ACRN’s Top 25 Albums of 2017

Tremendous year. 25 albums. The votes are in–here we go! 1. Kendrick Lamar – DAMN., [Interscope / TDE; 2017] By Jon Fuchs, Music Director DAMN. is only further proof that Kendrick Lamar is one of the greatest rappers of our generation. Instead of creating another concept record like good kid, m.A.Ad. city or To Pimp a Butterfly,…

Album Review: Xiu Xiu – FORGET

By Tanner Bidish, Staff Writer [Polyvinyl; 2017] Rating: 8/10 Key Tracks: “Wondering”, “Petite”, “Faith, Torn Apart” The experimental rock discography of Xiu Xiu has accumulated into quite a catalog. From goth-pop works like Dear God I Hate Myself and Always, to cover albums like Nina and last year’s Plays the Music of Twin Peaks, the group…

What We’re Playing – Week of 2/20/17

Hey all you Rock Lobsters!!! Another week, another bunch of great albums that have just been added to ACRN’s rotation! Xiu Xiu – FORGET Back with their follow-up to last year’s incredible Plays the Music of Twin Peaks, experimental legends Xiu Xiu give us a brand new record filled with their strange, dreamy sound that…

Album Review: Xiu Xiu – Plays The Music Of Twin Peaks

By Devon Hannan, Features Editor [Polyvinyl; 2016] Rating: 8/10 Key Tracks: “Laura Palmer’s Theme,” “Sycamore Trees,” “Falling” It’s safe to say that David Lynch’s Twin Peaks is a television series that has it all: a jarring storyline, admirable characters with impeccable fashion, and a captivating soundtrack. In fact, the critically acclaimed original soundtrack by Angelo Badalamenti could very well…

Track Review: Xiu Xiu – Falling

By Jonathan Fuchs, Copy Editor [Polyvinyl; 2016] Rating: 8/10 Art-pop band Xiu Xiu is not new to putting their strange sounds into others’ work. In late 2013, it released Nina, an experimental album that saw them tackle jazz to cover some of Nina Simone’s discography. On Record Store Day 2016, the band will release Plays the Music…