• Mixtape Monday: SXSW SPIRIT

    "Don't ask me why I obsessively look to rock 'n' roll bands for some kind of model for a better society... I guess I glimpsed something beautiful in a flashbulb moment once, and perhaps mistaking it for a prophecy have been seeking its fulfillment ever since. And perhaps that nothing else in the world ever seemed to hold even this much promise." - Lester Bangs

  • Missing Pages: Long Way Down and a Love Letter To Stephen Svacina

    There was though a spirit crying out to us from the wilderness of our small nowhere nothing nobody towns which tempted us to risk the comfort of the familiar to land in a foreign place of culture shock and suffocating all alone and to know even on the darkest defeated nights that if we kept looking we would find IT. And we did. The worth was and will always be enough for five lifetimes.

  • La Luz’s SXSW Instagram Takeover

    Photo Credit: Vikesh Kapoor   Currently based in Los Angeles’ duality of sunny dispositions and dark illusions, La Luz has crafted something special since their inception in 2012. Comprised of singer/guitarist Shana Cleveland, drummer Marian Li Pino, keyboardist Alice Sandahl, and bassist Lena Simon, the band’s surf-rock infested and reverb-drenched melodies maintain a haunting infectiousness while conjuring visions of hallucinatory desert landscapes. Citing inspiration from early teenage garage groups, La Luz’s journey from their first full length off Hardly Art, It’s Alive, through to their upcoming album, Floating Features (coming out on May 11th), has traversed textured terrain, soaking up a variety of genres and exuding complexity while still staying…

  • SXSW Film Review: The Strange Ones

      A thought provoking piece of cinema by co-directors Lauren Wolkstein and Christopher Radcliff, The Strange Ones sheds a veil over matters of truth and trauma, presenting a subjective reality that keeps you guessing throughout the film’s 80 minute run. Initiated as a short and years later coming together as a full length feature, we are introduced to brothers Nick (Alex Pettyfer) and Sam (James Freedson-Jackson), embarking on what appears to be a trip with no end in sight, away from familiar surroundings. Sam suffers from unwanted thoughts constantly picking at his brain, with Nick’s advice being to let go and forget everything that happened prior to the here and…

  • SXSW Film Review: Hounds of Love

      Ben Young’s Hounds of Love renders as an emotionally staggering directorial debut, illustrating the vicious and cyclical nature of relationship abuse between both lovers and serial killers. Based loosely on true events, the film takes place in December, 1987 in the suburbs of Perth, Australia. Cruising down neighborhood streets, serial killers John (Stephen Curry) and Evelyn (Emma Booth) lure adolescent girls into their car, kidnapping and torturing them before disposing of their bodies in the sprawling woods. One night after an argument with her mother, Vicki (Ashleigh Cummings) leaves her house to go to a party only to find herself chained and gagged in the couple’s home after the…

  • SXSW Film Review: Us and Them

      A timely film in our current political wake, Us and Them serves as a cathartic viewing between the marginalized working class and the wealthy elite. With the use of flashbacks and screen title cards, Us and Them plays out in a stream-of-consciousness storyline with Danny (Jack Roth) playing leader alongside his blue-collared friends Tommy (Andrew Tiernan) and Sean (Daniel Kendrick), holding a prestigious banker’s family hostage in a continuous gamble of who will get tormented next in order to serve them a lesson and record the entire stunt on video to release to the wider public in the hopes of starting a class revolution. Danny’s plan unravels and backfires…

  • SXSW Film Review: Game of Death

      Vacationing for a weekend getaway, seven teenagers settle at a summer home to partake in drunken shenanigans. Stumbling onto a mysterious board game, the friends read out the rules and we realize something is astray as soon as the game decides to take a pinch of their blood. “24” appears on the board’s counter as the clock ticks down to the number of head counts the players must proceed in killing before the game ends. Quickly realizing the game isn’t playing around as one of their friend’s heads explodes in front of them, the group realizes it’s an impending time bomb of kill or be killed. What ensues is…

  • SXSW Film Review: Inheritance

      A intricately weaved collaboration between writer and director Laura E. Davis and Jessica Kaye, Inheritance is an introspective look into the underlying traumas embedded within families and the difficulty that remains in attempting to escape them. In anticipation of Mara (Jessica Kaye)’s father’s 70th birthday, she brings her recent boyfriend Aaron (Daniel Ahearn) to Belize to celebrate, but upon arriving quickly discovers that her father has passed away. A series of subtle yet significant fabrications spring forth once we figure out that Mara lies about how long she’s been together with Aaron as well as lying about calling her brother Ben (Mark Webber) about the death of their father.…

  • Dead Meadow Takeover!

