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: sweat workers

By Maria Lubanovic, Copy Editor [Photo by Joe Medlen] Q&A with lead vocalist Dani Wasserman of sweat workers. How would you describe your musical style? Dani: The words “bedroom pop” seem to come up a lot. I guess ’cause a lot of it was made in my bedroom. I don’t really know; it’s hard to…

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…

ACRN Presents: Sylmar, Water Witches, Slackluster

Flyer by: Harley Wince Who: Sylmar (Cincinnati, OH) “indie-rock, stoner jazz, dream-rock” Water Witches (Athens, OH) “freak-folk, psych-rock” Slackluster (Athens, OH) “smart-rock for dummies” Where: Casa Nueva 6 W State St. Athens, OH When: Oct. 4 9:30 p.m. How much: $5 at the door Ages 18+

Group Feature: ACRN’s 2018 Summer Bangers

Summer definitely puts us in all kinds of moods… Here’s what the summer of 2018 sounded like for ACRN! Devon Hannan, Editorial Director: Dance Gavin Dance — “Care” This post-hardcore track has all of the ingredients necessary for a certified summertime banger. From Dance Gavin Dance’s latest chaotic album Artificial Selection, “Care” is about a…

Lobsterfest 2018 Q&A: JPEGMAFIA

By Devon Hannan, Editorial Director Photo by Harley Wince, Visual Media Director Experimental rapper and producer, JPEGMAFIA, seems like he came out of nowhere. After a considerable amount of positive reception on his latest full-length album, Veteran, JPEGMAFIA is quickly grabbing everyone’s undivided attention. Peggy’s composition on Veteran is simply out of this world, being…

Setting the Stage: Reminiscing Athens’ Music from the 1970s and 1980s

By Emily DiAlbert, Staff Writer On March 9, almost 50 years after getting their start in music, J.D. Hutchison and the Realbilly Jive packed a crowd of Athens, Ohio residents into a local art gallery for a performance evoking pure Appalachian pride. On that night, the band’s audience was not just another crowd of strangers….

New vs. Old: Car Seat Headrest – Twin Fantasy

By Tanner Bidish, Visual Media Director In 2011, Will Toledo put out Twin Fantasy, the record that would propel Car Seat Headrest into Bandcamp iconography. Riding off that success and the hype of the other release in less than a decade, Toledo has been able to drop the lo-fi stylings for a full studio sound. Now…

Feature: Nurturing a Record Label to its Nature

 By Marvin Dotiyal, Features Editor Meet Fredo Fosco and Michael Mangan—two music-loving friends starting up a DIY, emo/indie label from the suburbs of Chicago. Mangan, a college freshman studying business, wanted to create a site to post and share musical content, which was inspired by Making New Enemies, a collaborative media blog and record label….

ACRN’s Top 25 Albums of 2017

Tremendous year. 25 albums. The votes are in–here we go! 1. Kendrick Lamar – DAMN., [Interscope / TDE; 2017] By Jon Fuchs, Music Director DAMN. is only further proof that Kendrick Lamar is one of the greatest rappers of our generation. Instead of creating another concept record like good kid, m.A.Ad. city or To Pimp a Butterfly,…