• Damn Fine Music Fest: A Celebration of Twin Peaks at Cheer Up Charlies

      Welcome to the town of Twin Peaks, director David Lynch’s fascinating and surreal TV show spanning three seasons over the last 28 years. Incorporating eerie and haunting visuals, a moody score by Angelo Badalamenti and a cast of intriguing characters, there’s no doubt that there’s plenty to reflect on and plot points that leave more questions remaining unanswered. With a fanbase spread worldwide and a multitude of themed parties taking place last year for the highly anticipated arrival of the new season, 22 Austin TX based musicians teamed up to form five “supergroups” and create an original half hour score based on five characters from Twin Peaks. With no…

  • Borzoi’s “Big Pink”

    Bandcamp || Facebook || Instagram   In today’s bombardment of social media and endless clicking and scrolling, creativity often gets lost amidst the mass of noise, apparently missing its mark if it’s not promoted while it’s hot. Following up to last year’s Surrender The Farm EP, Austin’s punk trio Borzoi’s upcoming full length, A Prayer for War, contains eleven tracks written during 2015-2016 without the slightest loss of momentum or inventive nature. On top of writing and rehearsing together during this period, members Rhys Woodruff (drums/vocals), Zachary Wood (guitar/vocals) and Taylor Browne (bass) were finishing up studies, working on various music projects and on the road touring. A Prayer for War…

  • Lake of Fire Music Video Premiere: Crater

    Bandcamp || Facebook || Instagram   Delving deep into experimental territory with rock and psych influences, Austin’s very own Lake of Fire have crafted an amalgam of sounds into one solid debut LP, Crater, released today on Fishbum Records. Their official video (citing the same title as their LP) was shot in Texas’ expansive landscape during a recent trip to the Marfa Myths Music Festival. Their visuals for “Crater” come inspired by the track’s conjuring of directors Jodorowsky and Sergio Leone, juxtaposing Marfa’s endless skies and vast freedom with stifling, intense heat and shallow graves. The band’s layered and enveloping swarm of pulsing instrumentals combined with Potter and Madrid’s soaring…

  • Band Preview: LOMA

    Photo: Bryan C. Parker   Having toured together back in 2016, Loma is the result of the unusual music chemistry between indie-rock band Shearwater and post-rock band Cross Record. While Shearwater’s Jonathan Meiburg is known for more of an expressive, whirling vocal style, accompanied by heavy synth and chord progressions, Cross Record’s Emily Cross is known for using her whispering/hushed vocals to glide over minimal melodies and fellow Cross Record’s bandmate, Dan Duszynski’s, eerie instrumentals–however, when the musicians’ strengths and styles are combined, what occurs is a vulnerable, emotionally-packed dream-pop ride. The band just released their self-titled debut album through Sub Pop in February and it’s a compilation of dreamlike,…

  • Lou Rebecca’s “Tonight”

      Simultaneously an emblem of the past and a curtain drawn open towards the future, Lou Rebecca’s uncanny pop sensibilities are a powerhouse to be reckoned with. With her delicate, silky voice enticing you in both English and her native French, Lou’s inherent knack for captivating performances and choreography have immediately won over audiences in the synth scene for the last several years. Released last week on Austin, Texas’ Holodeck Records, Lou’s long awaited self-titled debut encompasses infectious pop-ballads and dreamy dance anthems to conjure the romantic in all of us. Her self-directed music video for the first track off her EP, “Tonight”, stars both Lou and Ramesh Srivastava (frontman…

  • Hyperreal Film Club VHS Zine Release Party

    Website || Instagram || Facebook   Keeping the DIY scene thriving in Austin, Texas, collective Hyperreal Film Club prides itself on embracing more than just the film medium. Immersing themselves in art installations, electronic music, experimental collage, and tearing apart constraints on structures and expectations of art, founders David McMichael, Jenni Kaye and Tanner Hadfield jump full-force into diverse forms of media. Successfully producing fashion shows, re-scores of films, benefit events, and live art installations, Hyperreal Film Club is bubbling with immersive and passionate ideas, taking their audience out of the realm of preconceived notions of what art is supposed to be.   For those of you in Austin, Texas,…

  • Walter TV || Glaze || Loafer

    Photography & Words: Taylor Wallace Venue: Mohawk, Austin TX   It can be hard to open a show on a Monday night, but Loafer (Austin, TX) didn’t have any trouble. They’re a three piece with tight bass, wonderfully nasty guitar, and a singing drummer. The guitar tones and style were reminiscent of the late Christopher Reimer from the band Women and the vocals were full of honest energy. Most of all, they looked like they were having fun.     The Glazers (Austin, TX) brought their A game to this show, as they always do. Stephen, Austin, and Jake seemed a little subdued before the set, but as soon as…