    Website || Facebook || Instagram   Initially forming nearly two decades ago by guitarist and vocalist Jason Simon, Dead Meadow fuses psychedelic soundscapes with fuzzy rock and drone meditations to make for a transcendent aural experience. Drawing influences from classic acts like Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath, the three piece take things a step further by incorporating their own musical forces into the mix. Their self-titled album, released in 2000 on Joe Lally (of Fugazi)’s label Tolotta Records, was followed a year later by Howls from the Hills. Post-completion, the band recorded a Peel Session in Fugazi’s home studio, marking the first time a Peel Session was recorded outside the…

  • SXSW Film Review: The Light of the Moon

      All too often films involving sexual assault/rape scenes seem like a convenient plot point to make a female character complex without ever actually exploring its complexities. Jessica M. Thompson’s film, The Light of the Moon, carefully considers the nuances of one individual’s experience without ever asserting that there is one authentic or correct way to process trauma. It’s clear from the start that Bonnie (Stephanie Beatriz) is an independent and successful businesswoman, poised and assertive, however with some stressors underlying her relationship with her boyfriend Matt (Michael Stahl-David). After leaving a party with her friends one night, Bonnie is sexually assaulted and raped. After revealing to Matt what happened…

  • SXSW Film Review: Flesh and Blood

      Mark Webber’s Flesh and Blood interweaves both fictional and documentary-style elements throughout the course of his film, succeeding in both an incredibly personal and incredibly political story. Casting his own mother, Cheri Honkala, and his younger step-brother, Guillero Santos, Mark returns home to his family from years in prison only to find Pittsburgh has changed very little since he last left it. An advocator for those in the city’s marginal communities, Honkala casts dignity on individuals that are struggling to stay out of prison as well as confronting ongoing battles with substance abuse (Honkala also ran for vice president in 2012 for the Green Party and is currently running…

  • SXSW Film Review: Infinity Baby

      Set in the not so distant future comes Infinity Baby, a company initiated by Neo (Nick Offerman) where infants perpetually stay infants due to a genetic modification in their DNA. Less a question of how these babies came to be and the scientific explanation behind them, infinity babies are presented similar to the latest gadget on the market and stripped of their humane characteristics; infinitely easier to take care of than any other sentient being, substituting crying for cooing, only needing a diaper change once a week and never having to leave the nest. After a struggling sell with a prospective mother, Malcolm (Martin Starr) and Larry (Kevin Corrigan)…

  • SXSW Film Review: Signature Move

      Jennifer Reeder’s Signature Move is a refreshing and eye-opening romantic comedy on the interpersonal relationships between women, family, and diverse cultural backgrounds. Inspired by actual events, the story revolves around Zaynab (Fawzia Mirza), a Pakistani lawyer in her 30’s, acting as caretaker to her recently widowed mother Parveen (Shabana Azmi) by day and trains as a lucha-style wrestler by night. Upon meeting Alma (Sari Sanchez) at a bar one evening, romantic entanglements ensue that in turn lead Zaynab to confront her desires and future due to her mother’s ongoing hopes of finding her a potential husband. Signature Move succeeds in embracing our vast cultural differences as well as reminds…

  • Burger Records SXSW Hangover Fest V

        We’re all aware how chaotic SXSW can be; with all the day and night parties, free tacos and beer, never enough coffee, and an endless amount of bands to revel in, the idea of a hangover party sounds mighty appealing. Come Sunday, March 19th, Burger Records is celebrating their fifth Hangover Fest at Paper Tiger in San Antonio with a stream of must-see acts on their roster. Taking place on four stages with over forty bands, you’ll want to grab your crew and head on down south for this rager. The lineup boasts performances by headlining acts Temples and Har Mar Superstar, shoegaze and dream-pop gems No Joy…

  • Bands On Our Radar: The Two Lips

    There’s been an influx of some extremely talented, up and coming bands pouring in from San Marcos, Texas. Fuzz garage-rock trio The Two Lips caught our eyes (and ears) after witnessing their work with Spoon’s very own Britt Daniels for their new single, “Repeat”. The opportunity arose during this year’s SXSW Festival where they had the opportunity to be mentored by and discuss ideas with Daniels and record a track in Converse Rubber Tracks’ professional recording studio. Take a look at the band’s experience captured on video below.   [embedyt]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=izP4yg8PShY[/embedyt] Facebook || Instagram || Twitter  

