• The Besnard Lakes Are A Mystical World of Their Own: An Interview with Olga Goreas

      What began as the band’s namesake and getaway for inspiration, The Besnard Lakes’ yearly retreat to their cabin at Besnard Lake in rural Saskatchewan was nearly compromised after a ring of fire surrounded it for several days last year. Perhaps the realization of the ephemerality of things near and dear to the band helped to further enhance their expanded soundscapes and soaring psychedelia in their fifth album, A Coliseum Complex Museum, to be released tomorrow on JagJaguwar. I was more than happy to have the opportunity to interview bassist and vocalist Olga Goreas about the band’s upcoming album, the supernatural influences surrounding their music and visuals, and where the…

  • Jon Benjamin: Jazz Daredevil

    Comedian and actor Jon Benjamin, notably known for his voice as Bob in Bob’s Burgers and Archer from Archer, spent three hours in the studio to record a jazz album, Well, I Should Have…. Best part?  He has no idea how to play the piano. “I’m not a huge fan of jazz—never was,” Benjamin states about his new record. “And that’s why I thought it would be funny to make a jazz album.”   [embedyt]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JuKJkghC2u0[/embedyt] Jon Benjamin – Well, I Should Have…   Some may love Benjamin’s bold undertaking at making a record with a genre he’s unfamiliar with, others may loathe the fact. “Most would call this reckless. I…

  • Album Sneak Peak: Fuzz’s II

      Fuzz, consisting of powerhouse trio Ty Segall (drums, vocals), Charles Moothart (guitar, vocals), and Chad Ubovich (bass, vocals), has announced their upcoming double album release for II, due on October 23rd via In the Red. Infusing sludge, metal, and garage-punk, Fuzz seeks to combine forces of varying genres to assimilate something both powerfully controlled as well as brutally destructive. They’ve shared two singles off their upcoming album for “Rat Race” and “Pollinate”, and you can receive instant gratification downloads for these two tracks when pre-ordering their album at iTunes.   [embedyt]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ou-72_Ya5Ec&feature=youtu.be[/embedyt] “Rat Race”   [embedyt]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SDHXR2B9rEM&feature=youtu.be[/embedyt] “Pollinate”   Fuzz will also be touring North America and Europe this fall. Check…

  • The Aurian Haller Band’s House of Words Is Poetry and Music Perfectly Aligned

      The Aurian Haller Band successfully sprawls across the genre-scape; from indie-folk to country-twang to experimental jazz, this quartet ignites aural sparks in their new album released earlier this month, House of Words. The band merges together poetic songwriting with instrumental coordination into a well crafted package, displaying their folk melodies which ring reminiscent of Leonard Cohen. Based out of Quebec City, frontman Aurian Haller is no stranger to pen and paper, having won multiple awards for his books on poetry in the last recent years. While there are occasional lulls interspersed throughout the album and tracks that may be marked as simply “easy listening”, as a whole the album…

  • Unknown Mortal Orchestra’s “Multi-Love” Review

      Before this album I couldn’t really tell if Unknown Mortal Orchestra was stuck in the past or if they were way ahead of their time. Suffice to say I am no longer confused, Unknown Mortal Orchestra are aliens sent from the future to save music.  Their self-titled album is a lo-fi masterpiece and II is groovier than Austin Powers, but I wanted them to move in a different direction after II. Multi-Love blew away all my expectations.  It expands on the funkiness they established in their last album and creates a fluorescent, neo-pop-psych-rock sound that really just fucking transcends all genres of music that have ever existed. It’s pop…

  • Get To Know Them: Olivver

    Since starting his solo career, Bryan Sammis has been busy creating unique, soulful, and hauntingly beautiful music under the artist name Olivver.  He recently released his first music video for the song “Lucy (Hurt People Hurt People),” and we had the chance to talk to him about his music, his creative process, his new clothing company, and of course, pizza.   ANON: After you and The Neighbourhood parted ways, did you immediately jump into your solo work or was there a period of rest and catching up? Olivver: I took a couple days to reflect and to weigh my options and figure out what I really wanted to do with…

