Steadfast Music Festival returns to Columbus for its fourth year

By Maria Lubanovic, Copy Editor [Photo courtesy of Steadfast Music Festival/Tuned Up] Steadfast Music Festival returns to Columbus, Ohio on March 9, 2019 at Strongwater Food and Spirits. The festival includes a great lineup of indie bands. Steadfast Festival began in 2016 as a way to honor and provide an amazing experience for the loyal…

Nelsonville Music Festival announces Death Cab for Cutie as 2019 headliner

By Abby Jeffers, News Editor [Photo courtesy of Eliot Lee Hazel/Nelsonville Music Festival] The 15th annual Nelsonville Music Festival, which will be held on June 6-9, 2019, announced headliner Death Cab for Cutie on Friday, Jan. 18. The alternative rock band is the first of many performers to be announced for the festival. Read more:…

Bandcamp to open Oakland record store, performance space

By Emily DiAlbert, Copy Editor [Photo courtesy of Bandcamp/Richard Morgenstein] A dual record store and performance space will be opening in Oakland, California by “artist first” music sharing website Bandcamp, the site announced this morning. Read more: Spiritualized announce 2019 tour in support of 2018 album The shop will “feature a selection of records that…

ACRN’s Favorite Tracks of 2018

Jon Fuchs, Music Director: Dean Blunt – “Chancer (feat. A$AP Rocky)” It’s crazy that the best hype track of 2018 is a minimal masterpiece with no actual beat at all. Acting as the opening track on his latest EP, Soul On Fire, Dean Blunt’s “Chancer” is based solely on a constantly looping strings sample, Blunt’s…

ACRN’s Top 10 Movies of 2018

1. BlacKkKlansman, [Focus Features; 2018] By Jessica Jones, Staff Writer Set in the 1970s during the middle of the civil rights movement, black police officer Ron Stallworth infiltrates a local chapter of the Ku Klux Klan by posing as a white man. Based on a true story, this film depicts the real-life events of what occurred in…

Dad Rock Bi-Weekly: Paul McCartney & Wings – Band on the Run

By Jessica Jones, Staff Writer [EMI Studios; 1973] Original Release Date: December 5th, 1973 Three years after the breakup of The Beatles, Band On the Run was the third and most popular studio album to come from Paul McCartney & Wings. Recorded in Lagos, located on the west coast of Africa, this album faced setbacks…

Spiritualized announce 2019 tour in support of 2018 album

By Abby Jeffers, News Editor [Photo courtesy of Spiritualized/Fat Possum Records] After receiving no shortage of praise for this year’s release of And Nothing Hurt, English space-rock band Spiritualized have announced a string of North American tour dates in 2019 to bring the album on the road. Read more: Album Review: Spiritualized – And Nothing…

Math Rock Monthly: TTNG

By Lane Moore, Contributor TTNG are a notable group for many reasons, the most important one being their coining of the best pickup line in alternative rock history. If someone asked me if I wanted to come back to their room and listen to some Belle and Sebastian, I would definitely say yes. Aside from…

Album Review: Anderson .Paak – Oxnard

By Kwase Lane, Contributor [Aftermath; 2018] Rating: 7/10 Key tracks: “6 Summers”, “Cheers”, “Sweet Chick” In his third studio album and final “beach trilogy” entry, Anderson Paak showers the auditory canvas with musical ideas of different tints and tones. Oxnard shows how far Anderson has come from Venice, even if it isn’t as critically acclaimed…

Movie Review: The Ballad of Buster Scruggs

By Jessica Jones, Contributor [Netflix; 2018] Rating: 8/10 As if we didn’t already have enough Western-inspired movies from Joel and Ethan Coen, The Ballad Of Buster Scruggs brings you six short anthologies in one feature-length film. Each 20-ish-minute-long episode takes on a different perspective of living in the wild, wild West. This style of storytelling…

Someday Came Suddenly: Celebrating 10 Years of Crabcore

By Marvin Dotiyal, Features Editor It’s 2008. You’re contemplating your MySpace profile song at a sweaty Warped Tour set with your long-haired friends in their deep, black V-necks and the tightest jeans with just enough stretch to land the spin kicks. Metalcore was rapidly changing at the time, with more commercialized exposure and an influx…