Movie Review: The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part

Ceara Kelly, Staff Writer [Warner Bros., 2019] Rating: 7/10 Everything is awesome in The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part. Ok, that joke was not the best, but this movie is fantastic regardless. Animated movies are typically fun, but in the end, they’re typically worth a single watch and nothing more. Lego Movie 2 managed…

Rex Orange County drops surprise single “New House” on Valentine’s Day

By Jessica Jones, Staff Writer [Photo courtesy of Rex Orange County/Universal Music Publishing Group] British recording artist and songwriter Rex Orange County released a surprise single on Valentine’s Day titled “New House”, the musician’s first original song release since late 2017. Rex announced the song on instagram, where he also left a message to his fans,…

Mindful MIDItation: Pikmin OST

By Kiah Easton, Staff Writer Composed by Haijime Wakai Among countless acclaimed Nintendo releases, Pikmin still stands out for its overflowing creativity and memorable musical accompaniments. This musical experience was composed by Hajime Wakai, a staple of the Nintendo staff with credit to the likes of The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker, Super Smash Brothers…

Battle of the Bands 2018

A max capacity crowd filled the Union in Athens, Ohio on November 16th, 2018 as ACRN hosted their FIRST EVER Battle of the Bands contest where 6 local bands showed off their talents and put on their best performances. After the bands performed, the audience was given a chance to vote for their favorites. The votes…

Math Rock Monthly: Tricot

By Kwase Lane, Staff Writer Math rock isn’t my specialty by any means and my brief foray into the genre somehow made me thankful that I only speak one language. Tricot, Japan’s premier math/ indie/ prog rock quartet is unlike anything I’ve ever heard. I’d wager that it’s best described as a shot of uneasy,…

Movie Review: If Beale Street Could Talk

By Ceara Kelly, Staff Writer [Annapurna Pictures; 2018] Rating: 8/10 So often when movies attempt to be bittersweet they forget the “sweet” part. If Beale Street Could Talk did not. It manages to take a heartbreaking reality and make it something warm. It is a love story at its core, and for once a movie…

Album Review: Bring Me the Horizon – amo

By Marvin Dotiyal, Features Editor [Sony; 2019] Rating: 6/10 Key tracks: “ouch”, “mother tongue”, “heavy metal (feat. Rahzel)” Bring Me the Horizon’s career has been controversial since day one; from metalheads bashing the “pseudo-metal” image of the band to fans complaining that “Drown” wasn’t heavy enough, the hate for Bring Me the Horizon always remains…

21 Savage arrested by ICE, claims of extended illegal US residency

By Emily DiAlbert, Copy Editor [Photo courtesy of 21 Savage/Epic Records] Atlanta rapper 21 Savage was arrested early this morning by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), which claims he is a British citizen that has been living in the United States on an expired visa since 2006, according to a statement released by the federal…

Movie Review: A Silent Voice

By Justin Cudahy, Columns Editor [Kyoto Animation; 2016] Rating: 9.5/10 Note: This is a review for the dub release of A Silent Voice Despite being originally released in 2016, A Silent Voice had only reached a limited audience during its initial run, playing in only a handful of theatres in the United States. Now, over…

What’s Going On — February

By Abby Jeffers, News Editor The music scene in Athens is alive and well, even in the dead of winter, so check out the upcoming shows below and fill up your February with live music! Who: Jojo Stella, The Awful Kind When: February 1, 10 pm Where: Casa Nueva, 6 W State St Admission: $5 Join…