  • Get To Know Them: Naomi Punk

    Naomi Punk’s music is simple but crazy, it’s both light and heavy on your ears, and it represents what the Seattle and Olympia areas are morphing into. As they prepare to release their second studio album Television Man, I had the chance to speak to them about their new work, their hometown, their art, and of course, pizza.   ANON: When you were recording The Feeling you didn’t have a lot of recording time or space. How did recording Television Man differ, and did it change the sound of the final product? Naomi Punk: Well actually, we did have a lot of time to work on The Feeling, we worked…

  • Wildcat Apollo Presents: KC Zombie

    Fresh off the road from 2014’s Vans Warped Tour after winning Best Rock Song for The John Lennon Songwriting Contest, Wildcat Apollo certainly has a promising future ahead of them. Members Alex Margolin, Cat Tassini, and brothers Aaron and Taylor Eichensee made their way to Austin, Texas in 2013 to record their debut, self-titled album, which was released in October of last year. The band relocated permanently to the city in early 2014. “KC Zombie” is a wonderful mix of dreamy, psychedelic-pop infused with luscious spanning scenes of vintage models and decor. What starts as a glimpse into a fantasy world between four walls spirals into a horrific nightmare, all…

  • Ty Segall Presents: Manipulator

    THE SEGALL HAS LANDED. And it’s fully loaded with everything that Ty Segall (and you and me) are gonna need in the world to come. Sticking his hand deeper into the machines all around him, Ty is reaching ever further to the outer limits of inner space orbited throughout Twins and Sleeper. And now more than ever, the chunks of the world that come before are like asteroids formed in his image, picking up speed. Still fighting the power with all the energy that a determined mind-patriot can conjure, Ty’s a fighter who loves, a surfer, a spaceman, and yeah, a casualty – like you, he’ll never be free. But unlike you, he knows it…

  • Mixtape Monday: One Time For Ya’ Mind

    Mixtape Monday: One Time For Ya’ Mind from anonmagazine on 8tracks Radio. Lymbyc System – Truth Skull The Album Leaf – Twenty Two Fourteen Dimlite – Oh Star… Explosions In The Sky – Home Decoder Ring – Rough Sex Thomas Newman – Any Other Name My Dad Vs. Yours – Tanz Mit Uno Tommy Guerro – Years of the Monkey

  • Prides Presents: The Seeds You Sow

    Innovative and infectious synthpop trio, Prides, will release “The Seeds You Sow” 7″ and digital single on March 18 in the U.S. The band just released a new video for “The Seeds You Sow,” which is available to post and share via YouTube. Earlier this month, The Line Of Best Fit premiered the track, which is also available to stream via SoundCloud. Prides just announced a spring tour that will include performances at the SXSW Music Festival as well as major U.S. cities, including New York, Philadelphia, Boston, and Washington, D.C.  The Glasgow based band of three, Prides, formed in 2013 out of the ashes of several local bands. They premiered on the internet last summer with their track “Out of…

  • Baths Album Review: Obsidian

    If you’ve ever been to SXSW, you know the hell that your feet endure. You walk downtown Austin hurriedly to get to the venue where one of your favorite acts is performing. Then, depending on the venue, you wait in line for a damned long period of time.  You know, venues like Stubb’s BBQ , Emo’s East, and The Mohawk. That said, I was lucky enough to find my way into The Mohawk two days in a row to catch some captivating performances.  The Thermals frontman Hutch Harris hopped off the stage to exchange shoulder-to-shoulder love with the crowd in the pit. I witnessed rising British electronic duo Disclosure perform…

  • The Terror: A New Chapter For The Flaming Lips

    Last month I got to see The Flaming Lips during SXSW in Austin. Being a Lips live show veteran, I ventured to Auditorium Shores expecting balloons, confetti, big-ass hands, lasers, or maybe Wayne riding the big hamster ball on top of the crowd, but instead I received “The Terror”. After being told that we were the biggest crowd in SXSW history, Wayne began to drape long plastic tubes over his body and then strapped a creepy, life-like baby to his left arm. Wayne proceeded to explain to the crowd that they were going to hear and see something new, for the first time, before anyone else, “So if we fuck…

