Album Review: Julien Baker – Little Oblivions

By Jonah Krueger, News Editor
[Matador; 2021]
Rating: 7/10
Key tracks: “Heatwave”, “Ringside”, “Song in E”
Is anyone else so ruined by internet culture that the opening organ chords to “Hardline” immediately bring Travis Scott’s “Sicko Mode” to mind? Just me? 

Album Review: For Your Health – In Spite Of

By Ethan Bloomfield, Staff Writer
[Twelve Gauge; 2021]
Rating: 7.5/10
Key tracks: Birthday Candles in the Effigy, The Day of Black Sun, You’re so United Ninety-Three, We’re so Flight One Eighty
For Your Health is not your grandma’s punk band. While Green Day is still releasing the same punk-flavored, radio friendly pop rock, albeit more competently than their last…. few records, this Columbus, Ohio based punk outfit is anything but easygoing radio fare. FYH’s new debut LP, In Spite Of, provides a fast paced, aggressive and enjoyable action packed experience, but it’s far too short to really make its mark. 

Boston shoegaze outfit Trash Sun releases “Besides”

By Ethan Bloomfield, Staff Writer Boston, Massachusetts, rock band Trash Sun self-released their seventh full length project since 2019, titled Besides. Read more: Middle Kids Release New Track “Stacking Chairs” The fully self-written and self-recorded album showcases a slowed down sound, moving away from their previous noisy shoegaze timbres to achieve a “thinner, stripped back,…

Middle Kids Release New Track “Stacking Chairs”

By Kwase Lane, Features Editor
[Photo courtesy of Imogen Wilson]
Sydney-based alternative indie-rock outfit Middle Kids have released a new single, “Stacking Chairs”. The piece is the fourth song from the group’s upcoming project, Today We’re The Greatest, releasing March 19. “Stacking Chairs” focuses on Middle Kids’ childhood memories and thoughts on love.

Spotify wipes hundreds of K-pop songs from library

By Maddie James, Staff Writer
[Photo courtesy of Dennis Leupold via Epic Records]
As of Tuesday, hundreds of songs by popular K-pop artists, such as IU, Monsta X and SISTAR, have disappeared from Spotify, reported Pitchfork. Despite the widespread popularity of K-pop, Spotify opted to remove the music due to a licensing issue with Korean music distributors.

Finding Comfort in a Hopeless Place, a Guide To Xiu Xiu

By Venus Rittenburg, Contributor
Editorial content warning: sexual abuse, self-harm, suicide, depression
Xiu Xiu (pronounced shoo-shoo) is my favorite band. I’m drawn to them for many reasons, but some of those are the same reasons that people find Xiu Xiu polarizing and challenging to listen to. In the wake of their recently announced 15th album, OH NO, I’m here to provide a guide to Xiu Xiu, what I find appealing about them and how to get into them, because with a discography this diverse and wondrous, there’s something for everybody.

Learning to Listen: ACRN sits down with George and Gary Schwindt, formerly of Flogging Molly

Learning to Listen: ACRN sits down with George and Gary Schwindt, formerly of Flogging Molly
By Taylor Linzinmeir, Staff Writer
It’s 7 a.m. in George Schwindt’s Los Angeles home at the base of the San Gabriel Mountains. He’s already awake. The former drummer of Celtic-punk band Flogging Molly no longer abides by a touring schedule, seeing a different city and culture every day. Instead, he is beholden to the schedule of his 8 and 6-year-old kids. If they’re awake, he’s awake. If they’re hungry, he’s making breakfast.

Records I’m Not Ashamed to Own: ‘The Hunting Party’

It is difficult to understate the importance of Linkin Park’s body of work. The influence they had on rock music at the turn of the century defined the sound of rap metal as well as nu-metal; in fact, they are probably one of the only groups worth mentioning when discussing the former. It wouldn’t be an overstatement to call their first two albums modern classics.