Nelsonville Music Festival announces Death Cab for Cutie as 2019 headliner

By Abby Jeffers, News Editor [Photo courtesy of Eliot Lee Hazel/Nelsonville Music Festival] The 15th annual Nelsonville Music Festival, which will be held on June 6-9, 2019, announced headliner Death Cab for Cutie on Friday, Jan. 18. The alternative rock band is the first of many performers to be announced for the festival. Read more:…

ACRN’s Top 25 Albums of 2018

2018, a compelling year for rising artists from a web of musical trajectories. 1. Noname – Room 25, [Self-released; 2018] By Kwase Lane, Staff Writer Everything that someone could love about Noname’s music is taken to the next level in Room 25. One of the great things about Noname is that she doesn’t wear out…

ACRN’s Favorite Tracks of 2018

Jon Fuchs, Music Director: Dean Blunt – “Chancer (feat. A$AP Rocky)” It’s crazy that the best hype track of 2018 is a minimal masterpiece with no actual beat at all. Acting as the opening track on his latest EP, Soul On Fire, Dean Blunt’s “Chancer” is based solely on a constantly looping strings sample, Blunt’s…

Spiritualized announce 2019 tour in support of 2018 album

By Abby Jeffers, News Editor [Photo courtesy of Spiritualized/Fat Possum Records] After receiving no shortage of praise for this year’s release of And Nothing Hurt, English space-rock band Spiritualized have announced a string of North American tour dates in 2019 to bring the album on the road. Read more: Album Review: Spiritualized – And Nothing…

Album Review J Mascis – Elastic Days

By Abby Jeffers, Contributor [Sub Pop; 2018] Rating: 6/10 Key tracks: “Drop Me”, “Elastic Days”, “Web So Dense” Marketed as a slight electric shift from his previous acoustic albums, Several Shades of Why and Tied To A Star, J Mascis released another project in a string of solo albums, Elastic Days. The frontman of Dinosaur…

Album Review: IAN SWEET– Crush Crusher

By Abby Jeffers, Contributor [Hardly Art; 2018] Rating: 7/10 Key Tracks: “Hiding”, “Holographic Jesus”, “Bug Museum” In a discordant follow-up to 2016’s Shapeshifter, indie rock musician IAN SWEET has dropped her sophomore album, Crush Crusher – an album all about “self-image, self-respect/worth, and the responsibility [frontwoman Jillian Medford] has felt to others,” according to the band’s…

Band Profile: Damn the Witch Siren

By Abby Jeffers, Contributor [Photos by Chip Willis, Bobbi Kitten and Z Wolf] Columbus electro-pop duo Damn the Witch Siren have always been a feminist band. Concocted by frontwoman Bobbi Kitten, even the origin of its name is rooted in feminism, stemming from a fascination with the Salem Witch Trials and with sirens in classics…

Album Review: Kurt Vile – Bottle It In

By Abby Jeffers, Contributor [Matador; 2018] Rating: 6/10 Key Tracks: “One Trick Ponies”, “Bassackwards”, “Mutinies” Almost exactly a year after his last release, a collaborative record with Courtney Barnett, indie-rock multi-instrumentalist Kurt Vile has released his seventh studio album, Bottle It In. At times, the record leans more towards folk than rock, both in Vile’s…

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…

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…

Cloud Nothings drop second single ahead of fifth studio album

By Abby Jeffers, Contributor [Photo by Cloud Nothings/Carpark Records] Original story from Consequence of Sound On Tuesday, Cleveland indie-rockers Cloud Nothings dropped “Leave Him Now”, the second single off of their upcoming album, Last Building Burning. Coming just over a year after the band’s last record, this will be the band’s fifth studio album and is…