Finding Comfort in a Hopeless Place, a Guide To Xiu Xiu

By Venus Rittenburg, Contributor
Editorial content warning: sexual abuse, self-harm, suicide, depression
Xiu Xiu (pronounced shoo-shoo) is my favorite band. I’m drawn to them for many reasons, but some of those are the same reasons that people find Xiu Xiu polarizing and challenging to listen to. In the wake of their recently announced 15th album, OH NO, I’m here to provide a guide to Xiu Xiu, what I find appealing about them and how to get into them, because with a discography this diverse and wondrous, there’s something for everybody.

Album Review: Lala Lala – The Lamb

By Abby Jeffers, Contributor [Hardly Art; 2018] Rating: 7.5/10 Key Tracks: “Water Over Sex”, “Dove” Chicago-based indie rock band Lala Lala made a strong return with its sophomore album, The Lamb. Following a somewhat caustic debut album, Sleepyhead, in 2016, this second record takes refuge in its vulnerability. Read More: Album Review: Soccer Mommy – Clean…

Album Review: Sufjan Stevens – The Greatest Gift

By Emily DiAlbert, Contributor [Asthmatic Kitty; 2017] Rating: 6/10 Key Tracks: “Wallowa Lake Monster”, “Death With Dignity – Helado Negro Remix”, “Carrie and Lowell – iPhone Demo” Despite its heartbreaking undertone, 2015’s Carrie & Lowell is arguably Sufjan Stevens’ most treasured release to date. The album delves into the dark corners of Stevens’ mind as…

ACRN’s Favorite EPs

With only 28 days (and 29 in each leap year), February seemed like a fitting month to ask our staff about their favorite shortest albums. In other words, we’re talking about our favorite EPs. EPs and demos have the power to make or break careers and complement an artist’s entire discography. Like interludes between acts…