A Knox "Mommy Blog" With Appeal
Published 12/26/2012 at 5 p.m.
Knoxville Blog of the Month: Working Out & Eating In
Metropulse.com’s 10 Most Viewed Stories in 2012
Published 12/26/2012 at 5 p.m.
There are many ways to gauge the popularity of stories we publish: Percentage of issues picked up, number of Facebook “likes,” how many people call or email or comment with complaints. On our website, however, there’s the highly scientific Page ...
Tim Lee 3's Indiegogo Special Offers
Published 12/19/2012 at 11:54 a.m.
The Tim Lee 3 breaks out the premium deals for pre-orders of its new release.
Dreaming of a Boombox Christmas
Published 12/05/2012 at 10:12 a.m.
Could this be the start of a new, loud, and possibly exciting holiday tradition downtown that does not involve light bulbs or decorated trees?
Buying a New Television Set Is a Miserable, Dehumanizing Experience
Published 12/05/2012 at 10:08 a.m. 1 Comment
Here’s what I wanted to do: Get a nice, straightfoward, not-too-expensive HD television set to enjoy Blu-ray movies and video games. Absolutely no problem, right? We live in a digital age of high technology at affordable prices. Picture quality and ...
Can the Wii U Make Video-Game Consoles Cool Again?
Published 11/20/2012 at 10:32 a.m.
It’s difficult to deny that the business of casual games with App Store distribution has a lot more momentum going for it than the old business model of selling consoles at a loss and then eventually recouping the investment with ...
Roots-Rocker JD McPherson Defies the Retro Label With Rock ’n’ Roll in Its Purest Form
Published 11/07/2012 at 1:34 p.m.
Taking up the look and sound of your music heroes can be dangerous—it’s entirely possible to be too reverent. Where does their influence end and your originality begin? This hazy line has tripped up countless rockabilly revivalists over the last ...
Theatre Knoxville Raising Funds for Lighting Equipment
Published 10/31/2012 at 11:15 a.m.
Theatre Knoxville has been holding the torch for community theater since 1976, and now it could use some help lighting its 7-year-old digs at 319 N. Gay St.
New Adventures in Hi-Fi: The Audio Technology That Wowed Your Grandparents Makes a Comeback
Published 10/31/2012 at 10:28 a.m.
I’ve just discovered the wave of the future: hi-fi stereo. It involves playing pre-recorded music via gigantic metal boxes that send audio signals through cables (actual copper wire!) to two even larger boxes called “speakers,” which emit the sound to ...
A Knoxville Blog for Southeastern Car Enthusiasts
Published 10/24/2012 at 11 a.m.
Surveying the region’s go-fast culture is Forward Motion, which brims with reports on drifting, autocrossing, meets, rod runs, and just plain showing off.
'Borderlands 2' Revisits the Gun-Filled World of 'Borderlands.' Is That Really Enough?
Updated 10/18/2012 at 2:13 p.m. 6 Comments
Rather than transcending the original Borderlands with a new story, new challenges, and new gameplay—or at least some variations, which is pretty much the baseline requirement for sequel success—Borderlands 2 serves up nearly the exact same story, same challenges, and ...
MP Contributor David Doyle Awarded Penny Arcade Scholarship
Published 10/10/2012 at 11:37 a.m.
We are proud to report that our video game/digital media critic, David Doyle (who also writes under the pen name Dave Prince), has been awarded the 2012 Penny Arcade Scholarship.
Local Designers Invent Flat, Carbon Fiber Bottle Opener
Published 10/03/2012 at 11:39 a.m.
Leverage—The Carbon Fiber Credit Card Sized Bottle Opener is already 737 percent funded with $17,707 pledged from 574 backers.
Ex-WNFX DJ J LaLonde Brings His Comedy Act Back to Knoxville
Published 09/26/2012 at 3:27 p.m.
A little more than a year ago, former WNFX 94.3 morning jock J LaLonde decided to take his act on the road and pursue the life of a stand-up comic. So far, he’s survived—and he’ll be coming back to Knoxville ...
KGIS' New Online Map for Knoxville
Published 09/26/2012 at 11:31 a.m.
The Knoxville, Knox County, Knoxville Utilities Board Geographic Information System (KGIS) may not have the most exciting name, but the municipal geographic information resource does have a pretty nifty new online map.
'Minecraft'’s Endless Creative Possibilities Make for a Good Kids’ Game—Maybe
Published 09/26/2012 at 10:59 a.m. 2 Comments
This is going to be one of those first-person parental columns about children and video games. Only it’s not going to include the usual self-reassuring conclusion about my parenting skills—I have no idea if I’ve made the right choices, or ...
