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…

Battle of the Bands 2021 Q&A: RJ Martin

By Kwase Lane [Photo Courtesy of Bandcamp] Q&A with  RJ Martin How did you feel about your set?  RJ: Easily the best one I’ve played in a while. Not just my playing, I was proud of that, but the crowd, the interactions, all of it. I’ve played a couple of shows at The Union since…

Royel Otis release debut EP “Campus”

Sydney-based duo Royel Otis released their debut EP Campus last week along with a new track titled “Never Been More Sure”. Accompanying their EP, the duo recently released a music video for their track “Without U”.

Group Feature: ACRN’s Live Music Feature

As 2021 comes to a close, it’s starting to look like we’re seeing the resurrection of live music. Here’s ACRN’s list of artists we’ll be rushing out to see as soon as we can.

Album Review: Phoebe Bridgers – Copycat Killer

Several months after the release of her sophomore album, Punisher, in June, indie artist Phoebe Bridgers uses her new EP Copycat Killers as a fresh take on four songs from the album. The EP is a collaboration with Grammy-winning string musician Rob Moose, known for his work with artists such as Paul Simon, Taylor Swift and John Legend. The new versions of the songs are well-produced but don’t stray much from the source material.

Album Review: Fiona Apple – Fetch The Bolt Cutters

By Keri Johnson, Copy Editor [Epic; 2020] Rating: 10/10 Key tracks: All of them?! “Shameika”, “Relay”, “Fetch the Bolt Cutters”, “Newspaper”, “Ladies”, “Cosmonauts”, “For Her” Where to start with Fiona Apple? Well, anywhere ⁠— start here, now, with her new album, Fetch the Bolt Cutters.  Fetch the Bolt Cutters is classic Fiona Apple. The record…

Album Review: Pixies – Beneath the Eyrie

By Jonah Krueger, Contributor [BMG/Infectious; 2019] Rating: 6/10  Key tracks: “St. Nazaire”, “Daniel Boone” Google your favorite band and the term “Pixies.” Chances are, you’ll find the artist of your fancy singing praise to the eyeball-slicing indie legends. Their story and discography are permanently canonized in the stones of alt-rock history, and just about everyone…

Album Review: boy pablo – Soy Pablo

By Dewy D’Amore, Contributor [777; 2018] Rating: 5/10 Key Tracks: “Feeling Lonely”, “Sick Feeling”, “Losing You” Norwegian indie-pop artist boy pablo has released his sophomore EP, Soy Pablo, and it’s exactly what you would expect. boy pablo seems to combine the instrumental techniques of Mac DeMarco (predominant reverb and chorus effects on the guitar and…

Group Feature: ACRN’s 2018 Summer Bangers

Summer definitely puts us in all kinds of moods… Here’s what the summer of 2018 sounded like for ACRN! Devon Hannan, Editorial Director: Dance Gavin Dance — “Care” This post-hardcore track has all of the ingredients necessary for a certified summertime banger. From Dance Gavin Dance’s latest chaotic album Artificial Selection, “Care” is about a…