Entries tagged with: Austin Psych Fest
photos by Tim Griffin
Goat / Deap Vally / Moving Sidewalks at Austin Psych Fest Day 3 - 4/28/13
Sunday was also about giving credence to the forbears of pysch-rock. Roky Erikson put on an energetic show to a loving and enthusiastic audience. The main attraction, and headliners for the fest, were the Moving Sidewalks featuring Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top. Any time one can catch Gibbons, it's worth paying attention, but unfortunately it seemed like some members of his old band hadn't played since the 1960s. Gibbons's familiar growl and deft guitar work did make up for most of it.Austin Psych Fest wrapped up its 2013 festival at its new home of Carson Creek Ranch last Sunday (4/28). The third, and final, day of the fest included sets by Billy Gibbons' pre-ZZ Top band Moving Sidewalks, Swedish psych freakout group Goat, former 13th Floor Elevators frontman Roky Erickson, The Black Angels, Black Angels collaborator/tourmate Rishi Dhir's project Elephant Stone, Clinic, King Khan & BBQ, White Fence, Deap Vally and more.
Sweden's Goat had the unfortunate slot coinciding with the second half of the Black Angels, but neither the crowd or the band seemed to notice. Dressed as gypsy druids, the band played a sort of jam-pysch rock with insane energy. The band wore masks, but the two female leads stole the show, euphorically jumping and singing throughout each song. [Austinist]
photos by Tim Griffin
Deerhunter/Kaleidoscope/Man or Astroman @ APF 4/27/2013
Deerhunter took a long time setting up, and a long time scuffling through a needlessly elaborate twinkle-rock atmospheric intro, but at their peak they've got an impeccably sharp sound that cuts through the self-conscious drone from the rest of the weekend. Imminent new album Monomania mixed in with enough old favorites to keep the unfamiliar material from sounding too austere.Spirits at Day 2 (4/27) of Austin Psych Fest were literally dampened, a little, with an shower that interupted Os Mutantes' set, but the rain couldn't wash away the good vibes at Carson Creek ranch, especially with a line-up that also included Deerhunter, Boris, Black Mountain, Man or Astroman? and Black Mountain, to name just a few. Saturday also welcomed '60 cult band Kaleidoscope (best known for minor hit "Flight from Ashiya") whose Psych Fest appearance was part of the band's first-ever U.S. tour:
The star of the show was, as usual, Bradford Cox, the effusive, easily annoyed frontman at the center of the band's artistic posture. Sometimes we get the pensive, pissed-off Bradford who rips through the set as fast as possible. Other times you get the casual, extremely talkative Bradford who keeps things as unpredictable as possible. The latter showed up Saturday wearing a dress and wig.
At one point, upon hearing their van's car alarm going off, he casually retorted, "Hey, this is a psychedelic festival, let's just jam on that." Sure enough, he and his band used that bleat to launch into a beautiful stargazing instrumental. It was as impressive as it was funny, and certainly not something you're going to see every night.
That's the beauty of having a guy like Bradford Cox around. - [Austin Chronicle]
Backed by a all-star band that included Rob Campanella from Brian Jonestown Massacre along with Nick Castro and Christof Certik from the Young Elders, Daltrey unloaded a treasure chest of vintage, late-Sixties British psychedelia. If the setup and line checks took longer than normal, it was only because the band had a passion for getting the sound and feel just right. Even the vintage keyboards rang with authenticity. - [Austin Chronicle]That Kaleidoscope tour didn't hit NYC unfortunately but Boris and Man or Astroman? will both be here soon. A set of photos from Day 1 are HERE and you can check out more shots from Day 2 below.
by Tim Griffin
BRMC / Acid Mothers Temple / Warpaint at Austin Psych Fest - 4/26/2013
Last year Austin Psych Fest was held at Emo's East and Beauty Ballroom (RIP), the year before at the Seaholm Power Plant, and this year APF, which happened last weekend (4/26 - 4/28) has found what might be a permanent home at Carson Creek Ranch. The two seemed to fit well; open skies, trees, and a river (just minutes from downtown Austin) made for a great new location. Pictures of the ranch, and many of Day 1's bands (Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Warpaint, Raveonettes, Tamaryn, Acid Mothers Temple, Tinariwen and more) and other goings-on are in this post.
