Knoxville Guitarist Phil Fuson’s Itchy and the Hater Tots Headline the First Installment of the MetroFest Music Tour
Published 09/25/2013 at 11:52 a.m. 4 Comments
Phil Fuson has got a lot on his mind. Always. And these thoughts are apt to be unleashed at any moment. Particularly if you ask him a question.
Knoxville: City of Safe Drivers
Published 09/11/2013 at 9:59 a.m.
In this week’s National Ranking That Makes Little Sense™, we uncover a claim so specious it takes one’s breath away.
The In Sound From Way Out: Hi-Res Music Gets a Second Chance Online—But Do You Know What You're Getting?
Published 08/28/2013 at 1:38 p.m.
Sometimes, I want to really listen to music, closely. It’s all part of my belated effort to rediscover a shred of inner peace. (The yoga didn’t take.)
Knoxville's the Penultimate Country Music City in the State!
Published 08/21/2013 at 9:54 a.m.
Yes, that’s right: Chattanooga actually beat us out. Hard to believe, eh?
'Southern Living' Loves Union Avenue
Published 08/14/2013 at 10:09 a.m.
This week’s loving tribute is to a downtown street rather than the city as a whole.
Knoxville: Tennessee’s “Cheeriest City”
Published 08/07/2013 at 10:20 a.m.
The national media reports on Knoxville’s sudden ascension into the realms of awesomeness keep rolling in.
Edmontonians Relish the Knoxville Experience
Published 07/31/2013 at 11:13 a.m.
Edmonton's “newest and largest modern country/party bar” is named Knoxville’s Tavern.
Architect Seeks Help to Finish Rebuilding the Mary Boyce Temple House
Published 07/24/2013 at 10:57 a.m.
The Mary Boyce Temple House is the historic home that greets drivers coming in from South Knoxville, just on the right as they cross the bridge (someday soon).
Crate-Digger’s Paradise: A Tour of Knoxville’s Ever-Expanding Vinyl Corridor of Record Stores
Published 07/17/2013 at 12:04 p.m.
There are more retail outlets for records in Knoxville now than during vinyl’s final heyday in the ’70s and ’80s before it was finally crushed under the deadweight of millions of Compact Discs in the ’90s. With five dedicated stores ...
Knoxville's Used Vinyl Hidey-Holes
Published 07/17/2013 at 11:55 a.m.
Knoxville certainly has a lot of vinyl record stores, but it also has a lot of places that offer LPs and 45s on the side. Here are the ones we know about.
Oak Ridge Pastor Raising Funds for West Bank Documentary
Published 07/17/2013 at 10:57 a.m.
For the past three years, Oak Ridge pastor Steven D. Martin has been working on an ambitious documentary film: Shuhada Street: the world’s holiest war zone.
Knoxville: #1 City of Patriots
Published 07/10/2013 at 12:10 p.m.
Based on an analysis of activity from July 4, 2012, Foursquare’s social networking experts found that we were most likely to check in at parks, parades, and fireworks celebrations.
Knoxville Sort-of Supergroup the French Is Serious About Having Fun
Published 07/10/2013 at 10:20 a.m.
Who are the French? They are a people of contradictions—sophisticated yet crude, polite yet blunt, beguiling yet sometimes annoying. Plus, they rock like few others in town, wielding a sanctified guitar sound handed down by the forefathers of rock ’n’ ...
A Golden Age of Digital Animation Slides Into Happy Mediocrity
Published 07/10/2013 at 10 a.m.
It’s been almost 20 years since Pixar revolutionized and revitalized feature animation with Toy Story, unleashing disruptive change throughout the entertainment industry. So what’s the state of the art these days? Well, based on this summer’s slate of big-name sequels ...
Harrisburg, Penn. Loves Knoxville, Tenn.
Published 06/26/2013 at 10:16 a.m.
Jill Gleeson: “Knoxville today is a vibrant cultural and culinary mecca..."
Local Filmmaker Seeks Funds to Make Documentary on Pediatric Cancer
Published 06/05/2013 at 2:24 p.m.
Knoxville student filmmaker Micah Russell would like to make a documentary about pediatric cancer.
How to Donate to the Nita Dunn Emergency Fund
Published 05/29/2013 at 10:48 a.m.
WDVX’s Nita Dunn needs an assist to rebuild after losing her home to a fire.
Q&A: Fanboy Expo Celeb and 'Star Wars' Icon Billy Dee Williams
Published 05/29/2013 at 10:42 a.m.
Billy Dee Williams was tagged as the “black Clark Gable” early in his career, and the description wasn’t that far off the mark: His striking good looks, wealth of charisma, and easygoing acting style made him an overnight leading man ...
Knoxville Hair Stylist Aims to Start Product Line
Published 05/22/2013 at 3:13 p.m. 1 Comment
Benjamin Miller, a hair stylist at LOX Salon in the Old City, believes that a strong sense of confidence can begin with a good look.
