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Casey Phillips

Stories by Casey

After more than 20 years of putting on a live radio show, Bill McCallie has learned an important lesson about his audience. Honey may be irresistible to flies, and ducks might go gaga for junebugs, but fans of bluegrass and Western music are suckers for biscuits. Really big ones.

To get the full effect of the Parisian theme to Tour d’Art, In-Town Gallery’s all-member fall exhibition, Helen Burton recommends starting with a stroll across the river.

To get the full effect of the Parisian theme to Tour d’Art, In-Town Gallery’s all-member fall exhibition, Helen Burton recommends starting with a stroll across the river.

As a teenager growing up in North Chattanooga, Trevor Slayton shared his walks home from school with a veritable who’s who of literary characters, from Jean Valjean and the Pevensie children to Holden Caufield and Ender Wiggin.

Despite the booming bombast of the literary character after which it is named, folk-pop band Bombadil has learned recently that a hush can fall over a crowd like a thunderclap.

If there's one lesson singer/songwriter Lee Bains III has taken away from his experience this year, it's that he doesn't have to hold his music to an impossible standard.

Just shy of 11 p.m. on July 20, 1969, Neil Armstrong went for a stroll on the moon, and in utter defiance of his Boy Scout training -- he was an Eagle Scout -- he left something behind: a boot print. (Also, several tons of other equipment.)

On its own, a single blueberry barely counts as a bite. But four gallons of them? That presents more of a culinary conundrum.

If you’ve lived below the Mason-Dixon Line for any amount of time, you’ve probably experienced the Southern concert tradition of someone requesting that the band play “Free Bird.” Usually, they’re drunk. And loud.

With national recognition for his instrumental skills and collaborations with the likes of The Avett Brothers and Mumford & Sons, David Mayfield's career has hit plenty of high notes.

With vocals that have been likened to Neil Young or Gram Parsons and the position as frontman of Grammy-nominated indie act Band of Horses, Ben Bridwell has plenty to be proud of. But when it comes to promoting himself as a solo artist, he's terrible.

From punk bands and free jazz ensembles to nationally renowned dance companies and flatpicking guitar legends, the performers who have graced the stage at Barking Legs Theater in the last 20 years represent a broad range of artistic styles.

Like the creation of a perfect storm, the circumstances leading up to the birth of a musical supergroup sometimes require a catastrophic breakup of multiple iconic bands or some other equally rare scenario.

"Yes, it's red, but it's not the right red." "The lapels are the wrong shape." "The zipper doesn't look right." "The cuffs aren't accurate."

There’s a fast-talking, bubbly, enthusiastic air to conversations with Tristen Gaspadarek that comes as no surprise, given the infectious, hook-filled pop music she’s become known for in and outside her adopted home of Nashville.

From Albert Einstein and Sheldon Cooper to Tina Fey and “Weird Al” Yankovic, nerds have no shortage of celebrity icons these days.

If a picture is worth a thousand words, what’s the going rate for a 60-minute TV drama?

Technically, Band of Heathens was born in Austin, Texas, but the more time its members spend behind the mikes, the more their hometown seems to dart around the South, from the Florida Panhandle to Muscle Shoals to New Orleans.By Casey Phillips

After two years of bringing together a diverse group of musicians to re-create some of the most-beloved albums of the late '80s and '90s, local tribute collective The Communicators is returning to its roots this Halloween.

Last week, I decided to shine a light on some of the amazing shows set to rival the changing leaves for sheer spectacle this fall.

Would you like some jam with that band?

The Light side and Dark side of human existence is a concept with which fans of “Star Wars” are intimately familiar, and River Gallery is exhibiting two artists whose work explores both sides of that spectrum.

When it hit store shelves on Oct. 23, 2003, “Call of Duty” probably seemed like just another entry in the crowded field of first-person shooter games set during World War II.

Pretty much from the beginning, band life has been surprisingly smooth sailing for the members of country trio Friends of Lola.

In the two decades since his father refused to let him take up the saxophone, Rick Rushing says he's learned to accept Mick Jagger's wisdom that what you need and what you want aren't always the same thing.

The smell of composting leaves. SEC fans screaming in my face. Getting trashed on pumpkin ale.