Sailor Jerry invited me along for the ride and hired me to take some pictures for them as well. They had an AirStream back stage where much ink was dispensed (in the form of tattoos) as well as happiness (in the form of rum). Austin Tattoo artists Keith Underwood and Philip LaRocca manned the needles for those who stopped by for some permanent souvenirs. Pictures of some of that in the set, too.
Over at BV Austin, you can check out portraits taken at the fest by photographer Natasha Ryan. More pics from Day 1 of Austin Psych Fest below...
photos by PSquared Photography; words by Bill Pearis
GOAT @ MHOW, 4/23/2013
The lights went down and I think half the crowd lit up, as Music Hall of Williamsburg instantly reeked of pot. GOAT, Sweden's premier voodoo disco psych band, took the stage for their first-ever North American show and the packed house was primed to get their minds blown. Dressed in robes and tunics and wearing a variety of masks and hoods, the band came out and without a word to the audience started laying down the fuzzed-out, conga-driven grooves. The band were about as stoic as Oasis, but sounded fantastic and were tight as hell. (The Swedes really excel at this type of thing.) Luckily, the two female masked singers made up for it by dancing up a storm. There was also some dude in front of me doing the hippy dance the whole show but I'm trying to forget that.
We got most of last year's World Music, including "Let it Bleed" which featured a skronky guest saxophonist who looked like he just left the Sun Ra's Ark. GOAT also played both sides of their upcoming Sub Pop single. Apart from wishing the show was somewhere smaller and sweatier (like Glasslands where the show was originally supposed to happen), they definitely met my expectations for this show, even if my mind remained intact.
Opening the night was Austin's Holy Wave who definitely in the Brian Jonestown Massacre / Black Angels school of post-VU psych. They were good and their set was definitely aided by the oldschool trippy oil-based visuals from the folks at Drippy Eye Projections. Bear in Heaven kept things weird as between-set DJs.
Both GOAT and Holy Wave will play Austin Psych Fest this weekend. More pictures from last night's MHOW set are below.
by Bill Pearis
Toronto's Odonis Odonis release their new EP, Better, this week (4/16). Forging industrial elements with heavy blasts of garage-pysch, it's a paint-peeler of a record. You can stream the EP's title track below.
The band are currently on tour with their noisy neighbors, METZ, which includes two shows in NYC this week. They were good when I caught them at M for Montreal last year so if you're going to Shea Stadium on Tuesday (4/16, sold out) or Bowery on Wednesday (4/17, tickets) do get there early and check 'em out. The Bowery Ballroom show is also with a third Toronto band, The Soupcans, who played Death by Audio last night (4/14). Odonis Odonis' tour wraps up at Austin Psych Fest, and all tour dates are listed below.
Tamaryn is DJing at New York's Museum of Modern Art on Sunday evening (4/7) as part of a PopRally event called "Abstract Currents." Against projections of one-minute videos submitted by the public, Tamryn will provide a "hypnotic soundtrack to the collectively built abstract videoscape." It's in conjunction with MoMA's Abstraction, 1910-1925 and Abstract Generation: Now in Print exhibition and tickets are still available.
Later this month, Tamaryn will be in Texas' state capital for Austin Psych Fest (Apr. 26 - 28), which features a pretty amazing line-up that runs the gammut of "psychedelic," including Deerhunter, Spectrum, Black Mountain, OS Mutantes, The Moving Sidewalks, Clinic, Besnard Lakes, Elephant Stone, Roky Erickson, Sweden's GOAT and a bunch more. The fest just announced the day-by-day line-ups which are listed below.
by Bill Pearis
Sydney, Australia psych-rockers Laurels are set to release their new album, Plains, on April 16. You can stream "Manic Saturday" -- very much in the post-JAMC mold -- from it below. The band are coming to our side of the world next month for Austin Psych Fest and will play a few other shows as well, including two in NYC: Death by Audio on May 1 and Cake Shop on May 3.
