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PREMIERE: "White Noise" by Martin Van Ruin

Today we have your exclusive first listen of "White Noise" from Chicago's Martin Van Ruin. The track previews the group's upcoming album Current Day, out August 17th.  Frontman Derek Nelson of the band describes the process behind the track below.


Sometimes, songs can come together in a moment and it’s tough to keep your pen moving as fast as your ideas. “White Noise” wasn’t one of those. The chorus melody came first, and then it was written over a bunch of months, almost passively. I listen to white noise (the real thing, not the song) sometimes to focus — it’s meant to calm you down, but if it’s on full blast, it can actually be hard to hear your own thoughts. That’s how the internet can feel sometimes. I guess that’s what the song’s about.

Once the idea came through, the song came together pretty quickly with the band. I love what Sarah [Goldstein] did vocally; and I love [Brian] Sharpe’s guitar solo on the final recording. As soon as we heard a mix, we knew it’d probably be the first song on the release. 

Tune into the song below, and come celebrate the new album with Martin Van Ruin on August 17th; they'll be performing at Fitzgerald's and you can grab tickets here. 

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Deeper Announces Debut Album, Plus New Music From Post Animal, The Vaccines, Frankie Cosmos and More!

Photo by Alexa Viscius

Photo by Alexa Viscius

Deeper has become a staple in the Chicago music scene over the years, and the time has come for the four-piece to finally release a full-length debut. The band released lead single "Pink Showers" on Monday and also shared the news that their self-titled record will soon be released via Fire Talk Records. Shuga Records is also offering their exclusive white colorway of the record, which you can pre-order here

While you wait for the full album, tune into "Pink Showers" via our March Spotify playlist below! We've added some other new tunes this week, like "Gelatin Mode" by Post Animal, "Sha La La" by The Technicolors, and tracks from The Vaccines, Naked Giants, and Frankie Cosmos' new albums. 

P.S- You can snag tickets to Deeper's album release show at The Empty Bottle on 5/18 here. 

New Music Friday: ANCHR x March Playlist

Happy Friday, folks! There's tons of great new music out today, from new albums to new singles. We've added some new songs and some of our favorites from the new albums to a playlist for the month of March, which will be updated weekly. Tune into the first round for March below.

The playlist features a lot of these albums, but the following are all worth a full listen on their own too. Click the link to give 'em a spin!

The Evening Attraction- The End, Again

In Tall Buildings- Akinetic

Jonathan Wilson-Rare Birds

MT. Joy- Mt. Joy


Lucy Dacus-Historian

Soccer Mommy-Clean

Sonny Smith- Rod For Your Love


New Music Friday 1/26

New Music Friday is here, with new tunes from all all over the place! Chicago's In Tall Buildings released the lead single from his upcoming album, Akinetic. We also have new singles from The Dig, Tenderfoot, The Aces and More! On the album front, the Aussie duo LEYYA return with their sophomore album, while Handsome Ghost has dropped their debut LP. Get your weekend started off right by tuning into all that and more below!

In Tall Buildings-"Beginning to Fade"

The Dig- "Moonlight Baby"


The Aces- "Fake Nice"

Lord Huron- "Ancient Names" (Part 1 and 2)



Mien-"Black Habit"

Allman Brown -"Bury My Heart"

Khruangbin- Con Todo El Mundo

Handsome Ghost- Welcome Back


LEYYA - Sauna



Josh Jacobson X ANCHR Magazine Playlist

NYC based producer and singer-songwriter Josh Jacobson will be bringing his fusion of pop and soul music to Schubas Tavern on February 2nd! Before the show, get to know Josh a bit better and check out this exclusive playlist he handpicked for ANCHR! As a Northwestern University Alum, Josh of course featured some Chicago favorites on this list. Hit play and see what he has has to say about his song choices below!

Common - "Be (Intro)"

One of my absolute favorite records, with an intro to match!

The Impressions - "People Get Ready"

A Chicago classic!

Stormzy -" Velvet / Jenny Francis - Interlude"

Been really vibing to this Stormzy record lately and this may be my favorite tune from it.

Andrew Bird - "Plasticities"

I'll always remember seeing him play with Mavis Staples at the Hideout Block Party one year in Chicago while I was in school. Such a great performer! The way he loops violin and so many other textures live is unlike anything else I've heard. He and I both went to Northwestern!

Moses Sumney - "Lonely World"

I'm obsessed with this track lately, had to include it here! I love how it builds and the Thundercat bass fill towards the end is next level.

