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Marc Michael

Musical festival fans and southern rock aficionados rejoice! more »

Aug 7, 2014 12:00 AM News & Notes

"It is a fact that no other Celtic group in the Southeast can come close to their version of the Swedish werewolf song, ‘Varulven’.” more »

Aug 7, 2014 12:00 AM Features

There is a soft place in my heart for local bands that play an underrepresented genre. On the plus side, you’re the only ones doing what you do. On the negative side, you’re the only ones doing ... more »

Aug 17, 2016 1:05 PM Features

Regular readers of this column know that there are certain words I don’t like to use, typically because I say so right before I use them. Today’s word is “Americana” and I like to avoid that word because it has ... more »

Aug 10, 2016 11:50 AM Features

January 10, 2016 was the day the world lost David Bowie. It left me so overwhelmed at the time that all I knew to do was sit down and write about it. That small memoriam ran as the music feature that week, something I hadn’t done before and ... more »

Aug 10, 2016 11:49 AM News & Notes

A sidebar can serve many functions. It can be used as a quick promotion for a band, a show, or a record. It can be used to alert the local music community that someone has had their gear stolen, or to announce the opening of a new music-related ... more »

Aug 3, 2016 11:28 AM News & Notes

Nashville’s The Dead Deads are back with a new album set to release on August 25th and every tune on it reinforces what I’ve been saying since the first time I heard them; here is a band destined for international ... more »

Aug 3, 2016 11:28 AM Features

Mumford & Sons heads to South Africa, Alex Volz makes a kids album more »

Jul 28, 2016 10:34 AM Record Reviews

The Second Annual River City Rumpus is almost upon us. On July 29th and 30th, The Honest Pint will be taken over by the largest conglomeration of freaks, geeks, fakirs, artists and musicians the town has ever seen, all brought to you by the ... more »

Jul 20, 2016 1:02 PM News & Notes

A few months ago I wrote a feature detailing the Chattanooga Girls Rock camp, explaining what it is, talking about some of the people involved, sharing my views on why I think it’s so important, and imploring members of the community ... more »

Jul 20, 2016 1:02 PM Features

It was good news when I first heard that Mark “Porkchop” Holder was coming back to town to stay. He was an exciting musician almost twenty years ago both as a member of the Black Diamond Heavies and as a solo act ... more »

Jul 13, 2016 10:07 AM Features 1 Comments

Several months ago I wrote a piece about an upcoming event called Chattanooga Girls Rock, a weeklong seminar/day camp offering instruction in all aspects of musical performance to girls in the Chattanooga ... more »

Jul 6, 2016 11:39 AM Features

Let me tell you, kids, this week’s piece has been a convoluted adventure and so far I’ve only written the opening sentence. I love writing, I always have (since I first learned to write, anyway) and while anytime ... more »

Jun 29, 2016 11:11 AM Features 1 Comments

Is it a large town? Is it a small city? What exactly is Chattanooga, relatively speaking? I came here from Louisville, Kentucky over twenty years ago and there is no question, Chattanooga is smaller than the place ... more »

Jun 15, 2016 11:55 AM Features

James Joyce, author of such classics as Finnegan’s Wake, Dubliners and the groundbreaking Ulysses, holds a place of distinction in Irish literature for that reason it has become tradition to celebrate and ... more »

Jun 15, 2016 11:55 AM News & Notes

A few weeks ago I was assigned to write a cover story for The Pulse. It wasn’t my first, but it was the first time I had been given free rein to write about whatever I chose and I have to ... more »

Jun 8, 2016 12:35 PM Features 2 Comments

Ah, the Iscariots. If I had a nickel for every word I ever wrote about the Iscariots…wait, I do. Well, time for more nickels I suppose as one of Chattanooga’s more prolific ... more »

Jun 1, 2016 11:59 AM Features

“You want fame? Well fame costs and right here is where you start paying, in sweat!” — Fame. That was the opening line to a surprisingly popular show in the early eighties about a bunch of kids ... more »

May 25, 2016 2:17 PM Cover Story

Back in December of last year I reviewed a new single by PLVNET (pronounced “planet”, if you missed it the first time) with the promise that I’d revisit the band when their EP was finished and ready for release. more »

May 18, 2016 11:09 AM Features

The Unstoppable Jamal Traub released his latest album this week. I’ve listened to it half a dozen times so far and at this point there are two things I can say with certainty. First, it is an exquisite work. more »

May 11, 2016 2:27 PM Features

The self-described “dream-pop” band, Moira, is making their Chattanooga debut this Sunday at the Honest Pint. The Dayton, Ohio based band’s Scenic City stop is part of an exhaustive Spring/Summer ... more »

May 4, 2016 12:31 PM Features

Zoe Jakes is coming back to Chattanooga on Friday, May 6th. The uber-talented lady from Beats Antique is touring her latest project, House of Tarot. Demonstrating once again that she is one of the most creative ... more »

Apr 27, 2016 2:28 PM News & Notes