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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 …

The album artwork for Justin Timberlake's "The 20/20 Experience - 2 of 2" (FILE)

By John Connor Coulston // Staff Writer No, you aren’t mistaken — Justin Timberlake has released his second album this year. While we had to wait almost seven years for The 20/20 Experience, we get its follow-up after only six months. While 2 of 2 serves as a sister album to the aforementioned release, it offers …

The album artwork for Kings of Leon's "Mechanical Bull" (FILE)

By Darcy Threet // Staff Writer The best album of the fall was released on Tuesday. Nashville’s own is back in a very big way. The Kings of Leon have made musical magic with their highly anticipated sixth album, Mechanical Bull. After their fourth Grammy-winning album, Only By The Night, everyone had high expectations for …

The album artwork for the standard and deluxe edition of Drakes album, "Nothing Was the Same." (FILE)

By John Connor Coulston // Staff Writer First off, I’ve always had mixed feelings towards Drake. I’ve never been a fan of his “sensitive douchebag” persona, but I have to admit that his last release, Take Care, was one of the best releases of 2011. He seemed to find the balance in rapping about wealth and fame and writing songs about love …

The album artwork for Lil Wayne's "Dedication 5" (FILE)

By John Connor Coulston // Staff Writer After his acclaimed album Tha Carter III, Lil Wayne became the figurehead for mainstream hip-hop, but soon started on a rapid critical decline ever since. He’s become the laughing stock of the hip-hop community. Every project he’s released since has been panned by critics and hip-hop fans alike. …