  • Brilliant Beast

    Photography & Words: Taylor Wallace Venue: Cheer Up Charlies, Austin TX   All the way from Minneapolis, Minnesota, Brilliant Beast showed everyone at Cheer Up Charlies (Austin, TX) what a tight shoegaze band sounds like. People immediately gathered shoulder to shoulder around the stage when the band got started. Their sound was so big and their tones were so thick, it was impossible to ignore them. On stage not even the Texas heat could keep the band from rocking and rolling. They were all super friendly and happy to play their songs for some fresh ears. If you find yourself in Minneapolis look them up!          …

  • Live at The Mohawk: of Montreal Review

      Writer: Troy Gonzales ( Instagram ) Photographer: Raphael Umscheid ( Instagram )   It was a deliciously cool Thursday night in Austin and the devoted gathered at the Mohawk once again for the return of of Montreal and its psychedelic glam rock/electronic dance party. The opening band Christina Schneider’s Jepeto Solutions from New York City proved the perfect appetizer for the night’s headliners; the dynamic juxtaposition of Ms. Schneider’s folkish vocal delivery and Quentin Moore’s frenzied guitar work marks them as band to keep an eye on in the future. While the release of each new of Montreal album, with their kaleidoscope of changing musical styles, allows the listener…

  • Taking Over with Fashion Photographer Nina Hawkins!

    Photography by Nina Hawkins Hey! I’m Nina Hawkins, an Austin-based Russian-Vietnamese image-maker. My first date with fashion was in Moscow over 10 years ago, where I started as a model. I’ve been in love with imagery ever since, learning from Russia’s top professionals while progressing into my own path, creating still and moving images for publications across the globe such as Elle Vietnam, HUF USA, Kaltblut Germany, Creem Magazine and others. In my art & commercial work I always seek to reveal an edge and a quirk, trying to think outside of the box and be attentive to every detail. I like to cast sharp, unconventional, and androgynous faces. For personal style think Rick Owens marrying Y-3 and adopting…

  • Show Review: Angel Olsen at The Mohawk

    Photography by Ismael Quintanilla III   This past Tuesday we managed to pull some strings in order to see the (second) sold out Angel Olsen show at the Mohawk in Austin, Texas. Everybody’s been gushing about her latest album, My Woman, as well as her live performances, so naturally we had to see what all of the buzz was about. What we experienced was honestly something like no other – a truly impeccable  live performance. No pre-recordings, no added effects, just pure talent.   Would it be cliché to call Angel Olsen the songbird of our generation? Maybe, but maybe not. Her voice was like the lovechild of Gwen Stefani and Loretta Lynn, a sweet mixture you…

  • Cold Cave and Drab Majesty: Live Show Review at Barracuda

    Photography: Raphael Umscheid Words: Trish Connelly   February 3rd marked a highly anticipated end to the work week with Drab Majesty and Cold Cave’s joint sold out show at Barracuda. Owing greater familiarity to Drab Majesty after several attendances at his previous Austin shows at Cheer Up Charlies (as well as his most recent album, The Demonstration, in heavy rotation these last couple weeks), Cold Cave struck unfamiliar personal territory that I reveled in exploring leading up to the show. Arriving in time to stake out a good spot near the front of the downtown venue with Drab Majesty’s statues of lions and Apollo already propped onstage, the duo came…

  • Mixtape Monday: The Free Week Edition

      It’s that wonderful time of the year in Austin, TX — rather than hibernating at home, Red River cultural district encourages all of us to come out to celebrate the immense local musical talent we have in our city. By omitting cover, venues like The Mohawk, Cheer Up Charlies, Beerland, Swan Dive and many more pack a punch with solid lineups happening every evening this week. Take a look at what venues have to offer Monday through Sunday night!   Monday, January 2nd The Two Lips, Poly Action, Sidechick at Barracuda (611 E. 7th St.) // RSVP GTZ Records Presents Casual Strangers, Palm Daze, BLXPLTN, Corduroi, Botany, Shmu, Missions,…

