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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 worthwhile mainstream releases being few and far between this year, now is the time to add some local, independent flair to your music library. Life as a local, independent artist can be incredibly rewarding, but it is not always easy to find ways to ensure that your tracks get the attention needed to excel …

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 …

The album artwork for Beck's "Morning Phase" (FILE)

By Patty Greer // Staff Writer Beck is best known for his ’94 hit ‘Loser,” but since then he’s pushed all musical boundaries. Including influences of pop, rock, blues, soul and basically every other genre imaginable. “Morning Phase” is the first album by Beck time in nearly six years and is considered to be a sequel …