Group Feature: ACRN’s Top 15 Albums of 2020

15. Rico Nasty – Nightmare Vacation, [Sugar Trap; 2020]By Kwase Lane, Features Editor It’s kind of weird how long Rico Nasty’s been around without dropping a debut album. I mean, I’m not complaining; if anything, this is a bonus. Nightmare Vacation encapsulates all of Rico’s growth as an artist and is a pleasure to listen…

Album Review: Ariana Grande – Positions

By Lauren McCain, Columns Editor [Republic Records; 2020]Rating: 7.5/10  Key tracks: “positions”, “34+35”, “safety net (feat. Ty Dolla $ign)”, “pov”  After the whirlwind of her albums Sweetener and thank u, next less than five months apart in 2019, in 2020, Ariana Grande brings a more intimate, sultry R&B sound to the table with Positions. Positions makes…

Newport Folk Festival limited edition vinyl package sells out within hours

By Ethan Bloomfield, Contributor Attention vinyl fans: another great sale has already come and gone! A pre-order for the limited vinyl release of music-icon collaboration album A Change is Gonna Come sold out within a few hours. The vinyl was released in support of the Newport Festivals Foundation, a charity created in 2010 “to support…

Covers: An Overview of Approaches for Reimagining Pop Music

By Jonah Krueger, News Editor So, you want to cover a song? Wonderful! Let us start by congratulating you for making this tremendous decision and reinforce how excited we are that you chose us™ to help you along this rewarding journey. Legally, we are required to inform you of the potential risks involved with covering…

Records I’m Not Ashamed to Own

By RJ Martin, Music Director  Within the landscape of mid-to-late-2000s butt-rock and post-hardcore, there are few acts that rose above the rest and created music that had staying power.  In fact, as far as I’m concerned, there may only be one that matters: Avenged Sevenfold. After putting out two independent records and rising to major-label…

Run The Jewels releases shirts with a purpose

By Lauren Patterson, Copy Editor Hip-hop duo Run The Jewels have announced a limited edition T-shirt collection, “Hold Our Hands,” with Charitees. The announcement came Monday via Twitter, urging voting and supporting organizations. All proceeds from the tees go to corresponding charities, Brooklyn Vegan reported. Read more: Japanese electronic group Black Boboi announce new album…

Album Review: Touché Amoré – Lament

By Jonah Krueger, News Editor[Epitaph; 2020]Rating: 8.5/10 Key tracks: “Come Heroine”, “Reminders”, “Limelight”, “Deflector” Touché Amoré has rightly become an emo A-lister, managing to vary its approach to songwriting while remaining remarkably consistent in quality with each release. Yet, the glamorous rise of the band was abruptly halted with the release of their fourth album. …

Album Review: A.G. Cook – Apple

By Kiah Easton, Editorial Director[PC Music; 2020]Rating: 6.5/10 Key tracks: “Oh yeah”, “Beautiful Superstar”, “The Darkness” Apple is the second full-length album from PC Music founder A.G. Cook. His first LP, 7G, came out less than two months ago and consisted of 49 songs, lasting more than two and a half hours. Apple fits much…

Album Review: Fiona Apple – Fetch The Bolt Cutters

By Keri Johnson, Copy Editor [Epic; 2020] Rating: 10/10 Key tracks: All of them?! “Shameika”, “Relay”, “Fetch the Bolt Cutters”, “Newspaper”, “Ladies”, “Cosmonauts”, “For Her” Where to start with Fiona Apple? Well, anywhere ⁠— start here, now, with her new album, Fetch the Bolt Cutters.  Fetch the Bolt Cutters is classic Fiona Apple. The record…

Trying to release new single “This is Not a Disco Pt. 2”

By Lauren Patterson, Staff Writer [Photo courtesy of Trying/Samuel Harris] Indie rock band Trying premiered their latest single, “This is Not a Disco Pt. 2,” on a Z Tapes‘ benefit compilation on April 7. The track will be out everywhere on April 28. Read more: Album Review: Mount Erie –Lost Wisdom, Pt. 2 “This is…

VIRTUAL CONCERT CALENDAR: What’s Going On – Week of 4/20-4/26

By Abby Jeffers, News Editor Even though everyone is stuck at home and live shows have been canceled or postponed, great music is still happening. Dozens of artists are livestreaming concerts and music festivals – so many that this list is limited to local Ohio events and larger music festivals. Many more individual artists may…