Kanye West - "Good Life (ft. T Pain)"

One of my favorite Kanye songs, this always brings back great memories of when I was in high school. Also love it more because it's a sample of P.Y.T.

H.E.R. - "Every Kind of Way"

D'Angelo and penthouse views. I love everything about this song.

Cajmere - "Percolator"

Closing out with some Chicago house favorites. Everyone knows this one from Cajmere aka Green Velvet.

Frankie Knuckles - "The Whistle Song"

Chicago was the birthplace of house music and these songs never get old.

Chance The Rapper - "Finish Line / Drown (ft. T-Pain, Kirk Franklin, Eryn Allen Kane)"

I love what Chance has been doing bringing together hip hop with gospel. I've been a fan of gospel music for a long time and it's a direct influence on almost all of the music I listen to, but it's cool to hear it brought out in this more direct way! Great song.

Get to know Josh even better by coming out to his show on 2/2! Enter here to win a pair of tickets, or grab your guaranteed tickets here. Get ready for the show by listening to Josh's First Light EP below!

New Music Friday 11/17

This week for New Music Friday, we've been blessed with new music from Tame Impala AND King Gizzard (it's their FOURTH album of 2017). As if that's not enough, we've also got new songs from some of our new favorites, like the LA based BAUM, RÓSA, and Wallows. Chicago's own L.Martin, formerly of The Walters, also debuted his first solo single this week. Tune into all that and more below!


Wallows- "Pulling Leaves Off Trees"

L. Martin- "Blue Skies" 

BAUM- "Effortless"

Pumarose- "La Guarida Del Leon"

Aquilo- ii (Side A) EP

Tame Impala- Currents B-Sides EP

King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard- Polygondwanaland

Monogold x ANCHR Magazine: An Exclusive Fall Playlist

Although it's been a hot week in Chicago, Brooklyn based trio Monogold helped us get ready for inevitable Fall weather by composing their own Fall playlist, featuring some of their favorite songs of the season. Give it a listen and check out the band's commentary below!

Black Sabbath - "Children of the Grave" - It has grave in the title. 

The Sundays - "You're Not the Only One I Know" - We've always listened to this record on our fall tours. 

Pixies - "Motorway to Roswell" - It has a sci-fi B movie feel. makes us think of Ed Wood

Sonic Youth - "Hoarfrost" - Sonic youth always seems like a band you should be listening to while wearing a flannel. It's flannel season, baby.

Pretenders - "Don't Get Me Wrong" - CVS. 1993. waiting in line holding your mom's hand buying huge bags of candy. 

Follow Monogold on their social media, and listen to their latest single "Feelers" below! Their new album Babyfood will be out this Friday, 9/29. 

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New Music Friday 9/15

New Music Friday this week bring new singles from lots of our favorites! To Kill a King released a new original single following a few covers, and Space4lease released their final single from their new EP. MUNA and NAO both put out their first singles following up their latest albums, and Cut Worms has also announced a new EP with a debut single. On the album front, Hippo Campus has a new EP out, while Ariel Pink and Angus & Julia Stone put out full LPs. Get your weekend started by listening to all that and more below!

Cut Worms- "Like Going Down Sideways"

The Lemon Twigs- "Why Didn't You Say That?"

To Kill A King- "Spiritual Dark Age"

Space4Lease- "I Tried Calling"

LÉON- "I Believe In Us"

NAO- "Nostalgia"

MUNA- "In My Way"

The Killers- "Some Kind of Love"

Now, Now- "Yours"

King Krule- "Dum Surfer"

Hippo Campus- "Warm Glow" EP

Angus & Julia Stone- Snow

Ariel Pink- Dedicated to Bobby Jameson

New Music Friday: 9/8

So many new albums out today! The National have their first album out since 2013, and Alvvays put out their sophomore album to follow up their debut in 2014. The Belle Game and Zola Jesus's new albums have a dreamy ethereal vibe, while Nothing But Thieves bring on the jamming with their 15-track album. Lomelda and Joseph also have new records out, just to name a few. Even Twin Peaks: The Return has put out a soundtrack following the series finale on Sunday, which features artists like Sharon Van Etten, Nine Inch Nails, and Eddie Vedder. On the singles front, there's everything from the hyped up, long awaited return of Sam Smith to the debut single from a brand new artist, Anna Leone. Local legends Twin Peaks have also released the next double single of their Sweet '17 Singles series. Beck is back with the catchy track "Up All Night," while Spinning Coin released "Sleepless," the lead single from their upcoming debut album. Aquilo, St. Vincent, and Matt Woods also have stunning new singles. No matter what your music taste is, there's something for everyone this week. Tune into it all below!

