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…

Group Feature: ACRN’s 2018 Summer Bangers

Summer definitely puts us in all kinds of moods… Here’s what the summer of 2018 sounded like for ACRN! Devon Hannan, Editorial Director: Dance Gavin Dance — “Care” This post-hardcore track has all of the ingredients necessary for a certified summertime banger. From Dance Gavin Dance’s latest chaotic album Artificial Selection, “Care” is about a…

Lobsterfest 2018 Q&A: JPEGMAFIA

By Devon Hannan, Editorial Director Photo by Harley Wince, Visual Media Director Experimental rapper and producer, JPEGMAFIA, seems like he came out of nowhere. After a considerable amount of positive reception on his latest full-length album, Veteran, JPEGMAFIA is quickly grabbing everyone’s undivided attention. Peggy’s composition on Veteran is simply out of this world, being…

Album Review: Kacey Musgraves – Golden Hour

By Devon Hannan, Editorial Director [MCA Nashville; 2018] Rating: 8.5/10 Key Tracks: “Lonely Weekend”, “Space Cowboy”, “High Horse”  Kacey Musgraves is no stranger to throwing the country music world for a loop. On past releases, Same Trailer, Different Park and Pageant Material, she has mentioned and explored “controversial” themes that make many of the genre’s…

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,…

ACRN’s Top 10 Most Disappointing Albums of 2017

2017 was great and all, but let’s not forget that we also had some high hopes and let-downs. Here’s our verdict: 1. Arcade Fire – Everything Now, [Columbia; 2017] By Adomas Fabin, Contributor Arcade Fire unexpectedly stepped back onto the stage last summer with their newest album Everything Now, produced by Thomas Bangalter of Daft Punk (the…

ACRN’s Favorite Tracks of 2017

From monumental releases to rockstar controversies, 2017 was a huge year for music. As the year comes to an end, here are ACRN’s favorite tracks from 2017. Give these tracks a good listen; they deserve it. Sam Tornow, General Manager: Yves Tumor – “Limerence” In passing, “Limerence” can sound like an interlude. The light, ethereal…

Album Review: Blitzen Trapper – Wild and Reckless

By Devon Hannan, Editorial Director [LKC; 2017] Rating: 3.5/10 Key Tracks: “Joanna”, “Dance With Me” Ever since leaving Sub Pop, Blitzen Trapper has been producing high quality southern dad rock. (And no, that’s not really a compliment.) The Portland band hit the folk scene with force with Wild Mountain Nation. They then exceeded those expectations…

Group Feature: Our Favorite Spooky Tunes

Jon Fuchs, Music Director: The Fog by John Carpenter There’s no denying that John Carpenter is one of the masters of horror (just look at his own Twitter handle). He’s also an underrated pioneer of both film scores and the electronic genre as a whole, with several excellent horror film scores under his belt, from…