Album Review: Kevin Abstract – Arizona Baby

By Andrew Breazeale, Staff Writer [RCA; 2019] Rating: 7.5/10 Key tracks: “Joyride”, “Baby Boy”, “Boyer” Brockhampton frontman Kevin Abstract has returned to the solo scene with his new three-part album Arizona Baby. It’s been three years since Abstract released solo content and this album makes it clear that he has matured and evolved over the…

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 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…

Album Review: BROCKHAMPTON – iridescence

By Kwase Lane, Contributor [RCA / Question Everything; 2018] Rating: 7/10 Key Tracks: “BERLIN”, “WEIGHT”, “SAN MARCOS” Coming off of a sizzling summer of back-to-back releases and the debut of their Beats 1 Radio show, Things We Lost in the Fire, BROCKHAMPTON can’t be stopped. However, the all-American boyband have had their fair share of…

Group Feature: ACRN’s Most Anticipated Albums of 2018

Will 2018 be as bright as 2017 for music? Here are our most anticipated albums of 2018! Jon Fuchs, Music Director: Current Joys – A Different Age Nick Rattigan has never made a bad record before. Whether it’s with guitarist Jacob Rubeck as Surf Curse or by himself as Current Joys, every record he’s been a…

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,…

Album Review: BROCKHAMPTON – SATURATION II

By Sam Tornow, General Manager [QUESTION EVERYTHING, INC.; 2017] Rating: 7.5/10 Key Tracks: “GUMMY”, “SWAMP”, “TOKYO” Strip away the exterior context from SATURATION II and you are left with 48 minutes of diverse beats, a stacked (yet relatively unknown) cast of characters and a glimpse into a myriad of themes including blackness, queerness and the…