All Laurels tour dates are listed below...
Young Magic @ Webster Hall, Jan. 2013 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Young Magic, who not too long ago wrapped up a tour opening for Purity Ring, are hopefully busy working on a follow-up to last year's Melt. In the meantime, the Australian expats who now call Brooklyn their home have a few local dates lined up. They'll play Mercury Lounge on April 9. That show is with "Special Guests TBA," and a "Reverberation DJ set." Tickets go on sale Friday at noon. The band are also playing Ran Tea House on April 19 and, after a trip to Austin Psych Fest, play Brooklyn Museum on May 4.
Back to the Mercury Lounge show. We're not sure what "Special Guests TBA" is but Reverberation is the name of Allah-Las weekly online radio show (the most recent webcast is streamable below) and this show falls smack-dab inbetween Allah-Las' dates with The Black Angels and Elephant Stone at Webster Hall on April 8 (tickets) and The Bell House on April 10 (tickets). We were wondering if Allah-Las might play a show on their own while here. It looks like they'll be DJing but... hmm.
All Young Magic tour dates are below.
by Bill Pearis
Did you have any musical ambitions prior to this?Reykjavik's Dead Skeletons cast a gloomy (yet life-affirming) shadow on their brand of psych rock with singer Nonni Dead at times in the Jim Morrisson/Ian Astbury school of bellowing. Nonni formed Dead Skeletons in the late-'00s and their most recent release was the "Budda Christ" 12" that came out back in December. You can stream the title track below along with some other material from the band.
Noni Dead: When I was much younger living in Glasgow I was thinking it would be nice to start a band and make music, but I have never learned to play instruments. The first time in the studio was with Anton on the Golden Frost. I went into the studio and did a few words, and then when Brian Jonestown played at Glastonbury I went onstage with them.
How did that become 'Dead Mantra' and Dead Skeletons?
ND: With 'Dead Mantra', I was doing an installation in the art museum in Reykjavik in 2008, and I wanted to bring the Dead Concept further, to use other kinds of art like music.
I asked Henrik if he could do a Dead Mantra song with the slogan 'He who fears death cannot enjoy life'. For me it was a spiritual battle song, because I have been HIV positive for 20 years, and the Dead Concept has grown out of that experience, my fear of death. I thought it would be great to do a dead song.
When I put the song on it is like I am going to war, I am beating the virus. I had Hepatitis C and I beat it on my own. For me there is a whole war, a spiritual, nuclear battle inside me. It is the song I want to hear when I go to meet my maker. It tells me not to give up, and to cure myself. It's my meditation song, and I love rock & roll. - [Quietus]
Dead Skeletons are coming over for Austin Psych Fest and will play a few other American shows while here, including two in NYC: May 8 at Glasslands (tickets) with Night Beats and Cosmonauts, and May 9 at Mercury Lounge (tickets). All tour dates are listed below...
by Bill Pearis
Long-running LA-psych band The Warlocks have just wrapped up recording their sixth album -- and first since 2009's The Mirror Explodes -- which should see release in fall of this year. The group, who've released albums or Bomp! and Mute, now reside on Teepee which is also home to The Brian Jonestown Massacre. The Warlocks, at one point, had a couple ex-BJM in their line-up but I'm not sure if they're still rocking the two-drummer megagroup they did in the mid '00s.
The Warlocks are at SXSW this and will return to Texas' state capital for Austin Psych Fest next month. Around that time, the band will hit the East Coast as well, with a stop in NYC at Mercury Lounge on April 23. Tickets for that are currently on AmEx presale with the regular on-sale happening Friday (3/15) at noon. All tour dates are listed, along with a Spotify stream of 2002's great The Pheonix Album, are below.
by Bill Pearis
The Soft Moon have just released a new video for "Insides" from last year's Zeros. The surreal black-and-white clip, directed by Jacqueline Castel, is a little Dali-esque. No melting clocks, but some doors are definitely in a fluid state. Trip out below.
