Best Place To Tie The Knot: Gatlinburg
Published 05/12/2010 at 5 p.m.
No, Gatlinburg is not in Knoxville. But we just can’t compete!
Best Hair Salon & Best Nail Salon: Salon Visage
Published 05/12/2010 at 5 p.m.
f there’s one hair salon that put Knoxville on the beauty map, it’s Frank and Belinda Gambuzza’s Salon Visage and its ever-growing number of locations and services. Innovative without being too chi-chi, it’s the go-to salon for Knoxvillians who want ...
Best Use Of Lane Kiffin Memorabilia: Toilet Paper
Published 05/12/2010 at 5 p.m.
Oh, dear. How the once-slavish fans turn on you once you completely reject them (after one short year) in order to further a dubious career built on acting like a self-entitled dork with few actual results on the playing field.
Best Book Store: McKay Used Books, CDs, Movies & More
Published 05/12/2010 at 5 p.m.
Just try to get a parking space on a Saturday at McKay, then prepare yourself to enter the Old Media Thunderdome as combatants vie for deals on books, CDs, DVDs, and video games.
Best Restaurant: Tomato Head
Published 05/12/2010 at 5 p.m.
The Tomato Head is the all-time winningest Best of Knoxville champion, scooping up multiple awards every year we’ve run the contest since 1996. And with good reason: Owners Mahasti Vafaie and Scott Partin are setting the bar for local businesses.
Seva David Ball Races Against Time (and Mold) to Save the Earliest Recordings of the Moog Synthesizer
Published 05/05/2010 at 2:20 p.m. 5 Comments
In January, longtime local radio and music figure Seva David Ball embarked on his most unusual assignment as an audio professional: to rescue the earliest recordings of one his personal heroes before they disintegrated from an onslaught of mold and ...
Dealing With Tough Times
Published 01/28/2010 at 10:22 a.m.
Last year was lousy for the motorcycle industry. Sales took a steep plunge after the economy cratered and people started spending less and less on leisure-time activities or hobbies. Although East Tennessee is a motorcycling haven, it's not immune to ...
From the Editor: Comings and Goings
Published 01/20/2010 at 9:51 a.m.
It is with no small displeasure that we must announce the departure of staff writer Chris Barrett. But we're also happy to announce that Jesse Fox Mayshark is returning to the fold.
Support Your Local Motorcycle Shops
Published 12/02/2009 at 10:12 a.m.
For anyone who’s been paying attention to current events, the motorcycle industry has had an incredibly difficult year. According to Webbikeworld.com’s compilation of motorcycle sales stats for the U.S. in the third quarter, “...motorcycle sales totaled just 434,370 so far ...
We Knew Him When
Published 11/04/2009 at 9:52 a.m.
We’re proud to announce that Metro Pulse theater critic Kieron Barry has been named a Norman Mailer Fellow, an award granted by the Norman Mailer Writers Colony, which was established after Mailer’s death in 2007 to recognize and assist emerging, ...
The Economics of Riding: Buell Motorcycles
Published 10/22/2009 at 10:47 a.m.
Riding a motorcycle is generally an escape—from your worries, from your bills, from whatever you left behind after hitting the starter button. But lately, it’s been getting harder to avoid bad news about the economic downturn and how it’s affecting ...
James Agee Film Festival Uncovers Obscure Titles
Published 10/21/2009 at 2:53 p.m.
We are not talking now of summer evenings. We are talking of what may be a once-in-a-lifetime chance to see numerous rarely screened—and rare in most other terms—films that include the words, voice, or visage of one James Agee. From ...
Metro Pulse Bartender Awards
Published 10/07/2009 at 12:30 p.m. 2 Comments
Last month, we ran an online survey asking you to vote for your favorite local bartenders. Who are Knoxville’s best pourers of alcoholic libations? Here are the results.
Published 09/30/2009 at 10:35 a.m.
In Frank Cagle’s column last week [“Strong Message,” Frank Talk], he wrote that Speaker Kent Williams had donated money to legislative candidate Pat Marsh from his Speaker’s PAC. The paperwork for the Speaker’s PAC is still being prepared. The money ...
Honda Hawk GT: The Cult Bike That Almost Got Away
Updated 10/09/2009 at 9:44 a.m.
Every rider is convinced that there is one magical motorcycle in this world that will bring ultimate satisfaction. And it’s usually just outside of our reach—too rare, too expensive, or too dangerous to actually own. But we keep our eyes ...
Getting Involved With Handlebars
Published 09/22/2009 at 5:11 p.m.
As much as we like putting together Handlebars, we’d like your help to make it an even better monthly read. And we’ve got a couple of options for you.
Published 08/27/2009 at 10:49 a.m.
As motorcycle enthusiasts, we usually stay focused on the idealized aspects of the sport: freedom of the open road, kinship with other riders, and a sense of individuality in an increasingly homogenized world. And then there’s our appreciation for all ...
