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Photo by Andrew Wigdor / MTSU Sidelines For singer-songwriter Julien Baker, representation matters. But, like most subjects she can (and will) intelligently pontificate about, it’s not that simple. Baker, a former MTSU student who put her college career on hold in 2016 to pursue one in the music industry, recently traveled to the university to …

Photos by Alexis Marshall / MTSU Sidelines  Imagine Lucy Dacus and Phoebe Bridgers bowing down on the stage of the Ryman Auditorium to Julien Baker as she shreds a larger-than-life guitar solo. It’s a sad-girl indie-rock fantasy, but in boygenius’ debut performance, it was reality. Baker, Bridgers and Dacus took hold of Nashville’s mother church …

Story by Hayden Goodridge / Contributing Writer How do you go about loving a piece of art that openly expresses itself as a medium for its author’s suffering? Should it be revered by listeners for its ability to channel personal hardships into appreciable creations, or rather approached as a deeply disquieting account of a person’s …

Photo by Matt Masters / Sidelines Archives Julien Baker has come a long way from crashing in strangers’ homes playing house shows. The former MTSU student practically blew up overnight after her 2015 release, “Sprained Ankle.” Since then, fans have been anxiously awaiting her new work, especially after her announcement earlier this year that she …

Photo by Matt Masters / Sidelines Archive Middle Tennessee State University’s very own Julien Baker is a testament to where hard work and determination can lead you. The 21-year-old musician and guitarist has found success down many paths, but she recently landed one of her biggest gigs to date: opening for Paramore at the MontanaFair. …

Story by Brinley Hineman // Assistant News Editor | Hannah Lyle // Contributing Writer  Photo by Paste Magazine  FRIDAY The Front Bottoms The Front Bottoms performed at the Boulevard stage on Friday, opening with “Skeleton.” The New Jersey four-piece has come a long way from couch surfing their way throughout the northeast, playing shows wherever …