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Casey Phillips

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Riverbend organizers say the June 8 headlining performance by Georgia jam rockers Widespread Panic set a festival record for one-day wristband sales.

There's very little that's pretty about dirt track racing.

In the months leading up to opening night, Riverbend organizers make the loudest noise promoting the Coke Stage headliners, but to draw crowds to the side stages, bands often must pull themselves up by their guitar straps.

If there's one thing I was really pleased to see Riverbend officials put into effect last year, it was booking a solid block of electronic dance music at the Unum Stage.

Sometimes, being the best-kept secret is a good thing, but after almost a decade of presenting under-attended, free extracurricular programming, Riverbend organizers say they wouldn’t turn down some time in the spotlight.

Maybe it's because it seems so rock 'n' roll — and they like it — but Riverbenders clearly enjoy breaking the rules. Well, one of them, at least.

If you're studied up on your musical history, this recommendation is pretty much a no-brainer.

Welcome to the Twilight Zone.

Rolling Stone and Spin both think you should be paying attention to the stage at Miller Plaza Friday night, June 13.

With the festival grounds still coming up for air after being clothes-lined by a brutal line of thunderstorms earlier in the afternoon, vocalist Chris Gomez was reminded of one fundamental truth about being a musician:

Tonight is one of those rare Riverbend evenings when the scheduling stars have aligned up -- just so -- to bring top-notch artists to practically every stage.

As they made their way down M.L. King Boulevard last night, attendees to this year's Bessie Smith Strut might have been looking forward, but there were many minds firmly fixed on the past.

Sift through reviews of TobyMac's concerts, and you're likely to walk away with a significantly altered vocabulary for describing Christian music:

After more than 50 years behind the mike and a dozen Blues Music Awards to his name, Bobby Rush has earned the right to brag a bit.

If you'd seen them six or seven years ago, eccentric North Carolinian band Bombadil would have knocked you for a loop with an infectiously raucous approach to folk-pop that saw them catapulting off the stage and brandishing so many exotic instruments you'd be forgiven for thinking they'd raided a World Market before sound check.

About a year ago, Paul Hadfield and The McCoys was basically unknown on the Chattanooga club scene.

After interviewing Annie Sellick before a gig in February at Barking Legs Theater, I was left with the impression that she is the rare musical gem who sings for all the right reasons, not money or fame but the sheer joy of performance.

Nikki Hill. Paul Hadfield & The McCoys. The Weeks. Earphunk. Rahsaan Barber & Everyday Magic.

Never mind that her voice punches like she's the secret love child of Little Richard and Aretha Franklin, Nikki Hall spent a lifetime loving music before she ever considered making any herself.

Despite a lifespan that's roughly equivalent to that of a toddler, Houndmouth produces songs that sound weathered and aged with an authenticity that belies the band's youth.

Summer is a tough time to be a video game fan, and not just because of all the social pressure to get off the couch and out of doors.

There are several options for following the USA Cycling Professional Championships both in person and off-site.

For decades, customers had a tough enough decision just choosing which TV they wanted, but in recent years, manufacturers have introduced a new class of device — the set-top streaming box — that further muddies the waters.

Of the 5,000 objects that comprise the Hunter Museum's collection, about half are prints.

For more than 25 years, Arney Guess has custom-made jewelry, but it's not just gold and gems that pass through his Hixson boutique.

Watch a fiddler's hands closely, and you'll notice that, with a few exceptions, most of the action happens within a few inches of the instrument's neck.

If you're reading this, then to very reluctantly quote The Eagles, "I'm already gone."

Two years ago, Meghan Hughes Petty suffered through an expectant mother's worst nightmare.

When I was a kid, the concept of 1 million anything was pretty much mind-boggling.

Finding a convenient niche that accurately reflects the music of the Packway Handle Band can feel like trying to make sense of a platypus.

For many of life's momentous occasions — weddings, births, buying a home — registries take the guesswork out of the gift-giving process.

Today is the first of May, which in recent years has come to mean that Chattanooga is about to be inundated with an almost absurd amount of fantastic music.

Say what you want about Junior Sisk; the man has his priorities straight.

Nightfall starts Friday

Forro in the Dark brings Brazilian flair to the Nightfall series opener

Over the phone, guitarist Guilherme Monteiro exudes an air of almost pedagogic patience.

When she turned 13, America Burnette and her parents finally had "The Talk."

Long before he took to wearing a massive homemade headdress and bringing a raw energy to bear on stages in and around Nashville, Graham Fitzpenn couldn't have cared less about performing.

In a little less than two months, I’ll celebrate my 29th birthday.

Emotional wounds can be some of the hardest to endure. Left alone, they can become septic and fester. In time, they can cripple.

For budding artists, being accepted into a juried art show is cause for celebration, a sign of acceptance, an opportunity to raise awareness of their work.

Judged solely by its opening monologue, locally produced radio serial "Horace Kentucky's Chronal Detective Agency" sounds like just another boilerplate noir drama stapled together by a series of cliches.

Thin Lizzy, Judas Priest, Television and Iron Maiden all owe guitarists Andy Powell and Ted Turner a debt of gratitude.

It's hard to stump John Frazier when it comes to discussing music.

In high school, there was a time when, like many word-loving students (read: nerds), I briefly fancied myself a poet. I filled journals with rondeaux and cinquains, with haiku and sonnets. I showed them to my parents and read them, perhaps overly proudly, in my creative-writing class.

The Bible says God created the world in six days.

Mystery solved.

In the early days when he was still playing cover shows at bars, Drew Holcomb saw music as a chance to stroke his ego a bit.

With the onset of spring break, most 16-year-olds might pile in the car to head to the nearest bit of sun and sand as far from their parents as possible. Chris Burkich is heading out on tour.

CALHOUN, GA. — To Mignon Ballard, a conversation without a story or two must seem as bland as a piece of boiled chicken.

Sam was 10 years old when he was orphaned.

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