Hardcore Holidays 2022 Q&A: Girl Cologne

By Roman Salomone, Contributor
[Photo courtesy of Oliver Fleming]
On Nov. 10, 2022, ACRN hosted “Hardcore Holidays” at The Union in Athens. Alongside a DJ set, two fantastic bands took the stage, and one of them was Cleveland-based Girl Cologne. I had the opportunity to sit down with the band prior to their set to talk about how they got started, their 2021 album Phases, the local scene in Cleveland and some underrated Weezer songs.

Album Review: Yeah Yeah Yeahs – Cool It Down

By Roman Salomone, Contributor
[Secretly Canadian; 2022]
Rating: 8/10
Key tracks: “Burning”, “Fleez”, “Different Today”
The reinvention that rock music underwent in the early 2000s has finally reached the age where it’s being looked back upon for ushering in a wave of legendary bands. Groups like The Black Keys, Bloc Party, Metric, and Interpol have all continued to release music through the past decade. Meanwhile, LCD Soundsystem and Paramore have all been coming out of long-term hiatuses and releasing some fantastic throwback singles. Strangely though, one of the most essential groups of that scene has stayed relatively quiet on the music front in the 2010s – the Yeah Yeah Yeahs. The trio went on a hiatus after 2013’s Mosquito, and other than reuniting for the occasional festival performance, the group has stayed almost completely silent. That is, until May 2022, when the announcement of a new album and single came to much hype and speculation. Better late than never, but it makes sense. With up and coming groups like Wet Leg, Viagra Boys, and illuminati hotties taking clear influence from the trios’ classic 2000s albums, it’s the perfect time for the Yeah Yeah Yeahs to show their bones again. 

Starry Skies release new single from Small Wonders

By Roman Salomone, Contributor
[Photo courtesy of Fox Star Records]
Glasgow indie-folk outfit Starry Skies released the track “Light in Your Soul” as a single on Spotify and Apple Music. The song was featured as the fourth track on the band’s last album, Small Wonders. It was both self released through Bandcamp and released via Fox Star Records.

Blink-182 reunite with Tom DeLonge, announce upcoming single

By Roman Salomone, Contributor
[Photo courtesy of Pitchfork]
Legendary pop-punk band Blink-182 have announced they are reuniting with founding member and original vocalist Tom DeLonge. This is the first time the classic line-up of Mark Hoppus, Travis Barker, and DeLonge has been together since 2015. Along with the reunion of the band comes news about a new single titled “Edging” that will be released this Friday, October 14.

Bruce Springsteen announces new covers album, releases single

By Roman Salomone, Contributor
[Photo courtesy of CNN]
Bruce Springsteen announced that he is releasing a new covers album, Only The Strong Survive, on November 11 via Columbia Records. The album will consist of soul and Motown songs. 

The tracklist shows that Springsteen is performing tracks written by the likes of the Commodores, Jimmy Ruffin, and the Four Tops, among many others. This will follow 2020’s Letter to You and will be Bruce’s second album of covers, after 2006’s We Shall Overcome: The Seeger Sessions.