Dad Rock Bi-Weekly: Beach Boys – Pet Sounds

By Jessica Jones, Copy Editor  [Capitol Records; 1966] Original Release Date: May 16th, 1966 In the spring of 1966, The Beach Boys debuted the “most progressive pop album ever” Pet Sounds, which was at the time a wildly experimental album that influenced generations of music to come. With two instrumental tracks, four songs reaching the…

Group Feature: ACRN’s 2019 Summer Bangers

Before the leaves turn red and we shift our gears into the chilly fall, here are ACRN’s certified summer bangers of 2019. Add them to your Back-to-School playlist while summer extends its stay! Emily DiAlbert, Editorial Director: Tyler, The Creator – “GONE, GONE / THANK YOU”  The most iconic breakup song of all time, Tyler,…

Album Review: Lana Del Rey – Norman Fucking Rockwell

By Jessica Jones, Copy Editor [Polydor/Interscope; 2019] Rating: 9/10 Key tracks: “Norman fucking Rockwell”, “Fuck it I love you”, “Cinnamon Girl” The long-awaited and much anticipated Norman Fucking Rockwell is finally here – rejoice! NFR is the sixth studio album from singer-songwriter, Lana Del Rey, the loveable and angsty indie-rock artist. Lana has been teasing…

Dad Rock Bi-Weekly: Marvin Gaye – What’s Going On

By Jessica Jones, Staff Writer [Motown; 1971] Original Release Date: May 21, 1971 There couldn’t have been a better time in the world for the release of Marvin Gaye’s What’s Going On (except for now, maybe). The Sergeant Pepper of the soul, this concept album tells the story of war, poverty, police brutality and drugs…

Movie Review: Five Feet Apart

By Jessica Jones, Staff Writer [Lionsgate; 2019] Rating: 4.5/10 Five Feet Apart, the latest teenage sob story to hit the big screen, is nothing more than average at best. The film takes every opportunity to make the viewers cry while also taking advantage of today’s heartthrob Cole Sprouse, who plays the main love interest, Will….

Dad Rock Bi-Weekly: Electric Light Orchestra – Out of the Blue

By Jessica Jones, Staff Writer [Epic; 1977] Original Release Date: Oct. 3, 1977 Using orchestral instruments and opera influences as the base for a rock album isn’t something most people would think of as being successful, but that wasn’t the case for Electric Light Orchestra frontman, Jeff Lynne. Out of the Blue, ELO ’s seventh…

Movie Review: The Prodigy

By Jessica Jones, Staff Writer [Orion; 2019] Rating: 3/10 It’s said that horror is the easiest genre of film to execute, and The Prodigy proves that statement to be true. This movie is full of rushed pacing and idle writing, relying on the simple conventions of pop-up horror to scare the audience. If you’re looking…

Rex Orange County drops surprise single “New House” on Valentine’s Day

By Jessica Jones, Staff Writer [Photo courtesy of Rex Orange County/Universal Music Publishing Group] British recording artist and songwriter Rex Orange County released a surprise single on Valentine’s Day titled “New House”, the musician’s first original song release since late 2017. Rex announced the song on instagram, where he also left a message to his fans,…

Dad Rock Bi-Weekly: Elton John – Goodbye Yellow Brick Road

By Jessica Jones, Staff Writer [Trident Studios; 1973] Original Release Date: Oct. 5, 1973 What do you get when you mix country and soul with flamboyant, experimental pop? Elton John, of course. Goodbye Yellow Brick Road, his seventh studio album, is widely regarded as his best work that brings us bold and exciting hits while…

ACRN’s Favorite Tracks of 2018

Jon Fuchs, Music Director: Dean Blunt – “Chancer (feat. A$AP Rocky)” It’s crazy that the best hype track of 2018 is a minimal masterpiece with no actual beat at all. Acting as the opening track on his latest EP, Soul On Fire, Dean Blunt’s “Chancer” is based solely on a constantly looping strings sample, Blunt’s…

ACRN’s Top 10 Movies of 2018

1. BlacKkKlansman, [Focus Features; 2018] By Jessica Jones, Staff Writer Set in the 1970s during the middle of the civil rights movement, black police officer Ron Stallworth infiltrates a local chapter of the Ku Klux Klan by posing as a white man. Based on a true story, this film depicts the real-life events of what occurred in…

Dad Rock Bi-Weekly: Paul McCartney & Wings – Band on the Run

By Jessica Jones, Staff Writer [EMI Studios; 1973] Original Release Date: December 5th, 1973 Three years after the breakup of The Beatles, Band On the Run was the third and most popular studio album to come from Paul McCartney & Wings. Recorded in Lagos, located on the west coast of Africa, this album faced setbacks…