Twin Peaks- "Come For Me" and "Fat Chance"

Anna Leone- "My Soul I"

St. Vincent- "Los Angeles"

Spinning Coin- "Sleepless"

Beck- "Up All Night"

The Fluids- "Creatures"

Sam Smith- "Too Good at Goodbyes"

Matt Woods- "Craving" 

Aquilo- "I Could Fight On a Wall"

Nina Nesbitt- "The Best You Had"

Alvvays- Antisocialites

Joseph- Stay Awake

Lomelda- 'Thx' 

The Belle Game- Fear/Nothing


The National - Sleep Well Beast

Wild Cub- Closer    

Zola Jesus- Okov

Anna of the North-Lovers

Nothing But Thieves- Broken Machine

Twin Peaks Soundtrack

New Music Friday 9/1

This week's New Music Friday features a few great albums, like The Babe Rainbow and Daughter's new records...but the focus this week is on all the new singles! Bully has made their long awaited return with "Running" to announce their new album out 10/20. Michigander and Benjamin Francis Leftwhich both released heartfelt, mellow singles today, while Zola Jesus, Frida Sundemo, and Skott's new singles highlight their hypnotizing and ethereal vocals. Aussie singer-songwriters Alex Lahey and Courtney Barnett both have new laid back songs out this week, the latter collaborating with Kurt Vile. ROZES gets the weekend vibes going with her anthemic pop tune "Girls on Boys." For all that and more, tune in below!

Michagander- "Stolen"

Bully- "Running"

Zola Jesus- "Siphon"

Benjamin Francis Leftwich- "Rebellion (Lies)"

Courtney Barnett and Kurt Vile- "Over Everything"

Alex Lahey- "Lotto in Reverse"

Ten Tonnes-"Cracks Between"

Skott- "Remain"

Galantis & ROZES- "Girls on Boys"

Frank Ocean- "Provider"

Ibeyi & Kamasi Washington- "Deathless"


Holy Wars- "Back to Life"

Nothing But Theives- "Broken Machine"



Rose Gray- Blue EP

Jake Bugg- Hearts That Strain

The Babe Rainbow- The Babe Rainbow

Daughter-Music From Before The Storm

New Music Friday 8/25

Lots of new music out this week; From local favorites to long awaited albums, this week's New Music Friday is all over the spectrum. Chicago's own Lucille Furs and Jude Shuma have both debuted singles from upcoming albums, and new artists BAUM and MK.Gee have both released their second singles. All time ANCHR favorites To Kill a King released a new cover of "Cigarette," and new favorites Space4Lease return with another new track, "If It's True." On the album front, Brand New's surprise album that arrived last week is finally on Spotify this week. Gordi, together PANGEA, Widowspeak and more also have new albums out. Tune in below for all those and more!

Lucille Furs- "Our Lady of Perpetual Frustration"

To Kill a King- "Cigarette" (Marika Hackman Cover)

Space4Lease-"If It's True"

LÉON- "Body"

Jude Shuma- "Lemonade"

BAUM- "Hot Water"

The Killers- "Wonderful Wonderful"


Brother Brother- "Feels Like 1901"

Colouring- Heathen EP

Har Mar Superstar – Personal Boy EP

The War on Drugs – A Deeper Understanding

together PANGEA – Bulls and Roosters

Gordi- Reservoir

Widowspeak- Expect The Best

Brand New- Science Fiction

New Music Friday 8/18

Lots going on for this week's New Music Friday! In addition to new singles from Alvvays, Varsity, Gordi, and Farebrother, Bastille have released an Orchestreal version of Green Day's "Basket Case." On the new album front, King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard have teamed up with Mild High Club for a collaborative album, and our pals Gang of Youths have released their long awaited album. Listen to all that and more below!


Rose Gray- "Ring The Alarm"

Varsity- "Settle Down"


Bastille- "Basket Case" (Green Day Cover)

Julien Baker- "Appointments"

Gordi- "Bitter End"

Blaenavon- Prague '99 EP

Everything Everything- A Fever Dream

Gang of Youths- Go Further in Lightness

King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard/Mild High Club- Sketches of Brunswick East

New Music Friday 8/11

Lots of singles out this week from across all corners of the genre-sphere, including releases from JSPH, Space4lease, Skela, Matt Woods, and more! On the album front, The Districts' new record is out today, as well as the long awaited return from Kesha! No matter what kind of song you're in the mood for, this New Music Friday playlist has a little something for everyone. Tune in now! 

