Album Review: The Backseat Lovers – Waiting to Spill

By: Grace Koennecke, Columns Editor Capitol Records; 2022 Rating: 5/10 Key tracks: “Close Your Eyes”, “Growing/Dying”, “Snowbank Blues”, “Follow the Sound” The Backseat Lovers rose to fame with their debut album, When We Were Friends, back in 2019 after its lead single, “Kilby Girl”, won over fans of the indie-rock genre. Since then, the band,…

Gramercy Arms collabs with Lloyd Cole on “Yesterday’s Girl”

[Photo Courtesy of YouTube]  By Adrian Woods, Contributor New York’s own Gramercy Arms have released “Yesterday Girl”, a song that has a bittersweet remembrance of friendship and lost world. The track was co-written by Lloyd Cole and Dave Derby. Read more: DaBaby Delays Lawsuit That Claims He Sucker-Punched A 64-Year-Old Man Their third LP will…

Album Review: Alvvays – Blue Rev

By Adrian Woods, Contributor [Polyvinyl / Transgressive; 2022] Rating: 8/10 Key tracks: “Easy On Your Own?”, “Many Mirrors”, “Lottery Noises” Indie rock outfit Alvvays is back with their third studio album Blue Rev, and the band’s first studio album release since 2017’s Antisocialities. With the bands last record coming out five years ago, Alvvays has…

Album Review: Surf Curse – Magic Hour

By Devon Risner [Atlantic Records; 2022] Rating: 5/10 Key Tracks: “Sugar”, “Unwell”, “TVI” After the recent rise in popularity of their hit single “Freaks” in 2015 and the success of subsequent single “Disco” in 2019, Surf Curse released something completely different from their early albums. Unfortunately, they fell into the path of the “alt-rock” radio…

ACRN Live Review: Alvvays at Riviera Theatre in Chicago, Oct. 14

[Photo courtesy of Julia Weber] By Julia Weber, Features Editor There aren’t that many bands that I’m willing to trek to Chicago for (on a weekday, nonetheless). The last time I made the trip, it was for Wilco’s Yankee Hotel Foxtrot anniversary tour in which I traveled both to Chicago and back in 24 hours…

Andrew Bird releases new single with Phoebe Bridgers

[Photo courtesy of Andrew Bird via Bandcamp] By Lauren Patterson, Copy Editor Chicago-based multi-instrumentalist and musician Andrew Bird released his new single, “I felt a Funeral, in my Brain” on Wednesday. The track is a duet with Phoebe Bridgers, and was not only inspired by the words of Emily Dickinson’s 1896 poem but also incorporates…

Album Review: The Vacant Lots – Closure

By: Cody Englander, Contributor [Fuzz Club; 2022] Rating: 6.5/10 Key Tracks: “Thank You”, “Burning Bridges”, “Obsession” “Closure” is the first project I’ve heard from The Vacant Lots, and it certainly won’t be the last. This is the most recent album from Jared Artaud and Brian MacFayden, with the alternative and electronic sound they are known…

Battle of the Bands 2022 Q&A: Meat and Cheese Collective

[Photo courtesy of Kyle Schwieger] By Roman Salomone, Contributor The 2022 Battle of the Bands took place at The Union on Thursday, Oct. 6. Among the five incredible acts that played, Meat and Cheese Collective put on an amazing and high energy show. Prior to their set, I sat down with the members to discuss…

Album Review: Oso Oso – sore thumb

By Venus Rittenberg, Editorial Director [Triple Crown; 2022] Rating: 6/10 Key Tracks: “computer exploder,” “nothing to do,” “because i want to“ After 2019’s excellent basking in the glow it was exciting to see what the 5th wave band would cook up next, and it’s a shame that this new project is neither as concise nor…

Lobsterfest 2022 Preview

By Paul Nern, News Editor  We’re approaching the end of another school year, and that means that Rock Lobsters everywhere will be making their way to Lobsterfest 2022.  After two years without an in-person celebration, it’s back to The Union on Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. and onto Galbreath Chapel the following Sunday morning. It’s…

Album Review: Big Thief – Dragon New Warm Mountain I Believe In You

By Adrian Woods, contributor [4AD, 2022] Review: 9/10 Key tracks: “Change” “Certainty” “ Wake Me up to Drive” Big Thief, one of the most underrated indie rock bands of the modern day, have released their fifth studio album, Dragon New Warm Mountain I Believe In You. Clocking in at 80 minutes long, it may be…