Critic’s Corner: Azealia Banks album “Broke With Expensive Taste” is worth the wait

Spencer Lane, Chattanooga, Tenn. — The career of Harlem rapper Azealia Banks has had as many ups and downs as an artist can possibly have in the span of four years. Her debut single, “212,” was considered one of the best and most refreshing new rap songs of 2011, if not the best. The combination […]

Critic’s Corner: Taylor Swift shakes off her country roots with ‘1989’

By Spencer Lane, Chattanooga, Tenn., — Several country stars have transitioned to pop over the years, but none have seemed to be as quick or brazen about it as Taylor Swift. From her early career, where her songs consisted of little more than her voice, an acoustic guitar and heartbreak, Swift has come to this […]

Critics Corner: Flying Lotus ‘You’re Dead’

By Spencer Lane, Chattanooga, Tenn., — Steven Ellison, the nephew of jazz great John Coltrane, but better known as electronic and hip-hop producer Flying Lotus, has been one of the best and most innovative names in the industry since his 2006 debut, “1983.” His music is featured throughout various forms of media, most notably through […]

Nursing student swaps scrubs for strings as bluegrass musician

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By Amber Latham, Chattanooga, Tenn. – Bluegrass music and Tennessee are like peanut butter and jelly; they just go together. Beginning in 2008 at Signal Mountain High School, Cody Harvey, Chattanooga senior, and some of his friends jammed out during lunch break. From there, they started playing at the Mountain Opry where they met two […]

WUTC features student-produced programming

By Anna Prater, Chattanooga, Tenn., — Student produced music programming now airs five nights a week on WUTC, as of the end of September. It was only a matter of time before students became involved with on-air programming, according to Dr. Richard Winham, the UTC professor who supervises the shows. “It was a no-brainer, really. […]

Moon Taxi takes a trip to Track 29

By Amber Latham, Chattanooga, Tenn., — Trick-or-treating is fun, until college. Not only are students left with the question of what they should do on the night of Halloween, but they are also scampering for fun things to do that are not completely juvenile. Do not be discouraged, there is a solution: Oct. 31 Moon Taxi […]

Three Sisters Bluegrass Festival returns for the eighth year

Geno Campbell, Chattanooga, Tenn. — Chattanooga bluegrass music fans have an opportunity to attend two days of free concerts at Three Sisters Bluegrass Festival at Ross’s Landing Oct. 3-4. The Three Sister’s Bluegrass Festival is an annual event featuring local, regional and national bluegrass musicians. The festival combines both contemporary and traditional bluegrass music. It was started by […]

Critic’s Corner: Aphex Twin presents “Syro”

By Spencer Lane, Chattanooga, Tenn. — If you like any sort of electronic music today, there is one man to thank for a large amount of innovation that made the genre into what it currently is. Richard D. James, better known by his artist name Aphex Twin, is considered by many, including this avid listener, to […]

Spooky Black debuts with “Black Silk”

Spencer Lane, Chattanooga, Tenn., — The anonymous Spooky Black of  St. Paul, Minn., is one of the biggest stories in the world of Internet music this year. But what has caused Spooky Black to be such a huge story? For starters, the character’s real name has not been explicitly stated, although the name on the […]

Students sold on local products, free music at Chattanooga Market

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Hayden Seay, Chattanooga, Tenn. —The Chattanooga Market is a local icon, becoming a tradition among residents new and old. “It’s become a Sunday tradition for many families,” said Melissa Siragusa, the head of the marketing and media relations division of the Chattanooga Market. “Where else can you go to listen to two free concerts, park […]