  • Shopping Local This Holiday Season

    With Christmas and New Years right around the corner, the staff at ANON Magazine wanted to highlight our top choices for keeping it local this holiday season. Helping our Austin, TX economy and shops to thrive helps keep our community alive, paves the way for more jobs in the city, reduces environmental waste and keeps our community unique! Plus there’s so much ATX has to offer whether you’re buying for your parents, your bestie, your significant other, or a coworker/acquaintance. Take a look at some of our favorite spots in town:     Blue Velvet Vintage – Located on the North Loop strip, sandwiched in between Epoch Coffee and Breakaway Records…

  • Seed In My Ear: Holy Wave Tour Documentary from Backdive

      Combining their love of music and film, Rachel Kichler and Willi Patton created Backdive as a platform to showcase their collaborative documentary work. Inspired by Fugazi’s film The Instrument, Kichler and Patton wanted to encompass ATX-based band Holy Wave’s spirit for living in the moment rather than a perspective of the past. Initially the duo anticipated the band to take the footage for their short documentary, Seed In My Ear, while on the road and later Kichler and Patton would work on editing the film, but instead Backdive decided to embark on tour to Europe and eventually the west coast with the band. What became a last minute road…

  • Artwork by Zoë Trautz

    Artist: Zoë Trautz ( Instagram ) Austin, Texas based artist Zoë Trautz works at a non-profit organization where she feeds parrots and continues to make surreal and biology-based illustrations on the side. She channels her visions and artwork from her background education in biology and psychology and her experience with mental illness. Her influences stem from John Wesley, Jim Woodring and Salvador Dali. Her work earlier this year and much of her recent work portrays body horror and transformation, often in a subtle yet gripping way.                      

  • Where Are Your Friends: BUHU’s “Youth Is Breaking” Music Video

    Bandcamp || Facebook || Instagram || Twitter   Growing up and merging into adulthood can take on a vast array of forms, which tends to reach a breaking point when we cling onto the last fraying threads of excess and self-indulgence for as long as we can rather than maturing and taking responsibility for our actions and their consequences. Austin, Texas’ art-rock band Buhu sifts through the haze and the bullshit with their new music video for “Youth is Breaking” off their 2016 album, Relationshapes. Their latest single poses complexities to each individual depicted in the video, not content with displaying to their audience a simple black and white presentation,…

  • Romance in the 21st Century: An Interview with Mannequin Pussy

    Photo by Scott Troya While many of us may never be able to quite articulate the vast nature and force of relationships, Philadelphia based punk band Mannequin Pussy succeed in encompassing the full spectrum of emotions that human connections draw forth within us in their fittingly-titled album, Romantic. With each song ringing in at under three minutes, Romantic is simultaneously jarring, introspective, and playful. Growing from a two-piece to a quartet, the band broaches perspectives in their songs that aren’t simply summed up in a black and white manner; with title tracks like “Everything” and “Anything” Mannequin Pussy aims to explore the ambiguous and intangible without being tightly constrained in…

  • Mixtape Monday: Team Love Records Takeover

      Embracing a carefully crafted roster of acts, Team Love Records remains continuously passionate for showcasing groundbreaking musicians and carving a physical space for music and art in an increasingly cyber world. Founded by Nate Krenkel and Conor Oberst in 2003, Team Love Records has since expanded into a tightly knit crew including staff members Rebecca, Matt and Autumn. The record label’s formation was ignited by Oberst’s frustrations at not being able to spotlight upcoming talent quickly enough on Saddle Creek Records, where his own Bright Eyes’ albums were released. Team Love’s first release was on June 22nd, 2004 with Tilly and the Wall’s album, Wild Like Children, followed by…

  • Nickelodeon’s The Orange Years: Not Just Another History Documentary

      For those of us growing up as kids in the 80’s and 90’s, the mention of Nickelodeon brings back a flood of nostalgic memories, from tuning in past our bedtimes to gleefully indulge in SNICK’s late night shows, to having Clarissa explain life’s daily and confusing intricacies to immersing ourselves in Rocko and Heffer’s surreal world. But how did the rise and triumph of this network come to be? For a network that succeeded in touching so many generations and individuals, filmmakers’ Adam Sweeney and Scott Barber aim to explore and dig deep into the heart of Nickelodeon with interviews and stories straight from the mouths of those who…

  • Luscious Heaven with All in the Golden Afternoon

    Comprised of artistic wife and husband Rachel Staggs and Carlos Jackson, All in the Golden Afternoon are one of Austin, Texas’ musical powerhouse gems. With Staggs having played in Experimental Aircraft in the late 90’s for a decade and the duo having shared the stage with Beach House, Animal Collective and Spectrum, All in the Golden Afternoon have been steadily gaining momentum in Austin’s music scene and beyond. The band is set to release their LP, The Fog is Filled with Spirits on October 18th with a celebratory record release party taking place tomorrow night at Cheer Up Charlies. We got to chat with the band about their upcoming release,…

