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Casey Phillips

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Earlier this year, Katie and Adam Pridemore were driving their Chevy HHR station wagon from Chattanooga to Athens, Ga., when their co-pilot issued a sudden, unexpected order to turn right.

In the field of instrument humor, the banjo tends to get about as much respect as Rodney Dangerfield. One can only imagine, then, the field day a comedian could have with a band that had the audacity to field three at once.

With a name that sounds like it belongs to a bunch of punk rockers or metal heads, it’s no surprise that, despite almost 20 years of touring, The Screaming Orphans still feel the need to nip confusion in the bud.

A bit of prep work on your part is necessary before we begin this week. Go visit, and look at the recently uploaded panorama of Tokyo by photographer Jeffrey Martin.

Clark Kent had one. So did Bruce Wayne, Tony Stark and — on occasion — Elvis.

Thomas Hammond, like all artists, begins his work with a blank slate. In his case, however, that slate starts out in pieces, sometimes dozens of them.

On the cusp of Track 29’s second anniversary, global ticketing agency Pollstar statistics rank it as the Southeast’s third-most-popular music venue for the first half of 2013.

For some musicians, celebrity and fortune are the dangling carrots they pursue that make up for sleeping in cheap motels, eating gas station food and the other myriad hardships of life on the road.

If someone prepared the same delicious casserole every night but served it to you on slightly different plates, how long would it take before you asked for something new?

From sampling and turntablism to the East Coast/West Coast musical rivalry between Tupac and Biggie Smalls, hip-hop has had an enormous impact on America musical culture.

With the release of next-generation gaming consoles — the new Xbox One and PlayStation 4 — just around the corner, video gamers have plenty to be excited about these days.

When the members of Utah-based Desert Noises first began touring, some of them couldn't even get in the doors of a bar.

First up this week, a call for help from a local arts organization.

After an early morning accident on July 20 on Interstate 24 claimed the life of local autism activist Cynthia Joyner and injured three others, Mark Bond found himself questioning whether fate is avoidable.

Earlier this year, Country Music Television named Holly Williams one of its Next Women of Country, a showcase of "the rising generation of signed and unsigned female superstars."

When Corinne Hill came to town in March 2012 to take over as the executive director of Chattanooga’s library system, her first act was to give her new home a bath.

ACOUSTIC CAFE — 61 RBC Drive, Ringgold, Ga. Thursday, karaoke, 8 p.m., no cover. Friday, The Kamikaze Dali, 8 p.m., $5. Saturday, Nothing and the Nobodies, 8 p.m., $5. Tuesday, team trivia, 7-9 p.m., no cover. Wednesday, Rock Floyd, 8 p.m., no cover. 706-965-2065.

Think you know all there is to know about the Canadian rock legend Bryan Adams? Try these 10 factoids on for size before he takes the stage at the Tivoli Theatre on Tuesday, Aug. 13.

Earlier this year, National Public Radio music writer Bruce Warren included Philadelphia’s Aaron Brown on his list of 10 Artists You Should Have Known in 2012, describing him as “an exciting name to add to the lineage of the city’s expressive and emotionally intense soul singers.”

Velvet Revolver. The Traveling Wilburys. The Highwaymen. The Justice League. Every once in a while, the stars align to bind together some of a genre’s biggest names in a supergroup ensemble.

Like the cicadas that reliably emerge from underground dormancy in massive, synchronized swarms every 13 or 17 years, most of my friends would probably describe me as a creature of habit.

Whenever Taylor Jones travels on business lately, he receives confused looks and knowing grins in equal measure from the people he passes.

The violin has been used in ensembles for seemingly every style imaginable, from rock and jazz to swing and classical, there's something beautifully simplistic about the sound of an old-time duo of fiddle and banjo.

Some bands struggle for years to find a focal point for their music, something to point a finger at as the spiritual source of their art.

