'The ABCs of Death' Surveys Contemporary Horror With Mixed Results
Published 03/20/2013 at 10:44 a.m.
The ABCs of Death, which the Knoxville Horror Film Festival is screening this weekend, collects 26 short films—one for each letter of the alphabet—by 26 acclaimed directors from around the world, most of them under 40.
AC Entertainment Expands Its Empire to Nashville
Published 03/13/2013 at 10:55 a.m.
AC Entertainment’s music-business empire is expanding to the west. The Knoxville music promoter announced last week that the company will take over booking for two of Nashville’s most prestigious venues.
Ashley Monroe and the Mavericks Take Advantage of Second Chances
Published 03/13/2013 at 10:49 a.m.
Ashley Monroe's new album, Like a Rose (Warner Bros. Nashville), released earlier this month, is even more deeply indebted to hardcore country traditions than the Pistol Annies' Hell on Heels, and while it seems likely to earn Monroe respect from ...
Asheville Burlesque Festival Will Have Knoxville Flavor
Published 03/06/2013 at 10:41 a.m.
The biggest award at the 7th Annual Americana Burlesque and Sideshow Festival in Asheville, N.C., will get a double dose of Knoxville this year.
British Blues Singer Bex Marshall Puts Some Country in Her Blues
Published 03/06/2013 at 10:35 a.m.
There’s a surprising fact behind Bex Marshall’s new album of countrified back-porch blues, House of Mercy: Even though it sounds (mostly) like down-home rural blues from Mississippi, House of Mercy was actually recorded in Marshall’s house in the north of ...
Q&A: Cartoonist Gene Yang
Published 02/27/2013 at 1:43 p.m.
Gene Yang, who has been writing and drawing comics since the mid-1990s, is best known for the 2006 graphic novel American Born Chinese, about a first-generation Chinese-American teenager and his difficulty coming to terms with junior high school. American Born ...
Blackstock Auditorium Announces Grand Opening
Published 02/27/2013 at 10:53 a.m.
The Blackstock Exchange and Auditorium—the new music and dance venue in the space formerly occupied by the Cider House and Valarium—will officially open for business this weekend, with a grand opening set for March 9.
Buddy Guy Keeps the Blues Alive
Published 02/27/2013 at 10:49 a.m.
Every January, Buddy Guy holds a month-long residency at Buddy Guy’s Legends, the blues club he owns in Chicago. The 76-year-old Guy plays four nights a week with a roster of national touring acts like Lil Ed and the Imperials. ...
Paul McCartney Tops Bonnaroo's 2013 Lineup
Published 02/20/2013 at 10:46 a.m.
Evey year, it seems the Bonnaroo headliner gets a little more special. But AC Entertainment will have to pull off something spectacular in 2014 to top this year’s news that an ex-Beatle will be the Middle Tennessee music festival’s big ...
The Drive-By Truckers' Patterson Hood Transforms a Novel-in-Progress Into His Best Solo Album
Published 02/13/2013 at 10:35 a.m.
Patterson Hood didn’t have big plans when he started working on what eventually turned into his 2012 solo album, Heat Lightning Rumbles in the Distance.
Scruffy City Ramble: The Show Will Go On
Published 02/13/2013 at 10:30 a.m.
At least one more installment of Scruffy City Ramble will be held at the Square Room, and organizer Chyna Brackeen says the series will definitely continue at a venue to be determined.
Dogwood Arts Festival Announces Rhythm N' Blooms Lineup
Published 02/13/2013 at 10:27 a.m.
The Dogwood Arts Festival’s Rhythm N’ Blooms music festival gets even bigger in its fourth year, with an impressive lineup of local, regional, and national Americana, folk, country, rock, pop, and R&B acts and more venues than ever before.
Long-Running Murfreesboro Band Glossary Rediscovers the Mythology of Rock ’n’ Roll
Published 02/06/2013 at 2:04 p.m.
