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Casey Phillips

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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.

Typically speaking, the whatever’s-handy-goes-in-the-pot dish that is gumbo is endemic to the bayou, not the Midwest.

Farewell, summer, we hardly knew ye.

A famous — or infamous — name can be a heavy load to bear.

Every year, the onset of fall brings a flood of some of the year's most highly anticipated video game titles.

Call me heartless, but I’m feeling pretty hot and bothered about the ice bucket challenge videos clogging up my Facebook newsfeed lately.

It must feel pretty good to be the members of North Carolina-based electronic funk-rock-jam outfit Big Something right now.

Even with the best of intentions, it must be hard to say no to a Beatle, but in 2001, Gabe Dixon did just that.

Despite countless examples of video evidence to the contrary, frolicking felines aren't YouTube's only homegrown celebrities.

Earlier this year, Bexy Ribeiro decided enough was enough.

I’ve always found the concept of masked superheroes confusing.

It’s a difficult time in any child’s life to realize that — despite parents’ assurances — the chances that they’ll become a princess or a superhero are on the “none” side of slim.

When Frank Mangan's daughter Emma was born 14 years ago, he was overjoyed.

For many amateur photographers, upgrading from a point-and-shoot camera to a digital single-lens reflex — or DSLR — can feel like auditing a course on differential calculus.

For most children, homework and chores are just facts of life, obligatory obstacles to overcome on the path to adulthood.

While visiting my normal circuit of pop-culture websites last week, I ran across an article that reignited my fervor for campaigning against the rampant abuse of a certain musical term.

Especially in America — and especially among bands — there’s always been a certain romantic appeal to the idea of rebelling against convention and forging one’s own path.

Any band rooted in the improvisation-heavy approach of jazz or jam music has to be flexible enough to roll with the punches to play reactively and in-the-moment.

When James Cameron’s science-fiction blockbuster “Avatar” hit theaters in 2009, its record-setting $2.8 billion take at the box office seemed — to some — to herald 3-D films as the next great cinematic evolution.

Pretty much my entire life, I’ve known with absolute certainty that video games are cool, but for most of my childhood, gaming was seen as an antisocial activity, the province of geeks and shut-ins.

Jason Sanford is a pretty upbeat, positive guy, quick to laugh and even quicker to express thanks for the good fortune that has dramatically raised the profile of his band, Rosco Bandana, in the last year.

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