Joel Trussell Teams Up With Rick Rubin and the Gossip for Music Video
Published 07/22/2009 at 3:53 p.m.
West Knoxvillian and internationally known animator Joel Trussell has made music videos for acts like Morcheeba and Jakob Dylan, but his most recent gig is also his biggest to date: a video for Portland, Ore., group the Gossip, visualizing a ...
Published 07/17/2009 at 1:13 p.m.
So, do you like having a free monthly motorcycle magazine that focuses on the huge variety of riding and riders in the East Tennessee region? That’s what we’ve been hoping. When we took on Handlebars back in January, there was ...
Graphic Artist Q&A: Chris Echols (art) and Jordan Taylor (words)
Published 07/08/2009 at 4:01 p.m. 1 Comment
Q: How did Sapceman come to life? A (Taylor): Obviously, we take Sapceman straight from the original source (and the Sapceman serial that ran along with newsreels from 1933-1949, including the classic Sapceman vs. the Nazis episode “Sapcetime for Hitler”), ...
Graphic Artist Q&A: Daniel Maw
Published 07/08/2009 at 3:54 p.m. 1 Comment
Q: What do you find appealing/fulfilling about this medium as opposed to the usual art-school options? A:The greatest appeal for me is the accessibility of the medium. From my own experience engaging comics at a relatively early age, I can ...
Graphic Artist Q&A: Michael Giles
Published 07/08/2009 at 3:51 p.m.
Q: Are there any comic artists who are particularly important to you? A: Early on I was a big fan of the big superhero comics, particularly Jim Lee and his work on X-Men. But this kind of work draws much ...
Published 07/08/2009 at 1:01 p.m.
A man approached two police officers in the Old City and told them he was beaten and robbed on June 22 at about 3 p.m. at the Greyhound Bus station nearby. The man said he was just hanging out at ...
How They Chose “Tradingo.com”
Published 07/01/2009 at 4:40 p.m.
The right name and URL can make the difference between an Internet hit or a quickly forgotten miss. When TJ McNamara and Scott Scheinbaum wrestled with what to call their online bartering site, they went through hundreds of names—“and out ...
Knoxville-Based Tradingo.com Wants Your Stuff
Published 07/01/2009 at 4:26 p.m. 12 Comments
The idea came to him during Super Bowl XLII—Giants-Patriots—and just wouldn’t go away. Thomas “TJ” McNamara had settled into the living room of his plush suburban home in far West Knoxville to watch the game with about 30 of his ...
Knoxville’s Best Alternative
Published 07/01/2009 at 3:49 p.m.
When E.W. Scripps purchased Metro Pulse in June of 2007, the reaction among longtime readers was decidedly unfavorable. Which is easy to understand since the combination of a large, national media corporation and a local, independent paper that often chided ...
Meet Tradingo.com's K Team
Published 07/01/2009 at 11:34 a.m.
With the exception of graphic design by Vancouver-based MetaLab, Tradingo.com is a made-in-Knoxville product. Here are the local developers who helped put the site together
Published 06/29/2009 at 9:52 a.m.
I’m still getting used to being on two wheels myself. After being out of the saddle for many years, I succumbed to the habit of so many middle-aged guys: Buying the dream bike you couldn’t afford when you were young. ...
Brew Festival in Maryville Raises Funds for Animals
Published 06/17/2009 at 11:12 a.m.
The alternate universe of Maryville increases its cool-stuff-to-do quotient tenfold this weekend with the inaugural Smoky Mountain Dragon’s Breath Brewers Jam. A fund-raiser for the non-profit Smoky Mountain Animal Care Foundation (SMACF), the brew fest is set for Saturday, June ...
Chrisette Michele Disappoints on New Album
Published 06/10/2009 at 4:07 p.m.
All other things being equal, I prefer pop R&B to neo-soul. So when I heard that neo-soul diva Chrisette Michele had sold out on her second album, Epiphany, I was cautiously optimistic. Her first effort, I Am, from 2007, was ...
Louise Mosrie is Kicking Ass at Kerrville
Published 06/10/2009 at 4:06 p.m.
Knoxville expat (and former Metro Pulse sales rep) Louise Mosrie moved to Nashville a while back to focus on her singer/songwriter dreams, but it was in the Texas Hill Country last week that she found the limelight.
Sonic Youth Gets Predictable
Published 06/10/2009 at 4:03 p.m.
The last Sonic Youth album I spent any time at all with was Washing Machine from way, way back in 1995. The Eternal picks up exactly where we left off, though—and that’s kind of a problem.
Back in the Saddle
Published 05/27/2009 at 10:24 a.m.
All too often, the motorcycle media doesn’t treat women as real riders—they’re typically used as adornments in photos. And while that may make lots of male riders happy, you’ve got to wonder if it really helps the overall cause of ...
Scott Miller's Got Nothing to Worry About
Published 05/06/2009 at 3:30 p.m.
