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

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...
THRIVE: Side-hustles, passion, and using a blowtorch in an NYC apartment with jewelry designer Kaitlyn Usher of The Roving

THRIVE: Side-hustles, passion, and using a blowtorch in an NYC apartment with jewelry designer Kaitlyn Usher of The Roving

Welcome to Thrive! A weekly advice column for creatives and the generally confused.    This week I’m chatting with Kaitlyn Usher of The Roving, a handmade jewelry shop on Etsy. I wanted to pick her brain about her side-hustle, the jewelry she creates and where she finds her customers. 1. When did you decide to...
Under the Blue Light with Pearl Charles

Under the Blue Light with Pearl Charles

Artist: Pearl Charles Photographer: John Allen Producer: Nathan Edge HMU: Kate Leatherwood Styling: Nicky Turner   Inspiration for this photoshoot was taken from retro photography, a mix of psychedelia and screenshots from The Holy Mountain. Organic patterns were mixed with linear symbolism to evoke ethereal mysticism. All images were taken on 35mm film.     ...
THRIVE: Non-Traditional Work & Getting Over Fear of Money with the Wealthy Witch

THRIVE: Non-Traditional Work & Getting Over Fear of Money with the Wealthy Witch

Welcome to Thrive! A weekly advice column for creatives and the generally confused.  This month I am interviewing Natalie Taggart of Wealthy Witch about making big life changes, working with fear and our relationships with money. 1. You created Wealthy Witch after facing your own life shift, from corporate to your true path. How did...
Peach Kelli Pop's Allie Hanlon Interview & Instagram Takeover

Peach Kelli Pop’s Allie Hanlon Interview & Instagram Takeover

Website || Facebook || Twitter || Instagram   Peach Kelli Pop‘s fourth full length album, Gentle Leader, comes highly anticipated after a three year hiatus. Their first release off Canadian label Mint Records, Peach Kelli Pop founder Allie Hanlon departs from a solo effort to a more complex collaborative process with sisters Gina and Sophie...
We Are All Beautiful and Gross: An Interview with Margalit Cutler

We Are All Beautiful and Gross: An Interview with Margalit Cutler

  Based out of New York, Margalit Cutler‘s artwork struck us as totally bold, totally honest, and totally refreshing. From her animations, sculptures, illustrations and mini-comics, Cutler has created commissioned pieces for Rookie Mag and Protocols and updates her Instagram regularly with original and eye-catching work. She took some time out of her schedule to...
A Stark Release in a Senseless World: An Interview with Death of Lovers

A Stark Release in a Senseless World: An Interview with Death of Lovers

Photography: Ben Rayner   Often our patience is tried in the years anticipating a band’s release, but Death of Lovers proves their craft is worth the wait. Following up to their 2014 EP, The Acrobat (released last November off Dais Records) is a remarkable album drawing forth nostalgic 80’s synthscapes yet pulses with a distinct...
Rock N Roll, Politics, & Seattle: An Interview with Dopers

Rock N Roll, Politics, & Seattle: An Interview with Dopers

Rock N Roll, Politics, & Seattle: An Interview with Dopers By Jay Armstrong There are times when sitting down to write about a band feels impossibly hollow, working more to void the attraction of the songs they create. Qualifiers and labels by nature are divisive, this becomes less an issue once we have held hands...
Interview Series: Rayne and MJ on Gender Confirmation Surgery

Interview Series: Rayne and MJ on Gender Confirmation Surgery

  Currently residing in Austin, TX, sisters Rayne and MJ have created a series of web videos discussing first hand transgender experiences. Transitioning to a female about six years ago, Rayne faced many challenges and has come a long way on her journey since 2011 — learning how to pass, starting on hormones, going to...
Visceral Revelations: An Interview With Dave Depper

Visceral Revelations: An Interview With Dave Depper

Website || Instagram || Facebook || Twitter   A driving force within a unit, Dave Depper is no stranger to casting his talents for a host of Northwestern bands. From Fruit Bats, Ray LaMontagne, Robyn Hitchcock and currently Death Cab for Cutie, his multifaceted music career has landed him both in recording studios and being...
Don't Let the Average Impede You: An Interview With Acey Monaro of Go Fever

