Album Review: Avril Lavigne – Head Above Water

By Maria Lubanovic, Copy Editor [BMG; 2019] Rating: 5.5/10 Key tracks: “Head Above Water”, “Warrior”, “Bigger Wow” Since releasing her last album in 2013, it’s fair to say that Avril Lavigne has dropped off of the face of the earth for a little bit, and a lot has changed in that time, with Lavigne battling…

Flyover Fest releases 2019 music, literature, film lineup

By Maria Lubanovic, Copy Editor [Photo courtesy of Flyover Fest] Anyone who is a fan of music, literature and film is sure to be excited by the third annual Flyover Fest, a magical four-day experience held in Columbus on May 8-11 that features artists of all kinds. Read more: Nelsonville Music Festival announces Thee Oh Sees…

Movie Review: Green Book

By Maria Lubanovic, Copy Editor [Universal; 2019] Rating: 6.5/10 Green Book follows Italian-American bouncer Tony Lip, or Vallelonga, as he insists in the film (Viggo Mortensen) as he drives genius piano player Dr. Don Shirley (Mahershala Ali) on a tour through the deep south in the 1960s. Lip has to face his prejudices about working for…

Emo Prom 2019 Q&A: Sneakthief

By Maria Lubanovic, Copy Editor [Photo by Joe Medlen] Q&A with guitarists Nolan Quigley and Daniel Palmer and drummer Joe Fradette of Sneakthief. It’s cool that you are back with us after playing Battle of the Bands. What was that experience like for you, and what is it like to be back for ACRN Prom?…

Album Review: Future – Future Hndrxx Presents: The WIZRD

By Maria Lubanovic, Copy Editor [Epic/Freebandz; 2019] Rating: 6.5/10 Key tracks: “Never Stop”, “Crushed Up”, “Baptiize” With 20 tracks and clocking in at just over an hour, Future Hndrxx Presents: The WIZRD marks Future’s seventh studio album. This album is freaking massive and covers themes of power, fame, mental state and drug abuse — the…

Album Review: Sharon Van Etten – Remind Me Tomorrow

By Maria Lubanovic, Copy Editor [Jagjaguwar, 2017] Rating: 8/10 Key tracks: “No One’s Easy to Love”, “Jupiter 4”, “Seventeen” Taking time to act in a TV show and raise her young son, Sharon Van Etten’s been off the radar for four years. Fittingly, Van Etten’s fifth album, Remind Me Tomorrow, brings sonic maturity with its…

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…