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| 24 April 2018 | Reply

Venue: The Mill & Mine

City: Knoxville, TN

Date: April 19, 2018

Review and Photographs by: Rachel Craig (

The Austin-based electronic rock duo Ghostland Observatory took over the Mill & Mine with their blend of pulsing beats, laser lights, and demanding vocals. Judging from the fans’ reactions, this is one of those bands that you either love with your whole heart – or you’ve never heard of them. The show began with the one-man band from Brooklyn – Gibbz. He performed soothing pop music with a guitar, keyboard, and a soulful voice. His music sounds like it could immediately play on Top 40 radio stations.

The crowd instantly became enamored in the music when Ghostland Observatory took the stage, dancing and (most likely) under the influence of their substance of choice. The crowd had been quite sparse up until this point. Ghostland is like a stripped-down version of The Flaming Lips, except with more lasers, more red lights, and sexier dance moves. Even though the band consists of just frontman Aaron Behrens and the cape-wearing Thomas Turner, their presence is amplified by the spectacular laser light show that shot over the audience and projected patterns onto the brick walls of the Mill & Mine. The duo played some of their best hits, including “Sad Sad City,” “Midnight Voyage,” “Stranger Lover,” “Vibrate,” “Life of the Party,” and a cover of “Darling Nikki” by Prince. They even performed several new songs from their upcoming album, which is expected to be released in September. Overall, this show turned Knoxville into a psychedelic dance party for both longtime fans and newcomers. I wish they could have sold out the building, but it’s obvious that the fans who came out gave Ghostland the warmest welcome possible.





Category: Live Reviews, Photo Galleries

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ToddStar - that's me... just a rocking accountant who had dreams of being a rock star. I get to do the next best thing to rocking the globe - I get to take pictures of the lucky ones that do. I love to shoot all genres of music and different types of performers. If it is related to music, I love to photograph it. I get to shoot and hang with not only some of my friends and idols, but some of the coolest people around today.

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