Group Feature: ACRN’s 2019 Summer Bangers

Before the leaves turn red and we shift our gears into the chilly fall, here are ACRN’s certified summer bangers of 2019. Add them to your Back-to-School playlist while summer extends its stay! Emily DiAlbert, Editorial Director: Tyler, The Creator – “GONE, GONE / THANK YOU”  The most iconic breakup song of all time, Tyler,…

Lobsterfest 2019 Q&A: Kali Dreamer

By Emily DiAlbert, Editorial Director Photo by Joey Medlen Q&A with Kali Dreamer, Columbus-based rapper, guitarist, gamer and anime enthusiast. Tell me about Kali Dreamer’s origin. What inspired you to start releasing music? Kali: Music is something that I’ve always been inspired by, but I didn’t really start taking music seriously until I took up…

Mavis Staples announced as Nelsonville Music Festival Sunday headliner

By Emily DiAlbert, Copy Editor [Photo courtesy of Nelsonville Music Festival] The Nelsonville Music Festival (NMF) announced Mavis Staples, a Kennedy Center honoree and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, as the 15th-annual festival’s Sunday headliner last Wednesday. Staples will join other performers–including Tyler Childers, The Breeders and Death Cab for Cutie–for the four-day event in June. Read more: Nelsonville…

Nelsonville Music Festival, Archie Fox Live hosting first-ever MELTED Music Festival

By Emily DiAlbert, Copy Editor [Photo courtesy of MELTED Music Festival] The Nelsonville Music Festival and independent events promoter Archie Fox Live are hosting the first MELTED Music Festival in Columbus, Ohio on Sunday. Read more: Album Review: Cherry Glazerr – Stuffed and Ready The ‘60s-psychedelic-pop-themed festival will feature performances by Ty Segall & White Fence, Black Lips, Kikagaku…

Album Review: Girlpool – What Chaos is Imaginary

It’s hard to believe that Girlpool captured our hearts only five years ago with their debut self-titled album. Initially drawn by their sassy, unabashed sound and lyrics, we kept listening. One year later, Before the World Was Big let us get to know a different, more sentimental side of the duo, and we grew to love them even more. Metamorphosing in their latest album, What Chaos Is Imaginary, Girlpool’s latest sound defines a new, lovable era. Without a doubt, it’s their best work yet.

21 Savage arrested by ICE, claims of extended illegal US residency

By Emily DiAlbert, Copy Editor [Photo courtesy of 21 Savage/Epic Records] Atlanta rapper 21 Savage was arrested early this morning by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), which claims he is a British citizen that has been living in the United States on an expired visa since 2006, according to a statement released by the federal…

Bandcamp to open Oakland record store, performance space

By Emily DiAlbert, Copy Editor [Photo courtesy of Bandcamp/Richard Morgenstein] A dual record store and performance space will be opening in Oakland, California by “artist first” music sharing website Bandcamp, the site announced this morning. Read more: Spiritualized announce 2019 tour in support of 2018 album The shop will “feature a selection of records that…

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…

ACRN’s Top 10 Movies of 2018

1. BlacKkKlansman, [Focus Features; 2018] By Jessica Jones, Staff Writer Set in the 1970s during the middle of the civil rights movement, black police officer Ron Stallworth infiltrates a local chapter of the Ku Klux Klan by posing as a white man. Based on a true story, this film depicts the real-life events of what occurred in…