Dad Rock Bi-Weekly: Electric Light Orchestra – Out of the Blue

By Jessica Jones, Staff Writer [Epic; 1977] Original Release Date: Oct. 3, 1977 Using orchestral instruments and opera influences as the base for a rock album isn’t something most people would think of as being successful, but that wasn’t the case for Electric Light Orchestra frontman, Jeff Lynne. Out of the Blue, ELO ’s seventh…

Column: 2019 Oscar Nominated Live Action Shorts

By Keri Johnson, Contributor Madre (Spain) is an unnerving, 19-minute exercise in technical expertise. The film is the story of any parent’s nightmare; a mother gets a phone call from her child, who is lost and alone on a far-away beach. The writing drives the film. Viewers hang onto every line, searching for clues or…

Ten Years Today: Marianas Trench – Masterpiece Theatre

We will kick off a nostalgic Ten Years Today with the iconic Canadian pop-rock group Marianas Trench and their album Masterpiece Theatre. If you don’t already know who they are, you’re missing out on a classic punk-turned-pop rock band that made their debut with their release of Fix Me, as well as special television show cameos. I can definitely vouch for Marianas Trench as a band that fully support the typical middle school angst that we’ve all experienced in the most wholesome and mildly rebellious ways (don’t lie). Without a doubt, this is an album that I always go back to whenever I feel like reminiscing in my adolescent spirit.

2019 Oscar Nominated Animated Shorts

Ceara Kelly, Staff Writer The 91st Academy Awards are just around the corner, and once again the Animated Short Films are probably the easiest category to catch up on to impress everyone at your Oscar party. Whether it be about a mother dealing with her son moving out, a woman exploring her childhood memories, or…

Mindful MIDItation: Pikmin OST

By Kiah Easton, Staff Writer Composed by Haijime Wakai Among countless acclaimed Nintendo releases, Pikmin still stands out for its overflowing creativity and memorable musical accompaniments. This musical experience was composed by Hajime Wakai, a staple of the Nintendo staff with credit to the likes of The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker, Super Smash Brothers…

Between the Bars: “Rapp Snitch Knishes” by MF DOOM

By Kwase Lane, Staff Writer Hello, and welcome back to Between the Bars. I’d like to start this year with one of my favorite artists, MF DOOM. We’re going to be examining the second verse of “Rapp Snitch Knishes” from his album MM.. FOOD. In this piece, DOOM mocks his fellow rappers who choose to…

Math Rock Monthly: Tricot

By Kwase Lane, Staff Writer Math rock isn’t my specialty by any means and my brief foray into the genre somehow made me thankful that I only speak one language. Tricot, Japan’s premier math/ indie/ prog rock quartet is unlike anything I’ve ever heard. I’d wager that it’s best described as a shot of uneasy,…

Column: ACRN’s 2019 Golden Globes Recap

By Ceara Kelly, Staff Writer and Maria Lubanovic, Copy Editor Ceara is behind by an hour because her ass is in Kansas. Her TV is on a five-second delay, so I had to pretend I knew nothing. Don’t you love remote journalism? We had to start out with the red carpet. Nothing was too horrible,…

Between The Bars: “November” by Tyler, The Creator

By Kwase Lane, Staff Writer Hello, and welcome back to Between the Bars. It’s been a little while, but let’s jump right in. This week we’ll be taking a look at the first verse of “November” by Tyler the Creator. This song embodies the more introspective tones Tyler adopted on his latest album: Flower Boy….

Dad Rock Bi-Weekly: Paul McCartney & Wings – Band on the Run

By Jessica Jones, Staff Writer [EMI Studios; 1973] Original Release Date: December 5th, 1973 Three years after the breakup of The Beatles, Band On the Run was the third and most popular studio album to come from Paul McCartney & Wings. Recorded in Lagos, located on the west coast of Africa, this album faced setbacks…

Math Rock Monthly: TTNG

By Lane Moore, Contributor TTNG are a notable group for many reasons, the most important one being their coining of the best pickup line in alternative rock history. If someone asked me if I wanted to come back to their room and listen to some Belle and Sebastian, I would definitely say yes. Aside from…