Don’t Let the Average Impede You: An Interview With Acey Monaro of Go Fever

Photo Credit: Roger Ho Website || Facebook || Instagram || Twitter   In a city of bustling competition, Go Fever strikes gold when it comes to carving out a distinct space for themselves in Austin. Enveloped in a burgeoning indie scene, the band had a knack for making the right moves straight from the get-go,...
An Interview with Tears Run Rings

An Interview with Tears Run Rings

Website || Facebook || Twitter   Six years in the making, Tears Run Rings‘ highly anticipated full length album In Surges was released last Friday via Deep Space Recordings. Despite the quartet living in three separate cities, the band used the powers of online collaboration to mix and record In Surges’ ten tracks in separate...
Schwein! An Interview and Single Release

Schwein! An Interview and Single Release

Schwein! Interview and “Cindy Make Him” Single Release Interview by Jay Armstrong Photographs by Isaiah Mancha   More often than not the people you encounter with music have an ego overshadowing their skill, the art taking a backseat to the caricature they align their lives to portray. Then there is the anomaly that is Matt...
An Interview with The Garden

An Interview with The Garden

An Interview with The Garden By: Anthony Flores I had a chance to meet with and interview The Garden before one of their shows in Austin on this last tour. Asking them all of the questions Becky and I have wondered was great, especially since they were some of the nicest people I have met. ...
Black Representation Matters

Black Representation Matters

Illustration by Sonia Margolin   The representation of black people in television, literature, and film has a direct correlation with black activism. These are powerful mediums that can reach wider audiences and convey unique points of view and narratives. There has been a lot of diminutive characterization and misrepresentation of black people. Many studies reveal...
Heaven or Hotel Vegas with Death Valley Girls

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...
Fantastic Fest's Fashionista: A Journey Through Addiction and Recovery Inside a Woman's Psyche

Fantastic Fest’s Fashionista: A Journey Through Addiction and Recovery Inside a Woman’s Psyche

  When it comes to films about addiction and recovery, there’s a plethora of titles that explore these themes in terms of drug use and sexuality. Director Simon Rumley examines these topics through a different lens that is universal to all of us — at what point do we separate creating our own individual identity...
Getting To Know Attic Ted

Getting To Know Attic Ted

  You might remember 2002 as the year of K-Mart’s bankruptcy, Kelly Clarkson, and My Big Fat Greek Wedding, but for some, 2002 was the year of Attic Ted. Forming in the fall of 2002 in Austin, Texas, this crazy acid trip carnival experience, otherwise known as Attic Ted, has managed to constantly push boundaries and take...
Deerhoof Takeover!

Deerhoof Takeover!

  Spanning over twenty years and 13 studio albums, Deerhoof is one of those rare bands that are constantly embarking on musical leaps and bounds, exploring musical terrain that has yet to be uncovered while simultaneously constructing their own niche of avant-garde noise pop. Comprised of vocalist Satomi Matsuzaki, guitarists’ John Dieterich and Ed Rodríguez,...
The Me You Know Is A Reactionary Me: Part Three

The Me You Know Is A Reactionary Me: Part Three

The Me You Know Is A Reactionary Me Being A Burnout in the Face Of Consumerism Caleb Dawson, Corey Baum, & Jimmy Wildcat interviewed by Jay Armstrong This is the third of a three part interview series; Check out our first with Caleb Dawson here and our second with Corey Baum here.   Part 3...
The Me You Know Is A Reactionary Me: Part Two

The Me You Know Is A Reactionary Me: Part Two

The Me You Know Is A Reactionary Me Being A Burnout in the Face Of Consumerism Caleb Dawson, Corey Baum, & Jimmy Wildcat interviewed by Jay Armstrong   Our first interview of this three part series with Caleb Dawson can be found here. Part 2 – Corey Baum I hadn’t initially planned on interviewing Corey...
Wax Idols Takeover!

Wax Idols Takeover!

Photo by Matt Licari   Hether Fortune’s third album American Tragic from her project Wax Idols embraces raw emotional vulnerability with powerful authority in its nine-track glory. Call it post-punk, call it goth, call it synth-pop, no matter how you spin it, Fortune entwines musical threads from a range of genres and influences to create...
SXSW Music: An Interview with Emily Nokes of Tacocat

SXSW Music: An Interview with Emily Nokes of Tacocat

  Upon listening to Tacocat, you can’t help but dance and groove along to their energetic power pop-punk tunes. Self described as “feminist sci-fi”, Tacocat’s quirky melodies and tongue in cheek feminist lyrics were a breath of fresh air last week at SXSW in Austin, Texas. Vocalist Emily Nokes took a moment to answer some...
Nightmare Air Takeover!

