Lobsterfest 2019 Q&A: Kali Dreamer

By Emily DiAlbert, Editorial Director Photo by Joey Medlen Q&A with Kali Dreamer, Columbus-based rapper, guitarist, gamer and anime enthusiast. Tell me about Kali Dreamer’s origin. What inspired you to start releasing music? Kali: Music is something that I’ve always been inspired by, but I didn’t really start taking music seriously until I took up…

LOBSTERFEST 2019 PHOTOS

To those who were in attendance, LobsterFest 2019 was truly a night that won’t be forgotten any time soon. The Union Bar in Athens, Ohio felt like it was going to erupt as the max capacity crowd raged like never before. Performances by Burger Big, DANA, Kali Dreamer, LUNG, and Machine Girl left the audience…

Album Review: Rico Nasty – Anger Management

By Tarein Phillips, Contributor [Sugar Trap; 2019] Rating: 9/10 Key tracks: “Cold”, “Hatin”, “Sell Out” All ragers were ordered to come together and shake shit up in the mosh pit following the release of Rico Nasty and Kenny Beats’ new album, Anger Management. Although Rico’s signature “KENNYYYYY” tagline has become career-defining for both artists, their latest…

Lobsterfest 2019 Q&A: Lung

By Maria Lubanovic, Copy Editor Photo by Harley Wince, Visual Media Director Q&A with Cincinnati’s Lung with Kate Wakefield on electric cello and vocals and Daisy Caplan on drums. How was playing Lobsterfest? Kate: It was awesome. We had a lot of fun. Daisy: A blast is a good word. Have you played here in Athens…

Lobsterfest 2019 Q&A: Burger Big

By Kayla Chanthavong, Contributor Photo by Harley Wince, Visual Media Director Q&A with guitarist Carter Hickman, drummer Cobi Powell and bassist Gabe Dooley of Burger Big. What are your goals with Burger Big? Carter: Well, Cobi and I will be in Columbus next year, and Gabe will be here, so we’re not sure. Cobi: Well,…

EMO PROM 2019 Photo Coverage

ACRN’s last show in February brought along a few wild performances for “EMO PROM”. The Union was a packed house once again as students and locals alike wore their most intense eyeliner and grunge outfits for the event. SneakThief,  Vacation, and Tweens showed up with extremely high energy on stage and took advantage of the…

Album Review: Anderson .Paak – Ventura

By Kwase Lane, Staff Writer [Aftermath; 2019] Rating: 7/10 Key tracks: “Come Home”, “Make It Better”, “Winners Circle” Just six months after his latest project, Oxnard, Anderson .Paak returns to the music scene with Ventura. Oxnard was launched with a lukewarm response from many of .Paak’s fans, but Ventura sees him returning to a style…

Album Review: Priests – The Seduction of Kansas

By Maria Lubanovic, [Sister Polygon Records; 2019] Rating: 7.5/10 Key tracks: “The Seduction of Kansas”, “Good Time Charlie”, “Carol” Priests bring political power through twisted narrative lyrics and driving soundscapes, making their second LP on Sister Polygon, The Seduction of Kansas, a showcase of punk ideology and dirty rock riffs. Questions of bodily autonomy, motivation,…

Dad Rock Bi-Weekly: Marvin Gaye – What’s Going On

By Jessica Jones, Staff Writer [Motown; 1971] Original Release Date: May 21, 1971 There couldn’t have been a better time in the world for the release of Marvin Gaye’s What’s Going On (except for now, maybe). The Sergeant Pepper of the soul, this concept album tells the story of war, poverty, police brutality and drugs…

Athens International Film and Video Festival returns for its 46th year

By Maria Lubanovic, Copy Editor [Photo courtesy of Athens International Film and Video Festival] The Athens International Film and Video Festival will celebrate its 46th anniversary this year with an amazing week of films from all around the world. The festival runs April 8–14 and features over 200 original films, documentaries and more. Read more:…