Secret City Film Festival: Not So Secret Anymore
Published 09/12/2012 at 1:44 p.m.
Entering its ninth year, the annual Secret City Film Festival is hitting the highway and relocating to Knoxville.
A Plea For Salt-Brine Fermentation Chile Sauce
Published 09/12/2012 at 11:14 a.m.
So, does the world need a new line of salt-brine fermentation chile sauces? Perhaps so when it’s created by Jim Smith of Rushy Springs Farm in Talbott.
A Full-Service Local Comedy Blog
Published 08/29/2012 at 11:10 a.m.
Knoxville Blog of the Month: knoxcomedy.com
Beware of Companies Selling "Best of Knoxville" Awards
Published 08/29/2012 at 10:37 a.m.
We’ve been getting press releases lately from local businesses proudly announcing their Best of Knoxville awards. But they're not the real ones.
Zombie Cliches Plague Master Storyteller Gilbert Hernandez's New Comic, 'Fatima'
Published 08/29/2012 at 9:41 a.m.
Gilbert’s no stranger to tackling money-making projects or B-movie tributes, but if Fatima is intended as a shameless glomming onto a pop-culture trend already on its way out, then it’s an odd one.
Sharing Knoxville Memorabilia
Published 08/22/2012 at 10:26 a.m.
While its title may sound like the invitation for a series of bad jokes, this Facebook page is actually an ever-growing collection of local memorabilia and anecdotes.
A Humble Plea for Knox Comedy
Published 08/01/2012 at 10:20 a.m.
Sean Riccio describes himself as a “hot young geek comedian,” and who are we to argue?
Finding Knoxville's Lost Buildings
Published 07/25/2012 at 12:12 p.m.
Knox Blog of the Week: Knoxville Lost and Found
Local Performers Revitalize '60s City Jingle "Knoxville, That's My Hometown!"
Published 07/25/2012 at 11:20 a.m.
Instead of just covering “Knoxville, That’s My Hometown!” WBIR's former director of marketing, Jules Morris, and former senior producer Carson Hunt (now at JAO Productions) asked local musicians to reinterpret the song with their own lyrics.
Knoxville's Tiki Torchbearer: Tim “Swanky” Glazner
Updated 07/13/2012 at 2:03 p.m.
Tim “Swanky” Glazner is obsessed with tiki—not just as a pop-culture phenomenon that peaked in the early ’60s, but as a way of life right now. Through his tiki projects both big and small, he’s been helping keep the tiki ...
Knoxville’s Other Tiki Oases
Published 07/11/2012 at 4 p.m.
Knoxville's tiki followers express their tiki love with full-on bars in their own homes.
Ed. Note: New Knox Arrival
Published 06/20/2012 at 5:45 p.m.
We welcome a new staff writer to our ranks.
Raven Records' Move to Happy Holler Benefits WUTK
Published 06/06/2012 at 11:28 a.m.
WUTK and Raven Records and Rarities are joining forces to create a multimedia happening in the ever-evolving Happy Holler neighborhood. The June 16 event is ostensibly meant to mark the grand opening of the newest location for the venerable Raven, ...
'Dark Shadows' May Not Satisfy Fans, But It’s Better Than the Usual Burton-Depp Shtick
Published 05/16/2012 at 11:33 a.m.
Although Dark Shadows is not nearly the laff riot portrayed in the trailer, it doesn’t take its source material very seriously. But for those seeking a cool respite from the summer-movie season of explosive bombast, it’s a pleasant bit of ...
Bigger and Better 24 Hour Film Festival Returns in June
Published 05/16/2012 at 11:22 a.m.
Last year, the second edition of the Knoxville 24 Hour Film Festival was in a do-or-die situation. The competition, which pits movie-making teams against one another to complete a short film in one day’s time, lacked financial sponsorships, and festival ...
2nd Annual Knoxville Design Week Sets Schedule
Published 05/09/2012 at 12:14 p.m.
The Knoxville chapter of the American Institute of Graphic Artists is organizing Knoxville’s Second Annual Design Week, May 14-18, with special events to “engage, inspire, educate and spotlight Knoxville’s thriving design community.”
Forever Moebius: The Legacy of French Illustrator Jean Giraud
Published 04/25/2012 at 1:35 p.m.
No matter how fanciful or surreal they may be, Moebius' comics come to life with simple, direct lines that make you believe in the intricate details they reveal. Surely, you think, he must have seen these things he recorded. Moebius ...
Metro Pulse Wins Some Golden Press Card Awards
Published 04/25/2012 at 11:16 a.m.
