Battle of the Bands 2018 Q&A: Uncle Attica

By Kwase Lane, Contributor [Photo by Harley Wince] Q&A with Uncle Attica. What’s the story behind your band name?  Uncle Attica: In ancient Greek history, Attica [was] the region encompassing Athens, especially during its Golden Age. So for us, “Uncle Attica” is a musical collective surrounding Athens, Ohio just as Attica [surrounded] Athens, Greece. What…

Battle of the Bands 2018 Q&A: The Infinite Improbability Drive

By Josh Pettis, Contributor [Photo by Harley Wince] Q&A with Julian Runyon of the Infinite Improbability Drive. The way you mix science fiction with dated conceptions of the future and more conventional alt and prog aesthetics is pretty interesting, especially on the more narrative, collagey-sounding holotape tracks on your EP Another Reality Brought to You…

Band Profile: Damn the Witch Siren

By Abby Jeffers, Contributor [Photos by Chip Willis, Bobbi Kitten and Z Wolf] Columbus electro-pop duo Damn the Witch Siren have always been a feminist band. Concocted by frontwoman Bobbi Kitten, even the origin of its name is rooted in feminism, stemming from a fascination with the Salem Witch Trials and with sirens in classics…

Group Feature: ACRN’s 2018 Summer Bangers

Summer definitely puts us in all kinds of moods… Here’s what the summer of 2018 sounded like for ACRN! Devon Hannan, Editorial Director: Dance Gavin Dance — “Care” This post-hardcore track has all of the ingredients necessary for a certified summertime banger. From Dance Gavin Dance’s latest chaotic album Artificial Selection, “Care” is about a…

Lobsterfest 2018 Q&A: JPEGMAFIA

By Devon Hannan, Editorial Director Photo by Harley Wince, Visual Media Director Experimental rapper and producer, JPEGMAFIA, seems like he came out of nowhere. After a considerable amount of positive reception on his latest full-length album, Veteran, JPEGMAFIA is quickly grabbing everyone’s undivided attention. Peggy’s composition on Veteran is simply out of this world, being…

Setting the Stage: Reminiscing Athens’ Music from the 1970s and 1980s

By Emily DiAlbert, Staff Writer On March 9, almost 50 years after getting their start in music, J.D. Hutchison and the Realbilly Jive packed a crowd of Athens, Ohio residents into a local art gallery for a performance evoking pure Appalachian pride. On that night, the band’s audience was not just another crowd of strangers….

New vs. Old: Car Seat Headrest – Twin Fantasy

By Tanner Bidish, Visual Media Director In 2011, Will Toledo put out Twin Fantasy, the record that would propel Car Seat Headrest into Bandcamp iconography. Riding off that success and the hype of the other release in less than a decade, Toledo has been able to drop the lo-fi stylings for a full studio sound. Now…

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…

Feature: Nurturing a Record Label to its Nature

 By Marvin Dotiyal, Features Editor Meet Fredo Fosco and Michael Mangan—two music-loving friends starting up a DIY, emo/indie label from the suburbs of Chicago. Mangan, a college freshman studying business, wanted to create a site to post and share musical content, which was inspired by Making New Enemies, a collaborative media blog and record label….

ACRN’s Top 25 Albums of 2017

Tremendous year. 25 albums. The votes are in–here we go! 1. Kendrick Lamar – DAMN., [Interscope / TDE; 2017] By Jon Fuchs, Music Director DAMN. is only further proof that Kendrick Lamar is one of the greatest rappers of our generation. Instead of creating another concept record like good kid, m.A.Ad. city or To Pimp a Butterfly,…