Posted in Contests | music | pictures on July 18, 2011

photos by Amanda Hatfield

The Black Angels @ 4Knots
Black Angels

"The Black Angels, from Austin, play psychedelic rock as if the 1960s never ended, and they are absolute masters of it. It's the psychedelia of echo, stomp and incantation, of songs that sit on one chord and one beat to the point of hypnosis, with tendrils of bluesy, heavily reverbed lead guitar and wavery electric organ, and with lyrics like, "Rollin' fast down I-35/supersonic overdrive." The Doors and the Velvet Underground are the Black Angels' main models, merged for a haunted bicoastal drone, with glimpses of the Byrds, early Pink Floyd and 13th Floor Elevators from Texas. It's an old, familiar sound that hasn't lost its effect." [NY Times]
The Black Angels headlined the 4Knots Festival at the South Street Seaport on Saturday. A set of pictures from their NY Times-approved set are in this post. Davila 666 pics HERE. Other sets of pics from the free show are on the way.

The Black Angels play a free Spotify-presented show at Mercury Lounge late tonight (7/18). As previously mentioned, that show is first come, first served, but we're offering the chance to get guaranteed entry. To enter, email BVCONTESTS@HOTMAIL.COM (subject: Black Angels). Be 21+ and include your first and last name. Winner will be picked at random soon. You can also up your chances of winning by entering for one of the pairs we're giving away to the same show on Facebook.

More 4Knots pics below...

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Comments (20)

This was a shit replacement for Siren but still better than nothing.

Posted by Anonymous | July 18, 2011 4:14 PM

Black Angels are some vanilla ass psych rock. No personality.

Posted by Anonymous | July 18, 2011 4:34 PM

I vote for nothing.

Posted by Anonymous | July 18, 2011 5:41 PM

The black Angels had no business headlining a real festival. They were pretty good, but good in a middle of the lineup kind of way, not as the featured band in an otherwise big pile of shit.

Posted by Anonymous | July 18, 2011 5:54 PM

^ um, this wasn't a real festival.

Posted by Anonymous | July 18, 2011 6:08 PM

btw... when he thanked "brooklynvegan for getting us here" was that a slip up or was BV involved with this lineup?

Posted by Anonymous | July 18, 2011 6:09 PM

Well, "real" festival was a bit overstated, 6:08, but even by Siren standards - which is what the Voice sold this as kind of being a continuation of - the lineup sucked balls.

Posted by Anonymous | July 18, 2011 6:18 PM

it is a free show. stop complaining people. thanks village voice

Posted by Anonymous | July 18, 2011 7:03 PM

great show, good times...and free bands!!
alright!

Posted by Anonymous | July 18, 2011 7:09 PM

i was 6:08... i had a great time and was very grateful that village voice paid to have all these bands play for free (esp black angels and davila 666 who I have been a fan of for years) ... however, i don't think it was a "festival"

Posted by Anonymous | July 18, 2011 10:15 PM

Is "Black" the new "Crystal" which was the new "Wolf"?

Black Keys
Black Lips
Black Angels
Black Taxi
..etc..etc..etc...

Posted by g | July 18, 2011 10:41 PM

black is black

Posted by Anonymous | July 19, 2011 1:54 AM

"Black" is hardly the new anything, 10:41. Get a clue. All those bands have been around for years.

Posted by Anonymous | July 19, 2011 2:26 AM

Don't forget Black Carl.

Posted by Anonymous | July 19, 2011 2:37 AM

I'm gald I didn't go to 4knots to get my black angel fix. When I heard about the spotify free show I was jumping for joy lol. And it was great! :-)

Posted by fxh613 | July 19, 2011 5:17 AM

You are all a bunch of dicks. lol seriously. It was a great show at a beautiful venue for FREE! When you guys put together a show for us to attend for free you can talk. Until then STFU

Posted by Anonymous | July 19, 2011 8:20 AM

How was the Mercury show?

Posted by The Dude | July 19, 2011 10:36 AM

sick

Posted by Anonymous | July 19, 2011 2:51 PM

"Black" is hardly the new anything, 10:41. Get a clue. All those bands have been around for years.

Posted by games | August 17, 2011 12:45 PM

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