Photo by Eric Goodwin / Assistant News Editor I’ll admit it: before going to Cup Pop, a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it Korean Barbecue place sandwiched in between a liquor store and a vape shop, I had never set foot in a restaurant of its kind. Asian restaurants established in Murfreesboro tend to come from Korea’s distant neighbors across …

Photo by Tayhlor Stephenson / Lifestyles Editor  The City of Murfreesboro announced Wednesday that Rutherford County’s nonprofit arts and culture sector generates $31.2 million annually, according to a statewide 2016 Arts and Economic Prosperity 5 (AEP5) economic impact study. The study, which was commissioned by the Tennessee Arts Commission and overseen by the nonprofit organization …

Photo by Eric Goodwin / Assistant News Editor Update: This article was updated Aug. 15 at 7:54 p.m. to correct Pastor Michael Jannett’s name.  In the wake of violent white nationalist rallies in Charlottesville, Va. that left three dead and dozens wounded, a group of activists stood outside the Rutherford County Courthouse holding candles on …

Photo courtesy of Sydney Gawlik / Lollapalooza 2017  About a month before Lollapalooza 2017 would begin, indie-folk outfit Mt. Joy found out they would be playing in Grant Park on the final day of the festival. “It has been an incredibly strange year,” said Sam Cooper, the guitarist for Mt. Joy and one of the …

Photo by Eric Goodwin / Assistant News Editor Not many 18-year-olds have the bragging rights English songwriter Declan McKenna has. He played Glastonbury this summer, having won the festival’s Emerging Talent Competition the previous year. He played at BBC Radio 1’s Live Lounge, and his hit single “Brazil” reached number 16 on Billboard’s alternative songs …

Photo courtesy of Cambria Harkey / Lollapalooza 2017 The final moments of a music festival are always some of the most important, leaving attendees with those final memories before everything gets taken down. On the billing for Sunday was no room for mediocrity; anthem-rock group Arcade Fire, disco-house artist Justice, EDM duo Zeds Dead and …