Album Review: Explosions In The Sky – The Wilderness

By Van Williams, Contributor [Temporary Resistance; 2016] Rating: 8.5/10 Key Tracks: “Wilderness,” “Logic of a Dream,” “Disintegration Anxiety” A lot of people know Explosions In The Sky as “that one band that did the Friday Night Lights theme song,” which is sad, because they are much, much more than that. Having been around for more than a…

Feature: Jawbreaker’s Dear You vs. 24 Hour Revenge Therapy

When great discography meets an abundance of content, then emerges the question of “Which album is superior?” Almost like clockwork, future releases soon become a platform for debate. A pinnacle example is 90s emo band, Jawbreaker.  Two of ACRN’S own dueled it out between Jawbreaker’s Dear You and 24 Hour Revenge Therapy. Having trouble deciding…

Album Review: Into It. Over It. – Standards

By Van Williams, Contributor [Triple Crown; 2016] Rating: 8.5/10 Key Tracks: “Open Casket,” “No EQ,” “Who You Are Does Not Equal Where You Are” Evan Weiss is no stranger to emo music. He’s built up quite the reputation for himself in the emo revival scene of the 2010s with Into It. Over It., Pet Symmetry and Their/…

Album Review: Brian Fallon – Painkillers

By Van Williams, Contributor [Island; 2016] Rating: 7.5/10 Key Tracks: “A Wonderful Life,” “Smoke” When a frontman of a well established group embarks on a solo career, there is always speculation as to how that artist will fare without the band that has helped back them for however many years. For fans of The Gaslight Anthem,…

Album Review: Sioux Falls – Rot Forever

By Van Williams, Contributor [Broken World; 2016] Rating: 4/5 Key Tracks: “Chain of Lakes,” “San Fransisco Earthquake,” “Crushed” It’s a special thing when a record can take someone to a place they’ve never necessarily been, and Rot Forever by Sioux Falls makes such a task seem effortless. Sioux Falls’s Broken World Media debut is a kind of…

Album Review: Two Inch Astronaut – Personal Life

By Van Williams, Contributor [Exploding In Sound; 2016] Rating: 4.5/5 Key Tracks: “Good Behavior,” “At Risk Student,” “Personal Life” Everyone remembers that first time when they put on a record, and it all just clicks. “This is the record I’ve been wanting to listen to this whole time,” you tell yourself, “I just didn’t know where…

Album Review: Migos – Young Rich Ni$$a$ 2

By Van Williams, Contributor [YRN; 2016] Rating: 3.5/5 Key Tracks: “Commando,” “Hate It Or Love It,” “Chapter 1” Migos began their rise to fame in 2013 after the release of “Versace,” which went viral and reached number 99 on the Billboard 200 chart. After two mixtapes, a full length record, and plenty of media buzz, they are back…

Album Review: Bloc Party – Hymns

By Van Williams, Contributor [BMG; 2016] Rating: 2.5/5 Key Tracks: “The Love Within,” “So Real,” “My True Name” Bloc Party have been putting out quality “indie rock” for the better part of the last 10 years. When they released Silent Alarm in 2005, they were greeted with open arms from the indie rock community. Since then they…

Album Review: Garrett Klahn – Garrett Klahn

By Van Williams, Contributor [Rise; 2016] Rating: 4/5 Key Tracks: “Are We Alright?,” “Motion For Action,” “The River” Music scenes and bands that thrive on cult followings always seem to flicker and fade. Such could be said about ’90s Midwest emo outfit Texas Is The Reason. They put out one EP and one full length…