Album Review: American Pleasure Club – A Whole Fucking Lifetime of This

By Jon Fuchs, Music Director [Run For Cover; 2018] Rating: 7/10 Key Tracks: “all the lonely nights in your life”, “lets move to the desert”, “new years eve” It’s the Big Joyous Celebration, Let’s Stir the Honeypot, the 2016 record from Teen Suicide, ended an important stage in the band’s career. It would be their final…

Ten Years Today: Eyes Set to Kill – Reach

By Marvin Dotiyal, Features Editor [BreakSilence; 2008] Original Release Date: 2/19/08 Memorable tracks: “Liar in the Glass”, “Behind These Eyes”, “Violent Kiss” It’s not a surprise if people don’t remember Eyes Set to Kill or haven’t even heard of this band before. To be fair, they were one of those MySpace “-core” bands that were…

Album Review: Black Panther The Album

By Allegra Solomon, Contributor [Interscope / TDE; 2018] Rating: 7.5/10 Key Tracks: “The Ways”, “Paramedic!”, “King’s Dead” As if an all-black Marvel movie wasn’t enough to take Black History Month to new heights, the star-studded Black Panther soundtrack—curated by Kendrick Lamar and the rest of Top Dawg Entertainment—brought together every influential black music artist from…

Movie Review: I, Tonya

By Ceara Kelly, Contributor [Clubhouse; 2017] Rating: 8.5/10 It’s hard to even know where to start when discussing a movie like I, Tonya. With phenomenal acting, amazingly accurate costumes and an impossibly perfect soundtrack, flaws are near impossible to find. Three Oscar nominations only further prove that I, Tonya is easily one of the best…

Album Review: Justin Timberlake – Man of the Woods

By Maria Lubanovic, Copy Editor [RCA; 2018] Rating: 3/10 Key Tracks: “Midnight Summer’s Dream”, “Montana” Justin Timberlake’s fifth album, Man of the Woods, opens with the lyrics “you know what’s good.” Those lyrics, unfortunately, do not refer to this record, an album that is too long, too shallow and overall hard to listen to. One of…

Movie Review: Winchester

By Ceara Kelly, Contributor [Blacklab; 2018] Rating: 3.5/10 The real story of the Winchester house is a fascinating one that promised an equally compelling and thrilling movie. Unfortunately, Winchester fails to live up to any of those expectations, despite having the star power of Helen Mirren. The poorly lit set managed to snuff out even her talents,…

Group Feature: ACRN’s Most Anticipated Albums of 2018

Will 2018 be as bright as 2017 for music? Here are our most anticipated albums of 2018! Jon Fuchs, Music Director: Current Joys – A Different Age Nick Rattigan has never made a bad record before. Whether it’s with guitarist Jacob Rubeck as Surf Curse or by himself as Current Joys, every record he’s been a…

Album Review: Erik Phillips – One

By Justin Cudahy, Columns Editor [Joy Void; 2018] Rating: 7.5/10 Key Tracks: “Happen”, “Wrong”, “Interstate 95” We’ve come to the point where whenever you hear the term “indie rock”, it can mean anything. With accessibility to music software becoming more and more easier, it seems like there has been an influx of independent artists who…

Album Review: Anna Burch – Quit the Curse

By Emily DiAlbert, Contributor [Polyvinyl, 2018] Rating: 6.5/10 Key Tracks: “Belle Isle”, “In your Dreams”, “What I Want” After spending years working with several different bands, indie-pop singer/songwriter Anna Burch picks herself up by the bootstraps, releasing her debut album, Quit the Curse. Focused on both budding romances and unsatisfying relationships, the record is full of…

Album Review: The Spook School – Could It Be Different?

By Connor Stroff, Contributor [Slumberland; 2018] Rating: 7/10  Key Tracks: “Still Alive”, “Less Than Perfect”, “Body” The Spook School‘s Could It Be Different? marks the Edinburgh-based indie-rock quartet’s third and most polished album to date. Frontman Nye Todd writes lyrics which sentiment his experiences with gender dysmorphia (“Body”), surviving sexual assault (“Still Alive”) and searching for relief in…