After 15 years of navigating the meandering, sometimes treacherous path between fiery-fingered bluegrass and jam-bandlike improvisation, Yonder Mountain String Band members have become bonafide experts of musical trailblazing.

If there's one thing people really hate, it's spoilers, the prematurely revealed plot details that ruin a book, movie, TV show or video game for its future audience.

To commemorate the 150th anniversary of the year the Civil War swept through the Chattanooga area in a tidal wave of tragedy, the Chattanooga Symphony & Opera is shining a spotlight on Abraham Lincoln and a trio of American composers.

When an epidemic of yellow fever swept through Chattanooga in the 1880s, many of the city's residents moved south to the then-newly established community of St. Elmo in search of healthier climes.

3 Sisters festival this weekend - Oct. 4-5

Sam Bush, Nashville Bluegrass, Travelin' McCourys headline

This weekend, local bluegrass fiddling guru and philanthropist Fletcher Bright and his family are giving Chattanoogans an 11-band, 15-hour musical salute.

Perhaps surprisingly for a band that earned comparisons to Brit-pop giants such as Oasis and Blur remarkably soon after its creation, Arctic Monkeys has always operated under a mantra of "slow and steady."

When George Romero's genre-defining "Night of the Living Dead" hit movie theaters on Oct. 1, 1968, only a handful of unknown actors could claim to have faced an undead apocalypse, much less survived one.

How much would you pay for a piece of history?

ACOUSTIC CAFE -- 61 RBC Drive, Ringgold, Ga. Thursday, karaoke, 8 p.m., no cover. Friday, Branded Dixie, 8 p.m., $5. Saturday, Robby Hopkins, 8 p.m., $5. Tuesday, team trivia, 7-9 p.m., no cover. Wednesday, live music, 8 p.m., no cover. 706-965-2065.

Forget sneezing panda cubs, dancing hamsters or dramatic gophers. If Internet pop culture has a top dog, some argue that it is — ironically — the cat.

In Tennessee and Georgia, theft is deemed petty if the item’s value is $500 or less, but describe the loss of a smartphone to its owner as anything less than devastating and you’re likely to be confronted by crazy eyes. (Accompanied, perhaps, by a bit of frothing at the mouth.)

Unless the rock you live under gets terrible Wi-Fi coverage, you're probably aware that another iteration of the iPhone sprouted off Apple's family tree last Friday.

To kick off its Masterworks Concert series, the Chattanooga Symphony & Opera is taking a cue from NASA to help the audience slip the surly bonds of Earth and explore the heavens.

When it comes to musical philosophies, singers/songwriters Kris Bentley and Nick Jamerson are very much in favor of "what you see is what you get."

Just as no single patch of fabric can make a quilt, there is no one number that can satisfactorily sum up a community.

For the last eight years, the Association for Visual Arts has dedicated a month of programming in its in-house gallery to Fresh, an exhibition promoting the works of emerging artists. When the doors to the gallery's annual event opened on Sept. 7, the show already was living up to its name.

If there are two things that Joe Ledbetter likes, it's whiskey and Chattanooga, ideally whiskey made here.

Since I moved here in 2007, JJ's Bohemia has been one of the trump cards I pull out when making a case for the legitimacy of the local music scene to out-of-towners who have decided to be argumentative.

About once every 80 minutes in 2010, an American woman made a fatal mistake.

According to Netcraft, a U.K.-based online service provider, the Internet contains more than 716 million active websites. If each of those sites weighed as much as the average engagement-ring diamond, they would collectively tip the scales at 186 tons.

Much as I love going to the Dragon*Con fandom convention in Atlanta, the experience is such a sensory overload that I need about a week to recuperate. The convention ended Sept. 2, but I'm only just now able to walk past people wearing normal clothes without doing a double-take.

About six years ago, members of Black Taxi burst onto Brooklyn's music scene with a frenetic stage presence that quickly made them one of the area's most talked about acts. But the seeds of the band's formation took root on a Thai island more than 8,000 miles away.

For years, health fanatics undoubtedly rolled their eyes at Fred Flintstone’s seemingly ill-advised decision to order a massive rack of barbecued brontosaurus ribs for dinner at a drive-in restaurant. After all, the car tipped over with their weight.

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