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…

Album Review: Basement – Beside Myself

By Lane Moore, Contributor [Fueled By Ramen; 2018] Rating: 6/10 Key Tracks: “Be Here Now”, “Stigmata”, “Right Here” The pressure on people to throw away their sincerity is endlessly stacking on top of itself. Each day it seems that society is increasingly accepting of a lack of authenticity in exchange for comfort. On Beside Myself,…

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….

Album Review: Basement – Promise Everything

By Megan Fair, Features Editor [Run For Cover; 2016] Rating: 3.5/5 Key Tracks: “Brother’s Keeper,” “Oversized” Run For Cover darlings Basement have returned after a four year break with Promise Everything. Promise Everything offers infectious hooks and consistently pleasing guitar work, and feels cleaner and gentler than anything the band has put out to date. Promise…