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Jamie Hince, left, and Alison Mosshart, right, of The Kills perform at Cannery Ballroom in Nashville, Tenn. on Friday, May 30, 2014. (MTSU Sidelines / John Connor Coulston)

By John Connor Coulston // Assistant A&E Editor The Kills kicked off their 2014 tour at Nashville’s Cannery Ballroom to a sold out crowd last weekend. The night began with an opening set by Oklahoma rock band Nuns. The group played tracks off their recently released debut album, “Opportunities.” Since the group is relatively unknown, …

The Beale Street Music Festival in Memphis, Tenn. is one you cannot miss this summer. (John Connor Coulston/MTSU Sidelines)

By John Coulston / Patty Greer Assistant A&E Editor / Staff Writer Let’s cut to the chase, Bonnaroo is expensive. While we all know and love the huge Manchester festival, sometimes, we just want a different festival experience. Here’s a list of summer festivals that you might want to hard-earned money toward: Beale Street Music …

By Claire Osburn A&E Editor While most people are familiar with the state capital’s famous moniker, relatively few realize what being “Music City” actually means for Nashville. The city reigns as one of the top three locations for the music industry in the country, as it cuts records and creates cash flow. According to a …

The artwork for Jeremy Robertson & the Class Action's "Wait & See" EP. (FILE)

With this year’s worth while mainstream releases being few and far between, now’s the time to add some local, independent flair to your music library. Here are some of the latest releases from local artists: Daniel Young—“Unexpected”   Daniel Young’s debut release came about after the producer wanted to try his hand at electronic dance …

Grammy-winning producer and MTSU alum Luke Laird performs at The Rutledge in Nashville, Tenn. on March 27, 2014. His performance was a part of the 2014 Tin Pan South Songwriters Festival. (Cat Murphy / MTSU Sidelines)

Grammy-winning songwriter and producer Luke Laird visited his alma mater Wednesday to share the keys to a successful career in the music industry. Laird, who has written with music heavyweights such as Carrie Underwood, Ne-Yo and Kacey Musgraves, insists that a love for music and a diverse attitude are necessary in the music industry. “I …

Grammy-winning producer and MTSU alum Luke Laird performs at The Rutledge in Nashville, Tenn. on March 27, 2014. His performance was a part of the 2014 Tin Pan South Songwriters Festival. (Cat Murphy / MTSU Sidelines)

By Natalie Shipley // Staff Writer Considered “MTSU’s most famous alumnus,” it has been more than 10 years since award-winning songwriter and producer Luke Laird attended the university. “I don’t know how accurate that is, but, hey, if that’s what it is for now, I feel honored,” Laird said during a break in a performance …