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Beyoncé releases singles with country influence. Photo by Jen Keys.

Review: Beyoncé’s Gone Country

Ben Overby, Staff Writer February 22, 2024

Beyoncé, one of the most iconic modern pop stars, has announced that her next project is an album incorporating elements of country music and has released...

On Feb. 7, Mojo Nixon passed away. Here, we remember his psychobilly music and outlaw persona. Photo from @lucinda_williams on Instagram.

The News remembers: Mojo Nixon

Ben Overby, Staff Writer February 15, 2024

Mojo Nixon, a musician, radio host, provocateur and free-spirited pop culture figure, passed away last week at 66 years old. Nixon’s death was the...

Our View: People Over Profit: Everyone Loses When News Outlets Downsize

Our View: People Over Profit: Everyone Loses When News Outlets Downsize

Scottlynn Ballard, Opinion Editor February 8, 2024

This year,  journalism has joined among a growing list of once-stable industries experiencing a series of shocking mass layoffs across the country. With...

Photo of Rambin Jack Elliott at the tribute show. Photo from @rambinjackofficial on Instagram.

Artist Spotlight: Rambin’ Jack Elliott

Ben Overby, Staff Writer February 8, 2024

For my inaugural artist spotlight, I have forgone the usual formula of highlighting an up-and-coming musician. Instead, I have chosen an artist whose impact...

Photo from Willi Carlisles Instagram account @willicarlisle.

The News reviews: ‘Critterland’

Ben Overby, Staff Writer February 1, 2024

Willi Carlisle’s third album “Critterland” further establishes him as an exciting voice in American folk music. In an increasingly political culture,...

Its the most repetitive time of the year.

All I want for Christmas is some new songs

Ben Overby, Contributing Writer December 7, 2023

As the holiday season approaches, so does the inevitable glut of saccharine, overplayed Christmas songs hijacking the airwaves. I’m no Scrooge, and I’m...

Photo from 11 Year Itch on Facebook. Jim Lauderdale performed live in Paducah on Nov. 17.

The News Reviews: Jim Lauderdale Live

Ben Overby, Contributing Writer November 30, 2023

Jim Lauderdale, a pioneer of the Americana genre, made his Paducah debut at Barrel & Bond on Nov. 17. The show opened with local artist Jeremy Marshall,...

Photo of Todd Snider from his Instagram account @toddsniderlive.

The News Reviews: ‘Crank It, We’re Doomed’

Ben Overby, Contributing Writer November 16, 2023

“Crank It, We’re Doomed,” the latest album by singer-songwriter Todd Snider, is an unconventional release, even among a discography that is far from...

Edge of Forever album cover from Coltens instagram.

The News Reviews: ‘Edge of Forever’

Ben Overby, Contributing Writer November 2, 2023

For those unfamiliar with the genre, Jessi Colter is widely considered the queen of outlaw country music. The fact that she is the lone woman on the 1976...

A religious demonstrator visited Murray States Free Speech zone on Oct. 26.

Civil Engagement or Disturbment? Whose Voices are Heard at the Free Speech Zone

Scottlynn Ballard, Opinion Editor November 2, 2023

For many students, colleges and universities represent the first real opportunity to independently interact with a variety of perspectives in the “marketplace...

Cover of Drakes most recent album. Courtesy of Drakes Instagram.

The News Reviews: ‘To All the Dogs’

Jakob Milani, Co-Editor in Chief/ Sports Editor November 2, 2023

Aubrey “Drake” Graham is one of the biggest artists in the world. His creativity never ceases to shine, whether it be through designing clothes or...

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Growing Pains or Overflow? A New Wave of Students To Run the Quad

Scottlynn Ballard, Contributing Writer September 28, 2023

Murray State welcomed the class of 2027, the biggest freshman class to campus in its history — 1,660 students, to be exact. Numbers like these haven’t...

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