Long Live All of Us, released in October 2011, is another stage in Glossary’s development from scrappy indie rock to a classic rock ’n’ roll band.
New City Resources Plans "Eclectic Array of Stuff" at the Square Room
Updated 02/08/2013 at 3:36 p.m.
Programming at the Square Room will be getting a makeover in the next few weeks as Kenny Woodhull and New City Resources, a non-profit Christian organization that has taken over booking for the venue, implement their particular vision for the ...
The Black Lillies Announce New Album and Tennessee Theatre Concert
Published 01/30/2013 at 11:29 a.m.
Following the breakthrough success of their 2011 sophomore album, 100 Miles of Wreckage, the Black Lillies are just about ready to unveil their next disc, with a big release show at the Tennessee Theatre scheduled for March.
A New Box Set Could Turn Casual Reggae Fans Into Obsessives
Published 01/30/2013 at 11:02 a.m.
Reggae Golden Jubilee: Origins of Jamaican Music is not necessarily the best compilation of Jamaican music available, or the best introduction for newcomers. But it is just the thing for casual fans who want to step up to a more ...
The Zac Brown Band Overcomes Its Biggest Hit to Become One of Country Music's Top Acts
Published 01/23/2013 at 10:21 a.m.
For most fans, the Zac Brown Band is inseparable from its first big hit, the rousing Southern summer anthem “Chicken Fried.” It’s the kind of song that any new band would love to have, but it’s also the kind of ...
Local CD Review: Jack Rentfro and the Apocalypso Quartet
Published 01/16/2013 at 10:35 a.m.
The basic framework of writer/self-mythologizer Jack Rentfro’s shambolic music project is familiar—spoken-word performance over moody, atmospheric, semi-improvised jazz rock—but the end result is decidedly not.
Community Design Center Seeks Artists for Interstate Mural
Published 01/16/2013 at 10:33 a.m.
The CDC was recently awarded a grant from the city of Knoxville and wants to use the money to fund a mural on the Interstate 40 underpass between Washington and Glenwood avenues in northeast Knoxville
Lonesome Coyotes Recruit Original Guitarist Hector Qirko for February Show
Published 01/16/2013 at 10:31 a.m.
When local blues/jazz/rock guitar hero Hector Qirko moved from Knoxville to Charleston, S.C., almost three years ago, we all knew nobody would ever quite fill his spot.
Hard Rock Cafe Announces Band Competition
Published 01/09/2013 at 10:39 a.m.
The Hard Rock Cafe in Gatlinburg is gearing up for the opening rounds of Hard Rock Rising, the company’s worldwide band competition, with registration open now through Jan. 21 and local performances set for Feb. 18-April 15.
Get Happy With Waynestock 3
Published 01/09/2013 at 10:29 a.m.
The third festival, scheduled for Friday, Feb. 1, and Saturday, Feb. 2, at Relix Variety Theatre on North Central Street, will benefit the Community School for the Arts, a Knoxville nonprofit organization that provides free arts instruction to children who ...
Magpie Suite Reunites for One More Show
Published 12/19/2012 at 10:06 a.m.
The last time the members of Knoxville rock band Magpie Suite played together, at a reunion show in 2010 at Manhattan’s in the Old City, they attracted a full house.
New Box Set Highlights the Horror Soundtracks of Italian Weirdos Goblin
Published 12/19/2012 at 9:47 a.m.
The Awakening makes a solid case for Goblin as one of the most important independent film-music forces of the late 20th century, alongside Ennio Morricone, Carpenter, and Popol Vuh.
Beardsley Farm Announces Fifth Snow Day Fund-Raiser
Published 12/12/2012 at 1:56 p.m.
Beardsley Community Farm’s Snow Day benefit is turning into a local post-holiday season tradition—the farm has just announced the fifth edition of the one-of-a-kind concert/beard contest/silent auction/soup contest fund-raiser, set for Friday, Jan. 25, at Barley’s Taproom & Pizzeria in ...
