ACRN's 2019 Year in Photos

By Harley Wince, Visual Media Director 2019 was a busy year for ACRN. Album reviews, shows, in-studios! We hosted our second prom and Battle of the Bands, among many other shows featuring bands from around the country to our own backyard. Here’s a selection of some of our favorite photos from 2019, including some previously…

MELTED Music Festival announces 2020 lineup

By Lauren Patterson, Staff Writer[Photo courtesy of MELTED] Ohio’s MELTED Music Festival is back for its second year in collaboration with the Nelsonville Music Festival and Archie Fox Live, and its lineup is sure to excite psychedelic rock fans. Read more: Georgia Maq releases new album “Pleaser” The lineup will feature Thee Oh Sees, Twin…

Georgia Maq releases new album “Pleaser”

By Micah Organ, Staff Writer [Photo courtesy of Run For Cover Records] Georgia Maq of indie rock band Camp Cope released her debut solo album, Pleaser, on December 5 via Run For Cover Records. The album is due out on vinyl on February 2, but it is available now on streaming services. Read more: Hi, How…

Hi, How Are You Project announces Daniel Johnston tribute event

By Lauren Patterson, Staff Writer [Photo courtesy of Rich Thane/Creative Commons] The Hi, How Are You Project, a non-profit organization aimed at improving the stigma around mental health, announced a tribute event in honor of singer-songwriter Daniel Johnston called “Hi, How Are You Day,” on Wednesday, December 4, according to Pitchfork. Johnston died earlier this year, on September…

Loving to release debut album in early 2020

By Jonah Krueger, Staff Writer [Photo courtesy of Ft Langley] Rising indie-folk group Loving announced on Wednesday, December 4 that their debut album, If I Am Only My Thoughts, is set to release on January 31, 2020, via Last Gang Records. In addition to the announcement, the band shared a cut from the upcoming record,…

Hinds share first new song of 2019

By Kwase Lane, Staff Writer [Photo courtesy of Andrea Savall] Madrid indie rock group Hinds released “Riding Solo,” their first new song of 2019, on December 3 via Mom+Pop. The new single was released with a music video directed by Keane Pearce Shaw. Read more: Jetty Bones sign to Rise Records and release new music…

The National release 1970s-style mini-documentary

By Max Semenczuk, Contributor [Photo courtesy of The National/Graham MacIndoe] The National released Juicy Sonic Magic, a 10-minute mini-documentary, on Thursday, November 21, to accompany their Black Friday release of a three-cassette box set titled The National: Juicy Sonic Magic, Live in Berkeley, September 24-25, 2018. Read more: Frances Quinlan releases new single and adds…

Jetty Bones sign to Rise Records and release new music video

By Jackson Stein, Contributor [Photo courtesy of Jetty Bones] Portland label Rise Records announced a new addition to their team, indie-rock project Jetty Bones, on Wednesday, November 20. To celebrate the signing, the band shared a music video for their track “the part:,” which appears on their third EP, – (pronounced “hyphen”). Read more: Album…

Frances Quinlan releases new single and adds new dates to 2020 tour

By Jack Knudson, Contributor [Photo courtesy of Julia Khorosilov] Frances Quinlan, lead singer of indie rock band Hop Along, unveiled a new song titled “Now That I’m Back” on Tuesday, November 19. The newly shared single is the second song, following “Rare Thing,” to be revealed as a part of her upcoming solo album Likewise, which…

Album Review: Caroline Polachek – Pang

By Kiah Easton, Columns Editor [Perpetual Novice; 2019] Rating: 7.5/10  Key tracks: “Pang”, “I Give Up”, “Door” Caroline Polachek’s debut album, Pang, is full of emotional swings and subtleties that go unnoticed but not unfelt. Danny L. Harle and Polachek’s production feels light and airy, sweeping through you in a way that barely rustles your…

Album Review: Rex Orange County – Pony

By Jessica Jones, Copy Editor [Sony; 2019] Rating: 6/10 Key tracks: “10/10”, “Face To Face” “Pluto Projector” It’s always exciting to have the chance to watch a young artist grow and develop their sound, and that’s exactly what we get to experience with Alex O’Connor, more commonly known by his stage name Rex Orange County….

ACRN’s Battle of the Bands 2019 Winner Q&A: Gorilla Party

By Liz Partsch, Contributor [Photo by Harley Wince, Visual Media Director] Q&A with bassist Preston Frick, drummer Tyler Tompkins and guitarist/vocalist Carson Dunlap of ACRN’s Battle of the Bands 2019 victor, Gorilla Party. So, what do you guys plan on doing with the prize money? PRESTON: We already put the money toward T-shirts, which we are…