ACRN’s Top 25 Albums of 2018

2018, a compelling year for rising artists from a web of musical trajectories. 1. Noname – Room 25, [Self-released; 2018] By Kwase Lane, Staff Writer Everything that someone could love about Noname’s music is taken to the next level in Room 25. One of the great things about Noname is that she doesn’t wear out…

ACRN’s Top 10 Movies of 2018

1. BlacKkKlansman, [Focus Features; 2018] By Jessica Jones, Staff Writer Set in the 1970s during the middle of the civil rights movement, black police officer Ron Stallworth infiltrates a local chapter of the Ku Klux Klan by posing as a white man. Based on a true story, this film depicts the real-life events of what occurred in…

Album Review: Hippo Campus – Bambi

By Taylor Linzinmeir, Contributor [Grand Jury; 2018] Rating: 8/10 Key Tracks: “Doubt”, “Bubbles”, “Golden” Hippo Campus’s latest album, Bambi, ushers in a new era for the Minnesota indie-rock band. Their goal was to create an album as separate individuals under the name Hippo Campus, instead of just simply making another Hippo Campus record, and they…

Album Review: Hozier – Nina Cried Power

By Taylor Linzinmeir, Contributor [Columbia; 2018] Rating: 7/10 Key Tracks: “Nina Cried Power”, “NFWMB” After years of anticipation, Hozier has gracefully walked out of the shadows and bestowed new music upon the world. After the Irish musician’s rise to U.S. stardom in 2014 following his debut single “Take Me to Church”, a rigorous touring schedule…