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 ...
The Dirty Brass Band's Bebop-Brass Fusion Still Inspires New Orleans Music
Published 05/18/2011 at 11:40 a.m.
From the first huffing bass notes from Kirk Joseph’s sousaphone tuba on the very first cut off the first album by the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, you know you’re about to be entranced for a lifetime.
'Hobo With a Shotgun' Gives Overdue Screen Time to Rutger Hauer
Published 05/18/2011 at 11:36 a.m.
The extermination of B-movies from theaters has long been lamented by exploitation aficionados; ever since Jaws came out in 1975, all the major studios realized they could profit from making their own big-budget gore flicks.
Metro Pulse Wins 11 SPJ Awards Competing Against Large Daily Papers
Published 05/04/2011 at 1:08 p.m. 1 Comment
Last Friday night, Knoxville’s media elite gathered at the Crowne Plaza Hotel for the East Tennessee Society of Professional Journalists’ Golden Press Card Awards. Which is to say, awards were doled out for the best regional reporting of 2010 among ...
'Cedar Rapids' Makes a Case for Ordinary Hijinks
Published 03/16/2011 at 10:27 a.m.
em>Cedar Rapids is about a bland, normal-looking guy who discovers his secret wild streak at a convention of insurance agents in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. No way this is going to be sincere, right?
Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings Bring the Soul Back to R&B
Published 03/09/2011 at 9:54 a.m.
The last few years have been a wild rush of success for a band that sounds like it might have recorded for Stax or Motown 40 years ago.
Meet Your New Homelessness Task Force
Published 03/02/2011 at 10:34 a.m.
Our new homelessness task force meets for the first time.
Q&A: 'United Tastes of America' Host Jeffrey Saad
Published 03/02/2011 at 10:15 a.m.
Jeffrey Saad has one of those jobs that we all fantasize about. As host of the Cooking Channel’s United Tastes of America—produced by upstart Knoxville television studio Lusid Media—he gets to travel the country and eat both the best versions ...
Live Out Your 'School of Rock' Fantasies With the Joy of Music School
Published 03/02/2011 at 10:04 a.m.
Okay, local musicians—now’s your chance to live out those School of Rock fantasies wherein you inspire a group of loveable kids to take up instruments and rock out (or play jazz, or classical, or other genres).
Vacationist League: 'Algorithm and Blues'
Published 02/23/2011 at 12:56 p.m.
For local-music aficionados, John Tilson is one of the heroes of high-top rock; as co-leader of the Swamis, he helped define the Knoxville sound of sardonic/silly garage-rock that flourished here for much of the ’90s.
Raven Records' Resurrection
Published 02/16/2011 at 11:40 a.m.
The locally iconic Raven Records returns after 16 years, now renamed Raven Records & Rarities and stocking not just vinyl records but also a wide array of "oddball, weird, cool stuff."
WDVX Named Best Bluegrass Station Again
Published 02/09/2011 at 12:53 p.m.
Can WDVX be any more beloved? Well, yes it can—by winning its seventh Bluegrass Radio Station of the Year award last weekend at the 37th Annual Bluegrass Music Awards.
Waynestock Benefit Planned for Bledsoe Family
Published 01/12/2011 at 12:38 p.m.
Wayne Bledsoe has been writing about the Knoxville music scene at the News Sentinel almost as long as there’s been something called “the Knoxville music scene.” And in the wake of his 23-year-old son Andrew’s death last month, that scene ...
Readers' Picks: The Year’s Most Popular Stories at Metropulse.com
Published 12/29/2010 at noon
In our Year In Review issue, we excerpted stories that we either liked a lot or that we felt reflected some of the big issues Knoxville faced in 2010. But what did our readers feel were our most interesting stories? ...
You Better Not Cry
Published 12/22/2010 at 11:07 a.m.
Trying to raise a child to grow up right in this dark, twisted world is no easy task for any parent. Therefore, I feel perfectly justified in threatening my son with Santa Claus’ wrath.
In-House Kudos: Some Scripps Awards
Published 12/15/2010 at 11:48 a.m.
Last week, the E.W. Scripps Company (our corporate overlord) announced the winners in the third-quarter Best of Scripps contest, and we picked up couple of awards in the small paper category.
Political Blogger Q&A: Joe Powell, Cup of Joe Powell
Published 12/01/2010 at 1 p.m.
Joe Powell: "My blog isn’t about 'one thing'—I write about what interests me, what makes me laugh, what inspires me, and hopefully my writing will bring readers back."
Some Knox Blogs of Interest
Published 12/01/2010 at 11:50 a.m. 1 Comment
Here are some more blogs produced in the Knoxville area that are worth checking out.
Food Blogger Q&A: Heather Baird, Sprinkle Bakes
Published 12/01/2010 at 11:27 a.m.
Heather Baird: "My blog is all about adding more sparkle to your baking. I hope to inspire the at-home baker and others who need a little creative fulfillment outside of their 9-5 routines."