I must admit to having felt a rush of excitement back in 2003 upon discovering Scott Miller’s Upside Downside in the “hot new artists” rack at a Tower Records in Northern California. “He’s really in the big leagues!” I thought. ...
Best Local Blues Band: Jon Worley & Cornbred Blues Band
Published 04/30/2009 at 2:04 a.m.
Modern-day blues bands typically take their cues from Chicago’s guitar-drenched sound, but Jon Worley drops in all sorts of different musical influences: soulful ’60s-style organ, countryish lap steel guitar, and maybe some ’60s psychedelia via his own offbeat self. It’s ...
Best Local Actor: Johnny Knoxville
Published 04/30/2009 at 1:59 a.m.
Is there a single man in the entire celebrityverse who has more verbiage spilled over the state of his testicles than Johnny Knoxville? We say not! Last year, bloggers went into copy-and-paste overdrive, endlessly repeating the same headlines: “Johnny Knoxville’s ...
Best CD/Record Store: The Disc Exchange
Published 04/30/2009 at 12:06 a.m.
It’s not easy trying to sell CDs these days. In the face of rising digital downloading (both legal and illegal), the music industry has reacted by shooting itself in as many limbs as possible, leaving independent record stores in the ...
Best Bar: Barley’s Taproom & Pizzeria
Published 04/29/2009 at 11:33 p.m.
Barley’s in the Old City has achieved what every business owner dreams of: Being all things to nearly all people. Want to have a nice family dinner? No problem. Want to sequester yourself from the outside world and sit at ...
Best Restaurant: The Tomato Head
Published 04/29/2009 at 11:29 p.m.
Back when the original Flying Tomato opened on Market Square in 1990, it didn’t exactly seem like a sure thing. There’d been other hip pizza parlors in Knoxville, but they hadn’t lasted very long (oh, Vatican... oh, ACME....). Plus, owner ...
Best Store: Bliss
Published 04/29/2009 at 4:48 p.m.
The Bliss empire continues to grow, spreading its message of affordable yet comfortably hip home decor and personal adornment. Owners/spouses Scott Schimmel and Lisa Sorensen may have started with a small boutique, but now they’ve branched out into furniture and ...
Up for the Down Stroke
Published 04/24/2009 at 3:46 p.m.
For many riders, life begins with a two-stroke. Growing up in the wild, unregulated ’70s, your first motorcycle often involved mixing oil and gas, then hitting the throttle for instant power—thrusting your 10-year-old body into hyperspeed. Or maybe it just ...
Knoxville Native Earns Spot in the Bonnaroo of Folk Music
Published 04/22/2009 at 4:01 p.m.
Knoxville ex-pat and current Nashville singer-songwriter Louise Mosrie just landed a monster gig, winning a slot at the Grassy Hill Kerrville New Folk Concerts for Emerging Songwriters. It’s part of the 38th annual Kerrville Folk Festival in Texas, sort of ...
Standing Room Only
Published 04/15/2009 at 3:21 p.m.
It was standing room only Saturday at the Square Room for the Whiskey Angel CD release party by Cruz Contreras’ new band The Black Lillies. This strong freshman effort of rock- and blues-tinged Americana should put to rest any concerns ...
Record Store Revival
Published 04/15/2009 at 3:16 p.m.
On stage, Scott Miller offers a few apologies then begins singing about sin in Indiana—the crowd responding with hand-claps and a few laughs as he plays the song’s irresistibly hooky guitar lines. It’s standing room only (no chairs), as fans ...
The Record-Selling Biz: A Chat With Jay Nations
Published 04/15/2009 at 11:49 a.m.
Lunch with Jay Nations is always a pleasure. The former owner of Raven Records is one Knoxville's true originals—an affable fellow who now enjoys earning a living by selling vinyl records and CDs at shows and in local shops. While ...
Hitting the Kill Switch
Published 03/24/2009 at 9:42 a.m.
One of the first rumors to hit cycling circles when we revamped Handlebars was that the magazine had been “taken over” by people who don’t ride. As one biker-bar owner asked us via e-mail before canceling his advertising, “Is there ...
Clearing the Carbs
Published 03/12/2009 at 4:56 p.m.
Who knew that putting out a magazine covering the wide range of motorcycling available in East Tennessee would be so controversial?
"Watchmen:" A Copy That Doesn't Match the Original
Published 03/11/2009 at 3:51 p.m.
So here we are at last: After more than 20 years of hype, a few hundred doctoral dissertations, a thousand imitators, roughly a billion failed Hollywood deals, and one lawsuit, “the greatest graphic novel of all time” has finally been ...
Portrait: Knoxville's Greyhound Station at Midnight
Published 03/04/2009 at 3:47 p.m.
To get from North Carolina to Oregon on a bus requires three days, multiple connections, and a stack of tickets.
Into First Gear
Published 02/19/2009 at 3:09 p.m.
When Handlebars was launched nearly five years ago, it really filled a need among East Tennessee motorcyclists. This is one of the best regions in the country to ride on two wheels, and it’s home to all sorts of different ...