Album Review: Say Anything – Oliver Appropriate

By Lane Moore, Reviews Editor [Dine Alone; 2019] Rating: 7/10 Key tracks: “Your Father”, “It’s a Process”, “Sediment” Punk rock’s favorite playwrights have returned with Oliver Appropriate, Say Anything’s final album (probably?) and a sequel to 2004’s … Is a Real Boy. Filled with the poetic and crude contempt that characterizes the band, Say Anything…

Album Review: Deerhunter – Why Hasn’t Everything Already Disappeared?

By Lane Moore, Reviews Editor [4AD; 2019] Rating: 7.5/10 Key tracks: “Death in Midsummer”, “What Happens to People?”, “Nocturne” Ethereal visions of the past have always played a principal role in the theatrics of Deerhunter. However, the experimental rock group’s eighth album, Why Hasn’t Everything Already Disappeared?, demonstrates that the urgency of the present is…

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…

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…

Math Rock Monthly: TTNG

By Lane Moore, Contributor TTNG are a notable group for many reasons, the most important one being their coining of the best pickup line in alternative rock history. If someone asked me if I wanted to come back to their room and listen to some Belle and Sebastian, I would definitely say yes. Aside from…

Album Review: Lil Peep – Come Over When You’re Sober, Pt. 2

By Lane Moore, Contributor [Columbia; 2018] Rating: 3.5/10 Key tracks: “Life is Beautiful”, “Fingers” Lil Peep’s first posthumous record, Come Over When You’re Sober, Pt. 2, resembles found footage that was sculpted into a full project by Peep’s producer, Smokeasac. Whether it is the result of the record’s unfinished, puzzle-piece complexion or Smokeasac’s tampering, Come…

Album Review: All Get Out – No Bouquet

By Lane Moore, Contributor [Equal Vision; 2018] Rating: 8/10 Key Tracks: “Rose”, “Value”, “However Long” If All Get Out used blast beats and china cymbals, then I would gladly let someone mosh me to death as their tunes play. However, these indie-emo rockers are after something more graceful on their fourth LP, No Bouquet. The…

Album Review: Sun Kil Moon – This Is My Dinner

By Lane Moore, Contributor [Caldo Verde; 2018] Rating: 5.5/10 Key tracks: “This Is My Dinner”, “Candles”, “Chapter 87 of He” Occasionally, an album leaves me pondering “What the hell was that last hour and 30 minutes?” Sun Kil Moon’s This Is My Dinner is one of those albums. While their earlier efforts, such as Benji,…

Tom Diaz, founding member of The World Is a Beautiful Place…, has passed away

By Lane Moore, Contributor [Photo via YouTube] Yesterday, The World Is a Beautiful Place & I am No Longer Afraid to Die announced the passing of their founding vocalist and keyboardist, Tom Diaz, via Facebook. The cause of the 32-year-old musician’s death is currently unknown, according to Brooklyn Vegan. However, former band member Greg Horbal…

Album Review: Basement – Beside Myself

By Lane Moore, Contributor [Fueled By Ramen; 2018] Rating: 6/10 Key Tracks: “Be Here Now”, “Stigmata”, “Right Here” The pressure on people to throw away their sincerity is endlessly stacking on top of itself. Each day it seems that society is increasingly accepting of a lack of authenticity in exchange for comfort. On Beside Myself,…