The DIY Scene’s Impact on Artistry and Alternative Careers

By Kiah Easton, Columns Editor [Photo by Kiah Easton] The DIY music scene in Athens, Ohio, provides a crucial launching pad for various art forms and alternative lifestyles. Although the Athens scene is small, the movement reflects a broader trend toward artistic freedom, sustainability and independence, resulting in far-reaching impact. The local youth subculture is…

VIRTUAL CONCERT CALENDAR: What’s Going On – Week of 4/20-4/26

By Abby Jeffers, News Editor Even though everyone is stuck at home and live shows have been canceled or postponed, great music is still happening. Dozens of artists are livestreaming concerts and music festivals – so many that this list is limited to local Ohio events and larger music festivals. Many more individual artists may…

Athens’ Brick City Records signs four new artists

By Liz Partsch, Contributor Although Brick City Records first started as a small Ohio University student organization, it has expanded into an official student-run record label. Located in Schoonover Center, the local studio attracts many label submissions every fall semester. Brick City President Maya Nauriyal says that it’s a team decision when it comes to…

ACRN Prom 2020 Q&A: Jeremiah Hayes

By Taylor Linzinmeir, Staff Writer  Photo by Harley Wince, Visual Media Director Q&A with Athens-based R&B artist Jeremiah Hayes at ACRN Prom 2020.  Tell me about where you’re from.  JEREMIAH HAYES: I’m from Columbus and moved here [Athens] about two years ago to study music at Hocking [College] and then eventually transfer over to OU….

Athena Cinema screens series celebrating 100 years of women’s suffrage

By Andrew Breazeale, Staff Writer [Photo courtesy of The Athena Cinema/Ohio University] The Athena Cinema will show a limited screening of Mankiller on February 25 to continue the theater’s latest movie series, Women Pioneers: Celebrates 100.  Read more: ACRN’s Top 10 Movies of 2019 To celebrate 100 years of women’s suffrage, The Athena Cinema, in…

Q&A: Hope Davis

By Anna Birk, Contributor [Photo by Noel Davis] Q&A with Hope Davis following a performance at Donkey Coffee in Athens, Ohio.  You grew up in Athens, Ohio—what made you leave? Hope: Well, I was suffering from an eating disorder in high school, and I was extremely depressed. I also have rheumatoid arthritis, so during the…

Q&A: Machine Girl

By Kiah Easton, Staff Writer [Photo Courtesy of Machine Girl] After only a week off from their mini-tour in Mexico, Machine Girl is back on the road promoting their most ambitious album yet. The Ugly Art combines elements of several genres including house, breakbeat and punk, creating a futuristic, apocalyptic, ear-rupturing experience. After seeing the…

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: 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…

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….