• Shop Local This Xmas

    Not sure what to get for your friends or family for Christmas this year? Sure, there are all sorts of bargains and coupons and nonsense, but this year we think it’s time to start putting our money towards something more deserving, which is why we’re going local this Christmas. Mom and Pop shops are the ones who put in the time and effort, so why not help them out? It is the season of giving or whatever, right? So give back to your local shops and let them know they’ve got your support!   Goat Haus Dairy     Goat Haus Dairy has been one of my favorite finds here in Texas because…

  • Ünderworld: A Psychedelic Slacker Comedy in the Making

    Pictured: Justin Jacobs as Rob   Ünderworld, a psychedelic slacker comedy, is director Vanessa Pla’s independent birth child starting actors and actresses from across the spectrum. Filmed in San Marcos, Texas, and citing influences like Dazed & Confused and Empire Records,  the film is what happens with a band of slacker youths take over a theme park and save it from subsequent doom. Mike, our protagonist, is not what you’d call a responsible character — a post-college graduate known to sleep in past noon, he is forced to take over the park after his father dies in a tragic accident. With a troop of like-minded friends, including roles from Lorelei…

  • The Marfa Diary: A Guide

    When you mention to people that you’re going to Marfa, the usual response is “What the hell is that?” Marfa, Texas: Home to roughly 1,000 interesting and quirky people, and an 8.5 hour drive from my house. This tiny town located just outside of Big Bend in the western wing of Texas is relatively small, but home to a wide variety of surprisingly neat and artistic attractions. It might also be one of my favorite places in the world, as of this past weekend. Now, I wasn’t totally clueless when offered the chance to take a trip out to Marfa, but I certainly had no idea what to expect other…

  • Ears and Soul in the Clouds: A Shoegaze Night with Sixteen Deluxe, Casual Strangers, and Ringo Deathstarr

      Set in the heart of Austin’s Red River music culture district, Empire Control Room boasts an enormous space with visuals spanning and surrounding a 180 degree scene inside their venue. No place could be more fitting than to host a bill comprised of this city’s very own psychedelic and shoegaze acts Casual Strangers, Sixteen Deluxe and Ringo Deathstarr.   Casual Strangers are something of an enigma – continually toying with music genres of varying nature, one never knows quite what to expect from this experimental tour de force. Rather than scripting out the precise why’s and how’s, the band lets loose their creative energy to present a raw and…

  • SAILOR POON TAKEOVER!

      Austin’s very own Sailor Poon came together just over a year ago and are taking the music scene into their own hands and carving out their very own space. Performing under various stage names like Sally Poon and Suzy Poon, what is immediately apparent is their familial-like connection and their ability to join forces to provide something genre-bending, both in their records and with their live performances. Describing their music as “shitty post sincerity”, you never quite know what to expect from Sailor Poon – from their country song “Ol’ Bessie” to their metal track “Butt Gush”, they’re down to experiment with it all. A little tongue in cheek,…

  • Mixtape Monday: Tracks In Your Town

    Mixtape Monday: Tracks In Your Town (June) from anonmagazine on 8tracks Radio.   God Cops – Fungi Girls Heart in the Sand – ultraviolet Under the Continental Divide – Carl Sagan’s Skate Shoes Thrash – Telepods Baltic Discovery – Future Museums Only One – Baby Bleu Thanks But No Thanks – The Human Circuit overwhelm – smith+robot  

  • Mixtape Monday: Tracks In Your Town

    Mixtape Monday: Tracks In Your Town (March2015) from anonmagazine on 8tracks Radio.     Girl Pushups – Feuding Fathers Hardware – Slow Pulse Light Dream – Sunrise and Ammunition Crossed Out Names – The Demigs Heavy Fizz – Sealion You Want It – Jonly Bonly I’ll Kill You, Dear – Far Far Future Future Color – Shapescenes  

  • 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 “a faceless shaman who becomes engaged in a cosmic quest to incarnate the primordial spirits of destruction and chaos present in the universe from the beginning of time.” In keeping their identity immaculately hidden, they add an extra layer to their mysterious and psychedelic aura, both on screen and off.   What made you want…

  • 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 revealed what it’s like to take on the task of throwing the event together, what makes it so different from your typical musical festival, and what this year’s audience can expect as UTOPiAfest enters its sixth year when the fest kicks off this Friday, September 12!     What makes Utopiafest different from other festivals?…

  • One For The Locals: Technicolor Hearts & Les RAV

    This Sunday, August 31st, at 7 pm, W Happenings and Transmission Events will be partnering up to present Living Room Live. This show (in the uber cool W Austin Records Room might I add) will feature Technicolor Hearts and special guest Les RAV! Self-proclaimed “art project for lovers,” Technicolor Hearts brings audiences a multi-layered show to say the least. I cool combination of music, art, synthesizers, props, dreamy lyrics, and more, they’re sure to knock your surreal socks off. Les RAV, who you will be seeing on the blog later in the week talking about Austin’s $3 shows, delivers an ethereal and emotional performance. With sounds coming from harps, violins,…

