Jennifer Lopez and Shakira announce Super Bowl halftime show performance

By Micah Organ, Contributor [Photo courtesy of Jennifer Lopez/Twitter.com] Musician and actress Jennifer Lopez will team up with musician Shakira to perform as part of the 2020 Super Bowl halftime show on February 2, 2019, according to Billboard. Read more: ACRN’s 2019 Summer Bangers This announcement was first made on Twitter by Lopez and Shakira at…

New TV series, based on Billy Joel’s “The Stranger,” announced

By Jonah Krueger, Contributor [Photo courtesy of Creative Commons] Universal Music Publishing Group and MGM Television are reportedly teaming up to turn singer-songwriter Billy Joel’s songs into a scripted “arc-thology” television series titled Scenes From an Italian Restaurant, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Read more: Sharon Van Etten announces short film “Departure,” to be released on…

Seattle country-rock band The Berries releases second album

By Max Semenczuk, Contributor [Photo courtesy of The Berries] The Berries, a Seattle-based country-rock band, released their second album, titled Berryland, on Friday, September 20 on Run For Cover Records. The Berries’ sound is guitar-centric and reminiscent of acts such as Neil Young, but The Berries and frontman Matt Berry bring modern twists of distortion…

Sharon Van Etten announces short film “Departure,” to be released on Amazon Music

By Abby Jeffers, News Editor [Photo courtesy of Ryan Pfluger/Sharonvanetten.com] Indie singer-songwriter Sharon Van Etten announced Monday that “Departure,” a new short film about her life and recent move from New York City, will be released on Amazon Music on Thursday, September 26.  Read more: Album Review: Sharon Van Etten – Remind Me Tomorrow “Departure”…

Soul Singer Jordan Mackampa Releases New Single

By Amy Szmik, Contributor [Photo courtesy of Josh Shinner] Singer-songwriter Jordan Mackampa released his new single, “What Am I,” on Friday, September 20. Blending alternative pop and soul music, this release comes just months after his first single of 2019, “Under,” which came out May 24. Read more: Rock Musician Eddie Money Dies After Stage…

Soccer Mommy releases new single ahead of shows with Wilco and Vampire Weekend

By Jonah Krueger, Contributor [Photo courtesy of Brian Ziff/Soccer Mommy] Indie-rock musician Soccer Mommy released her first track of 2019 on Thursday, September 19. The track, “Lucy,” follows her critically acclaimed 2018 debut record, Clean, and will be released on 7” vinyl later in 2019.  Read More: Album Review: Soccer Mommy – Clean Last year, Soccer Mommy, also…

California singer-songwriter mxmtoon releases debut album

By Jackson Stein, Contributor [Album art courtesy of mxmtoon] California singer-songwriter mxmtoon released her highly anticipated debut album, the masquerade, on Tuesday, September 17, and the indie pop artist says the record is comprised of “rhyming diary entries” seeking to capture universal experiences within her lyrics. Read more: Album Review: Black Belt Eagle Scout –…

Bruce Cockburn to perform at Stuart’s Opera House on September 23

By Micah Organ, Contributor [Photo courtesy of Stuart’s Opera House/Bruce Cockburn] Folk singer Bruce Cockburn’s 34th album, Crowing Ignites, is set for release on September 20, 2019. Shortly following the release, Cockburn is slated to perform a string of tour dates, including a performance at Stuart’s Opera House, a Nelsonville venue, on Monday, September 23….

Ric Ocasek, Co-Founder of The Cars, Dies

By Andrew Breazeale, Contributor [Photo courtesy of The Cars] Ric Ocasek, the co-founder, vocalist and lead guitarist of The Cars, was found dead in New York on Sunday afternoon. He was discovered in his townhouse on East 19th Street and was pronounced dead at the scene. According to an updated report in The New York…

Rock Musician Eddie Money Dies After Stage 4 Cancer Diagnosis

By Anna Birk, Contributor [Photo courtesy of Kevin Foley Photography‎/Wikimedia Commons] Rock musician Edward Joseph Mahoney, otherwise known by his stage name of Eddie Money, died on September 13 in Los Angeles, California, after a nearly month-long battle against cancer. Money was diagnosed with Stage 4 Esophageal cancer in August, and his family announced his…