ACRN’s Favorite Albums of 2022

By the ACRN Editorial Team 20. Soccer Mommy – Sometimes, Forever [Loma Vista Recordings; 2022] By Grace Koennecke, Columns Editor As an avid Soccer Mommy fan, her new album this year was nothing short of amazing. Sometimes, Forever is the Nashville singer-songwriter’s most vulnerable piece of work yet, a slow and dark peeling of her…

JOSEF drops new single, “Just Come Home With Me Tonight”

[Image courtesy of Nathan Dunphy] By Grace Koennecke, Columns Editor Scottish singer JOSEF revealed a new single from his upcoming debut album Permanent Damage on Friday. The single, “Just Come Home With Me Tonight”, puts the singer’s impressive storytelling abilities on full display. Read more: Gramercy Arms collabs with Lloyd Cole on “Yesterday’s Girl” In…

Album Review: Carly Rae Jepsen – The Loneliest Time

By Nicholas Kobe, Contributor [Interscope; 2022] Rating: 8/10 Key Tracks: “Talking To Yourself”, “Western Wind”, “The Loneliest Time” Carly Rae Jepsen is the ultimate unsung hero of pop music. You know “Call Me Maybe” from 2011, an innocent flirty pop song that broke Carly into the mainstream. Despite scoring a few more hits, Carly started…

Elk City releases Above the Water LP, first album since 2018

By Adrian Woods, Contributor [Photo courtesy of NJArts] New Jersey band Elk City have released their new LP Above The Water on the brand new Magic Door Record Label. This will be the band’s first studio album since 2018’s Everybodys Insecure. Read more: Quality Control Music shares statement after death of Migos’ member Takeoff “That…

Taylor Swift Releases Midnights

[Photo courtesy of The New York Times] By Venus Rittenberg, Editorial Director Taylor Swift is back with her 10th studio album, titled “Midnights” to reflect the atmosphere the album tries to project. The album was made in heavy collaboration with Jack Antonoff, who has worked with Taylor Swift for nearly a decade at this point. …

Album Review: Charli XCX – CRASH

By: Ethan Hofer, Staff Writer [Asylum Records UK/Warner Music UK Limited; 2022] Rating: 8/10 Key Tracks: “Crash,” “Lightning,” “Twice” After rising to popularity after 2014’s hit single “Boom Clap” from the Fault in Our Stars soundtrack and “Fancy” with Iggy Azalea, Charli XCX has maintained a huge amount of mainstream success since. CRASH serves as…

Royel Otis release debut EP “Campus”

Sydney-based duo Royel Otis released their debut EP Campus last week along with a new track titled “Never Been More Sure”. Accompanying their EP, the duo recently released a music video for their track “Without U”.

Group Feature: ACRN’s Live Music Feature

As 2021 comes to a close, it’s starting to look like we’re seeing the resurrection of live music. Here’s ACRN’s list of artists we’ll be rushing out to see as soon as we can.

Album Review: Ariana Grande – Positions

By Lauren McCain, Columns Editor [Republic Records; 2020]Rating: 7.5/10  Key tracks: “positions”, “34+35”, “safety net (feat. Ty Dolla $ign)”, “pov”  After the whirlwind of her albums Sweetener and thank u, next less than five months apart in 2019, in 2020, Ariana Grande brings a more intimate, sultry R&B sound to the table with Positions. Positions makes…

Album Review: A.G. Cook – Apple

By Kiah Easton, Editorial Director[PC Music; 2020]Rating: 6.5/10 Key tracks: “Oh yeah”, “Beautiful Superstar”, “The Darkness” Apple is the second full-length album from PC Music founder A.G. Cook. His first LP, 7G, came out less than two months ago and consisted of 49 songs, lasting more than two and a half hours. Apple fits much…

Album Review: Charli XCX – how i’m feeling now

how i’m feeling now was born within and shaped by the current state of the world. Charli XCX, less than a year since her last project Charli, capitalized on the unique situations of the COVID-19 pandemic. Rather than growing sedentary in isolation, she took action using the internet to collaborate – not only with peers, but also fans.

Album Review: Grimes – Miss Anthropocene

By Andrew Breazeale, Staff Writer [4AD; 2020] Rating: 7.5/10 Key tracks: “4ÆM”, “Delete Forever”, “My Name is Dark – Art Mix” It’s hard to describe modern music without mentioning Grimes. The Canadian singer-songwriter, Claire Boucher, has been pushing the boundaries of pop, electronic and hip-hop music since her debut in 2010. She is a pioneer…