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…

Mindful MIDItation: Pokémon Diamond, Pearl and Platinum OST

By Josh Pettis, Staff Writer Composed by Go Ichinose, Junichi Masuda, Hitomi Sato Video game bedroom-poppy, hip-hoppy, melodically boppy, cheesy, bordering-on-baroque, cathedral-esque, softish, and over-the-toppish easy-listening: admittedly, the labels are lacking. If presented to Go Ichinose, Junichi Masuda, and Hitomi Sato as the synaptic dictionary to reference for the aural brainchild of Pokémon Diamond and…

Dad Rock Bi-Weekly: Electric Light Orchestra – Out of the Blue

By Jessica Jones, Staff Writer [Epic; 1977] Original Release Date: Oct. 3, 1977 Using orchestral instruments and opera influences as the base for a rock album isn’t something most people would think of as being successful, but that wasn’t the case for Electric Light Orchestra frontman, Jeff Lynne. Out of the Blue, ELO ’s seventh…

Column: 2019 Oscar Nominated Live Action Shorts

By Keri Johnson, Contributor Madre (Spain) is an unnerving, 19-minute exercise in technical expertise. The film is the story of any parent’s nightmare; a mother gets a phone call from her child, who is lost and alone on a far-away beach. The writing drives the film. Viewers hang onto every line, searching for clues or…

Ten Years Today: Marianas Trench – Masterpiece Theatre

We will kick off a nostalgic Ten Years Today with the iconic Canadian pop-rock group Marianas Trench and their album Masterpiece Theatre. If you don’t already know who they are, you’re missing out on a classic punk-turned-pop rock band that made their debut with their release of Fix Me, as well as special television show cameos. I can definitely vouch for Marianas Trench as a band that fully support the typical middle school angst that we’ve all experienced in the most wholesome and mildly rebellious ways (don’t lie). Without a doubt, this is an album that I always go back to whenever I feel like reminiscing in my adolescent spirit.

2019 Oscar Nominated Animated Shorts

Ceara Kelly, Staff Writer The 91st Academy Awards are just around the corner, and once again the Animated Short Films are probably the easiest category to catch up on to impress everyone at your Oscar party. Whether it be about a mother dealing with her son moving out, a woman exploring her childhood memories, or…

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…

Between the Bars: “Rapp Snitch Knishes” by MF DOOM

By Kwase Lane, Staff Writer Hello, and welcome back to Between the Bars. I’d like to start this year with one of my favorite artists, MF DOOM. We’re going to be examining the second verse of “Rapp Snitch Knishes” from his album MM.. FOOD. In this piece, DOOM mocks his fellow rappers who choose to…

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,…

Dad Rock Bi-Weekly: Elton John – Goodbye Yellow Brick Road

By Jessica Jones, Staff Writer [Trident Studios; 1973] Original Release Date: Oct. 5, 1973 What do you get when you mix country and soul with flamboyant, experimental pop? Elton John, of course. Goodbye Yellow Brick Road, his seventh studio album, is widely regarded as his best work that brings us bold and exciting hits while…

Column: ACRN’s 2019 Golden Globes Recap

By Ceara Kelly, Staff Writer and Maria Lubanovic, Copy Editor Ceara is behind by an hour because her ass is in Kansas. Her TV is on a five-second delay, so I had to pretend I knew nothing. Don’t you love remote journalism? We had to start out with the red carpet. Nothing was too horrible,…