Artist Profile: Andrés

By Marvin Dotiyal, Features Editor [Photos by Blacksheep Imaging] “When you’re up on a stage, don’t be the hero that they want, but what they need,” Andrés gracefully sings in the closing lines of his Heroes, Villains, and All That Jazz opener, “Andrespacito”. Reiterating his father’s teachings to be more than just a musical artist but…

Album Review: Say Anything – Oliver Appropriate

By Lane Moore, Reviews Editor [Dine Alone; 2019] Rating: 7/10 Key tracks: “Your Father”, “It’s a Process”, “Sediment” Punk rock’s favorite playwrights have returned with Oliver Appropriate, Say Anything’s final album (probably?) and a sequel to 2004’s … Is a Real Boy. Filled with the poetic and crude contempt that characterizes the band, Say Anything…

ACRN’s Favorite Tracks of 2018

Jon Fuchs, Music Director: Dean Blunt – “Chancer (feat. A$AP Rocky)” It’s crazy that the best hype track of 2018 is a minimal masterpiece with no actual beat at all. Acting as the opening track on his latest EP, Soul On Fire, Dean Blunt’s “Chancer” is based solely on a constantly looping strings sample, Blunt’s…

Group Feature: ACRN’s 2018 Summer Bangers

Summer definitely puts us in all kinds of moods… Here’s what the summer of 2018 sounded like for ACRN! Devon Hannan, Editorial Director: Dance Gavin Dance — “Care” This post-hardcore track has all of the ingredients necessary for a certified summertime banger. From Dance Gavin Dance’s latest chaotic album Artificial Selection, “Care” is about a…

Album Review: Suicidal Tendencies – Get Your Fight On!

By Eric Perzanowski, Staff Writer [Suicidal; 2018] Rating: 5.5/10 Key Tracks: “Get Your Bass On”, “Get United” The crossover between hardcore and thrash metal tends to be characterized by several traits: a more playful approach to the music in comparison to the style’s influences, lyrics that generally either reflect that playfulness, or make a political…

Album Review: Turnstile – Time & Space

By Marvin Dotiyal, Features Editor [Roadrunner; 2018] Rating 6.5/10 Key Tracks: “Big Smile”, “Generator”, “High Pressure” The definition of East Coast hardcore would be inadequate without its founding fathers like Minor Threat, Bad Brains and Born Against, but it would be dead without modern successors like Turnstile. As a band that has been pushing boundaries…

Album Review: Screaming Females – All at Once

By Maria Lubanovic, Copy Editor [Don Giovanni; 2018] Rating: 8/10 Key Tracks: “Agnes Martin”, “Chamber for Sleep (Parts One and Two)”, “Bird in Space” Screaming Females bring power and thoughtfulness to their seventh full-length album, All at Once. It’s an album consistently packed with powerful riffs and instrumentals that are unleashed in a way that creates an…

Feature: Nurturing a Record Label to its Nature

By Marvin Dotiyal, Features Editor Meet Fredo Fosco and Michael Mangan—two music-loving friends starting up a DIY, emo/indie label from the suburbs of Chicago. Mangan, a college freshman studying business, wanted to create a site to post and share musical content, which was inspired by Making New Enemies, a collaborative media blog and record label….

Album Review: Glassjaw – Material Control

By Eli Schoop, Copy Editor [Globochem; 2017] Rating: 6/10 Key Tracks: “New White Extremity”, “Shira”, “Citizen” The 2010’s have been the decade of the reboot. Whether it’s veering towards comics and the constant adaptations of Spiderman, Batman, or the X-Men, or the reappearance of such giants as My Bloody Valentine, Wu-Tang Clan, and Sleater-Kinney, the…

Live Review: Jawbreaker at Riot Fest, Sept. 17th

By Eli Schoop, Copy Editor Imagine seeing your favorite band. Maybe it’s Grizzly Bear or Haim. You would be ecstatic, of course. Now imagine the band was reuniting for one last go. The hype is amplified, it’s a nostalgia trip and an experience seldom seen by those of the generation. Then, add on the fact…