Q&A: Todd Steed Talks About His New Album of Songs Written in China
Published 05/15/2013 at 10:55 a.m.
Knoxville icon Todd Steed’s new album, Songs on a Stick, is a collaboration between Steed and his old friend Owen Davis. The songs were all written while Steed and Davis were in China, where they taught last summer.
Studio Ghibli’s Torch Is Not Quite Passed Yet With 'From Up on Poppy Hill'
Published 05/08/2013 at 10:35 a.m.
From Up on Poppy Hill is a fine film. But it’s not a great one.
SouthFest Aims to Give South Knoxville a Boost
Published 04/10/2013 at 11:26 a.m. 1 Comment
Call it the mother of all cash mobs, aka Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett’s DIY economic booster program for South Knoxville.
Help Flying Anvil Theatre Go to Charleston
Published 04/10/2013 at 10:56 a.m.
Co-founded by Jayne Morgan and Staci Swedeen, Flying Anvil Theatre is Knoxville’s newest tiny theater company—but it recently got a big honor: an invitation to present Swedeen’s Pardon Me For Living: A Biting Comedy at the 2013 Piccolo Spoleto Festival.
A Knox Blog for Natural Wonders
Published 04/03/2013 at 9:03 a.m.
Spring is here. Finally. Maybe. And DJ Wilson’s Meander Mountain blog is a fine way to warm up to the new season.
Two New Film Festivals Announced for 2013
Published 03/27/2013 at 10:27 a.m.
Two longstanding local film festivals are revamping themselves into much larger events this year—and, although they’ll each be covering different cinematic terrain, and are completely unrelated, their names are rather similar. In separate announcements this week, two teams of organizers ...
Spa Fon! Fantagraphics Does the World a Favor and Publishes Affordable Reprints of Classic EC Comics
Published 03/20/2013 at 10:10 a.m.
There are lots of important works in the history of comics. But there are just a few comics that are absolutely vital to understanding America’s cultural history. A new series of reprints from Fantagraphics spotlights what is possibly the most ...
We Must Support a New, Mobile Pie-Making Facility for Knoxville
Published 03/20/2013 at 9:46 a.m. 1 Comment
I love pie.
A Blog That Fuses Art and Food and Deadlines
Published 03/13/2013 at 3:02 p.m.
Okay, so artist R.L. Gibson’s “food-themed art blog” isn’t Knoxville-based per se (she lives in Gatlinburg), but we’ll still claim it (just like the Smokies).
A Knox Kickstarter Plea to Finish a Graphic Novel
Published 03/06/2013 at 11:39 a.m.
Joseph Cadotte has a vision, and it involves the adventures of detective Faisal Werner on a space station named Jannah.
Local CD Review: Tim Lee 3's 'Devil's Rope'
Updated 03/08/2013 at 12:52 p.m.
Recorded in Tuscon, Austin, and Knoxville, Devil’s Rope bristles with the sort of rock music that begs to be played loudly on your car stereo.
Triple Thread Blog is Quite Fashionable
Published 02/20/2013 at 11:37 a.m.
Nineteen-year-old Ashlyn K.’s Triple Thread blog seems quite fashionable, in a good way.
Salomé Cabaret Wants to Hit the Road
Published 02/06/2013 at 11:20 a.m.
Knoxville’s Salomé Cabaret burlesque troupe seeks some assistance.
Knox Boplicity: How Rare Live Recordings From Bebop’s Heyday Wound Up in an East Knoxville Home
Updated 02/05/2013 at 5:03 p.m.
How did recordings of 1951 live performances from New York City’s Birdland end up sitting forgotten in an East Knoxville home? The answer requires tracing a convoluted path through outdated audio technology, jazz fandom, and a long-forgotten Knoxville music scene. ...
Compilation of Old-Time Smoky Mountain Music Nominated for Grammy Award
Published 01/23/2013 at 10:19 a.m.
While Old-Time Smoky Mountain Music may not have the pop hooks of Ram or The Smile Sessions, its CD compilation of recordings made by “song catcher” Joseph S. Hall in 1939 certainly has got a lock on historical significance.
Dream Brother Pictures Starts Indiegogo Campaign for New Short Film
Published 01/16/2013 at 10:49 a.m.
Knoxville filmmaker Steven Wesley Miller's humble goal.
'Dishonored' May Be the Best Video Game of 2012 You Still Haven’t Played
Published 01/16/2013 at 10:24 a.m. 1 Comment
Dishonored came out last October and didn’t quite upturn the gaming universe despite getting good reviews and hitting several best-of-2012 lists. Sales have been okay, and publisher Bethesda has stated that it considers Dishonored to be a new franchise. Yet ...
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 ...
A Knox "Mommy Blog" With Appeal
Published 12/26/2012 at 5 p.m.
Knoxville Blog of the Month: Working Out & Eating In
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 ...