Album Review: Phoebe Bridgers – Copycat Killer

Several months after the release of her sophomore album, Punisher, in June, indie artist Phoebe Bridgers uses her new EP Copycat Killers as a fresh take on four songs from the album. The EP is a collaboration with Grammy-winning string musician Rob Moose, known for his work with artists such as Paul Simon, Taylor Swift and John Legend. The new versions of the songs are well-produced but don’t stray much from the source material.

Rising indie artist Wallice releases single, announces debut EP

By Maddie James, Staff Writer
[Photo courtesy of Jerry Maestas]
Indie artist Wallice has released a new single, “Hey Michael”,  and announced her debut EP, Off the Rails. The EP is set for a summer release, though an exact date has yet to be announced.

Spotify wipes hundreds of K-pop songs from library

By Maddie James, Staff Writer
[Photo courtesy of Dennis Leupold via Epic Records]
As of Tuesday, hundreds of songs by popular K-pop artists, such as IU, Monsta X and SISTAR, have disappeared from Spotify, reported Pitchfork. Despite the widespread popularity of K-pop, Spotify opted to remove the music due to a licensing issue with Korean music distributors.

Movie Review: The Witches

By Maddie James, Contributor
[Warner Bros. Pictures; 2020]
Rating: 3/10
The last thing that some movies should have is a good cast, and The Witches is one such movie. With performances from Octavia Spencer, Stanley Tucci, Anne Hathaway and Kristin Chenoweth, The Witches holds a lot of promise for people unfamiliar with the story, but falls short of its star cast. The Witches is a 2020 adaptation of the book of the same name by Roald Dahl, following the first adaptation in 1990. Aside from a more diverse cast and the updated graphics, the 2020 adaptation hasn’t grown much from the previous version, let alone the book.

Taylor Swift and Evermore lawsuit

By Maddie James, Staff Writer
[Photo by: Steven Ferdman/Getty Images]
Taylor Swift’s latest album, evermore, has drawn worldwide attention from fans and media, as well as a more unusual source. Though the music industry is no stranger to bizarre legal issues, a lawsuit filed against Swift from a small theme park in Utah will certainly be one for the history books.

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…

Phoebe Bridgers releases “Savior Complex” video as a Facebook exclusive

By Maddie James, Contributor
[Photo courtesy of Frank Ockenfels]
Indie artist Phoebe Bridgers has released a video for her song “Savior Complex”, a track off her acclaimed 2020 album Punisher. The video is directed by Fleabag creator Phoebe-Waller Bridge and is exclusively available via Facebook.

Album Review: boy pablo – Wachito Rico

By Maddie James, Contributor
[777 Music; 2020]
Rating: 7/10
Key tracks: “honey”, “te vas // don’t go”, “mustache”
Wachito Rico sounds like either incredibly well-produced brain candy or sexy elevator music. The newest release from boy pablo, Wachito Rico is the debut album of the indie-pop project headed by Chilean-Norwegian artist Nicolas Muñoz.

Japanese electronic group Black Boboi announce new album

By Maddie James, Contributor
SILK, the first full album by female Japanese electric group Black Boboi, is set to release Nov. 25. The album’s announcement was accompanied by the release of two songs, “gd612” and “Postwar”.

Highsnobiety, Newport Jazz Festival announce livestream

By Maddie James, Contributor Starting Monday, Highsnobiety and the Newport Jazz Festival are teaming up for “Jazz TV”. This three-day virtual event will feature DJ sets, live performances and panels on Highsnobiety’s digital platform and YouTube channel. All proceeds from “Jazz TV” will go to the Newport Festivals Musician Relief Fund, a nonprofit created to…