Movie Review: Mulan

By Ben Lindner, Contributor
[Disney; 2020]
Rating: 2/10
Disney needs to stop. Their live-action remakes are complete failures, no more than obvious cash grabs at beloved childhood stories, and though they all pale in comparison to the originals, Mulan (2020) is the worst of them by a mile. The idea behind this one seems to be a more serious take that is more faithful to the original myth. This is not your grandpa’s Mulan. No more talking dragons voiced by Eddie Murphy, no more songs, no more fun stuff.

Album Review: Teenage Halloween – Teenage Halloween

By Jonah Krueger, News Editor
[Don Giovanni Records; 2020]
Rating: 7/10
Key tracks: “Drown”, “Racehorse”, “Turn Right, Goes Straight”
New Jersey power-punk collective Teenage Halloween may have just served up the sweetest existentially-concerned cocktail this side of Jeff Rosenstock. One part Pacific Northwest indie, two parts California ska/pop-punk, with a dash of Springsteen and modern folk-punk for garnish, Teenage Halloween’s self-titled debut is a satisfyingly melodic crowd-pleaser.

Highsnobiety, Newport Jazz Festival announce livestream

By Maddie James, Contributor Starting Monday, Highsnobiety and the Newport Jazz Festival are teaming up for “Jazz TV”. This three-day virtual event will feature DJ sets, live performances and panels on Highsnobiety’s digital platform and YouTube channel. All proceeds from “Jazz TV” will go to the Newport Festivals Musician Relief Fund, a nonprofit created to…

MF DOOM Announces Augmented Reality Mask Auction

By Kwase Lane, Features Editor[Photo courtesy of Juggernaut Sound] Hip-hop legend MF DOOM and Rhymesayers Entertainment announced a partnership with Illust Space to release a collection of augmented reality masks. The collectible masks are entirely digital and limited in quantity. Read more: Another Michael release two songs and join Run For Cover Records The augmented…

Album Review: Eartheater – Phoenix: Flames Are Dew Upon My Skin

By Kiah Easton, Editorial Director[PAN; 2020]Rating: 7/10 Key tracks: “Airborne Ashes”, “Below The Clavicle”, “How To Fight” Eartheater is a master of creating immersive sonic atmospheres that effortlessly wrap around her bodies of work. Her last project, Trinity, threw the listener overboard into an expansive ocean of wet, dark, crashing compositions. Phoenix: Flames Are Dew…

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…

Under-Studio Session: RJ Martin

Due to COVID-19, ACRN’s Production team has had to move things outside, more specifically under the parking garage of Baker Center. Listen to RJ Martin sing his ballads in the dimly lit concrete environment. Find RJ on Instagram, Twitter and Spotify for more.

Album Review: Field Medic – Floral Prince

By Ethan Bloomfield, Contributor
[Run For Cover Records; 2020]
Rating: 7/10 Key tracks: “-h-o-u-s-e-k-e-y-z-”, “older now (it hurts)”, “before your body goes” 2020 is not a year for connection. Amidst the pandemic and months of isolation, it is sometimes hard to feel a true, heartfelt connection with others. During this time, though, music remains one of the main defenses against boredom for many people, and reminders of humanity and closeness still shines through in it. This is more than evident on Floral Prince, the new full-length project from lo-fi musician Field Medic, aka Kevin Patrick Sullivan.

2020 Battle of the Bands Information

Contact: Catie Bugos / 330-716-1963 / pr4acrn@gmail.com / acrn.com ACRN MEDIA PRESENTS: VIRTUAL BATTLE OF THE BANDS 2020 ACRN Media to feature six local bands in a pre-recorded live stream competition. Athens, OH, October 8, 2020 – ACRN Media is thrilled to announce our annual Battle of the Bands (BOTB) will continue virtually this fall….

Movie Review: Enola Holmes

Sometimes a movie throws too many balls in the air, and though it might catch some, it will always end up dropping just as many. That’s basically Enola Holmes, a movie following the titular character (Millie Bobby Brown) as she chases after her missing mother (Helena Bonham Carter), all while being pursued by her brother, the legendary Sherlock Holmes (Henry Cavill). Brown is excellent as the lead, and she delivers every line with a tremendous energy and owns every one of her scenes. While not the most earth-shattering performance, Brown proves here that she can hold her own as the lead.