Giveaway: Win tickets to see Aan at Milk Bar

Weird stuff happens to the band Aan. They once toured with The Smashing Pumpkins at the behest of Billy Corgan himself. Energy drink maker Red Bull has taken a shine to them and put them up on billboards in their hometown of Portland, in addition to putting out this video for their song "Wet and Dripping": Want to win a pair of tickets to see Aan, Religious Girls, and Yassou Benedict at Milk Bar on August 1? Send me an email at with "Aan" in the subject line and your name and email address in the body of [...]

By |July 29, 2014|Tags: |

Review & Photos: Psychic Ills, Mike Donovan (Sic Alps), Föllakzoid, AAN @ Hemlock Tavern, 2/28/13 (Noise Pop 2013)

The Hemlock seems an unlikely venue for Noise Pop. The oversized cutesy animated Noise Pop banner looked out of place behind the tiny stage in the dingy nethers of a club that prides itself on featuring "a bleeding-edge, non-mainstream mix of local, national and international bands...subgenres, scenes and microscenes." Like putting a Hello Kitty sticker on a murky bong. That said, it seemed like any ol' night at the Hemlock -- a veritable mix of the too cool for school, too stoned for school, and TL party party people (some of which I wager to guess have never stepped foot [...]

AAN (Portland) releases new single and video "Mystery Life," joins Psychic Ills (NYC) for Noise Pop 2/28/13

Portland's indie pop darling AAN (pronounced "on") has been illuminating the Pacific Northwest's indie scene with alternative experimental pop music since 2007. Painted with elements of folk, psychedelia and even surf rock, the band's sound is vibrant but textured with humming guitars and plush harmonies that are powered by the raw, four octave-ranged vocals of Bud Wilson. AAN recently released "Mystery Life," the first single off of its forthcoming debut LP Amor Ad Nauseum, along with the B-side "Spiritual Provisions" and an accompanying music video that makes light of a life-or-death situation. A game of cat and mouse, the video opens with [...]

By |February 19, 2013|Tags: , |

Religious Girls, Aan (Portland), French Cassettes at Cafe du Nord 8/8/12

I Don't Need Love by Aan Portland's Aan comes through town, wrapping their West Coast tour while approaching a homecoming show with one tomorrow night at Cafe du Nord with Religious Girls and French Cassettes (RSVP). Aan is youthful, and seemingly ineffective to articulate -- in some ways, they weld the inventive flavors of Menomena and Yeasayer, with both mildly folk and psych-rock elements, and yet at the end of the day, elicit some At the Drive-In nostalgia with the vocals. Judging by first-listen instinct, the live show could be either just plain loud like the evening's headliners (Religious Girls), [...]

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