Mindful MIDItation: Pokémon Diamond, Pearl and Platinum OST

By Josh Pettis, Staff Writer Composed by Go Ichinose, Junichi Masuda, Hitomi Sato Video game bedroom-poppy, hip-hoppy, melodically boppy, cheesy, bordering-on-baroque, cathedral-esque, softish, and over-the-toppish easy-listening: admittedly, the labels are lacking. If presented to Go Ichinose, Junichi Masuda, and Hitomi Sato as the synaptic dictionary to reference for the aural brainchild of Pokémon Diamond and…

ACRN’s Top 25 Albums of 2018

2018, a compelling year for rising artists from a web of musical trajectories. 1. Noname – Room 25, [Self-released; 2018] By Kwase Lane, Staff Writer Everything that someone could love about Noname’s music is taken to the next level in Room 25. One of the great things about Noname is that she doesn’t wear out…

Battle of the Bands 2018 Q&A: Darwin Evolution

By Josh Pettis, Contributor [Photo by Joe Medlen] Q&A with Michael Boston of Darwin Evolution. Athens has an interesting beat scene with a fair share of college-aged producers and rappers. How collaborative of a space does Athens feel like in that vein? How conducive is it to your workflow and the way you make music?…

Battle of the Bands 2018 Q&A: Raw Canvas

By Josh Pettis, Contributor [Photo by Joe Medlen] Q&A with Patrick Budesky of Raw Canvas. Your online presence right now seems pretty Athens-specific and live performance oriented. Do you have any music available for streaming anywhere, or any plans to expand to platforms like that? Or are you mostly focused on shows for the time…

Battle of the Bands 2018 Q&A: The Infinite Improbability Drive

By Josh Pettis, Contributor [Photo by Harley Wince] Q&A with Julian Runyon of the Infinite Improbability Drive. The way you mix science fiction with dated conceptions of the future and more conventional alt and prog aesthetics is pretty interesting, especially on the more narrative, collagey-sounding holotape tracks on your EP Another Reality Brought to You…

Album Review: Jerry Paper – Like a Baby

By Josh Pettis, Contributor [Stones Throw; 2018] Rating: 8/10 Key Tracks: “Grey Area”, “My God”, “Losing the Game” A hint of lofi, a dash of vague mourning, a cup or two of chorus-dripping guitars to taste, three tablespoons of warbly synthesizers and an overwhelming dose of gloomy, indulgent vocals stacked on psych drums and grooving…

Album Review: Guerilla Toss – Twisted Crystal

By Josh Pettis, Contributor [DFA; 2018] Rating: 7/10 Key Tracks: “Meteorological”, “Retreat”, “Come Up With Me” Jagged, gritty, culty, absurd, carnival-esque, dancy, antsy, funky, hyperbolically-rockish, new-wave-punk-surf-poppy: if you’ve ever listened to Guerilla Toss, you’re bound to recognize at least a couple of those adjectives. Plus, the New York-based art rock group’s sixth studio album Twisted…

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…