Emo Prom 2019 Q&A: Sneakthief

By Maria Lubanovic, Copy Editor [Photo by Joe Medlen] Q&A with guitarists Nolan Quigley and Daniel Palmer and drummer Joe Fradette of Sneakthief. It’s cool that you are back with us after playing Battle of the Bands. What was that experience like for you, and what is it like to be back for ACRN Prom?…

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 Top 10 Disappointing Albums of 2018

1. Arctic Monkeys – Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino, [Domino; 2018] By Maria Lubanovic, Copy Editor From the minute that lead singer Alex Turner sings the first line, we can immediately tell that Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino is an Arctic Monkeys album. Unfortunately, all other uncanny stylistic choices have gone by the wayside. Sometimes, choices…

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…

ACRN’s Top 10 Movies of 2018

1. BlacKkKlansman, [Focus Features; 2018] By Jessica Jones, Staff Writer Set in the 1970s during the middle of the civil rights movement, black police officer Ron Stallworth infiltrates a local chapter of the Ku Klux Klan by posing as a white man. Based on a true story, this film depicts the real-life events of what occurred in…

Someday Came Suddenly: Celebrating 10 Years of Crabcore

By Marvin Dotiyal, Features Editor It’s 2008. You’re contemplating your MySpace profile song at a sweaty Warped Tour set with your long-haired friends in their deep, black V-necks and the tightest jeans with just enough stretch to land the spin kicks. Metalcore was rapidly changing at the time, with more commercialized exposure and an influx…

Battle of the Bands 2018 Q&A: Darwin Evolution

By Josh Pettis, Contributor [Photo by Joe Medlen] Q&A with Michael Boston of Darwin Evolution. Athens has an interesting beat scene with a fair share of college-aged producers and rappers. How collaborative of a space does Athens feel like in that vein? How conducive is it to your workflow and the way you make music?…

Battle of the Bands 2018 Q&A: Sneakthief

By Maria Lubanovic, Copy Editor [Photo by Joe Medlen] Q&A with Daniel Palmer (vocals and guitar), Nolan Quigley (bass and guitar) and Joe Fradette (drums) of Sneakthief. How would you describe your musical style? Daniel: It’s hard to get into musical style for us because I don’t really feel like we fit into any specific…

Battle of the Bands 2018 Q&A: Raw Canvas

By Josh Pettis, Contributor [Photo by Joe Medlen] Q&A with Patrick Budesky of Raw Canvas. Your online presence right now seems pretty Athens-specific and live performance oriented. Do you have any music available for streaming anywhere, or any plans to expand to platforms like that? Or are you mostly focused on shows for the time…

Battle of the Bands 2018 Q&A: Uncle Attica

By Kwase Lane, Contributor [Photo by Harley Wince] Q&A with Uncle Attica. What’s the story behind your band name?  Uncle Attica: In ancient Greek history, Attica [was] the region encompassing Athens, especially during its Golden Age. So for us, “Uncle Attica” is a musical collective surrounding Athens, Ohio just as Attica [surrounded] Athens, Greece. What…

Battle of the Bands 2018 Q&A: The Infinite Improbability Drive

By Josh Pettis, Contributor [Photo by Harley Wince] Q&A with Julian Runyon of the Infinite Improbability Drive. The way you mix science fiction with dated conceptions of the future and more conventional alt and prog aesthetics is pretty interesting, especially on the more narrative, collagey-sounding holotape tracks on your EP Another Reality Brought to You…

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…