VIRTUAL CONCERT CALENDAR: What’s Going On -– Week of 4/27-5/3

By Jonah Krueger, Staff Writer While practicing safe social distancing is responsible, it’s no secret that it can also be maddeningly boring. Add a heaping scoop of stress, multiply it by however many weeks we’ve been dealing with this situation, and a little escapism seems deserved. Luckily, some of our favorite artists have taken to…

Album Review: Mount Erie –Lost Wisdom, Pt. 2

By Jonah Krueger, Staff Writer [P.W. Elverum & Sun, 2019] Rating: 8/10 Key tracks: “Belief”, “Love Without Possession”, “Belief Pt. 2” Phil Elverum’s last two years have been, to put it mildly, very unique. With the release of a Vanity Fair feature, he transitioned from an indie-music veteran to a tabloid subheading. Overnight, he became…

ACRN’s Top 10 Disappointing Albums of 2019

10. Avril Lavigne – Head Above Water, [BMG; 2019] By Maria Lubanovic, Copy Editor If you told me Avril Lavigne would release an album with cover art of her naked behind a guitar as a way to show a raw and emotional edge, I wouldn’t have flinched. That’s a classic comeback move for a lot of…

ACRN’s Top 10 Movies of 2019

10. Jojo Rabbit [Fox Searchlight; 2019] By Andrew Breazeale, Staff Writer Taika Waititi’s follow-up film to his outing with Marvel is a delightfully sweet and hilarious movie about young Nazis. Yes, you read that right. Waititi’s dark satire follows a young Nazi youth named Jojo whose closest friend is an imaginary Adolf Hitler. While Jojo Rabbit may…

ACRN’s Top 25 Albums of 2019

25. Big Thief – U.F.O.F., [4AD; 2019] By Jonah Krueger, Staff Writer Big Thief’s U.F.O.F is just like it’s accompanying album art—dreamlike, deceptively simple, beautiful and packed full of details that are just obscured enough to avoid being fully grasped. It’s an album of compelling folk rock that pulls you in with some of the…

Loving to release debut album in early 2020

By Jonah Krueger, Staff Writer [Photo courtesy of Ft Langley] Rising indie-folk group Loving announced on Wednesday, December 4 that their debut album, If I Am Only My Thoughts, is set to release on January 31, 2020, via Last Gang Records. In addition to the announcement, the band shared a cut from the upcoming record,…

Run For Cover Records signs indie rock group glass beach

By Jonah Krueger, Contributor [Photo courtesy of Run For Cover Records/glass beach] Independent label Run For Cover Records revealed their newest signing, inventive indie-rock group glass beach, on Thursday, November 14. In addition to the signing, Run For Cover announced a string of merchandise and official distribution of glass beach’s the first glass beach album. Read more:…

Album Review: clipping. – There Existed an Addiction to Blood

By Jonah Krueger, Contributor [Sub Pop, 2019] 8.5/10 Key tracks: “La Mala Ordina”, “Blood of the Fang”, “Run for Your Life” The cult of the horror movie is a strong, murky corner of the greater cinema community that often only gets mainstream coverage when a film makes billions of dollars—or it’s just the month of…

Lucy Dacus releases new track titled “Fool’s Gold”

By Jonah Krueger, Contributor [Photo courtesy of Matador Records] Indie star Lucy Dacus, who has released a number of holiday-themed songs throughout the year, shared her latest track, “Fool’s Gold,” on Thursday, November 7. The song, keeping with the theme, derives inspiration from New Year’s Eve and will appear on an upcoming EP, Stereogum reported. Read…

Feature: Chris Thile and his Eternal Journey of Innovation

By Jonah Krueger, Contributor [Photo courtesy of Devin Peddle] Chris Thile may very well be the most renowned, most popular living mandolin player. His fingerprints can be found on just about anything that gets tagged with the term “bluegrass,” and the tale of 5-year-old Thile first picking up the mandolin is now the stuff of…

Banoffee releases first single and music video from upcoming debut album

By Jonah Krueger, Contributor [Photo courtesy of Phebe-Schmidt/Banoffee] Austrialian pop up-and-comer Banoffee announced on Wednesday, October 23 that her debut album, Look at Us Now Dad, will be released on February 21 via Cascine and Dot Dash. Along with the announcement, Banoffee shared the first single from the album, titled “Tennis Fan” (feat. Empress Of), and…

The Cactus Blossoms to perform at Stuart’s Opera House on October 22

By Jonah Krueger, Contributor [Photo courtesy of The Cactus Blossoms/Stuart’s Opera House] Minneapolis country-rock outfit The Cactus Blossoms will perform at Stuart’s Opera House in Nelsonville on Tuesday, October 22 at 7:30 p.m. The band will perform with support from Esther Rose, and tickets can be purchased now. Read more: Americana band Foghorn Stringband set to…