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Casey Phillips

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Uncle Jim and Aunt Susan better scooch on over, because here come George Bailey and Cindy Lou Who.

Talk about punching above your weight class.

Sure, the rocks are nice, but for most of the year, one of the biggest selling points of a visit to Rock City is the thousand-dollar view from Lover’s Leap.

In early 2009, the members of roots-rock/old-time outfit Old Crow Medicine Show were flying pretty high, thanks largely to the fact that their 2008 album, “Tennessee Pusher,” had broken into the Top 10 of the Billboard Country chart.

As my wife and I sat in a decidedly frigid Sanford Stadium at the University of Georgia last weekend, it quickly became clear that the Bulldogs were doing their best Buck Owens impression because they had the Tigers’ tails firmly in hand.

In 2002, Austin Jett graduated from Appalachian State University with dual degrees in anthropology and Latin American studies.

The age-old wisdom is that the pen is mightier than the sword.

To some, the idea of a comically absurd opera probably seems counter to the stuffy stereotypical description of the art form. Clearly, those people are unfamiliar with the work of Gilbert & Sullivan.

In early 2013, Knoxville-based jazz trumpeter and arranger Vance Thompson began a new project that combined the grandiosity of a big band with the improvisational nimbleness of smaller groups.

OK, I admit it. Call me sick. Call me unbalanced. I’m kind of obsessed with the end of the world.

Every superhero needs an archnemesis.

Although billiards has been her life’s blood for almost a quarter of a century, Valerie Reagan doesn’t get to rack up the balls nearly as often as she used to.

When most bands take the stage, the only response they want from the audience is dancing, clapping and whistling. To those bands, cascading streamers of toilet paper and handfuls of rice could be a turnoff.

In a career spanning half a century, Dave Mason’s fingers have been in so many musical pies it’s surprising he can spare any for his guitar.

You probably know him for his prodigious musical talent, but you might be surprised to find that Dave Grohl is also a pretty with-it dude when it comes to the ways of love.

On paper, the Sevastopol space station seems like a pretty terrible place to visit.

In most cases, the phrase “see a band play” is a bit of a misnomer. In the case of electronic gurus STS9, however, fans say the experience is distinctly audiovisual.

Every time Chris Robinson takes the stage, it’s with the mindset that he’s not sticking to whatever preconceived road map he has for the evening.

What would you do if you came home from a long day at work and discovered a friend had dropped by unannounced and prepared a gourmet meal just for you?

It’s a testament to the legitimacy of Allie Fincher’s mission that the young chefs in her cooking academy for kids initially are mystified by their first encounter with a beet.

Remember when you bought that tuxedo for a friend’s wedding instead of renting one, rationalizing that you’d have plenty of opportunities to make up the added expense by wearing it to future ritzy soirées?

As a university-trained jazz saxophonist living in New York City, Dominic Lalli experienced his fair share of living hand to mouthpiece and scrambling to find gigs.

I’m not who I say I am.

Even when he’s on the phone, you get the impression that Andrew Marlin is just counting the seconds until he has a guitar in his hands again.

Even if your name doesn’t end in Skywalker, seeing Darth Vader walk through the door at the head of a platoon of stormtroopers is generally a good sign that it’s time to make a quick exit.

According to comic-book lore, an inscription on the side of the war hammer Mjölnir reads: “Whosoever holds this hammer, if he be worthy, shall possess the power of Thor.” In the 52 years since the Norse God of Thunder’s comic debut, only a handful of heroes — and a few villains — have been privileged to wield the legendary weapon.

Colorado-based funk-fusion septet The Motet kicked off 2014 with its second appearance in Denver’s massive 4,500-capacity Fillmore Auditorium. The year only got better from there with a set at the New Orleans Jazz Festival, three dates at Red Rocks Amphitheatre and a festival appearance in Mexico with String Cheese Incident.

In 1987, animal expert and TV host Jack Hanna visited the Chattanooga Zoo, which was just beginning a renaissance that would transform it from a dilapidated institution into a nationally accredited facility.

A couple of weeks ago, I wrote a column about how I suddenly realized it had been more than two years since I paid for a song or album, opting instead to listen exclusively via my Spotify account.

If she were living 100 years ago, Alice O’Dea would probably be feeling pretty nervous right about now.

3 Sisters Festival a weekend of bluegrass

Indie punkgrassers The Devil Makes Three headline Saturday

Listening to vintage blues, ragtime and jug-band recordings, the members of The Devil Makes Three fell in love with the music’s vitality and expressiveness.

In the period that Cleveland, Tenn., has been without a toy and comic show, some toys practically have progressed from new-on-the-shelf to collection-worthy.

To Chattanooga fans of acoustic, jazz and avant-garde music, the overhaul of Barking Legs Theater has probably made the last couple of months difficult to get through.

Whether through a chance encounter with a casting director or a script being read by just the right person, plenty of people dream of making it big by way of pure happenstance. Some wait their entire lives for fate to favor them.

Even while sitting seemingly at ease, his legs splayed to either side of a park bench, being at rest is an unnatural look for Ethan Young.

As I sat today waiting for my Spotify playlists to update on my new iPhone — yes, I drank the Kool-Aid especially early this time — I experienced a startling revelation. I couldn’t for the life of me remember the last time I spent money on music.

A creative collaboration made by more than two dozen artists, including cameos by Vincent Price, Paul McCartney and Eddie Van Halen. Seven Top 10 singles. Eight Grammy Awards, including Album of the Year. The best-selling album of all time.

At the start of their three-year journey to create a new album, the members of Nashville’s Fly Golden Eagle didn’t have a sprawling, 26-track epic in mind. They just wanted to produce something that better represented the band.

To some people, there's nothing that embodies waste and desolation quite like the sight of derelict vehicles dotting America's backyards and byways.

Tuesday is the first day of autumn and, with the prospect of warm days, cool nights and absurdly colorful foliage just around the corner, plenty of people will load up their backpacks and head into the woods.

There’s something about Juniper Rising’s music that sounds like the Brooklyn-based quartet just emerged after a decades-long stay in a bomb shelter under the Mojave Desert.

For musicians who are used to having complete creative control, the concept of letting someone else into the songwriting process can be off-putting or even distressing.

Last Tuesday, Apple pulled back the curtain on its latest-generation mobile phone, the iPhone 6, and its much-anticipated — if confusingly named — Apple (symbol) Watch.

On July 4, 1776, American colonists made the historic decision to declare their independence from Great Britain. In a 200-year-old echo of that resolution, the people of Scotland will vote Thursday on a referendum to decide whether their country will follow suit in severing its membership with the U.K.

Want your kids to be well-rounded adults? Better make an appointment with Dr. Mario.

Sometimes, dropping the mike isn’t the right move.

Somewhere along the road to producing his debut EP, Tom Breyfogle realized that maybe, just maybe, he was creating a concept album.

Ever since I interviewed him a few years ago, I’ve had a tremendous respect for Canadian singer/songwriter Gordon Lightfoot.

For some people, going back to grade school is a gloomy proposition, the stuff of cold sweat and bad dreams.

Nobody likes a story with a dull ending.

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