Thursday, Jan. 10

Who: Jamaican Queens
Where: Pilot Light
When: 10 p.m.
Price: N/A
Victoria's View: Detroit electro-dance duo Jamaican Queens makes some good music. If you're a fan of MGMT tunes, then this band will be easy on the ears. Singer/songwriter of the group Ryan Spencer's voice is distinct–it's hard to compare his to another artist. Need to hear their music for yourself? Check out their song "Kids Get Away" on YouTube. You won't be disappointed.

Who: Yonder Mountain String Band
Where: Tennessee Theater
When: 8 p.m.
Price: $25
Victoria's View: An alternative string bluegrass band? You don't hear of that too often, but Yonder Mountain String Band is a progressive sound in string music. Now, that doesn't mean I'm adding them to my playlist, but those who already enjoy the genre should definitely check these guys out. Think bluegrass with a tinge of soul and jam band qualities. Judge for yourself and check them out on YouTube.

Friday, Jan. 11

What: Midnight Voyage Live: Love and Light with Kaminanda, SubSqwad, and J Mo
When: 10 p.m.
Where: NV Nightclub
Price: $7-$12
Victoria's View: The Valarium may be closed but that doesn't mean Friday night dance party Midnight Voyage has ceased. Featuring tons of lights, live dance music from notable DJs and a laid-back crowd, these electronic parties are a good way to shake any stress accumulated from the week. Bring friends or dance by yourself—no one's judging.

Who: Milktooth
When: 10 p.m.
Where: Barley's Taproom and Pizzeria
Price: N/A
Victoria's View: Named after a word that means "baby tooth" in some countries, Milktooth is a trio, indie-rock band with a familiar sound that almost any music lover could enjoy. Like Tokyo Police Club or Phoenix? Then you would enjoy this show. Check out their song "Your Arrows" on YouTube to get a preview of this group. Enjoy a night out in the Old City in your best hipster garb.

Saturday, Jan. 12

Who: Comedian Gilbert Gottfried
When: 8 p.m.
Where: Sidesplitter's Comedy Club (ages 18+)
Price: $25
Melodi's Take: Feeling under the weather this week? Well, people always say laughter is the best medicine. Comedian Gilbert Gottfried has an IMDb profile filled with voice-overs from various television shows and films including "Family Guy" and even the children's movie "Aladdin," where he was the voice of the evil parrot Iago. Having been a huge fan of "Aladdin" when I was younger, Gottfried's appearance in Knoxville is extremely exciting. His type of humor should appeal to all and be even better in stand-up form. Even though the tickets are a little pricey, treat yourself to some laughs now because there won't be many more as the semester progresses.

Who: Wallace Coleman
When: 8 p.m.
Where: Laurel Theatre
Price: $14
Melodi's Take: These days it's hard to find an authentic, old school blues artist who goes on stage with just a microphone and a harmonica, but that's exactly what Wallace Coleman is. His style is laid back and simple, as opposed to other intricate blues artists. His music is super easy to listen to and blues fans are sure to enjoy his original compositions at this small, intimate venue which is only a stone's throw from the Strip. If blues music isn't usually your thing, you may want to sit this one out. But anyone who wants to try something new and keep true to that new year's resolution, take a chance on Coleman — he may just surprise you.

Sunday Jan. 13

Who: Kukuly and the Gypsy Fuego
When: 8 p.m.
Where: Barley's Taproom and Pizzeria
Price: Free
Melodi's Take: This group, influenced by blues and world music, frequents Knoxville and draws in big crowds. Mostly playing covers of classic jazz songs, like "It Don't Mean a Thing (If it Ain't got that Swing)," this musical group would interest fans of Michael Buble and Louis Armstrong. This Sunday night, grab a group of friends for a celebratory pizza marking the end of the first weekend of the semester and enjoy Kukuly and the Gypsy Fuego. Their tunes and the pizza will have you in a daze in no time, promising for a good night's sleep for Monday's classes.

What: The Knoxville Symphony Orchestra Chamber Classics: "Hail Britannia"
When: 2:30 p.m.
Where: Bijou Theatre
Price: $24
Melodi's Take: Chamber music may not be every college student's forte, but if you're willing to try something different and get away from the noisy campus for a bit it may be just what you need. The Knoxville Symphony Orchestra is an extremely talented group of musicians, and conductor Lucas Richman does a darn good job of leading them; this orchestra could make anything sound awesome and their "Hail Britannia" will probably leave you craving fish and chips by the end of the performance. Tickets are a little expensive, but save up your pennies because this English adventure should be worth it.