Album Review: Swearin’ – Fall Into the Sun

By Andrew Breazeale, Contributor [Merge; 2018] Rating: 6/10 Key Tracks: “Margaret”, “Untitled (LA)”, “Grow into a Ghost” Riddled with ’90s nostalgia, gritty riffs, and introspective lyrics, Swearin’ triumphantly returns to the music scene with Fall Into the Sun. After disbanding in 2015, the group has come back together to release this LP and go on…

Girlpool release two new songs ahead of October tour

By Abby Jeffers, Contributor [Photo by Benedict Brink] Los Angeles indie-rock duo Girlpool dropped two new tracks, “Lucy’s” and “Where You Sink” yesterday, Oct. 9 ahead of an upcoming tour with Porches at the end of the month. Read more: Album Review: The Spirit of the Beehive – Hypnic Jerks While both songs may share the…

Between the Bars: “New Slaves”

By Kwase Lane, Contributor Hello, and welcome to the first installment of Between the Bars. This a little corner of ACRN where we talk to you all about whatever little rap verse we’ve had on our mind the last week. In honor of what was supposed to be the release of Kanye West’s latest album,…

Album Review: Lil Wayne – Tha Carter V

By Tarein Phillips, Contributor [Young Money; 2018] Rating: 7.5/10 Key Tracks: “Let It Fly”, “Mona Lisa”, “Used 2” Following a lengthy legal battle with business partner and close friend Birdman, the process of releasing Lil Wayne’s Tha Carter V for the past four years has been difficult. With constant pushbacks of the release date, fake tracklists…

Movie Review: Smallfoot

By Ceara Kelly, Staff Writer [Warner Bros.; 2018] Rating: 7/10 Oh isn’t that cute — A movie about Yeti’s calling humans “smallfoots” and treating them like cryptids. It must be all about learning to see from the other sides viewpoint, right? Wrong. Smallfoot, is a surprisingly politically charged musical and, despite what early reviews say,…

Album Review: Hippo Campus – Bambi

By Taylor Linzinmeir, Contributor [Grand Jury; 2018] Rating: 8/10 Key Tracks: “Doubt”, “Bubbles”, “Golden” Hippo Campus’s latest album, Bambi, ushers in a new era for the Minnesota indie-rock band. Their goal was to create an album as separate individuals under the name Hippo Campus, instead of just simply making another Hippo Campus record, and they…

Album Review: foodman – Aru Otoko No Densetsu

By Kiah Easton, Contributor [Sun Ark; 2018] Rating: 8/10 Key Tracks: “Body”, “Tabij2”, “Sauna” Two years have passed since 食品まつり a.k.a foodman’s three experimentally challenging and intriguing albums: EZ Minzoku, S.A.F.E., and IKEIKE. Aru Otoko No Densetsu, his newest full-length album on Sun Ark Records, once again puzzles musical communities around the world and proves his…

Album Review: Cher – Dancing Queen

By Maria Lubanovic, Copy Editor [Warner Bros.; 2018] Rating: 7.5/10 (Gay Rating 10/10) Key Tracks: “Gimme! Gimme! Gimme!”, “Waterloo”, “One of Us” Who knew that the world needed an album of bubbly songs from a Swedish ‘70s Eurovision band to be covered by one of the biggest names in pop ever? She’s a master of…

Album Review: Dominique Larue – I’m Smiling Because I Hate Everything

By Abby Jeffers, Contributor [AU Music; 2018] Rating: 6/10 Key Tracks: “Escape”, “Intro” Returning after months of radio silence, Columbus rapper Dominique Larue’s I’m Smiling Because I Hate Everything, her fourth studio album, functions as a sort of therapy. The album centers around themes of mental illness and Larue’s recovery after a suicide attempt and…

Album Review: Lala Lala – The Lamb

By Abby Jeffers, Contributor [Hardly Art; 2018] Rating: 7.5/10 Key Tracks: “Water Over Sex”, “Dove” Chicago-based indie rock band Lala Lala made a strong return with its sophomore album, The Lamb. Following a somewhat caustic debut album, Sleepyhead, in 2016, this second record takes refuge in its vulnerability. Read More: Album Review: Soccer Mommy – Clean…

Album Review: Christine and the Queens – Chris

By Andrew Breazeale, Contributor [Because Music; 2018] Rating: 6/10 Key Tracks: “5 dollars”, “What’s-her-face”, “Feel so good” French native Héloïse Letissier, better known as Christine and the Queens, is back with an introspective sophomore album. After having to re-release her 2014 debut album Chaleur humaine in English as Christine and the Queens, Letissier saved herself…

9/15 “ACRN Presents” Photo Coverage

ACRN hosted their first show of the year on September 15th in Athens, Ohio as a great turn-out of students crowded the stage at The Union Bar to get a closer look at performances including Galen Tipton, Test Press, Sarob, and Grandace! Photos by Harley Wince and Joe Medlen