Group Feature: ACRN’s Top 10 Movies of 2020

10. Borat Subsequent Moviefilm [Amazon; 2020]By Kwase Lane, Features Editor Reprising his role as everybody’s favorite bumbling Kazakhstani reporter, Sacha Baron Cohen took a second go at a Borat film, and he stuck the landing even more flawlessly than he did in its predecessor. The first Borat movie does what it sets out to well,…

Group Feature: ACRN’s Top 10 Disappointing Albums of 2020

10. Machinedrum — A View of U, [Ninja Tune; 2020]By Lane Moore, Reviews Editor Machinedrum’s A View of U is perhaps the greatest illusion of the millennium. It’s pretty tough to catch, but if you peer into the soul of this album––or make it past track three or four––you will find that A View of…

Newport Folk Festival limited edition vinyl package sells out within hours

By Ethan Bloomfield, Contributor Attention vinyl fans: another great sale has already come and gone! A pre-order for the limited vinyl release of music-icon collaboration album A Change is Gonna Come sold out within a few hours. The vinyl was released in support of the Newport Festivals Foundation, a charity created in 2010 “to support…

Covers: An Overview of Approaches for Reimagining Pop Music

By Jonah Krueger, News Editor So, you want to cover a song? Wonderful! Let us start by congratulating you for making this tremendous decision and reinforce how excited we are that you chose us™ to help you along this rewarding journey. Legally, we are required to inform you of the potential risks involved with covering…

Album Review: Touché Amoré – Lament

By Jonah Krueger, News Editor[Epitaph; 2020]Rating: 8.5/10 Key tracks: “Come Heroine”, “Reminders”, “Limelight”, “Deflector” Touché Amoré has rightly become an emo A-lister, managing to vary its approach to songwriting while remaining remarkably consistent in quality with each release. Yet, the glamorous rise of the band was abruptly halted with the release of their fourth album. …

Album Review: Teenage Halloween – Teenage Halloween

By Jonah Krueger, News Editor
[Don Giovanni Records; 2020]
Rating: 7/10
Key tracks: “Drown”, “Racehorse”, “Turn Right, Goes Straight”
New Jersey power-punk collective Teenage Halloween may have just served up the sweetest existentially-concerned cocktail this side of Jeff Rosenstock. One part Pacific Northwest indie, two parts California ska/pop-punk, with a dash of Springsteen and modern folk-punk for garnish, Teenage Halloween’s self-titled debut is a satisfyingly melodic crowd-pleaser.

Album Review: Deftones – Ohms

In his book Let’s Talk About Love: A Journey to the End of Taste, Carl Wilson puts forth the idea that perhaps no historically detested sect of popular music is beyond postmortem redemption. Metal, disco, emo—all looked down upon during their respective peaks in popularity by cultural tastemakers, only to be retroactively saved once the dust settled and the commercial machine had moved on to the next fad. The past few years have seen nu-metal, maybe the most detested of the detested sects, start to receive this treatment thanks to the particular arty bands of the genre; chiefly, Deftones.

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…