Mavis Staples announced as Nelsonville Music Festival Sunday headliner

By Emily DiAlbert, Copy Editor [Photo courtesy of Nelsonville Music Festival] The Nelsonville Music Festival (NMF) announced Mavis Staples, a Kennedy Center honoree and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, as the 15th-annual festival’s Sunday headliner last Wednesday. Staples will join other performers–including Tyler Childers, The Breeders and Death Cab for Cutie–for the four-day event in June. Read more: Nelsonville…

The Jonas Brothers reunite, drop new single after six-year hiatus

By Kwase Lane, Staff Writer [Photo courtesy of the Jonas Brothers/Republic Records] After a nearly six-year hiatus, the Jonas Brothers have finally decided to grace the world with their voices once again. The group announced their reunion Thursday morning and, at midnight of the next day, released a music video that shot to the top…

What’s Going On – March

By Maria Lubanovic, Copy Editor March comes in like a lion and out like a lamb, but that doesn’t mean you have to wait for the sun to shine all the time to enjoy some amazing local music. Who: Horseburner, Akula, Gudger When: March 1, 10 p.m. Where: The Union, 18 W Union St West…

Emo Prom 2019 Q&A: Tweens

By Kwase Lane, Staff Writer [Photo by Joe Medlen] Q&A with guitarist and vocalist Bridget Battle and guitarist Phil Valois of Tweens. So, you guys have been together for a while, right? Bridget: No, not necessarily. I’ve been a part of Tweens since about the latter half of 2012 and I had an initial lineup…

Album Review: Lil Data – Folder Dot Zip

By Kiah Easton, Staff Writer [PC Music; 2019] Rating: 7/10 Key tracks: “Supablievan”, “BOING”, “Poleten” Lil Data’s music is described aptly through just their name. In their latest release, Folder Dot Zip, their aesthetic cohesion becomes even more defined. Lil Data plays with sound like it’s in a digital sandbox environment, testing out each parameter…

Emo Prom 2019 Q&A: Vacation

By Kayla Chanthavong, Contributor [Photo by Joe Medlen] Q&A with singer and guitarist Jerome “Jerri”  Westerkamp III of Vacation I’d like to welcome Vacation back to Athens after a long time of being away, and thank you guys for an awesome set at ACRN’s Emo Prom! So you guys have been around for quite a…

Album Review: Avril Lavigne – Head Above Water

By Maria Lubanovic, Copy Editor [BMG; 2019] Rating: 5.5/10 Key tracks: “Head Above Water”, “Warrior”, “Bigger Wow” Since releasing her last album in 2013, it’s fair to say that Avril Lavigne has dropped off of the face of the earth for a little bit, and a lot has changed in that time, with Lavigne battling…

Artist Profile: Molly Burch

By Abby Jeffers, News Editor [Photo courtesy of Molly Burch/Captured Tracks] Vocalist and songwriter Molly Burch grew up watching her dad sing along to the Ben Folds Five from the backseat of the car and “truly believing” that he was actually a member of the band. Her dad was involved in the Los Angeles movie…

Album Review: SWMRS – Berkeley’s On Fire

By Marvin Dotiyal, Features Editor [Fueled By Ramen; 2019] Rating 4.5/10 Key tracks: “IKEA Date”, “Bad Allergies”, “Trashbag Baby” All bands, at some point, need to step out of their comfort zone and find a path to direct their progression. The hardest part, however, is finding a balance in an axis of experimentation and mastery,…

Album Review: CZARFACE / Ghostface Killah – Czarface Meets Ghostface

By Kwase Lane, Staff Writer [Silver Age; 2018] Rating: 5/10 Key tracks: “Face Off”, “Super Soldier Serum”, “The King Heard Voices” In Czarface Meets Ghostface, the supergroup composed of Inspectah Deck, 7L and Esoteric comes together with Ghostface Killah to drop some bars over the ‘90s east coast hip-hop beats they are known for. Although…

Ten Years Today: Marianas Trench – Masterpiece Theatre

We will kick off a nostalgic Ten Years Today with the iconic Canadian pop-rock group Marianas Trench and their album Masterpiece Theatre. If you don’t already know who they are, you’re missing out on a classic punk-turned-pop rock band that made their debut with their release of Fix Me, as well as special television show cameos. I can definitely vouch for Marianas Trench as a band that fully support the typical middle school angst that we’ve all experienced in the most wholesome and mildly rebellious ways (don’t lie). Without a doubt, this is an album that I always go back to whenever I feel like reminiscing in my adolescent spirit.