  • Mixtape Monday: Tracks In Your Town

      Golden Graves – Trash Foreign Mothers – I’m Sorry If I Just Blew Your Mind But, Please Clean Up the Mess Planet Manhood – Cruise Tele Novella – Even Steven Rei Clone – Dreaming of Nagato Molly Burch – Downhearted Rose Sélavy – Content American Vodka – Violet  

  • Heaven or Hotel Vegas with Death Valley Girls

      Death Valley Girls came to fruition in 2013 after frontwoman Bonnie Bloomgarden and guitarist Larry Schemel created their otherworldly vision of surfy doom rock, complete with astral visions that stemmed from Bloomgarden’s prior time spent at a mental institution and reading about alien conspiracy theories. Now a quartet, the band released their sophomore album Glow in the Dark in June of this year and have taken their hometown of Los Angeles by storm. Bloomgarden fervently stands by likens being in a band to being in a gang — “it’s a collective and we are all psychically linked and thus would defend each others’ honor ’til the death,” she states. Death…

  • Blondi’s Salvation US Tour Documentary

      Back on April 28th,  Blondi’s Salvation (based in Nantes, France) arrived in Austin, Texas to begin their first US tour with LEVITATION Fest, which earlier that day was sadly canceled. With courage in their hearts and a drive to share music with our country, they pressed on and played many shows around the United States. Accompanied by Axel Vanlerberghe, who documented all of their adventures through photos and video, they captured a very unique glance at the strange American ways of today. Here is a short documentary of the French medieval psychedelic band’s misadventures through the states.   [embedyt] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N8s29OHzawU[/embedyt] Website || Facebook || Instagram   Be sure to…

  • Artists On Our Radar: Alayna Kingston

    Alayna Kingston is a student & photographer from Austin, TX. Instagram –  –  –  –  –  –  –  –  – ANON: How would you describe your photography? Alayna: I’ve always considered my pictures candids of people I’ve cared about. It wasn’t really done for anyone else. It was for me by me to remember. Because when I look at the pictures, I forget about if we’re even friends anymore; I’m just happy to know that moment in time existed and I was able to capture that. Alayna: I hope my photography is similar to Stefan Ruiz’s in that it is an active participation and not just a stolen moment. –  –  –  –…

  • Tele Novella Takeover!

      Tele Novella is an inspired macabre-pop band out of Austin, TX. They are dreamy, they are spooky, and they write real fucking songs. While one may detect the influence of the nocturnal jungles of Os Mutantes or the lapelled, knee-socked smarts of Belle and Sebastian, they have cobbled together a special kind of mineral all their own worth making room on the Table of Elements for. Earnest, yet sinister; Vampy, but sentimental. The precise recipe that goes into this concoction cannot be revealed, but it is a delightful snow globe of warm, colorful darkness. In 2014, they won a contest for free recording time at Dub Narcotic Studios in…

  • Sailor Poon’s Yeast Pigeon 7″ Release

      For those of you looking to get into some trouble pre-weekend, Sailor Poon is bringing you a party to end all parties tomorrow night at The Museum of Human Achievement in Austin, TX. The all-girl punk/garage-rock posse are releasing their latest 7″, recorded by Travis Beall at Sweetheart Studios in Austin, TX. Featuring a trio of raw-fueled and assertive tracks with titles like “On the Rag” and “Something Smells”, Sailor Poon doesn’t shy away from themes deemed crude and instead serves it up like it is, no holds barred. Ranging from penetrating screams to gravelly vocals, Sailor Poon spits out lyrics that compels the listener’s full attention, interspersed with…

  • Artists On Our Radar: Zoë Trautz

       Artist: Zoë Trautz ( Instagram ) I’m a self-taught artist living in Austin, Texas. I have a biology degree and I work part time at a nonprofit where I feed parrots, and part time on all the drawings that I make for free and show no one. My work is informed by my education in biology and psychology, and my experience with mental illness. I’m inspired by surrealism, outsider art, biological illustrations, hallucinations and human faces. Some artists I like are John Wesley, Jim Woodring & Salvador Dali.                   

