This song is bigger than Half Dream seemed to have in them. It might not be dancy but on the slide-scale of their sound, it might as well be disco. What a jam. No one is surprised. This being the first song to feature the new lineup with Jake Ames, Bryan Dalle Molle, and Vanessa Jollay could factor into that.
"Highway of Hearts" continues the can't-get-the-volume-high-enough excitement. These songs hype themselves. There is a rhythmically layered catchiness as each line dances on its own as though an entire chorus plays out with every five words that pass.
Between Stevie Nicks on "Edge of Seventeen" and Deana Carter with "Strawberry Wine," now there is an equal which somehow manages to draw comparisons to both at the same time. "Wild Wild Woman" is powerful, perfect, and rises into the realm of greatness by transcending forever beyond the person who created it to represent a moment forever speaking to whoever hears it as one of the great beacons of the realized rare potential music has the heights of reaching.
Marking the first single from their Irrational Anthem EP, Lord Friday the 13th are celebrating with the release of THREE(!) videos for "Bigots Beware." Hey, with this extra time on our collective hands, at least they are putting it to good use. All we have been doing is refusing to put on pants while watching the Phantasm series with the sound off and Negativeland records blasting over it. Way to make us all feel ineffectually worthless. Geez.
For those who might be unfamiliar; when someone says "Austin music," either with acute awareness or down on the collective subconscious level, they are talking about Loteria.
As with the 2019 album in which this is the title track from, we witness here yet another moment where Calliope Musicals prove to us they have an acute grasp on their collective output; stunning us by their growth and intriguing us along with their familiarity. Truly the band, their music, and this Jerry Sparkman directed video are impressively memorable.
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I see Sheila Vand in that scene of perfection; all stylized and rhythmic, imagining had A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night been made six years later. She places the record on to fill the silence and space, love is precarious after all, possibly this could have been the song washing over the uncertainty between her and Arash Marandi. Would it have felt more dangerous? We should probably listen to "Ociin" another fifteen times to know for sure.
....to exist creatively in a way which inspires those around him to aim not high with their ambitions but instead to look within themselves to embrace the joy which comes through finding an artistic vessel worth pouring oneself into again and again on the path of self-exploration forevermore is as beautiful as the work Schwartz crafts. Be it musicians, writers, models, whatever the walk of artists currently calling Austin home, all seem to see his creative presence as a mirror before which they may see their better selves reflected.
Is anyone else over completely the perpetual reminders that Rockyanne Bullwinkle is perfect?
Meza's paintings are centered on familiarity while bathing the viewer in invoked emotion. One piece can be heavy, another whimsically optimistic; all are alive and memorable in a naturalistic expression of the best kind.
So maybe you were thinking this mood to put on some Mazzy Star in your search for self-motivation while floating across the sea of emotional confusion called for something more of the moment; escapist memories made attached to something of your own. Kay Odyssey cries out from the wilderness for you to do just that—near verbatim. Anyone else missing the days when Kay Odyssey seemed to be playing like a million shows and you couldn't wait to make it out to them all? We gotta shine on a little longer little diamonds. In the meantime, grab up a notebook, set "New Birds Sing" on repeat, and fill those pages with…
The Sour Notes continue earning believers with their heads down and hearts full. Their latest single"Peak" has a warmly fitting video directed by everyone's favorite familiar face Matzoh Ball to go with it, sending home completely the Slanted and Enchanted post-Go-Betweens aesthetic they have embodied since moment one. For all those thirsty for the beautifully broken early-nineties; drink up.
This album is about as jazzy as Morrisey's personality is tolerable but on the scale of listenable it leans decidedly more towards "highly" than it does "Jethro Tull." We recommend putting it on repeat while going toes up in some sunshine for a few hours, it was meant for being stuck at home looking for help tapping into the optimistic side of life.
Fresh, inventive, inspiring; no one has hit the fashion world with the passionate, affecting, force of Jackson Montgomery (JXNART) in as long as our eyes have been looking to its lighthouse to keep us from crashing onto the tired shores of ανιαρός.
Disaffected. Restless. Malcontent. If the collective unconscious had a talent beyond stoking the coals beneath our neurosis and honing in on the malaise of our be-here-now reality—learning bass perhaps, possibly figuring out how to structure a few minutes of noise—then no doubt in this foul-year-of-our-lord-Lemmy, "Something To Do," the quarantine inspired video from Dry Guy, is what it would come up with.
Billy King and the Bad Bad Bad are not a band solely hyping us on where they are, nor is it the unexpected notable progress we feel from them at every show played, it is where they are going getting us excited to be in proximity of what they are doing.
