What’s Going On: October 2019

By Liz Partsch, Contributor Witches, warlocks, vampires and great concerts: with spooky season just around the corner, these upcoming concerts around Athens will fill your Halloween with awesome live music. Who: Boy Jorts, Ready Aim Flowers, Electric Guitar When: October 3, 9 p.m. Where: The Union Boy Jorts is a local band described as a…

Album Review: Chelsea Wolfe – Birth of Violence

By Amy Szmik, Contributor   [Sargent House; 2019]  Rating: 7/10  Key tracks: “Deranged for Rock & Roll”, “The Mother Road”, “Dirt Universe”  Isolating herself, singer-songwriter Chelsea Wolfe settled in Northern California to focus on her new album after an extensive touring regime. During the time she spent locked away, she created her 6th LP, Birth of…

Chicago pop duo DRAMA sign to Ghostly International, release new single

By Liz Partsch, Contributor [Photo courtesy of Zoe Rain/DRAMA] Chicago dance-pop duo DRAMA released their new single “Hold On” on Monday, September 30, shortly after their recent signing to independent record label Ghostly International. The musical pair consists of producer Na’el Shehade and vocalist Via Rosa. Read more: Seattle country-rock band The Berries releases second album…

Album Review: Charli XCX – Charli

By Kiah Easton, Columns Editor [Asylum/Atlantic; 2019] Rating:  8/10 Key tracks: “Gone”, “Click”, “February 2017” It’s Charli baby! More than two years after Charli XCX’s glossy hyper-pop project, Pop 2, she has released her third full-length album, reflectively entitled Charli. A continuation of the PC Music affiliated, experimental pop developed in her latest projects, Charli…

Album Review: Pixies – Beneath the Eyrie

By Jonah Krueger, Contributor [BMG/Infectious; 2019] Rating: 6/10  Key tracks: “St. Nazaire”, “Daniel Boone” Google your favorite band and the term “Pixies.” Chances are, you’ll find the artist of your fancy singing praise to the eyeball-slicing indie legends. Their story and discography are permanently canonized in the stones of alt-rock history, and just about everyone…

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…

Group Feature: ACRN’s 2019 Summer Bangers

Before the leaves turn red and we shift our gears into the chilly fall, here are ACRN’s certified summer bangers of 2019. Add them to your Back-to-School playlist while summer extends its stay! Emily DiAlbert, Editorial Director: Tyler, The Creator – “GONE, GONE / THANK YOU”  The most iconic breakup song of all time, Tyler,…

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…