  • 8am with Cary Fagan

    It’s 9am New York time when I call Cary Fagan. That’s 8am for him in Houston. 8am. On a Saturday. I guess whoever said success never sleeps was right because he’s ready to talk. I apologize for getting him up so early anyway. His voice is low and easy, like I had called one of my friends the morning after we had gone out, and puts me at ease to ask whatever I want.   I want to know about the girls. The majority of Fagan’s work is rooted in the beauty and intricacies of the female body. He photographs models and model friends, only occasionally breaking away to the…

  • Wildcat Apollo Presents: KC Zombie

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

  • Losing Your Flames

    Losing Your Flames was developed by Sara York and Mikel Ledesma to show the devastating effects of bullying on today’s society. Coming out is a very personal experience, and each individual should set the time and place to tell their friends they are gay. But the world isn’t always kind when others find out, and sometimes that unkindness is too much to take. LGBT youth are 4 times more likely and questioning youth are 3 times more likely to attempt suicide as their straight peers. When confronted with anger and teasing from friends and family, LGBT young are left with nowhere to turn. Losing Your Flames provides a platform for…

  • One For The Locals: Micky and The Motorcars

    Tumblin’ down from the heights of the Sawtooth Mountains, Micky and The Motorcars hit the Stafford stage Thursday night to commence their Texas tour. Led by frontman Micky Braun and his guitarist brother Gary Braun, The Motorcars are coming to kick up some grade-A Americana dust. Music is just part of the brothers’ blood, as it has been for the last few generations of Brauns. Micky and Gary make up half of the Brauns brothers; their older siblings, Willy and Cody Braun, head the increasingly popular and genre-similar band: Reckless Kelly, who just so happened to edge out Jay-Z and Metallica for a Grammy award in Best Record Package last…

  • Paris-Dallas

    Let’s talk Chanel.  When Karl Lagerfeld first announced he was doing his Métiers d’Art show in Dallas I screamed in excitement.  Last week, when I realized it was only a few days away, I cried.  I cried because I knew I was never going to be able to be there because of two reasons.  One: I do not own a car or drive, so I would not be able to get there. Two: I am not important, so of course I was not invited.  So, instead of being in Dallas, I was sitting at home eating chocolate ice cream to ease my depression.  (Then the Victoria’s Secret fashion show had…

  • Fun Fun Fun Fest, Y’all

    For those of you who don’t know what Fun Fun Fun Fest is, it’s basically just a regular ol’ music festival. But, for those of you who know what it is or have been to it, you’d know that it’s one of the craziest and funnest (hence the name) festivals Texas has to offer. It takes place in Austin, which is a great excuse for a road trip to Austin because it is one hell of an awesome city. At the fest, there are multiple stages, each with various genres of music, so it literally is a festival for any and everyone. In addition to that, there’s wresting, BMX, skateboarders,…

  • Holga Lovin’

    I have a love/hate relationship with my Holga 35mm camera. Love, because I absolutely adore the way most of my pictures turn out – the light leaks are always a beautiful surprise, and I’ve figured out how to do double exposures. Hate, because I never know how the pictures will turn out, or if they even will turn out, for that matter. It’s definitely one of the most temperamental cameras around – blurry pictures happen, the film itself can mess up, and so on. Even so, I personally think that the occasional frustration that comes with using this kind of camera is well worth the unique pictures that you get. After taking…

  • 25 Things I’ll Miss About This Place

    While I can’t wait to be free from severe allergies, fiery temperatures, and Republicans, I’m starting to feel a little nostalgic about all of the things I’m going to miss when I pack up and move to the East Coast in a couple of weeks. So for all you current, former, and soon-to-be locals, here’s a little ode to what I’m going to miss most about Bryan/College Station. Side note: all of this stuff is awesome, and even though I won’t be able to do it/have it/experience it/eat it for a while, I would definitely recommend you do so. 25. The College Station Target, and the many days and nights…

  • ANON Does 4th of July

    On Thursday morning, the anniversary of our country’s independence and what-not, the ANON crew here in College Station packed up and headed down the road to “that other town” in Texas. Austin, ya know… Where there is actually something to do aside from venturing over to Northgate or going to the movies for the twentieth time (I have seriously lost count). We were in search of the great 4th of July adventure, complete with a fireworks show that would probably cut deep into the city’s budget. Well, we didn’t get our amazing, cathartic display of gunpowder, but we did get a great deal on sparklers, black cats, and roman candles,…

  • A Local Texas Find: The Chocolate Gallery

    As a student who once lived in a large city, coming to College Station has been a bit of a culture change.  There isn’t much to do in terms of recreation other than drinking, country dancing, and partying (which, I am perfectly fine with, don’t get me wrong but I look for more diversity than that). Now, if there is one thing you should know about us people who come from larger cities (city slickers if you may), it is that we usually know good food.  So, I was walking around downtown Bryan, TX this past weekend, and looking into all of the miscellaneous shops, when I came across one that…

  • 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 &…