Nightmare Air Takeover!

  Arriving in Austin, Texas this week for their stretch of SXSW tour dates, Los Angeles based band Nightmare Air bring no shortage of reverb-laden soundscapes and shimmery vocals to their live performance. Consisting of Dave Dupuis, Swaan Miller and Jimmy Lucido, Nightmare Air have already been on the radars of Filter Magazine, Deli Magazine...
The Besnard Lakes Are A Mystical World of Their Own: An Interview with Olga Goreas

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...
An Interview with Jacco Gardner

An Interview with Jacco Gardner

  Between his busy 150+ show tour schedule and working on his next album, up and coming psych musician Jacco Gardner (pronounced ‘Ya-ko Gard-ner’) managed to squeeze in a little interview with us during his stop in Dallas for his July 5th show with EZTV and Dinner at Club Dada. Seriously, what a guy. I...
Unbound in the Middle: An Interview with Alta Violet's River Jones

Unbound in the Middle: An Interview with Alta Violet’s River Jones

  River Jones’ released his self-titled EP for his highly anticipated new indie-rock project, Alta Violet, in late March of this year. Reminiscent of Elliott Smith and The Beatles, Jones’ style is immaculate and well crafted, seeing as he has already carved out a name for himself in the bustling Austin music scene. Always having...
An Interview with Sanae of Moon Duo

An Interview with Sanae of Moon Duo

    First thingʼs first, have you had a chance to check out the McDonaldʼs food truck? I heard something about how they were trying to get people to play for free and that they didnʼt have a budget to pay anyone. Thatʼs insane.   Like the Taco Bell food truck wasnʼt insulting enough. Right....
Artist Spotlight: Cary Fagan

Artist Spotlight: Cary Fagan

Where I’m From: Born in Phoenix, Arizona.   What kind of equipment do you use?   I have a variety of cameras but recently I’ve been fascinated by the Yashica T3, and my Konica AF.       Do you seek out inspiration or does it come naturally to you?   I seek it all the time. It comes and...
An Interview With Mikel Ledesma

An Interview With Mikel Ledesma

Meet Mikel Ledesma; based out of Fort Worth, this up and coming director is one you’ll want to keep on your radar. Recently finishing his directorial shorts Shattered and Losing Your Flames earlier this year, both films step into unbound territory and tackle controversial subjects to help spread Ledesma’s message and broaden viewer’s opinions and...
Get Them While They’re Young: The Art of Darren Cullen

Get Them While They’re Young: The Art of Darren Cullen

  It’s rare these days to get though a four-minute commercial break without seeing at least one loan related advert, and even rarer to meet someone who isn’t – in some way or another – indebted to a corporate giant. Both are indicative of society’s increasingly warped relationship with money, but with the world of...
Ak'chamel: A Mysterious Collective

Ak’chamel: A Mysterious Collective

  Ak’chamel, The Giver of Illness, are a music collective based out of Texas. Blending together audio and visual elements in textured shadows and overlaps, they aim to stimulate your senses in the most haunting and surreal way. Their most recent project, “My Form Has Been Extinguished”, is a 60 minute VHS film that follows...
ANON Magazine and dubJproductions Present: Featherface Tape Release Party

ANON Magazine and dubJproductions Present: Featherface Tape Release Party

In need of a mid-week release? Come on down to The Mohawk on Wednesday night for dubJproductions and ANON Magazine’s mixtape party! We’ll be selling pretty vintage goodies and issue one of our magazine for you all, on top of a killer musical line up to boot! We took a moment to ask a member...
Raw Paw and Not Gallery Present: CANNED

Raw Paw and Not Gallery Present: CANNED

Looking for weekend plans? We got you covered – Sean Morgan, local Austin artist and painter, will be showcasing his exhibit, CANNED, on September 26th at Not Gallery. Sean received his BFA in Studio Art from The University of Texas and continues to thrive as an artist in Austin’s local community. We interviewed Sean about...
Women On Our Radar: Natalie Ribbons and Lauren Bruno

