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…

Movie Review: Assassination Nation

By Emily DiAlbert, Copy Editor [Neon; 2018] Rating: 5/10 Have you ever thought about what would happen if someone combined the plotline of Mean Girls with that of The Purge? No? Well, if you did, Assassination Nation would be the two films’ love child, and yes, it’s just as crazy as you think it would…

Lana Del Rey releases single, announces sixth album

By Emily DiAlbert, Copy Editor [Photo by Lana Del Rey/YouTube] Original story from Pitchfork After releasing “Mariners Apartment Complex” last Wednesday, Lana Del Rey is already back with more presents for fans: a new song, “Venice Bitch” (produced by Bleachers’ Jack Antonoff) and a new album-in-the-making, Norman Fucking Rockwell. Read more: Album Review: Hozier –…

Album Review: Ricky Eat Acid — am i happy, singing_

By Emily DiAlbert, Staff Writer [Self-Released; 2018] Rating: 7.5/10 Key Tracks: “two_beautiful ways of moving_your_hands” A lot can happen in four years. In the amount of time that it takes a college student to graduate with a bachelor’s, a president to complete a full term or a country to plan the Olympic Games, for example,…

Album Review: Frankie Cosmos – Vessel

By Emily DiAlbert, Staff Writer [Sub Pop; 2018] Rating: 8.5/10 Key Tracks: “Caramelize”, “Duet”, “Vessel” It’s not a secret that singer-songwriter Greta Kline of Frankie Cosmos has always viewed herself as an outsider. Her previous effervescent albums show snapshots of her distinct human experiences with the outside world through her metaphorical lyrics and sometimes outlandish…

Setting the Stage: Reminiscing Athens’ Music from the 1970s and 1980s

By Emily DiAlbert, Staff Writer On March 9, almost 50 years after getting their start in music, J.D. Hutchison and the Realbilly Jive packed a crowd of Athens, Ohio residents into a local art gallery for a performance evoking pure Appalachian pride. On that night, the band’s audience was not just another crowd of strangers….

Album Review: David Byrne — American Utopia

By Emily DiAlbert, Contributor [Nonesuch; 2018] Rating: 7/10 Key Tracks: “I Dance Like This”, “Gasoline and Dirty Sheets”, “Bullet” If music had its own Saturday Night Live, American Utopia would be its first episode. Talking Heads frontman David Byrne expertly intertwines stark commentary on the American political climate with witty and, at times, odd humor in…

Album Review: Current Joys – A Different Age

By Emily DiAlbert, Contributor [Danger Collective; 2018] Rating: 8.5/10 Key Tracks: “Become the Warm Jets”, “A Different Age”, “My Nights Are More Beautiful Than Your Days” Picture lying on the couch next to the one you love on a sleepy, rainy afternoon in spring. You aren’t doing much — simply enjoying the comforting presence of…

Album Review: Anna Burch – Quit the Curse

By Emily DiAlbert, Contributor [Polyvinyl, 2018] Rating: 6.5/10 Key Tracks: “Belle Isle”, “In your Dreams”, “What I Want” After spending years working with several different bands, indie-pop singer/songwriter Anna Burch picks herself up by the bootstraps, releasing her debut album, Quit the Curse. Focused on both budding romances and unsatisfying relationships, the record is full of…

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 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: Sufjan Stevens – The Greatest Gift

By Emily DiAlbert, Contributor [Asthmatic Kitty; 2017] Rating: 6/10 Key Tracks: “Wallowa Lake Monster”, “Death With Dignity – Helado Negro Remix”, “Carrie and Lowell – iPhone Demo” Despite its heartbreaking undertone, 2015’s Carrie & Lowell is arguably Sufjan Stevens’ most treasured release to date. The album delves into the dark corners of Stevens’ mind as…