At the Golden Press Card Awards, conducted by the East Tennessee Society of Professional Journalists, Metro Pulse squeezed out a few wins in competition with “large” circulation (over 25,000) daily newspapers for stories published in 2011.
Record Store Day 2012: All You Need to Know
Published 04/18/2012 at 11:39 a.m.
Meant to remind consumers that record stores still exist (and to send collectors into paroxysms of credit-card agony), Record Store Day does more than just provide record-store exclusives and limited editions you can’t find anywhere else—it’s a day to rejoin ...
Studio Ghibli’s 'The Secret World of Arrietty' Reminds Us of the Wonders of Hand-Drawn Animation
Published 02/22/2012 at 11:27 a.m.
Despite the odds, two-dimensional drawings of cute little critters scampering across a movie screen are not a dead art form. They’re just not a very American one anymore.
Filmmaker Keith McDaniel Steps in Front of the Camera for New TV Show
Published 01/04/2012 at 12:07 p.m.
This Sunday at 3 p.m. on East Tennessee PBS, Keith McDaniel—the auteur behind Oak Ridge’s annual Secret City Film Festival—will debut his new monthly talk show featuring Tennessee filmmakers.
New 54-Hour Film Contest Gives Filmmakers Just Enough Time
Published 01/04/2012 at 12:02 p.m.
Have you ever competed in one of the annual Knoxville 24-Hour Film Festivals and thought, “What I really need is 30 more hours.”? Well, your filmmaking contest has arrived.
2011's Most Popular Stories at Metropulse.com
Published 12/28/2011 at noon
What do our readers feel are our most interesting stories? Well, that’s easy enough to determine at our website by generating a most-popular pages report for the past year. Here are the individual articles that got the most page views ...
Fare Thee Well
Published 12/14/2011 at 10:51 a.m.
Some notable departures from our staff.
Saving Harriman's Princess Theater
Published 11/23/2011 at 11:07 a.m.
Over a decade ago, Harriman electrician Gary Baker teamed up with Hollywood character actor Muse Watson on a project both were passionate about: to save the town’s art deco jewel, the Princess Theater. They bought it with the idea of ...
10 REALLY Scary Things About Knoxville
Published 10/26/2011 at 11:33 a.m.
Knoxville can be a terrifying place, and not just during home games. Yes, we have the Body Farm and tides of unbridled coal ash, but those are just the scary things we all know and expect. Meanwhile, there are aspects ...
Local CD Review: The V-Roys' 'Sooner Or Later'
Published 10/12/2011 at 10:41 a.m.
Were the V-Roys as good as we remember? Yeah. Damn it.
The Ultimate Battle for Knoxville Musical Dominion
Published 10/12/2011 at 10:24 a.m.
Suddenly, Knoxville’s music scene is swarming with band battles.
On the Road With Ex-WNFX Morning Jock J LaLonde
Published 09/21/2011 at 9:25 a.m.
Back in July, when popular morning jock J LaLonde was replaced after two-and-a-half years at WNFX 94.3 by the syndicated Free Beer and Hot Wings Morning Show, he didn’t dwell on the reasons why—after all, that’s just the way the ...
The Aerial Art of Knoxville's Wing Project
Published 08/09/2011 at 1:50 p.m.
It’s pretty safe to say that the Wing Project is unlike any other arts collaboration in town. That’s because it’s a unique fusion of modern dance, live music, and a low-flying trapeze. Yes, that’s right—just like the kind you see ...
A High Point for Midpoint
Published 07/27/2011 at 4 p.m.
Stephanie Piper's Midpoint column earned a second-place showing in the 2011 Alt Weekly Awards.
Talent Show: Introducing Our New Columnists
Published 07/13/2011 at 2:42 p.m.
For the past few months we’ve been running an open call for new contributors. This has resulted in an onslaught of submissions that has left my inbox dazed and sometimes confused. Although I’m still working my way through them all ...
Pixar Phones It in With the Unnecessary Sequel 'Cars 2'
Published 06/29/2011 at 10:24 a.m.
Technically proficient with its highly detailed settings and carefully rendered characters, Cars 2 nevertheless lacks the storytelling prowess that has been Pixar’s true ace in the hole—it’s entirely lacking in the emotional resonance of its predecessors.
Taking Pride in PrideFest
Published 06/29/2011 at 9:50 a.m.
On its surface, Knoxville isn’t exactly a town brimming with diversity. (See this issue’s report on census results.) But beneath its placid exterior are communities within communities that often go about their business unnoticed—until they take the time to show ...