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 ...
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 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.
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 ...
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 ...