  • The Ghost in the Studio

    Photographer: Raphael Umscheid ( Instagram ) Model:  Kaitlyn Elizabeth Wardrobe Stylist: Kalea Renee Hair and Makeup: Kate Kubala ( Instagram ) Raphael Umscheid is a multimedia artist living in Austin, TX. His interests lie in human interactions with the natural world and the creative drive. His latest focus has been working on music videos.              

  • Technicolor Hearts’ “Would You Come Back to Me?”

      Austin presents a warm home to creative electric dream-pop darlings Technicolor Hearts. Comprised of songwriter and vocalist Naomi Cherie and multi-instrumentalist Joseph Salazar, Technicolor Hearts knows how to weave soaring soundscapes and dazzling imagery into their music videos, as shown in their most recent “Would You Come Back to Me?”. Their video has a psychedelic 70’s feel to it, warping imagery and neon colors together in a blended and dazzling affair. The lyrics are subtle, with the main spotlight being on Cherie’s delicate and ethereal vocals and Salazar’s guitar solo intensifying the track mid-way through. Completing the video within a single night, the duo went for a more artistic…

  • SXSW Photography By Nathan Edge

    ACID DAD Swan Dive         Birdcloud Swan Dive         Christian Bland and the Revelators Barracuda       Ghostface Killah 800 Congress       Greenbeard Swan Dive       MSTRKRFT McDonald’s Loft       Pearl Charles Valhalla and Barracuda       Pure Bathing Culture Swan Dive       Purple Swan Dive, Volstead, and Docs on Congress       Sailor Poon Swan Dive       The Blind Pets Sledgehammer       Wolfmother Auditorium Shores      

  • Music Video Premiere: River Jones’ “Radio Waves”

      Austin, Texas’ very own River Jones has a knack of pleasantly surprising us every now and then with his incredibly unique and personal solo project after periods of pensively working hard at his craft. Contrary to his previous work we’ve featured, Jones’ music video for “Radio Waves” is a more spirited and optimistic track, perfectly suited for imminent spring days. Directed by River Jones and Sarah Mullinnix, “Radio Waves” uses overlapping images and kaleidoscopic color schemes, capturing a dream-like state of dizzying forms and bold lyrics popping in front of your eyes. Jones gravitates towards the past, referring back to prior memories of love and describing the object of…

  • Mixtape Monday: Tracks In Your Town

      Bitter Days – River Jones Ideal Man (demo) – The Sister Rays Fight – Otis the Destroyer Pastures – Honey and Salt Pinprick Eyes – Ask For Joy Don’t Let Me Tear Us Apart – Red Comet 3 Phosphorescent Sands – No Mind Lay Low – Surly Gates  

  • An Evening with Low at The Parish

    Words by: Trish Connelly Photography: Raphael Umscheid   Despite my belated discovery of Low’s music, their album Things We Lost in the Fire defined a significant portion of my college years. More often than not I’d put “Sunflower” and “Dinosaur Act” on repeat, the soundtrack to my solitary Sunday nights. This past Tuesday, I found myself front and center for their An Evening With show at The Parish in Austin, Texas. A hush ran through the crowd as soon as they graced the stage, guitarist and vocalist Sparhawk’s voice blending effortlessly and magnificently with drummer Mimi Parker’s falsetto. Throughout the first half of their set the band played audience favorites…

  • Band Spotlight: Common Velvet

    Photo by Candice Quarnstrom   In light of the growing trend of psychedelic and electronic music, Austin-based band Common Velvet veers off in their own psych-pop filled path, creating infectious gems complete with silky vocals courtesy of front-woman Lauren Sanders. Sanders wrote and recorded demos before fully forming the band, now consisting of Andrew Orsak on guitar, Dane Edwards on bass, Andrew Alter on drums and Mathew Antony on keys. Their newest track, “It Was Your Idea, Not Mine”, was recorded in Austin, Texas by Allie Lingren and mixed in Fort Worth by Curtis Heath. “It Was Your Idea, Not Mine” is a perfect piece to turn up on your…

  • ANON Magazine and Ghostspace Records Present: Red Comet 3 Cassette Release Party at Cheer Up Charlies

        ANON Magazine and Ghostspace Records are proud to present Red Comet 3’s Cassette Tape Release Party at Cheer Up Charlies in Austin, Texas tomorrow night! Including elements of retro electronic and psychedelia, Red Comet 3‘s been hard at work for “Hexagon Computer Vision Technologies” release. Guaranteed to transport you to otherworldly realms and get your body groovin’, his 12-track album (including bonus track Pisces) is an aural masterpiece set to stunning live visuals. You can purchase the cassette at the release party or pre-order it here. Joining the lineup will be psychedelic rock tunes from New Fumes, electro-pop jams from Ghost of Electricity, experimental beats from Pilgrimess, and…

  • Mixtape Monday: FREE WEEK In Austin!

