Table of Contents: Jan. 27-Feb. 2, 2011


Jukebox Heroes
Cover bands get no respect. They get paid, generally a lot more than the average local band playing original music, but no one remembers them the next morning. No one buys their records, if they even bother to make one, or wears their T-shirts. But in our special Music Issue, we at last pay tribute to the cover band, profiling four local standouts: the Pop Rox, Same as It Ever Was, the Invaders, and the Quorum.

Police Blotter: The Price of Fashion
Count on It: The City's Salt Brine Strategy
Meet Your City: Meet Your (Mostly Republican) Legislators
Knoxville Googled: knoxville+retail
Street Talk: Jesse Fox Mayshark, Metro Pulse managing editor and bachelor for "Guys That Give" auction to benefit Friends of Literacy


Citybeat: Is Sex Ed Too Sexy?
Last fall, a teacher at Hardin Valley Academy forgot to send home parental notification letters before a Planned Parenthood educator gave a presentation as part of the state's required Lifetime Wellness curriculum. Sophomore Alaynna McCormick was disturbed by the information she learned during this presentation. She told her mother, Kym, about it. Since early October, Kym McCormick has been on the warpath to get Planned Parenthood banned from the schools. Cari Wade Gervin tracks the "controversy."

Citybeat: The Green Grifter?
The former CFO for the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy was recently indicted in federal court on 10 counts of wire fraud and eight counts of money laundering, as Jesse Fox Mayshark reports.

Ear to the Ground
Mark Padgett makes his move, Zach Wamp finds a new job, and Gov. Haslam faces recalcitrant octogenarians.

Secret History
Jack Neely gets cranky at the check-out line.

Frank Talk
Frank Cagle offers advice to the youth of today.

Sideways Glance
Rikki Hall is suspicious of City Council's lack of discussion.

All Foods Considered by Rose Kennedy
Apolitical soup


Music: On Tour
Dr. Dog

Music: On Tour
Jolie Holland

Eye on the Scene
Drunk Uncles, the American Plague, Oh No Fiasco

Local CD Review

CD Reviews
The Decemberists, Ghost

Music: Classical
Evelyn Miller Young Pianist Series

MIMB: Monumental Ideas in Miniature Books

Buried, Devil, Lebanon

The Way Back