Battle of the Bands 2022 Q&A: The Laughing Chimes

[Photo courtesy of The Laughing Chimes] By Cody Englander, Contributor The Laughing Chimes are an indie-pop group from southeast Ohio who recently participated in ACRN’s Battle of the Bands at The Union. Within the band, Evan Seurkamp plays the guitar, Quinn Seurkamp plays the drums and Avery Bookman plays the bass. I met with Seurkamp…

Battle of the Bands 2022 Q&A: Top’d Off

[Photo courtesy of Joseph Timmerman] By Sophia Hoffman, Promotions Director Top’d Off, a self-described blues and funk trio from Athens, Ohio, were among the several competitors who played in the 2022 ACRN Battle of the Bands. The band consists of Jake Rickman on guitar, Collin Spens on bass and Ethan Hamilton on drums. I sat…

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eason kicks off the end of spring semester for Ohio University students. Many local bands are on the lineups, showcasing their talent and energy to new crowds weekly.

Battle of the Bands 2021 Q&A: RJ Martin

By Kwase Lane [Photo Courtesy of Bandcamp] Q&A with  RJ Martin How did you feel about your set?  RJ: Easily the best one I’ve played in a while. Not just my playing, I was proud of that, but the crowd, the interactions, all of it. I’ve played a couple of shows at The Union since…

Lobsterfest 2019 Q&A: Machine Girl

By Josh Pettis, Staff Writer Photo by Joey Medlen Q&A with Machine Girl (Matt Stephenson) and Sean Kelly post-Lobsterfest over hashbrowns, coffee and other 2 a.m. breakfast foods. As a fan of some of your earlier works like Gemini and Jet Set Radio Remixes 1, I was really curious what it feels like to move…

Q&A: Machine Girl

By Kiah Easton, Staff Writer [Photo Courtesy of Machine Girl] After only a week off from their mini-tour in Mexico, Machine Girl is back on the road promoting their most ambitious album yet. The Ugly Art combines elements of several genres including house, breakbeat and punk, creating a futuristic, apocalyptic, ear-rupturing experience. After seeing the…

Emo Prom 2019 Q&A: Tweens

By Kwase Lane, Staff Writer [Photo by Joe Medlen] Q&A with guitarist and vocalist Bridget Battle and guitarist Phil Valois of Tweens. So, you guys have been together for a while, right? Bridget: No, not necessarily. I’ve been a part of Tweens since about the latter half of 2012 and I had an initial lineup…

Emo Prom 2019 Q&A: Sneakthief

By Maria Lubanovic, Copy Editor [Photo by Joe Medlen] Q&A with guitarists Nolan Quigley and Daniel Palmer and drummer Joe Fradette of Sneakthief. It’s cool that you are back with us after playing Battle of the Bands. What was that experience like for you, and what is it like to be back for ACRN Prom?…

Album Review: Dominique Larue – I’m Smiling Because I Hate Everything

By Abby Jeffers, Contributor [AU Music; 2018] Rating: 6/10 Key Tracks: “Escape”, “Intro” Returning after months of radio silence, Columbus rapper Dominique Larue’s I’m Smiling Because I Hate Everything, her fourth studio album, functions as a sort of therapy. The album centers around themes of mental illness and Larue’s recovery after a suicide attempt and…