Music Blogger Q&A: Nelson Gullett, A Fifty Cent Lighter and a Whiskey Buzz
Published 12/01/2010 at 11:13 a.m.
Nelson Gullett: "If there is a mission, I guess it’s simply to have fun and share music I love with others. I also want to help the artists I cover gain fans and gain exposure."
Drinks Blogger Q&A: Mackey, Drinking Knoxville
Published 12/01/2010 at 11:06 a.m.
Mackey: "Our group of drunkards has had a great time drinking our way through Knoxville over the years and thought it would be fun to chronicle some of our experiences via a blog. Most of our stories haven’t made it ...
Downtown Blogger Q&A: Alan Sims, Stuck Inside of Knoxville w/ the Urban Blues Ag’n
Published 12/01/2010 at 11 a.m.
Alan Sims: "I started my blog to fill what I perceived as a gap in available information. I really wanted to read in-depth about life in the city and I couldn’t find that type of coverage on the few blogs ...
Scott Miller Discusses His New Holiday EP 'Christmas Gift'
Published 11/24/2010 at 11:49 a.m.
Christmas in Knoxville: It’s typically a time of leaf blowers, long lines at Honey Baked Ham, and briskly warm ice skating on Market Square. But now it is also a time for the music of Scott Miller.
Boxie Pets by Rachel Travis
Published 11/24/2010 at 11:20 a.m.
Here it is: The absolutely perfect gift for anyone who loves their pets. Local artist Rachel Travis’ Boxie Pets are custom, hand-painted portraits on 4-inch square “boxes” that are an inch-and-a-half deep.
Reading the Future of Locally Owned Bookstores
Published 11/10/2010 at 6:10 p.m. 2 Comments
Independent book stores are an endangered species. Facing competition from chain stores, Amazon.com, and now e-books, locally owned booksellers around the country are worried they won’t survive the current recession. In Knoxville, we have three case studies: new-books store Carpe ...
From the Editor: Good-bye and Hello
Published 11/10/2010 at 5:45 p.m.
We're sad to see a valued colleague depart, but happy to announce a new hire.
Carpe Librum Booksellers Set to Close
Published 11/03/2010 at 2:30 p.m. 6 Comments
After nearly six years of catering to Knoxville’s book lovers, Carpe Librum Booksellers will be closing at the end of this year. Although being the city’s only independently owned outlet for new books gave it a unique niche in the ...
"Never Let Me Go" Offers a Bleak View of Human Nature
Published 10/27/2010 at 11:18 a.m.
If you’re ever in the mood to fixate on the futility of avoiding your inevitable doom, then boy, does Mark Romanek have the movie for you. Never Let Me Go is a somber, beautiful, and painfully slow rumination on being ...
"Colin" Attacks Our Zombified Culture Head-On
Published 10/20/2010 at 11:45 a.m.
As we all know, a zombie apocalypse is imminent, and there’s really no use in asking why. Some day quite soon, we’ll wake up to a world of flesh-eating former humans shuffling along urban streets in search of fresh, non-zombie ...
Alan Sherrod Recognized by National Endowment for the Arts
Published 10/06/2010 at 12:38 p.m.
Alan Sherrod, our fine-arts writer, has been awarded a fellowship by the National Endowment of the Arts to enter their Arts Journalism Institute in Classical Music and Opera.
The Official Insider's Guide to Knoxville, Vol. 2
Published 09/08/2010 at 12:11 p.m.
Knoxville: It’s a tough town. And if you don’t learn the ropes fast, you’re liable to get bruised. But don’t worry—we’re going to make life easier for you. All you have to do is read our second volume of tips, ...
Robert Rodriguez’s "Machete" Revisits ’70s-style Exploitation for Both Laughs and Gross-Outs
Published 09/07/2010 at 5:38 p.m.
Machete is what it is: A revenge/conspiracy/action flick laced with political satire and ’70s-style goofiness. And why not?
Knoxville Films Premieres 24-Hour Film Festival
Published 08/18/2010 at 9:16 a.m.
This Friday, Knoxvillians will once again witness teams of sweaty filmmakers scrambling around downtown to make short films in a short amount of time. But the competition won’t be the familiar Marble City 10-Hour Film Festival, which dissolved after five ...
Jay Roach Serves Up the Summer's Most Irritating Comedy in 'Dinner for Schmucks'
Published 08/04/2010 at 10:02 a.m.
Okay. So the only way to really pull this scenario off without being seriously distasteful is to make it a dark social comedy, not unlike its French inspiration, The Dinner Game by Francis Veber. Right? Turn the tables and reveal ...
Three is the Magic Number
Published 07/21/2010 at 9:11 a.m.
Last weekend, at the annual convention of the Association of Alternative Newsweeklies, Metro Pulse picked up three 2010 AltWeekly Awards. These awards are especially important to us because they honor the best writing and reporting from alt weeklies across the ...