Artist Profile: Austin Hitte

By Maddie Young, Contributor [Photo via Spotify] When hearing the phrase “SoundCloud Rapper,” a specific image comes to mind: a middle-school kid wearing Air Force Ones with rainbow hair rapping about a Louis Vuitton bag that they don’t even own. But a new generation of DIY rappers have taken over this new golden age of…

Meet the DJ: KT

By Taylor Linzinmeir, Staff Writer  After an almost year-long hiatus, one of ACRN’s veteran DJs is about to hit the college rock airwaves once more. Sophomore Katie Hawkinson, otherwise known as DJ KT, will be back in the studio this week after studying abroad in Japan for the 2019 fall semester.  Read more: Meet the…

Album Review: blink-182 – NINE

By Mason Kereliuk, Contributor [Columbia, 2019] Rating: 6/10 Key tracks: “Pin the Grenade”, “Ransom”, “Hungover You” For years I have been telling people that I hate blink-182 and that the lead singer seemed like a real sonofabitch, even though his leaked nudes were kind of hot. It wasn’t until writing this review that I realized…

Album Review: Counterparts – Nothing Left To Love

By Marvin Dotiyal, Features Editor [Pure Noise; 2019] Rating: 8/10 Key tracks: “Your Own Knife”, “Wings of Nightmares”, “The Hands That Used to Hold Me” Between the many intersections of metal and hardcore, melodic hardcore feels like a thing of a past. Early 2000s pioneers like Killing The Dream and Have Heart disbanded ages ago,…

Album Review: Turnover – Altogether

By Lauren Patterson, Contributor [Run for Cover; 2019] Rating: 7/10 Key tracks: “Sending Me Right Back”, “Ceramic City”, “Plant Sugar” Imagine being sprawled across the backseat of a car as you stare into the area of the window that still remains in view. You cross your legs over one another, and the radio plays a…

ACRN Celebrates: Bob Marley

By Tierney Carter, Contributor  Today, many hear the cool, smooth sounds of reggae music and have to take a moment to reflect on the king of reggae himself, Bob Marley. This Jamaica-born singer took the world by storm (or by a puff of smoke) and helped to establish the Rastafarian vibe that so many find…

The Garden release new single and announce upcoming album, tour

By Keri Johnson, Contributor[Photo courtesy of The Garden/Epitaph Records] Genre-defying California musical duo The Garden released a new single and announced an upcoming album and tour on January 15. Read more: Lobsterfest 2019 Q&A: Machine Girl The band announced the release of a new single, titled “Clench to Stay Awake,” on Twitter. In following tweets,…

Sharon Van Etten announces spring 2020 tour

By Kwase Lane, Staff Writer [Photo courtesy of Ryan Pfluger/Pitch Perfect PR] According to an article in Pitchfork, Sharon Van Etten has announced the dates for her 2020 tour in support of her album Remind Me Tomorrow. The tour will begin on April 17, 2020, in Baltimore and will see its conclusion on April 28…

Meet the DJ: MC Mo

By Taylor Linzinmeir, Contributor [Photo by Alexis Karolin] Morgan Spehar dreams of working for a publication like National Geographic and writing about climate change when she graduates.  “If we’re going to be able to fix anything, the public needs to know what [scientists] are doing, why they’re doing it and why the science works,” Morgan…

Artist Profile: Jessi Blue

By Anna Birk, Contributor [Photo via Spotify] Raw emotion is true to Jessi Blue’s brand as a musician. Accompanied by record-pops and a calm, jazzy demeanor, lyrics such as “My sanity is bound by a single thread / You left me a letter and I cried when I read,” convey the deep, dark wounds of…

Album Review: Kanye West – Jesus Is King

By Jackson Stein, Contributor [Def Jam / GOOD; 2019] Rating: 4/10 Key Tracks: “Selah”, “God Is”, “Use This Gospel” 2018 was perhaps the most turbulent year in Kanye West’s career. Although never afraid to challenge his audience’s loyalty, his recent outlandish tweets, unhinged interviews and an inexplicable embrace of Donald Trump have made the past…

Album Review: Cigarettes After Sex – Cry

By Marvin Dotiyal, Features Editor [Partisan; 2019] Rating: 6/10 Key tracks: “Don’t Let Me Go”, “You’re the Only Good Thing in My Life”, “Kiss It Off Me” When Cigarettes After Sex emerged with their sultry haze of noir ambient pop in 2017, their music naturally became a perfect accompaniment for candlelit evenings and starry-eyed pillow…