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Casey Phillips

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Like many scientists discussing their work, Anjali Chandra can rattle off a stream of technical terminology that could give ancient Greek a run for its money in sheer incomprehensibility to the layperson.

For many Chattanoogans, the Chattanooga Symphony & Opera’s annual “Home for the Holidays” performance is a yuletide tradition, and this year, first-year producer Joel D. Scribner is hoping to bring even more people into the fold.

Howlin’ Wolf. Robert Johnson. Ramblin’ Thomas. To many people, these are just bolded names on the timeline of blues music, but guitarist Paul Geremia has spent more than 45 years studying them and absorbing their music. To him, they’re more like mentors.

Normally, by this time of year, I’m putting the finishing touches on my list of best albums, but I’m having trouble filling it out.

Facebook users are a pretty supportive bunch. According to the social network's statistics, each of its 1.2 billion users click the thumbs-up "like" button an average of four times every day.

The artists may be related, but River Gallery's latest exhibit featuring works by John, Lynn and Marty Whipple shows that sharing a name doesn't equate to sharing artistic impulses.

As the term implies, B-films are Hollywood's second-stringers, the low-budget afterthoughts that are beloved mostly because of their often-glaring rough edges. They aren't supposed to be in the spotlight.

By the time the holiday season arrives, most bands are worn out from a busy fall touring season and are looking for a place to hang their stockings. The Infamous Stringdusters, on the other hand, are gearing up for a busy first half of 2014.

In 2010, after a lifetime of nomadic moves around the country — Milwaukee, New Orleans, New York City — Greg Tardy landed in Knoxville to teach jazz at the University of Tennessee. A globetrotting saxophonist with international performing experience, Tardy says his musical approach is impacted by every place he lands.

In the 1850s, California was the site of a mad scrabble to pull a fortune from the ground with a pickax, a metal pan and maybe a donkey or two. The last five years have seen an equivalent to that frenzy, but instead of Sutter's Mill and the Sierra Nevada, the 21st-century gold rush is taking place online on Google Play and the App Store.

The problem with being a member of an all-star musical ensemble is that getting out from under its shadow can be a trial.

About two months ago, I fulfilled my childhood dream to be a hero by rescuing someone from peril, and for once, it wasn’t in a video game.

It might take its name from Main Street, but in the seven years since the inaugural MainX24, the all-day community festival has become a celebration of the entire Southside community, from Track 29 to First Tennessee Pavilion, Jefferson Heights to Central Avenue.

Having it your way isn't just a proven way to sell $5 burgers. It works just as well for dream homes.

When it comes to bassists, some would argue that it’s pretty much Victor Wooten and then everybody else.

Assuming people survive a starch-induced Thanksgiving coma and the Black Friday shopping gauntlet, local singer/songwriter Ryan Oyer is hoping a little music will revive their holiday pep this weekend.

Every year, the party animals at Oxford University Press sift through the newest terms to glom onto the ever-changing slime that is the English language and select one as the Word of the Year.

With new consumer technology coming down the pike in a seemingly neverending flood, finding the right device for gadget hounds can turn the holidays into a nightmare of confusing acronyms and ominous glowing lights. But it doesn’t have to be.

Most of the time, people dread visiting the doctor. But for millions around the world, there’s one doctor they would drop everything to see.

A few weeks ago, I met one of my girlfriend’s sisters for the first time, and the experience left me dumbfounded.

For most of the year, the all-but-endless views from atop Lookout Mountain are enough to draw visitors in the tens of thousands up the twisting curves of Ochs Highway to the gates of Rock City.

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.

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.

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 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.

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.

"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."

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.

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.

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.

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