Between the Beat 

This blog touches on current issues in music, such as race, feminism and censorship. Music reviews and opinions are written by the girl between the beat, Hilary Crisan.

The Summer Festival Survival Guide

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Summer festivals are right around the corner, and being able to go and experience those magical, yet stinky and messy nights is a luxury. Between ticket prices, transportation and resource funds, going to a summer festival such as Bonnaroo or Coachella can be expensive. From my experiences at the Van’s Warped Tour to friend’s stories from festivals such as Riot Fest, here are some ways to prepare for the weekends of music, friends and campsites.

Who to follow: Twitter and the musicians who use it

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Twitter has become one of the largest social media crazes among younger age groups and has inadvertently affected almost every industry there is, including music. Through personal interaction, Twitter allowed bands and musicians to create fun, interactive online personas by tweeting at, favoriting or retweeting a fan’s tweet to them.

Top Ten Venues for the Avid Concertgoer

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Kent Stage

As an avid concertgoer, I always found that the venue is an important aspect of a concert. I have been to shows in Cleveland, Akron, Kent and Columbus, and I have seen bands like The Who, Bob Dylan, The Smashing Pumpkins and Pearl Jam.

Women Can Rock, Too!

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When I was 10 years old, I received a Fender mini Stratocaster for Christmas. My dad played guitar, and watching him made me want to learn. When I received that present, I was flabbergasted. “I’m going to play guitar in a rock band,” I thought to myself.