  • 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      

  • 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 of our questions about their record label Hardly Art (be sure to purchase Tacocat’s upcoming album, Lost Time, on April 1st), the punk scene in Seattle and Nokes’ picks for feminist music and media.   ANON: Your upcoming album title, Lost Time, and track “Dana Katherine Scully” make reference to sci-fi classic TV show The…

  • SXSW Film Reviews: The Master Cleanse and Chevalier

    The Master Cleanse   Meaninglessly drifting through life, Paul Berger (Johnny Galecki) stumbles across a TV commercial advertising a quiet retreat and the promise of coming out renewed. Despite the sinister sounding release he’s signed, Berger nevertheless is on board with his master cleanse. Joining Paul on his retreat to the middle of the woods is love interest Maggie (Anna Friel) and couple Eric (Kyle Gallner) and Laurie (Diana Bang). Their spiritual guide, played by Anjelica Huston, first and foremost asks them to consume four jars of a disgustingly pre-made mixture, causing them to literally expel their insecurities. The film could have easily gone down the slapstick comedic route, but…

  • 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 and Toronto Star, to name just a few. ANON Magazine was eager to interview Dupuis and Miller about the music scene in Los Angeles, their favorite spots to hit up in Austin, and their love of childhood arcades.   ANON: Nightmare Air has played large festivals from the likes of SXSW in Austin, Texas to…

  • Trevor Sensor Website Takeover!

      At the very bottom of it, the point of art is to help people feel less alone. In my short time as a performer and songwriter, this is something I’ve constantly attempted to do–but, unfortunately, I can’t truly tell you whether or not I’ve actually succeeded at it. I can only go off of what really turns me on as someone who experiences art. Attempts to translate my love for David Lynch and Woody Allen films into a different medium, or books like “Swann’s Way” or “Tropic of Cancer,” or any painting by Magritte–for songs are different animals than all these things. And in an age where it seems…

  • Keeping It (Real) Local: A Guide to SXSW 2016

    Despite the ever looming cloud of basic-bro culture and the evil Doritos mass-media corporatizaton strangling out the last death-rattle of all which was once pure and true in the world, SXSW remains greater than every Coachella, Fun Fun Fun Fest, and Bonnaroo ever put together combined. Each year I watch someone’s younger sister and their tag along carbon-copy battery-eating robot clones unload their bags in my living room with a notebook well scripted with an airtight itinerary of bands they need to see, cross-referencing via text with some other car full of douche bags about their flawless time-table only to go home talking about how “epic” the week was for…

  • 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.   A lot of your recordings seem to have taken place in very isolated pristine and pure conditions like Colorado. How do you cope with that experience to the polar opposite conditions of playing to a hectic consumerist environment like SXSW? Recording in places like home in Colorado or Portland gives us the mental space…

  • Mixtape Monday: The SXSW Hangover Cure

    Mixtape Monday: The SXSW Hangover Cure from anonmagazine on 8tracks Radio.     Somebody Call a Doctor – Sunflower Bean Metropolis – Public Access T.V. Forever – Tweens Darling Dear – Lazyeyes Ideal World – Girlpool That’s Cheap – Triathalon Supersonic Casualties – The Delta Riggs Summer Dream Sigh – New Madrid  

  • Mixtape Monday: The SXSW Version!

    Mixtape Monday: The SXSW Edition! from anonmagazine on 8tracks Radio.     Ex-Marionette – Gal Pals Kingmaker – Dead Leaf Echo Weird Honey – Elvis Depressedly XIV – Vision Fortune Autodidact – Swervedriver Damaged Goods – Gang of Four Chasing the Light – Lust for Youth They’re All Gone – The Blind Shake Milly’s Garden – Steve Gunn  

  • 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 Brain Holiday.   SXSW Anon Talks – Dead Gaze from ANON Magazine on Vimeo.