      Turning – Grivo Boy’s Club – Critical Dad It’s My Way of Staying Connected – She Sir Under the Continental Divide – Carl Sagan’s Skate Shoes This Isn’t Easy to Say – Kingdom of Suicide Lovers Pretty Little Pig – Popper Burns Weak Knees – Alex Napping Mistakes – KNIFIGHT Black Crayon – Christian Bland and the Revelators Call It, For Real – Bali Yaaah Mene Mene Tekel Upharsin – Lord Buffalo Stare at the Sun – Ringo Deathstarr I’m Eating Bamboo – Honey and Salt Just About Due – Flesh Lights     Monday, January 4th Rose Sélavy, Pale Dīan, Shmu, Grivo – Cheer Up Charlies   Tuesday,…

  • Divine Dreamscapes: Pale Dīan

      Harnessing the surrealism of David Lynch and the soprano of Cocteau Twins’ Elizabeth Fraser, Pale Dīan certainly evokes a transcendental experience when it comes to their aesthetic and live performance. Initially forming in Dallas, Texas, guitarist Derek Kutzer and vocalist Ruth Smith established new ground in Austin this past summer, as well as a new bassist, Nicolas Volpe. The band also changed their name from Blackstone Rangers to Pale Dīan (‘pale moon’), eliciting dream-like qualities which further helped to solidify their image and sound. Pale Dīan’s textured guitar, lush vocals, and ethereal deliverance have earned them joint touring bills with the likes of Tender Age, Drab Majesty, Them Are…

  • Mixtape Monday: Tracks In Your Town

      Mid Night – The Fibs Under the Overpass – The Early Stages East Side Love – Muff Early June – Jared Leibowich Snow Silence – The Diamond Center Lovers Don’t Wear Gold – This Cold Night You’re the Only One (Demo) – Common Velvet Trash – Golden Graves  

  • Shana Falana Takeover!

        Spanning across the last twenty years, Shana Falana started in 1995 out of the DIY scene in San Francisco. Eight years later, Falana left California to move to New York to pursue her own music career in the Brooklyn music scene. Upon meeting drummer Mike Amari over their mutual love for Bauhaus, the visionary powerhouse duo set off on tour shortly after. With the release of their 2015 album off Team Love Records, Set Your Lightning Fire Free, Falana ingeniously crafts a record filled with ten uplifting and experimental tracks. As the album title suggests, Falana tears down preconceived notions of any so-called rules while making this album,…

  • together PANGEA Takeover!

      L.A.-based trio together PANGEA are certainly one act that aren’t afraid to experiment;  initiating with a strong DIY ethos, the band started writing songs in vocalist and guitarist William Keegan’s bedroom in Santa Clarita, California, while playing countless dynamic house shows. With their critically acclaimed 2014 album Badillac, the band won their fans over effortlessly with bold and capable musical exploration and energy to their sets. The band isn’t afraid to go where no garage-rock band has gone before, this time with a more polished and slick sound on their most recent album, The Phage. With their constant travels and being on the road for so long, Keegan describes…

  • Wildhoney Takeover!

    Wildhoney   You may want to think twice before hastening to place a label on Wildhoney – often referenced as shoegaze or along the same ilk as My Bloody Valentine and Slowdive, the band would rather express their song-writing and music as genre-free. The band, consisting of vocalist Lauren Shusterich, drummer Zach Inscho, guitarists Joe Trainor and Marybeth Mareski and bassist Alan Everhart, cites The Beach Boys, Cocteau Twins and African music and dub reggae as influences, but aim to create a musical project that’s non-gendered and entirely their own. Shusterich writes the majority of the songs for Wildhoney, with inspiration often transpiring after dark periods of her life yet…

  • Harmony In Hell: A Halloween-Themed Album

    Photo by Rambo   Claire Morales and Daniel Markham (Austin, TX) have teamed up to write a Halloween-themed album for the month of October. While initially concocting a song about a serial killer, the duo was inspired to write more dark and ominous tracks and the project spiraled off from there with ten songs and combined illustrations created in a span of a few weeks. The album was fueled by candy, coffee, long walks and secret rituals that will continue to remain secret. Morales and Markham hope to instill feelings of unease and jitters with their spook-filled melodies within you this Halloween season.   Harmony in Hell by Daniel Markham…