WDVX Announces "World-Class" Bluegrass Concert Series
Published 12/12/2012 at 1:54 p.m.
With the Tennessee Shines name already resurrected for WDVX’s weekly series of Monday night concert broadcasts, the popular roots/Americana radio station had to find another name for its new schedule of quarterly performances at the Bijou Theatre.
30th Century Man: Scott Walker’s Second Act Continues With 'Bish Bosch'
Published 12/12/2012 at 10 a.m.
Bish Bosch is a meticulous, intelligent, and generally stupefying addition to what has already been one of the most remarkable second acts in pop-music history
Tiki Bar Owner to Open New Club in Former Valarium Space
Published 11/28/2012 at 11:30 a.m. 1 Comment
The mysterious saga of the Valarium looks like it will have a new chapter soon, when local tiki entrepreneur Daniel Leal reopens the warehouse venue as Blackstock Auditorium.
R. Kelly's Knoxville Concert to Be Broadcast Live on AXS TV
Published 11/28/2012 at 11:27 a.m.
If you can’t make it to R&B superman R. Kelly’s Single Ladies Tour concert at the Tennessee Theatre on Tuesday, Dec. 4, you’ll still be able to see the show live in the comfort of your own home on AXS ...
Developmental Issues: Does a Taxpayer-Funded—But Not Exactly Public—CBID Still Make Sense for a Revitalized Downtown Knoxville?
Published 11/28/2012 at 10:30 a.m.
Back in the early ’90s, when Knoxville’s downtown was a barren landscape, the formation of the Central Business Improvement District made a lot of sense. Downtown needed all the help it could get. But now that it’s revitalized, should the ...
Modern Sound of the Lonetones
Published 11/20/2012 at 1:09 p.m.
Local folk-rockers the Lonetones have gotten bigger since the release of their last album, Canaries, in 2009. And they’ve added a bunch of surprising guest spots on their new disc, Modern Victims, all of whom will be performing next month ...
Call It A Comeback for Former Knoxvillian Adam Hill
Published 11/20/2012 at 12:55 p.m.
For a brief period in the late 1990s, the Satellite Pumps were one of the best bands in Knoxville. The group played sultry, swinging rock ’n’ roll and country, dance music for the head as much as the hips, establishing ...
Stir it Up: Tim Lee Blends Hip-Hop and Rock in New Music Showcase
Published 11/14/2012 at 11:47 a.m.
Local rocker Tim Lee just finished up a month-long series of shows at Pilot Light with R.B. Morris, and his trio, the Tim Lee 3, has a new album due out soon (along with an EP and a live disc ...
Midnight Voyage Continues Despite Closing of the Valarium and Cider House
Published 11/14/2012 at 11:45 a.m.
The Valarium may be closing but the show will go on—at least as far as Midnight Voyage, the weekly EDM concert/dance night that has been held at the Valarium’s sister club the Cider House since 2010, is concerned.
The Black Cadillacs Are Headed to Nashville in 2013
Published 11/07/2012 at 1:07 p.m.
The release of the Black Cadillacs’ second album, Run, back in June, seemed like a turning point for the band. The group had improved significantly over its self-titled 2010 debut, in both songwriting and confidence, and the Cadillacs seemed poised ...
Last Dance: Valarium Management Announces the Club Will Close in November
Published 11/07/2012 at 1:05 p.m.
Knoxville’s night life will take a big hit later this month when the Valarium closes after five years of business, leaving the city’s entertainment infrastructure without a mid-size club venue.
Northwest Metal Throwback Band Witch Mountain Gets a Second Chance
Published 10/31/2012 at 10:42 a.m.
Time hasn’t always been on Witch Mountain’s side. When the band formed in Portland, Ore., in 1997, its brand of traditional heavy metal was at its commercial and cultural nadir. After recording their debut album, ...Come the Mountain, in 2001, ...
AC Entertainment's MoogFest Set to Take Over Asheville
Published 10/24/2012 at 11:06 a.m.
