates Phil Bredesen and Marsha Blackburn debated for the second and final time before the Nov. 6 election in the Howard Baker Center for Public Policy on the University of Tennessee’s campus in Knoxville Wednesday. Since the first Tennessee Senate debate on Sept. 25 in …

Big Ears Festival, a music and arts festival put on by AC Entertainment in downtown Knoxville, takes place at various venues throughout the town for four days. This year, Sidelines experienced all the avant-garde, experimental, weird and delightful artistic events the event had to offer. Check out our reviews and photos below: Tony Conrad’s Short Film Series at …

Shabazz Palaces, the brainchild of Ishmael Butler and Tendai Maraire, was one of the best shows we caught at Big Ears 2016. Butler is most well-known for his work with Digable Planets in the early ’90s, essentially paving the way for experimental hip-hop in its early years. The Seattle duo infuses jazz and other musical …

Yo La Tengo was the first event we caught at Big Ears 2016. The group took the Mill and Mine stage later into Thursday night. The Hoboken “indie rock” band completely abandoned their coined genre for an avant garde, experimental set focused more on noise and frequency than composition. The group, who is infamous for …

Story by Anthony Williams // Contributing Writer | Photos by Olivia Ladd // Assistant Lifestyles Editor Out of all of the sets I saw at the Big Ears Festival this past weekend, none were quite as grand or intimate than Kamasi Washington’s. The up-and-coming saxophone virtuoso was on many festival-goers must-see list, and for good reason. His release of the …

Maya Beiser embodied the avant-garde spirit of the festival in a breathtaking show at the Bijou Theatre Saturday morning. The world-renowned “cello diva” came on stage about 15 minutes late, but to no avail drew the nearly full-house audience to complete silence. Wearing all black leather and heels, she took a seat on the stage …