20,000 Albums for Eidelyn Gonzales: The Age of Adz

By Venus Rittenberg, Editorial Director [Asthmatic Kitty; 2010] Key tracks: “Futile Devices,” “Age of Adz,” and “Impossible Soul” Sufjan Stevens is renowned as one of the greatest songwriters of his generation, and for good reason. Albums like Illinois and Carrie & Lowell demonstrate his incredible ability to craft immaculate chamber and folk music, and contain…

Album Review: Sufjan Stevens – A Beginner’s Mind

By Adrian Woods, Contributor
[Asthmatic Kitty Records; 2021]
Rating: 8/10
Key tracks: “Reach Out”, “Back To Oz”, “You Give Death A Bad Name”
Stevens is one of the biggest indie folk figures of the 2000’s and 2010’s, and he has released some of the most essential pieces of indie folk music within that time. It was a bit of a shock to see him drop his second album of the year, A Beginner’s Mind, just four months after his last album Convocations.

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…