It seemed impossible to love Roky Moon any more than we already did. We were wrong.
"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
Kafka Dreaming is a love letter to the possibilities of defining one's own boundaries over succumbing to expectations; even if those expectations are self-imposed. This album is a testament of the distance covered and growth felt on their journey.
Shot straight to tape by Andy Gately, the new video for Pelican Johnny's "Givin' Up On You" is a visceral slice of hot n ready nineties reverence. The single itself is a solid balance between the sounds he often finds himself swaying between making it as good of song as any at allowing those new to Pelican Johnny to figure out what he is about while those whose radar he has floated on for years will hear just enough progress to note his growth gained through experience along the way.
....a John Cale broken boldness sort of journey from open to close all swept over with a thousand hushed mystic ohms weaving the ride along. To break down the album track by track would be an injustice to its cohesive nature. Each song shakes hands with the next, peaks and valleys reflecting the same orgiastic light, the only disappointing moment coming as the album closes feeling full yet wanting more.
Crocodile Tears make date music for the blank generation, cruising music for the down and outs, and are about as safe as good rock n roll can get. If this were 1980 they would rule the world.
Everything about Warish is off the cuff and hazy; they are equal parts walking through the horror section in the glory days of mom and pop video stores coupled with that experience felt playing the mixtapes your cool uncle or cousin snuck into your hands from time to time to show you a world far above the small town filled with small people with small dreams in which you were born shackled to, cramming headphones constantly in ears drowning your nonconforming alienation with the gentle track by track realization you are not alone.
Austin's teen sensation hearthrobs The Sun Machine are out to prove there is more to junior high than homework and sleepovers. They do a damn fine job at doing just that on their latest grindcore/dreampop hit "Cumbia la Lagrimas."
Through the photographs of Austin Armstrong we feel the bridge from our place in this moment to the past. There is an ideology to every single shot, a line running through the all of appreciation, understanding, a therapeutic closeness holding hands with time eternal.
Whatever happens, however things go forward, we can only hope these employees get paid what they are due with interest and that whether Beerland remains or not we can at least see this chapter coming to an end with the warm belief that despite the worst our community came together once more to protect what defines our love which is not an address or a fading painted wall in a claustrophobic space, no our love has never had an address attached to it, our love is about each other and despite every cheap shot thrown our way we continue to pick each other up to carry our collective dreams safely…
Jesus Christ, someone send this video to every confused twelve year old before they mistakenly subscribe to Guitar World and start off down that disappointing path of Incubus respect which somehow leads to Steve Vai. There is room in this town for every facet of cool but if you are going to try, you better be going all in like these guys or you might as well head back to Alabama or wherever you were born to be forgotten in.
Calling all fans of straight-to-video, filmed on videocassette horror; Attic Ted have something special lined up for you. "Skip to the Lulu" is directed by Jeffrey Garcia who kicks up nostalgic dust of Cannibal Cookout, The Video Dead, and Video Violence. Without leaning towards schlock humor the way Scott Barber did on Roky Moon's memorable "Creatures of the Night," this video embodies the weird yet serious methodos of Attic Ted– a notable balance to say the least. This is the first look at their new album Kafka Dreaming which will be out later this week.
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Had this been their first album it would have been fine, a stepping stone not so much listened to by anyone but still exists in the background, a reminder of where they came from. As an album this far into the game, as something they have arrived at, Oh Boy sounds about as good as that Lou Reed/Metallica joint Lulu and barely more listenable.
Fanclub: All The Same EP and Instagram Takeover! By Jay Armstrong I meant every word I said back in August gushing over Fanclub. What I did not know then, even in the light of such positive feelings, is how much getting their latest six songs would hit when playing it. This All The Same EP is a great step for the band. For the strength of their first two singles hearing their songs blend forming who they are and what shape they are proving to be is powerful beyond expectations. “Stranger” comes in like a John Hughes film; all four/four time and catch-me-if-you-can wanton synths, guitar lingering in the…
As with the often cryptic dimensions of her most ambitious pieces, Wendel's being hides there secretly to be seen only if one feels driven to invest the energy to stare passionately into the abyss of her creativity.
Photographer I.S. Mancha captures ideological American optimism through nostalgic romantic eyes. Carl Jung once wrote, “who looks outside dreams; who looks inside awakes,” Mancha does both.
