Ranked: JAY-Z

[Photo Courtesy of Parade] By: Adrian Woods, Contributor What can be said about JAY-Z that hasn’t already been said? With 125 million records sold, he’s one of the best selling artists ever and has the most Grammys for a rapper at a total of 23 The rapper also has the most number one albums by…

Ranked: Beastie Boys

[Photo Courtesy of GQ] By: Adrian Woods Contributor Starting off as a punk band, Beastie Boys would transform into a hip-hop sensation and blend the two genres. In the 30 years of making music together, Beastie Boys would become one of the most influential and groundbreaking groups of all time.  The Beastie Boys had a…

Group Feature: ACRN’s Top 10 Disappointing Albums of 2020

10. Machinedrum — A View of U, [Ninja Tune; 2020]By Lane Moore, Reviews Editor Machinedrum’s A View of U is perhaps the greatest illusion of the millennium. It’s pretty tough to catch, but if you peer into the soul of this album––or make it past track three or four––you will find that A View of…

Newport Folk Festival limited edition vinyl package sells out within hours

By Ethan Bloomfield, Contributor Attention vinyl fans: another great sale has already come and gone! A pre-order for the limited vinyl release of music-icon collaboration album A Change is Gonna Come sold out within a few hours. The vinyl was released in support of the Newport Festivals Foundation, a charity created in 2010 “to support…

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,…