Movie Review: Beauty and the Beast

By Maria Lubanovic, Staff Writer [Walt Disney Pictures; 2017] Rating: 8/10 After 26 years since the animated version of Beauty and the Beast hit the big screen, children and adults have returned to the theaters to fawn over the live-action remake starring Emma Watson. Even though most of the film is a shot to shot recreation…

Album Review: ANOHNI – Paradise

By Eli Schoop, Copy Editor [Secretly Canadian; 2017] Rating: 4/10 Key Tracks: “Jesus Will Kill You,” “She Doesn’t Mourn Her Loss” ANOHNI doesn’t deal in the subtle. Her new EP, Paradise, is a companion piece to the dread that inspired HOPELESSNESS, insofar as its global standpoint on suffering and modern mayhem. Relaying the emotions of…

Album Review: Mount Eerie – A Crow Looked at Me

By Sam Tornow, Editorial Director [P.W. Elverum & Sun; 2017] Rating: 9/10 Key Tracks: “Real Death,” Seaweed,” “Swims,” “Crow” “Death is real / Someone’s there and then they’re not / And it’s not for singing about / It’s not for making into art,” Phil Elverum gently coos into a mic that is situated in the…

Album Review: Milky Chance – Blossom

By Justin Cudahy, Staff Writer [Lichtdicht; 2017] Rating: 8.5/10 Key Tracks: “Blossom,” “Bad Things,” “Cocoon” Blossom is Milky Chance’s sophomore LP, coming off the success of their breakthrough album Sadnecessary back in 2013. One of the things that made the German folk duo of Clemens Rehbein and Philipp Dausch so popular was their unique sound, combining…

Album Review: The Obsessives – The Obsessives

By Tanner Bidish, Staff Writer [Lame-O; 2017] Rating: 6/10 Key Tracks: “Now She’s Smoking,” “It’s Not Fair” The new self-titled record from DC-based duo The Obsessives is the most the polished the pair has ever sounded. Nick Bairatchnyi and Jackson Mansfield clean up their production to turn out their strongest work since Heck No, Nancy.  However,…

What We’re Playing – Week of 3/20/17

Spoon – Hot Thoughts Hot Thoughts, Spoon’s first record since the critically acclaimed They Want My Soul back in 2014, continues the indie pop sound that’s gotten them the heavy fanbase they’re currently holding onto. The Shins – Heartworms Their first record in five years, Heartworms sees the iconic indie outfit The Shins take their discography in…

Date Auction – 2/19/17

ACRN’s Date Auction featuring Wasted Champs, Mosquito Coast, Roy G Biverly, and Pretty As You Please. Photos: Maddi Rotunda

The Union – 2/10/17

Julia Martin with Water Witches, Qiet, The High Definitions, and Urban Tropic at The Union. Photos: Sam Felser

Album Review: Laura Marling – Semper Femina

By Devon Hannan, Features Editor [More Alarming; 2017] Rating: 8/10 Key Tracks: “Wild Fire,” “Nouel,” “Nothing, Not Nearly” “Always a woman” is the literal translation of “Semper Femina.” In Laura Marling’s sixth studio album, the folk artist absorbs the beauties and interpersonal experiences among women with every line she writes. Marling’s brilliance radiates through well-developed…

Album Review: Jay Som – Everybody Works

By Tanner Bidish, Staff Writer [Polyvinyl; 2017] Rating: 8.5/10 Key Tracks: “The Bus Song,” “One More Time, Please,” “Take It” Melina Duterte – a.k.a. Jay Som –  is 22, and despite her youth, she shows no lack of experience. Her 2016 compilation record, Turn Into, was a lo-fi hit, and she does it again on…