Album Review: BLACKPINK – BORN PINK

By: Amy Szmik, Copy Editor
[YG Entertainment; 2022]
Rating: 5/10
Key tracks: “Yeah Yeah Yeah”, “Hard to Love”, “The Happiest Girl”
Disappointing is one word to describe BLACKPINK’s new album, BORN PINK. Superstar KPOP group BLACKPINK released their sophomore album in September, two years after their debut album, aptly titled THE ALBUM. The four member group features Jennie, Rosé, Jisoo and Lisa, and debuted under famed KPOP company YG Entertainment back in 2016. Despite being in the industry for a long time, there is no noticeable growth through their music. It’s especially evident in BORN PINK. While the eight-song album has some good and memorable tracks, many of them are repetitive and could be easily chalked up to empty noise. Blackpink can make good music; they obviously have a discography of good and popular songs, but for an album that was so highly anticipated, it feels like a let down. 

Album Review: The Mars Volta – The Mars Volta

By Adrian Woods, Contributor
[Clouds Hill; 2022]
Rating: 6/10
Key tracks: Blacklight Shine, Flash Burns From Flashbacks, No Case Gain
The Mars Volta have finally made their long awaited return with their seventh studio album, The Mars Volta. After the duo of Omar Rodríguez-López and Cedric Bixler-Zavala had broken up ten years ago, fans weren’t sure if the two would ever make music again. Evidently, they wanted to, and when The Mars Volta announced their newest single with an album to follow, fans were eagerly awaiting the release in September. 

Album Review: Death Cab for Cutie – Asphalt Meadows

By Max Baker, Contributor
[Atlantic Recording Corporation, WEA International Inc.; 2022]
Rating: 7/10
Key tracks: “I Don’t Know How I Survive”, “Roman Candles”, “Here To Forever”
Death Cab for Cutie has been most recognized for their 2005 album Plans with hits such as “I Will Follow You Into The Dark” and “Soul Meets Body”.  With their most recent release, Asphalt Meadows, they stick with their typical indie-rock sound that brought them into popularity.

High Vis releases new album

By Nicholas Kobe, Contributor [Photo courtesy of High Vis via Bandcamp] London band High Vis released their sophomore album Blending September 30 via Dias Records. This record comes off the heels of their debut album No Sense No Feeling, released in 2019. High Vis has exploded up from the underground recently, being heralded for their…

Single Review: Bladee – DRAIN STORY

By Liam Syrvalin, Contributor
[year0001; 2022]
Rating: 5/10
Let’s address the elephant in the room right now: if you are a Bladee fan, you probably think I am insane for giving this single a 5. Sure, there’s absolutely no attempt to stay onbeat. Sure, the lyrics are beyond dumb and don’t really make any sense. Sure, the cover art looks like 30 different, very loud images slapped on top of each other in Photoshop. This single is also, though, a love letter to the goofy, carefree style and niche of media Drain Gang falls into, and it is a reminder of why “drainers” obsess over the collective.

Loretta Lynn passes away

By Julia Weber, Features Editor
[Photo courtesy of lorettalynn.com]
Loretta Lynn passed away peacefully this morning at her home. She was 90 years old.
Lynn’s family released a short statement on social media this morning. “Our precious mom, Loretta Lynn, passed away peacefully this morning, October 4th, in her sleep at home at her beloved ranch in Hurricane Mills.” According to an Instagram post made on Lynn’s account, the family is requesting privacy at this time. More information regarding a memorial is forthcoming.

Preview: Battle of the Band

[Flyer courtesy of Allison Flatico] By Paul Nern, News Editor How are we doing, Rock Lobsters?  Another fall has struck the brick laden streets of beautiful Athens, Ohio.  For us here at ACRN, this means another of our yearly Battle of the Bands (BOTB), where five acts from the area come together and compete in…

Neil Young announces new album with Crazy Horse, release new single

[Image courtesy of Rolling Stone] By Ethan Hofer, Contributor Neil Young and Crazy Horse announced their new album together called World Record set to arrive November 18th. Their new single “Love Earth” is also out now. Since Neil pulled all of his music from Spotify earlier this year, it will be available through most streaming…

Bruce Springsteen announces new covers album, releases single

By Roman Salomone, Contributor
[Photo courtesy of CNN]
Bruce Springsteen announced that he is releasing a new covers album, Only The Strong Survive, on November 11 via Columbia Records. The album will consist of soul and Motown songs. 

The tracklist shows that Springsteen is performing tracks written by the likes of the Commodores, Jimmy Ruffin, and the Four Tops, among many others. This will follow 2020’s Letter to You and will be Bruce’s second album of covers, after 2006’s We Shall Overcome: The Seeger Sessions.

Lucy Dacus releases two Carole King covers

[Photo courtesy of Matador Records] By Julia Weber, Features Editor Lucy Dacus released two new renditions of Carole King songs at midnight on Wednesday, Sept. 28th. She covered “Home Again” and “It’s Too Late” from King’s 1971 album Tapestry. Read more: Spoon releases new remix of Lucifer on the Sofa   At 11:46 p.m. last night,…