Moses Sumney- "Quarrel"

Marlon Williams- "Vampire Again"


Matt Woods- "Nervous"

Skela- "Secret"

Florist- "Glowing Brightly"

The Belle Game- "Low"

Space4lease- "Lately"

The National- "Carin at the Liquor Store"

Daughter- "Burn It Down"

Billie Eilish- "Party Favor"


Sedgewick- "To Fold"

Canyon City- "Midnight Flight"

Thompson Springs- Fond Regards EP

The Districts- Popular Manipulations

Kesha- Rainbow

Matt Pond PA- Still Summer

New Music Friday 7/28

Lots of singles out this week, including a few long-awaited comebacks, as well as some albums guaranteed to be staples of the summer! Singles include the first release from Company of Thieves in 6 years and the first release from BØRNS this year. We're also really digging the new single and video from the NYC band Late Night Episode (check them out if you like Imagine Dragons and Bear Hands). Coast Modern released their debut album, Arcade Fire released the follow up to their 2015 album today, and Joywave are also back with some new content (pun intended). Tune in to all the new music for this week below!

Late Night Episde- "Golden Age"

Billie Eilish- "my boy"

The Killers-"Run For Cover"

Alex Lahey- "Every Day's the Weekend"

joan- "love somebody like you"

LOMELDA- "Out There"

Hembree- "Had It All"

BØRNS- "Faded Heart"

Company of Thieves- "Treasure"

Toyko-"Golden Ones"

Space4Lease- "Drifting"

Joywave- Content

Coast Modern- Coast Modern

Arcade Fire- Everything Now

Manchester Orchestra- A Black Mile to the Surface

New Music Friday 7/14

New Music Friday is upon us again! Twinsmith's perfect-for-summer album Stay Cool is finally out, along with albums from some of our other favorites like Japanese Breakfast and Sheer Mag. Billie Eilish and The Sometimes Island also have new singles out! Tune in to all the new releases now...

Billie Eilish- "Copycat"

Space4lease- "Must Be Something"

The Sometimes Island-"Bad People"

Luke Rathborne "Don't Call Me Baby" & "I Wish I Was A Bird"

Zola Jesus- "Soak"

Vance Joy- "Lay It On Me"

Waxahatchee- Out in the Storm

Sheer Mag- Need To Feel Your Love

Japanese Breakfast- Soft Sounds From Another Planet

Oh Wonder- Ultralife

Twinsmith- Stay Cool



Playlist: Dream Version Exclusive for ANCHR

Tomorrow is the day! Our pals Dream Version are releasing their new album called Fight Fair. To celebrate, the Chicago trio made us an exclusive playlist. Listen to it and check out what they had to say about the songs they selected below!

Thumbnail image courtesy of Dream Version

1.  Yes Sir, No Sir / The Kinks

2.  Yo-Yo / Pylon

3.  Scared Straight / The Long Winters

4.  No Bulbs (single version) / The Fall

5.  Ping Pong Affair / The Slits

6.  The Glittering Prizes / Television Personalities

7.  Goldilocks Zone / Grass Widow

8.  We Are Underused / Pavement

9.  Flower Gardens / Chad VanGaalen

10.  Like A Prayer / Madonna

Songs about various flavors of fear (1,3,9)

Songs about the costs of deferring to authority (1,6)

Songs about continuing to play a game you know is rigged (2,6,8)

Songs that are just cool sonic influences (4,5)

Songs about weird religious themes (7,10)

Make sure you also grab a ticket to see Dream Version this Saturday night at Lincoln Hall for their special album release show. Tickets start at $10 and you can buy there here. 

Can't get enough Dream Version? Check out our interview with them

Play The Ace x ANCHR: A Custom Playlist

Influenced by the likes of All Time Low and Brand New, the Dallas-based trio Play The Ace craft pop-punk tunes reminiscent of the early 2000s. To celebrate the release of their debut EP, All My Friends Are Ghosts, Iris, Molly, and Dena have put together an exclusive playlist for ANCHR! The playlist features their all time favorite songs and influences, as well as some of their own music from the EP. Check it out below, and stay up to date on all things Play The Ace here.

Play The Ace is Iris Chang, Dena Asaad, and Molly Lammes  Photo Credit Brelyn Bashrum

Play The Ace is Iris Chang, Dena Asaad, and Molly Lammes

Photo Credit Brelyn Bashrum