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…

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,…

Album Review: Jaden Smith – SYRE

By Jon Fuchs, Music Director [MSFTSMUSIC; 2017] Rating: 5/10 Key Tracks: “L”, “Falcon” “SYRE. The boy who chased a sunset until it chased him. The boy who had no fear until it faced him. The boy whose words seem to never make sense.” That’s from one of the many confusing interludes in SYRE, the debut…

Album Review: Yung Lean – Stranger

By Jon Fuchs, Music Director [YEAR0001; 2017] Rating: 7.5/10 Key Tracks: “Red Bottom Sky”, “Iceman”, “Agony” Since his rise to fame in 2013, Yung Lean has remained a very divisive figure in the world of hip-hop. With quite a few hit-or-miss tapes under his belt, the 21-year-old Swedish rapper has become an iconic name in…

Album Review: Lil Pump – Lil Pump

By Jon Fuchs, Music Director [Tha Lights Global; 2017] Rating: 4.5/10 Key Tracks: “Gucci Gang”, “Molly” Ok, let’s be real here: Lil Pump is trash. Even his own fans can’t deny that he’s one of the stupidest and most annoying figures in the rap game currently, and his music is no different, as he constantly stumbles his…

Movie Review: Happy Death Day

By Jon Fuchs, Music Director [Blumhouse; 2017] Rating: 3.5/10 How do movies like Happy Death Day get made? What studio executive is sitting there thinking to himself, “Yes! A horror version of Groundhog Day, only this time it’s completely outdated and uninteresting! Just what the teens are craving!” How do audiences boo excellent, original horror…

Group Feature: Our Back-to-School Playlist

We’re a month into the semester and already a few days into fall – back-to-school time moves quickly. There are classes, work, and endless introductions to be made. Keeping up with it all is daunting, but we’ve got some tunes to help you hold it together. Here are our picks to bring in the new…

Album Review: Princess Nokia – 1992 Deluxe

By Jon Fuchs, Music Director [Rough Trade; 2017] Rating: 7.5/10 Key Tracks: “Receipts”, “Flava”, “Different” NOTE: This review of 1992 Deluxe will only discuss the newly released bonus tracks, not the original songs that came out last year. Princess Nokia’s debut mixtape, 1992, was easily one of the best rap albums of last year. With…

Album Review: Alice Glass – Alice Glass

By Jon Fuchs, Music Director [Loma Vista; 2017] Rating: 7.5/10 Key Tracks: “Without Love,” “Natural Selection,” “Blood Oath” Amnesty (I), last year’s Crystal Castles album that was the first without lead vocalist Alice Glass, felt like a parody of itself, seeing the band play it safe for the first time in their career, resulting in…

Album Review: Lil Yachty – Teenage Emotions

By Jon Fuchs, Music Director [Capitol; 2017] Rating: 8/10 Key Tracks: “All You Had to Say,” “Better,” “FYI (Know Now)” Lil Yachty is one of the few names in mainstream rap who has the ability to say that he’s like no one else currently in the music industry. With his straightedge lifestyle and really strange bars,…