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…

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…

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….

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…

Feature: Nurturing a Record Label to its Nature

 By Marvin Dotiyal, Features Editor Meet Fredo Fosco and Michael Mangan—two music-loving friends starting up a DIY, emo/indie label from the suburbs of Chicago. Mangan, a college freshman studying business, wanted to create a site to post and share musical content, which was inspired by Making New Enemies, a collaborative media blog and record label….

Group Feature: Our Back-to-School Playlist

We’re a month into the semester and already a few days into fall – back-to-school time moves quickly. There are classes, work, and endless introductions to be made. Keeping up with it all is daunting, but we’ve got some tunes to help you hold it together. Here are our picks to bring in the new…

Live Review: Jawbreaker at Riot Fest, Sept. 17th

By Eli Schoop, Copy Editor Imagine seeing your favorite band. Maybe it’s Grizzly Bear or Haim. You would be ecstatic, of course. Now imagine the band was reuniting for one last go. The hype is amplified, it’s a nostalgia trip and an experience seldom seen by those of the generation. Then, add on the fact…

It’s What’s On the Outside That Counts: The Importance of Album Artwork

By Marvin Dotiyal, Staff Writer You walk in a record store and stumble upon an eye-catching, picturesque vinyl. Glancing over at the cover several times and aimlessly pondering what it’s all about, you decide to give it a spin. Before you know it, you’ve discovered your next favorite band, thanks to the album cover. Whether…

Lollapalooza: Jams and Vibes in the Windy City

By Diana Buchert, Promo Director In a massive city, full of historic architecture, endless train loops, and a massive chrome bean lies a weekend oasis for rockers, rappers, DJs, and fans of all sorts to gather beneath the gorgeous Chicago skyline. Nestled between Lake Michigan and the bustling city, Grant Park manages to pack Lollapalooza…

Nelsonville Music Festival: Four Days With Friends

By Sam Tornow, General Manager Locality is the core ingredient in the cocktail that is Nelsonville Music Festival. It’s the scent that is initially tough to distinguish, although easy to identify once pointed out. Goers treated each like neighbors because many of them are. The gorgeous green foothills that backdrop any and every direction you…

Live Review: Bon Iver at Merriweather Post Pavilion, May 24th

By Jon Fuchs, Music Director 22, A Million, the newest record from Bon Iver (aka ACRN’s favorite record of 2016) is one of the strangest transitions of musical styles in years. From a simple lo-fi folk project to an electronic outfit echoing The Age of Adz, the band masterminded by multi-instrumentalist Justin Vernon feels as…

An Evening With Milo

By Eli Schoop, Copy Editor Usually, before a show, there’s some mild preparation: Freshen up, put on a clean fit, eat and drink, a reliable cycle before getting lit with friends. My preparation before Lobsterfest was hanging out with the headliner, one Milo from Milwaukee, aka Rory Ferreira. It’s a pretty cool sight when an…