ACRN Celebrates: Sylvester, Queen of Disco

By Maria Lubanovic, Copy Editor Sylvester, the Queen of Disco, grew up in the Pentecostal church, where he found his passion for singing through a gospel choir. As an androgynous gay man, he had a difficult time feeling like he belonged and eventually found groups of gay men, trans women and drag queens to perform…

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 Oscars 2020 Recap

By Maria Lubanovic, Copy Editor and Ceara Kelly, Contributor This is our last official Oscars recap. It’s been a fun time, but we have to graduate and join the industry ourselves. This is our third annual recap, so if you want to see the previous ones, here are 2019’s and 2018’s. We will keep it…

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…

Movie Review: The Lion King

By Maria Lubanovic, Copy Editor [Disney; 2019] Rating: 3/10 Let’s get one thing straight: this movie only exists as a cash grab and a guarantee that Disney can keep The Lion King and other movies like it out of the public domain so long as the mouse wears gloves. The Lion King (2019) is almost…

Lobsterfest 2019 Q&A: Lung

By Maria Lubanovic, Copy Editor Photo by Harley Wince, Visual Media Director Q&A with Cincinnati’s Lung with Kate Wakefield on electric cello and vocals and Daisy Caplan on drums. How was playing Lobsterfest? Kate: It was awesome. We had a lot of fun. Daisy: A blast is a good word. Have you played here in Athens…

Album Review: Priests – The Seduction of Kansas

By Maria Lubanovic, [Sister Polygon Records; 2019] Rating: 7.5/10 Key tracks: “The Seduction of Kansas”, “Good Time Charlie”, “Carol” Priests bring political power through twisted narrative lyrics and driving soundscapes, making their second LP on Sister Polygon, The Seduction of Kansas, a showcase of punk ideology and dirty rock riffs. Questions of bodily autonomy, motivation,…

Athens International Film and Video Festival returns for its 46th year

By Maria Lubanovic, Copy Editor [Photo courtesy of Athens International Film and Video Festival] The Athens International Film and Video Festival will celebrate its 46th anniversary this year with an amazing week of films from all around the world. The festival runs April 8–14 and features over 200 original films, documentaries and more. Read more:…

Album Review: Weezer – Weezer (Black Album)

By Maria Lubanovic, Copy Editor [Crush Music / Atlantic; 2019] Rating: 4/10 Key tracks: “Piece of Cake”, “Byzantine” Weezer already dropped an album less than two months ago. So, why is there suddenly another one? Does Rivers Cuomo have literally nothing better to do than crank out pure cheese and not the kind that anyone…

Album Review: Emilie Kahn – Outro

When thinking about the realms and possibilities of pop, indie and even alternative music, the harp is not traditionally considered a regular choice in the ensemble. Fortunately, there is someone out there looking outside of this box, bringing a unique sound to the genre. Formerly known as Emilie and Ogden, Emilie Kahn’s Outro is a gorgeous collection of tracks that masterfully combines the light themes of a harp with hard-hitting synth and breathy tones.

What’s Going On – March

By Maria Lubanovic, Copy Editor March comes in like a lion and out like a lamb, but that doesn’t mean you have to wait for the sun to shine all the time to enjoy some amazing local music. Who: Horseburner, Akula, Gudger When: March 1, 10 p.m. Where: The Union, 18 W Union St West…