Artist Spotlight: Annalise Natasha Gratovich One tends to be captured by art either through the unique immersive process by which it is created or the work itself has an inexplicably captivating sense of wonder in completion. The greatest of artists– those who become catalysts for the aspiring seeking motivations in those striving to create beauty on their own– stand out through their ability to do both. Annalise Natasha Gratovich not only finds her work significant in exemplifying both cornerstones of greatness, she goes a step further through the lens of heritage and tradition to challenge social mores. Her woodcuts advocate for positive present change giving voice to the devastating reality…
Trouble Boys – Bustin’ Loose By Jay Armstrong Video Premiere and Tour Dates Last month when we said “Trouble Boys make the best goddamn rock and roll Austin has felt this side of The Skunks,” you can believe we meant it. As they head out on tour this week here is your chance to see for yourself why our word is worth its weight in gold. This video shot by Andy Ray Lemon should be enough to get those pants just tight enough to fire ya up to catch them in the wild. They kick things off tomorrow night at Hotel Vegas alongside America’s favorite sleazy good time The…
Trouble Boys Bigger Than the Both of Us By Jay Armstrong In my own living room, as I’m hitting stride on some puffed chest ego stroking story about kicking dust with Cheetah Chrome and Bobby Liebling on some otherwise forgettable night of recent past, a friend interrupts asking “who are they? Should I know them?” With such a harsh truth about reality in mind one is left with only one valid question; what kind of chance do the Trouble Boys (or any other band we give a shit about for that matter) have at all? In the end all of this amounts to nothing, all of it. On a long…
Welcome To Our Hearts Haze County by Jay Armstrong I am in love with Haze County. These first songs are a selfish organic release of compounded layered expression yet speak to the ALL our individual spirits gravitate towards. Haze County breathes through frantic frenzied technique blurred beneath a rare sensitivity towards the bigger cohesive whole. Certainly this is yet another band on the path of Bryan Leslie Roberts creativity yet the stand alone, above, beyond, nature of this project’s first few songs overshadow all which he had his hands in before. What is the point in reflecting on each band and step leading Roberts here when such reflection would take…
Crypt Trip Get Back To Their Roots By: Jay Armstrong Sure I’ve written warmly about them before, sure seeing them on a bill raises the quality standard of an excuse I need to stay under a blanket reading for the night, yet there has always been an underlying intangible which kept me from fully subscribing to Crypt Trip. There were sporadic notable flashes certainly but where were they truly at in all of it? Where was their voice and what the hell did it have to say? Their latest album Rootstock does well to make sense of the rift previously unbridgeable between respect and fandom. We now see a…
SASS By Jay Armstrong In a world of sham and plastic, where the view of the future optimistic finds itself walled by new condos and business park skyscrapers, knowing we can’t go back, what we have now and what we choose to do with it is detrimental. The importance lies in counting our allies, valuing the real, holding tight to that which is valid, which reflects back upon us the truth expected in youth to find eternal yet found not. Passion! What else matters now? And where does one look to tell it from the paint by numbers invalid sheep in wolf’s clothing all? It’s not who you are.…
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…
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. – – – –…
Facebook || Bandcamp || Instagram Thanks a mutual love of the prolific Argentinian rock band Soda Stereo, Dallas-based indie garage rock band Kyoto Lo-Fi came to be. After recording material for their first EP, Black Rainbow, the duo found their third and final member at a local punk show and have since been gaining momentum in their hometown. Kyoto Lo-Fi are no strangers to experimenting with various musical genres and influences since their inception in November 2015. “Black Candles” opens their album with a nostalgic throwback to 90’s alt-rock a la Marcy Playground, embedded with a more current psychedelia throughout. The vocals emit something of a dark secret combined…
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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
Welcome to the world of Muff, consisting of four pals that play catchy fuzz pop tunes together. Muff was first discovered at a house party in San Marcos, TX, back in 2014. The band has gained enormous strides since, releasing “An EP” recorded by Mich White of dogfight! recs in 2015, and recently released their self-titled album recorded by Dan Holmes at The Soup Kitchen. The band’s music video for “East Side Love” is a scene-by-scene visual representation of Muff’s nostalgic 90’s sound combined with fuzzy guitars and melodic riffs, not to mention the cohesiveness between all four members of the band. Muff’s weaknesses are pizza and pad thai…
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gQ Marley is a nerdy, back pack rapping, hipster with a cause. This musician has carved his own path, honoring the traditional essence of hip hop while bringing his own creative style and personality displayed throughout his music. Through his thought provoking metaphors, vivid storytelling, clever wordplay, and unique delivery, gQ plans to take the world by storm and become the greatest artist to come out of Texas. gQ has been honing his lyrical dexterity and continues to improve as time passes. From his live performances to his songwriting ability, gQ continues to prove to the masses that he has the potential of becoming a household name in…
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…