ACRN’s Top 10 Disappointing Albums of 2018

1. Arctic Monkeys – Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino, [Domino; 2018] By Maria Lubanovic, Copy Editor From the minute that lead singer Alex Turner sings the first line, we can immediately tell that Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino is an Arctic Monkeys album. Unfortunately, all other uncanny stylistic choices have gone by the wayside. Sometimes, choices…

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…

Movie Review: The House That Jack Built

By Jon Fuchs, Music Director [Zentropa; 2018] Rating: 8/10 A Lars von Trier film without controversy is like an ocean without tides, but the non-stop outrage that came out of Cannes this year for his newest film, The House That Jack Built, felt more sinister than usual. Over 100 people stormed out of the theater…

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…

Movie Review: The Miseducation of Cameron Post

By Jon Fuchs, Music Director [Beachside; 2018] Rating: 8/10 One thing you might not expect from watching the trailer for The Miseducation of Cameron Post, the Sundance Grand Jury Prize-winning dramedy about queer teens trapped in a conversion camp, is how well it’s able to take itself seriously while still being really charming. Unlike newer…

Album Review: Lil Yachty – Lil Boat 2

By Jon Fuchs, Music Director [Quality Control; 2018] Rating: 5.5/10 Key Tracks: “OOPS”, “she ready”, “love me forever” Since his quick rise in 2016, Lil Yachty has been one of the most head-turning and mind-boggling rappers to blow up in recent memory. Thanks to his quirky style on albums like Lil Boat and Teenage Emotions, he…

Album Review: Moaning – Moaning

By Jon Fuchs, Music Director [Sub Pop; 2018] Rating: 7.5/10 Key Tracks: “Don’t Go”, “Artificial”, “Does This Work for You” Throughout the early 2010s, Moses Campbell was one of the leading bands in LA’s Smell scene, along with groups like Surf Curse and Abe Vigoda. Before their heart-shattering breakup in late 2014, the five-piece indie…

Album Review: American Pleasure Club – A Whole Fucking Lifetime of This

By Jon Fuchs, Music Director [Run For Cover; 2018] Rating: 7/10 Key Tracks: “all the lonely nights in your life”, “lets move to the desert”, “new years eve” It’s the Big Joyous Celebration, Let’s Stir the Honeypot, the 2016 record from Teen Suicide, ended an important stage in the band’s career. It would be their final…

Group Feature: ACRN’s Most Anticipated Albums of 2018

Will 2018 be as bright as 2017 for music? Here are our most anticipated albums of 2018! Jon Fuchs, Music Director: Current Joys – A Different Age Nick Rattigan has never made a bad record before. Whether it’s with guitarist Jacob Rubeck as Surf Curse or by himself as Current Joys, every record he’s been a…

Column: My 5 Favorite Movies of 2017

By Jon Fuchs, Music Director 2017 was an absolutely exhausting year. With all the political conflicts, sexual assault allegations and worldwide tragedies flooding headlines all year, it felt like the only way to truly forget the cruelness of reality was through the music and movies released throughout 2017, which have been consistently excellent. Even though…

ACRN’s Top 25 Albums of 2017

Tremendous year. 25 albums. The votes are in–here we go! 1. Kendrick Lamar – DAMN., [Interscope / TDE; 2017] By Jon Fuchs, Music Director DAMN. is only further proof that Kendrick Lamar is one of the greatest rappers of our generation. Instead of creating another concept record like good kid, m.A.Ad. city or To Pimp a Butterfly,…

ACRN’s Top 10 Most Disappointing Albums of 2017

2017 was great and all, but let’s not forget that we also had some high hopes and let-downs. Here’s our verdict: 1. Arcade Fire – Everything Now, [Columbia; 2017] By Adomas Fabin, Contributor Arcade Fire unexpectedly stepped back onto the stage last summer with their newest album Everything Now, produced by Thomas Bangalter of Daft Punk (the…