Women On Our Radar: Natalie Ribbons and Lauren Bruno

Natalie Ribbons // Tele Novella It’s impossible to miss Natalie Ribbons with her unique sense of vintage fashion and swirling vocals brought forth onstage with her band, Tele Novella. With a track on the Wes Anderson tribute album, I Saved Latin!, covering The Velvet Underground’s “Stephanie Says” and a tour in the works, this is...
6th Annual UTOPiAfest: An Interview With Aaron Brown

6th Annual UTOPiAfest: An Interview With Aaron Brown

We had the pleasure of chatting with festival director, Aaron Brown, of UTOPiAfest, a fest that prides itself on a capped audience of 2000, the incredible backdrop of Utopia, Texas being its fest grounds, and a festival that not only brings audiences music but a true escape (really what more could you ask for?). Aaron...
Get To Know Them: Broods

Get To Know Them: Broods

What catches the eyes when you see Caleb and Georgia Nott is more than their good DNA, but the music they embellish and craft, this brother- sister duo is taking on the music charts with their electro pop meets indie alternative vibe, so what’s left to say is take a listen for yourself and see...
What We're Loving: VERUM

What We’re Loving: VERUM

Take a look into your closet. Chances are you’ll see a rainbow of cheap tanks, flimsy tees, and trendy-for-about-five-minutes skirts filling in the gaps between your more precious pieces. It’s nearly impossible to avoid buying into the massive industry of fast fashion, especially if you’re on a student’s budget and like to switch up your...
Get To Know Them: Olivver

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...
Health, Beauty, and the Pursuit of Ice Cream: ANON Talks with Danielle Cuccio

Health, Beauty, and the Pursuit of Ice Cream: ANON Talks with Danielle Cuccio

Confession: I dread the gym. Although I love the feeling I get after a great workout, something about repeating the same boring exercises over and over while surrounded by sweaty men just doesn’t do it for me. For this reason, I’m always on the lookout for alternative ways to get off the couch and feel...
Get To Know Them: Naomi Punk

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...
ANON Talks: Dead Gaze

ANON Talks: Dead Gaze

Disclaimer: You might need to crank your volume for this one.   Our friends from Dead Gaze were cool enough to hangout with us for a little while in between playing gigs and hanging out with other cool bands at SXSW. Also, don’t forget to check out one of our favorite tunes from their album...
Interview With Matt Wolf, Director Of 'Teenage'

Interview With Matt Wolf, Director Of ‘Teenage’

Last week, we had the chance to talk with Matt Wolf, director of the new independent film ‘Teenage’. The film discusses the lives of teenagers all over the world from the 1900s to the 1950s, focusing on the creation of the modern teenager, along with difficulties and experiences they faced with creating this new youth...
ANON Talks: Blouse

ANON Talks: Blouse

We are still (admittedly) on a SXSW high. Scrolling through the bands we saw, heard, and chatted with, we wanted to share a sit down (er, um…stand up) sesh we had with Blouse. Note: They were a little soft spoken, so you may have to turn up yo volume.   ANON Talks SXSW – Blouse...
Get To Know Them: Cheval Sombre

Get To Know Them: Cheval Sombre

When you listen to Cheval Sombre’s music, it evokes a sense of freedom within you, like a road trip with no map or uncharted territory. His music has an airiness that keeps you floating from track to track. The artist recently released a teaser video for his new single, “It’s Not Time,” and we had a chance to...
ANON Talks: Panama

ANON Talks: Panama

So a little over two weeks ago at this little event called SXSW, we got the chance to speak with various artists who came from all over the world to perform at the festival, fully knowing how chaotic and disorganized it truly is. Regardless of this, the artists had a great time and were willing...
JUAN WAUTERS talks SXSW, The Beatles, Selfies, and More

JUAN WAUTERS talks SXSW, The Beatles, Selfies, and More

Going into this interview, I knew nothing about Juan Wauters.  When I asked my brothers about him, they told me about The Beets and played some of his music, and it was great.  When I walked into Red 7 for his show, he had an American flag, a banner, and a luchador behind him.  I...
Get to Know Them: SKATERS

Get to Know Them: SKATERS

New York based band SKATERS has been working and travelling nonstop ever since they signed with Warner Brothers Records in early 2013.  Now they’re about to release their very first LP, Manhattan, and we had the chance to talk with lead vocalist Michael Cummings.  We discussed the new album, influences, touring, and pizza (of course)....

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