  • 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 to sit down with us between running to shows and shared some of their thoughts. The first of these artists to talk with us was Jarrah McCleary of Panama. He’s a cool dude with a definite passion for music (and is a little soft spoken). Turn up your speakers and enjoy! If you want to…

  • 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 had no idea what I was about to see.  What I did see was pure gold.  I was lucky enough to score an interview with Juan Wauters.  Let me just tell you, he is an awesome guy!   ANON: How are you liking SXSW so far? Juan Wauters: We just rolled in.  We haven’t been…

  • SXSW: Where To Go, What To Do, And Who To See

    So you’re in Austin and are still trying to figure out what to do, where to go, and who to see? AND CAN I SEE RYAN GOSLING THOUGH? Yeah, us too. Now that we’ve been a few times to SXSW and Austin in general, we figured we might as well share our expert guide with you. Tip: Don’t expect to go to absolutely everything because you totally won’t. Trust us.  1. The Best Events The best events are free events. Or $5 events. Those are okay too. Tuesday: 6:00pm-10:15pm – Make Fuzzy Tracks @ The Key – ft. Run River North, Vandella, French Cassettes, and more 8:00pm-12:00am – Hype Machine’s…

  • Gents, Pack Your Bags for SXSW

    We know that the ladies get a lot of attention at SXSW. They’re seen all over the interwebs with their crop tops, floppy hats, and snazzy sunnies. Don’t let them outshine you! Here are few essentials to make sure that you’re the best dressed. Doodles Homme Red Squid Tee Shirt American Apparel Le New Big Pocket Tank   21Mens Acid Wash Jeans Topman Multi-Coloured Print Shorts Urban Outfitters Natural Straw Banded Fedora Topman Converse Tan Canvas Hi Tops House of Hounds Max Brogue Boot Ray-Ban Clubmaster Herschel Supply Co. Belt Bag

  • Mixtape Monday: SXSW 2014

    Mixtape Monday: SXSW 2014 from anonmagazine on 8tracks Radio. Blouse – Into Black Diarrhea Planet – Ugliest Son Heavenly Beat – Tradition Ty Segall – The Hill Dum Dum Girls –  Lost Boys And Girls Club Coachwhips – You Gonna Get It Kurt Vile – Girl Called Alex Kelis – Jerk Ribs Saint Rich – Officer Ex-Cult – Knives On Both Sides The Coup – The Guillotine Upset – You And I Stardeath And White Dwarfs – Smokin’ Pot Makes Me Not Want To Kill Myself Son of Stan – Corsica

  • Ladies, Pack Your Bags for SXSW

    SXSW is here! (We weren’t sure if you noticed…) And, while we will probably wait until the night before to pack, that doesn’t mean you should follow suit. Hell, some of us still need to shop. Here’s some outfit essentials you should bring that’ll get you on everybody’s ‘Best Dressed’ list this year.   American Apparel Cotton Spandex Sleeveless Crop Top     Urban Outfitters Pins And Needles Crochet Bralette   Urban Outfitters Urban Renewal Vintage Levi’s 505 & 501 Jean     Forever 21 Throwback Patches Denim Skirt Charmed School Vintage DANGEROUS LIASON DRESS     American Apparel Houndstooth Ponte Sleeveless Skater Dress     Urban Outfitters Dr. Martens…

  • One For The Locals: Ishi

    When JT Mudd and Brad Dale began their musical experiment in 2006, they probably didn’t consider that they would one day be sharing stages with acts like New Order, SBTRKT, Phoenix, Passion Pit, Pretty Lights, Big Boi, Neon Indian, Toro y Moi, and Marina & the Diamonds. Lo and behold, they have. Ishi has long passed the gauntlet of festival validation, playing SXSW, Meltdown Music Festival, Wicker Park Festival, etc. to great audience and critical acclaim. In 2010, the release of Ishi’s critically acclaimed freshman album “Through the Trees”  won awards from the Dallas Observer for Best New Act & Best Electronic/Dance Act. The sophomore album, “Digital Wounds,” was released in…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • Mixtape Monday: Chill Out

    Sit back and relax. This week is a time to recuperate from the festivities and craziness of spring break. After a successful week at SXSW for some of our staff members, we decided to throw in a few of our favorite tunes from the festival. Enjoy!   [8tracks url= “http://8tracks.com/anonmagazine/mixtape-monday-v” height=”500″ width=”500″ playops=”shuffle”]    

  • 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…

  • SXSW 2013: A Place To Start

    It’s that time of the year again.   While some venture to the Gulf to frolic half-naked in front of thousands of people in search of that week long buzz, looking to make a couple of bad decisions that might put you in a Girls Gone Wild video, I will be at SXSW Music Festival in Austin, Texas, a week long adventure for music lovers like myself. Here is a short list of artists I am excited to see next week amongst the chaos and the half dazed nightly walks in the live music capital of the world.   Suuns Eureka the Butcher Foxygen AbdeCaf Shlohmo BADBADNOTGOOD Widowspeak AM &…