Column: ACRN’s 2019 Golden Globes Recap

By Ceara Kelly, Staff Writer and Maria Lubanovic, Copy Editor Ceara is behind by an hour because her ass is in Kansas. Her TV is on a five-second delay, so I had to pretend I knew nothing. Don’t you love remote journalism? We had to start out with the red carpet. Nothing was too horrible,…

Steadfast Music Festival returns to Columbus for its fourth year

By Maria Lubanovic, Copy Editor [Photo courtesy of Steadfast Music Festival/Tuned Up] Steadfast Music Festival returns to Columbus, Ohio on March 9, 2019 at Strongwater Food and Spirits. The festival includes a great lineup of indie bands. Steadfast Festival began in 2016 as a way to honor and provide an amazing experience for the loyal…

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 Top 10 Movies of 2018

1. BlacKkKlansman, [Focus Features; 2018] By Jessica Jones, Staff Writer Set in the 1970s during the middle of the civil rights movement, black police officer Ron Stallworth infiltrates a local chapter of the Ku Klux Klan by posing as a white man. Based on a true story, this film depicts the real-life events of what occurred in…

Battle of the Bands 2018 Q&A: sweat workers

By Maria Lubanovic, Copy Editor [Photo by Joe Medlen] Q&A with lead vocalist Dani Wasserman of sweat workers. How would you describe your musical style? Dani: The words “bedroom pop” seem to come up a lot. I guess ’cause a lot of it was made in my bedroom. I don’t really know; it’s hard to…

Battle of the Bands 2018 Q&A: Sneakthief

By Maria Lubanovic, Copy Editor [Photo by Joe Medlen] Q&A with Daniel Palmer (vocals and guitar), Nolan Quigley (bass and guitar) and Joe Fradette (drums) of Sneakthief. How would you describe your musical style? Daniel: It’s hard to get into musical style for us because I don’t really feel like we fit into any specific…

Album Review: William Shatner – Shatner Claus

By Maria Lubanovic, Copy Editor [Cleopatra; 2018] Rating: 3/10 Key Tracks: “Little Drummer Boy”, “Twas the Night Before Christmas”, “Silent Night” Sometimes as writers, we are cursed with the task of writing about Christmas music way before the season officially starts. But sometimes, William Shatner, a.k.a. Captain Kirk from Star Trek, releases a Christmas album…

Album Review: Geotic – Traversa

By Maria Lubanovic, Copy Editor [Ghostly International, 2018] Rating: 7.5/10 Key Tracks: “Swiss Bicycle”, “Town Square”, “Terraformer” Let your mind wander to a new place – literally. Electronic musician Geotic’s album, Traversa, invites the listener to take a journey through tracks named after places and different forms of traveling. From a simple “Knapsack” to a “Maglev”,…

Movie Review: First Man

By Maria Lubanovic, Copy Editor [Universal; 2018] Rating: 7/10 The space movie is a genre of its own. Historical drama, beautiful orchestral music, eye-popping visuals and male bravery are all common themes in many of the space films of the past. Apollo 13 may come to mind, or The Right Stuff. First Man, directed by…

Album Review: Yowler – Black Dog In My Path

By Maria Lubanovic, Copy Editor [Double Double Whammy; 2018] Rating: 6.5/10 Key Tracks: “Where Is My Light”, ”Aldebaran”, ”WTFK” Black Dog In My Path is indie-rock artist Yowler’s second album. Yowler is the brainchild of singer-songwriter Maryn Jones, and it’s morphed into more than just a side project of Saintseneca and All Dogs. Through this…