  • Album Analyst: Comedown Machine

    When I think of The Strokes, who are the original kings of alternative rock, the difference between them and most other bands is in the legacy that they have created for themselves, and in the near cult following they have amassed. Their music can be described as a journey, a progression as the band explores new sound from album to album. While most fans worship the band that debuted “Is This Ist,” and await the triumphant return to that sound like the second coming of Christ, time and time again they insist on pushing their music to places they’ve never been before. “Comedown Machine” continues that legacy, and ushers in…

  • Indie Radar – SKATERS

    Quite possibly the greatest thing out of the New York scene since The Strokes, SKATERS capture an addictive, garage-pop sound that fuses elements of punk and indie dreaminess into a glorious combination of sounds. These sounds cannot simply be categorized into just one genre of music. I fell in love with this band during my adventure at SXSW, galavanting about the streets of Austin in search of new music. My journey took me to the Local Natives set at The Mohawk, and, there on the set list, a humble band named SKATERS from New York City. The show really blew me away. The Lead singer, Michael Cummings, swaggered out onto…

  • Indie Radar – Le Trouble

    When it comes to indie music, there are some things that the listener can come to expect. Whether it’s indie-rock or folk, there is a status-quo to music, and a comfortable boundary of tried and not-tried. In many ways, when I hear a new band, I find myself cataloging their sound in my mind, comparing them to the sound of both new and old bands alike. The first time I heard Le Trouble’s daring work, I was stumped. I couldn’t really think of anything that sounded quite like it. There’s just something different, and I can’t quite put my finger on it. The result of a Quebec born guitarist/songwriter and…

  • Tame Impala – Lonerism

    The first time I heard Tame Impala’s debut album, Innerspeaker, I couldn’t believe that they were from this decade. The Australian outfit has managed to resurrect the psychedelic rock of the 60s and 70s, and forge it with the emerging indie-rock genre of our time. Along with this, they have created something truly magical. The sound is something truly unique; sounding much like the bastard child of Pink Floyd and Cream, with dirty, fuzzy, fat guitar tones that I think would even make Jimi Hendrix proud. In October of last year, with the release of Lonerism, Tame Impala has rocketed into a future in the limelight of independent rock. When…

  • The “DRIVE” Soundtrack Is Musical Genius

    Okay, so let me start off by saying how great is the movie  Drive? I was under the impression, before I saw the film, that Ryan Gosling was just another sissy pretty-boy. Maybe I only had that opinion because I watched half of “The Notebook,” but I was completely wrong. That dude is… well, a badass; and the movie is nothing short of phenomenal. The screenplay, the writing, and the acting are all award-worthy, in my opinion. What I really want to call attention to, however, is the soundtrack. A soundtrack, in a lot of ways, can end up making or breaking a movie; and in Drive, Cliff Martinez has…

  • Indie Radar – Fitz & The Tantrums

    So, here at ANON, we’re going to be doing a weekly blog about up and coming artists, or artists that deserve a shout out for the amazing music that they create. We are doing this just to spread the word and hopefully create a few more fans if we can. If you have any recommendations or a band of your own that you think we should write about, leave a comment, and we’ll get around to it! Kicking off the first ever weekly Indie Radar is Fitz & The Tantrums, a six piece outfit from Los Angeles that has managed to create the most groovy blend of indie pop and…

  • Tall Ships: Everything Touching (Review)

      Tall Ships – Everything Touching: Hailing from the UK, the math rock outfit Tall Ships finally released their debut album Everything Touching last October after teasing us all with a couple EPs over the past couple of years, and they have not disappointed, with a piece of art truly unique. Their sound is commonly referred to as math rock, or melodic hardcore, reminiscent of their fellow Big Scary Monsters label artist Minus the Bear, but I’m not so convinced. The beginning two or three tracks stick to math rock basics, ironic enough as the title of the song “T=0” is in essence an equation, with a quick pace and…

  • FOX & FAIR: A New Musical Duo

    FOX & FAIR: A New Musical Duo It’s not very often that you come across people in the state of Texas who are not only passionate about the Indie music genre, but can also write and produce it in an eloquent form. Recently, I came across “Fox & Fair,” a male and female duo who have just begun their journey that will inevitably be a long and successful musical career. Kait Schwartzbeck & Matt Kelly, both upperclassmen at Texas A&M University (of all places, right?) have released a 6 song demo album, and are currently marketing it through Noise Trade until they receive the funds to professionally record and market…