MoogFest, AC Entertainment’s annual (mostly) electronic music festival in Asheville, may have displaced Knoxville’s own Big Ears as the hometown promoter’s out-there music fest, at least temporarily, but there’s no sense begrudging the city across the mountains.
Jerry Douglas Digs Up Some Soul in New Orleans
Published 10/24/2012 at 11:02 a.m.
Even among his own eclectic discography, which covers traditional and not-so-traditional bluegrass, acoustic jazz, and blues, Jerry Douglas’ new album is a surprise. The prolific Dobro player/bandleader/session musician, best known for his connections to Alison Krauss and the 1970s hot-stuff ...
French Cartoonist Lewis Trondheim Takes Funny-Animal Comics to New Heights
Published 10/17/2012 at 11:10 a.m.
As the title indicates, things definitely take a dark turn in Lewis Trondheim’s just-released Ralph Azham: Why Would You Lie to Someone You Love?, the first part of Fantagraphics’ planned translation of his ongoing fantasy mock epic about a wise-ass ...
Ramble On: The Square Room's Live-Broadcast Concert Series Continues Under a New Name
Published 10/17/2012 at 10:48 a.m.
You’ll notice a few changes tonight at the Square Room’s monthly series of live broadcast roots-music concerts hosted by Scott Miller and Metro Pulse’s Jack Neely.
Melvins Lite Are Still Heavier Than Just About Anything Else
Published 10/10/2012 at 11:58 a.m.
If Melvins fans have learned anything from the band, it’s that expectations don’t count for much.
Happy Hour With the Tim Lee 3
Published 10/10/2012 at 11:48 a.m.
Last year, Tim Lee led an acoustic quartet that hosted a month-long series of weekly early shows at Pilot Light called 4X4. The final show in the series featured a guest appearance by local poet and songwriter R.B. Morris, which ...
Q&A: Climber and Activist Alan Arnette
Published 10/03/2012 at 4:14 p.m.
Not long after Alan Arnette started climbing mountains, his mother was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. After she died, in 2009, the technology executive set out on his most ambitious climbing adventure, and hooked it to a campaign to raise awareness ...
Knoxville Horror Film Festival's Year-Round Success Continues With 'Klown,' 'Miami Connection' Screenings
Published 09/26/2012 at 3:30 p.m.
In just four years, the Knoxville Horror Film Festival has grown from a weekend of short films and a handful of features into a year-round organization that holds regular screenings of chiller classics, cult favorites, and acclaimed recent horror movies ...
Smokin' Dave and the Premo Dopes Added to MetroFest Lineup
Published 09/19/2012 at 10:41 a.m.
One of the main headliners for this year’s MetroFest music festival dropped out at the last minute, only to be replaced by perhaps an even more treasured local band.
Christa DeCicco Plans New Album, Move to Virgin Islands
Published 09/05/2012 at 11:03 a.m.
The end of summer isn’t going to bother Christa DeCicco very much. The singer, who has fronted the local swing/jazz/string band Christabel and the Jons, will be long gone from Knoxville by the time winter hits, basking in the sun ...
Mr. Positivity: UT Athletic Director Dave Hart
Published 09/05/2012 at 10:26 a.m. 1 Comment
When Dave Hart accepted the job as the University of Tennessee’s new athletic director a year ago, the program was a mess. The once-proud football team had descended into consistent mediocrity, made worse by having three coaches in three years ...
It's Here! The Official MetroFest Schedule!
Updated 09/19/2012 at 2:40 p.m.
MetroFest, Metro Pulse’s local benefit music festival, is getting closer, and we’re ready to reveal more details—like the official schedule for the festival, set for Friday, Sept. 28, at venues across downtown and in the Old City.
The Milk Carton Kids Take Folk to New Highs and Lows
Published 08/22/2012 at 11:18 a.m.
There are two things you might notice when you hear the folk duo Milk Carton Kids. The first is that they play a very quiet and restrained kind of folk, deliberate, precise, genteel, and even polite. The second thing you ...