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From left to right: The album artwork for Paul McCartney's "New," Katy Perry's "Prism" and Pearl Jam's " Lightning Bolt." (FILE/Edited by John Connor Coulston)

Paul McCartney – New Paul McCartney is a legend that needs no introduction. On his 16th solo release, he combines reflective tracks with tracks inspired by his current life. Paired with production by Mark Ronson and Beatles’ producer George Martin’s son, Giles, New is exactly what a 2013 Paul McCartney album should sound like. McCartney uses a little bit of everything that has …

Ryan Kenney performs at MTSU's Tucker Theatre in Murfreesboro, Tenn. on Wednesday, October 16, 2013. The performance was a part of the first MTSU vs. Belmont Battle of the Bands. (MTSU Sidelines / Cat Murphy)

The first annual MTSU vs. Belmont University Battle of the Bands was held Wednesday night at Tucker Theatre. The event, which was sponsored by Music With A Purpose and Raider Entertainment, put two bands from each school against each other to see which act would win a $500 prize, as well as bragging rights for …

The album artwork for Miley Cyrus' "Bangerz" (FILE)

By Brad Belemjian& John Connor Coulston // Staff Writers Cage the Elephant – Melophobia Cage the Elephant’s third album takes several listens to sink in. While its predecessor bled ’90s alternative, Melophobia combines sounds from the ’60s, ’70s and ’80s into an ambitious full length. Even though it isn’t as accessible as their previous work, …

As with all music festivals, there are your lesser-known acts and your well-known headliners. Music in the Middle was no different, with their version of a headlining act being Manchester indie rock group The 1975. Their festival stop in Woodbury, Tenn. was their first performance on their American tour supporting their self-titled debut album. If …

Going into Music in the Middle, I was excited to discover tons of new artists from the area and independent acts from across the globe. On top of excellent sets from The 1975, SWIMM, Motive and more, here’s a few of the best acts I saw at the festival. Goodbye June Goodbye June’s set was …

Moon Taxi performs at MTSU's Student Union Ballroom in Murfreesboro, Tenn. on Tuesday, October 1, 2013. (MTSU Sidelines / Brett Turner)

There are two positive outcomes that can come with seeing a band perform live. Some performances reaffirm your love for a group, while some make you love them even more. The latter is what I experienced after seeing Nashville rock act Moon Taxi perform Tuesday night at the Student Union Ballroom. Going in, I was …