Unless your home is a dirty hole under a lead boulder, you’ve undoubtedly noticed America’s tremendous about-face over the last decade in terms of what it defines as “cool.”

To anyone who remembers the strained back muscles and poor posture of school days spent lugging around a stuffed backpack, substituting a 1-pound tablet for 40 pounds of textbooks should be a no-brainer.

On a blue-sky summer afternoon, 10 teens are gathered on the second floor of the Chattanooga Public Library, sitting around a pair of tables littered with books, sheets of paper and pencils.

For Samantha Martin’s 13-year-old daughter Indiana, guitar lessons used to be a weekly exercise in frustration.

Don't let the appearance of Paper Bird's monstrous, 36-foot-long, black touring RV fool you.

On the first night that singers/songwriters Adam McHeffey and Kari Spieler decided to collaborate while attending State University of New York at Purchase, they wrote a song.

By any standard of measurement more recent than that of Paleolithic man, I am — at 28 years old — very much in the prime of my life.

Based on the hang time the ice cream clocks while tumbling in the air above Cold Stone Creamery's frost-covered mixing stone, Courtney Branson sees it the way hibachi chefs see a piece of shrimp. Or maybe the way a juggler does a pair of chainsaws.

With his confident, passionate delivery and a touch of emotional quiver on the back end, Allen Stone's vocals draw immediate comparisons to classic R&B crooners such as Stevie Wonder and Marvin Gaye.

If there's one thing I dislike about late July, it's that it's a bit of a hot, sweaty blank spot on the calendar.

Happy App-iversary

App Store is only 5, but apps are everywhere

In a game of "Say the Same Thing," a recently released smartphone app, two players attempt to suggest the same word connecting two otherwise random subjects.

For most kids, summer camp is a place for swimming, hiking, making crafts of questionable quality and eating food of equally dubious origin.

Even though it was only 16 years ago, in the realm of recording technology, 1997 might as well be the dark ages. It also happens to be the last time early alt-rock greats Toad the Wet Sprocket were in the studio.

An ethereal choir and pulsing string section during the opening of "Halo." The dreamlike composition that plays during dips underwater in "Super Mario Bros." The synthesized Eastern melody that accompanies the relentless descent of pieces in "Tetris."

If decades of jokes about the instrument and its players are any indication, the banjo is many things, but subtle -- much less unexpected -- is definitely not one of them.

A floating pool in the middle of New York's East River? The "American Psycho" musical? Color-changing workout attire? Backlit computer keyboards with wooden keys?

Like their parents before them, teens in the '80s and '90s were often glued to their TVs by the sight of a man standing on the moon.

After hearing just a few lines from Perry Farrell, it's easy to imagine how the pipes of The Communicators' frontman TJ Greever could come eerily close to mimicking Jane's Addiction's lead singer.

Today, in honor of the nation’s birthday — and perhaps to offset the traditionally low holiday viewership — VH1, MTV and CMT will be showing 12 hours of music videos, concerts and band interviews.

In 2001, cellist/guitarist Marc Paradis and a group of fellow classical and jazz music students at New Orleans' Loyola University formed a group as a joke entrant into a university-wide battle of the bands.

Watch out RC Cola; there’s another competitor for the MoonPie’s affection.

Apparently, even looking at naked bodies can get a little old after doing it too long.

When Lake Street Dive came into existence nine years ago, its lineup of upright bass, vocals, drums and trumpet looked something like a musical platypus -- all spare parts mysteriously mashed together.

Pretty Lights. ZZ Top. Paper Diamond. Noam Pikelny. Lee Fields & The Expressions. Trombone Shorty. Sam Bush.

When it comes to Superman's accomplishments during his 75-year career, there's no need to resort to hyperbole.

Downtown sidewalks will become more interesting places to be next month when backers of a new program hope you'll see everything from fire jugglers, human statues and sword swallowers showcasing their talents in designated areas of the Scenic City.

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