The Soft Moon launch a major North American tour this week that finds them -- suprise! -- in Austin during SXSW and, later, Austin Psych Fest. They'll also be back in NYC for the 2013 Northside Festival on June 16 at 285 Kent. No word on other bands on the bill or tickets just yet, but all tour dates are listed below.
I have cyclops vision now. But I'm not a giant. I changed my name and body only, and stabbed my social nous in the right ear. I still read fear but there are no police this year. I can repeat the same dream. I can let birds talk to me. I'm in jail. I have love and a whistle. I lay where the lotus lay and then spring the frozen flowers on any giving day. I apologize to those put in the trees, but I was gathering the Cyclops reap.Tim Presley's White Fence put out three albums last year -- two on their own and a collaborative one with Ty Segall. They're already gearing up for their next one, Cyclops Reap, which will be out April 9 via Castle Face, the label run by John Dwyer of Thee Oh Sees. Castle Face seems to be ramping up releases lately, what with the great Warm Soda album and a new Oh Sees record out on the label in April.
In the span of 4 1/2 years. I've lived in two different apartments and have used three different rooms during this time. All in Echo Park, Los Angeles, CA, only a couple miles from one another. After the death of my father in 2008 I started writing and recording non-stop in these rooms. I can't say it was directly because of that trauma, but I think deep down it might have much to do about it. This record was initially going to be a collection of the many songs trapped between the 4 White Fence LP's. As i was putting that together, there were more coming. a better crop. i couldn't stop. So, instead of a retrospective i said "Fuck It". might as well use the most current songs of the bunch. For the exception of "Make Them Dinner At Our Shoes" which is from 2009. - Tim Presley
You can stream "Pink Gorilla" from the new White Fence album and check out the tracklist below. The band haven't announced a formal tour but will be playing Burgerama, Austin Psych Fest and a few more select dates, and those are listed below.
by Bill Pearis
still from SUUNS' "2020" video
As mentioned, Montreal's SUUNS will release their second album, Images Du Futur, on March 5. You may have already heard the slow-building track "Edie's Dream" but the band have just released a more typically driving number, "2020," in video form courtesy director Sabrina Ratté. Says the band:
Sabrina is a good friend and an amazing video artist. We've wanted to work with her for some time and this video was the ideal project. We shot some shots and she did her thing. What a trip.Indeed. Her high contrast black-and-white approach may leave marks on your retinas. You can check it out below.
Suuns are going to be touring all over the place in the first half of 2013, with appearances at SXSW, Austin Psych Fest and Sasquatch. They'll also play a headlining set in NYC at Mercury Lounge on April 15 (tickets still available) right before joining The Besnard Lakes for a string of North American dates. Updated tour dates are below.
Boris at Sled Island 2012 (more by Parker Langvardt)
Japan's Boris will return to the US for a string of "residencies" from coast to coast, tagging seven cities for two-night stays. Each citiy will get themed-night shows, with the first evening devoted to "all-time classics along with many new songs never before played in the US" and the second devoted to their 2000 LP, Flood, as well as some drone/experimentalism too. NYC is part of that campaign, so look for the band to hit Le Poisson Rouge on May 6 and 7. Tickets go on sale Friday (2/1) at 10 AM.
This is not the first time that Boris has visited a full album, they did all of Feedbacker at ATP NY in 2009.
Boris is also on board as part of Austin Psych Fest. Check out those dates as well as their entire tour schedule and a teaser video below.
Austin's fuzzed-out Black Angels are set to release their fourth album, Indigo Meadow, on April 2. That's the album art above and you can stream the album's zeitgeist-y single "Don't Play with Guns" below.
The Black Angels will be heading out on a two-month tour right after the album's release, including a stop in NYC on April 8 at Webster Hall. Elephant Stone and Allah-Las will open and tickets go on AmEx presale on Wednesday (1/23) at noon with the regular on-sale happening on Friday (1/25) at noon.
Openers Elephant Stone is fronted by Rishi Dir who has spent time in The Black Angels touring unit and you can probably expect him to play sitar on a few Angels songs while they're out together. Elephant Stone's new self-titled album is out February 5 on the Reverberation Appreciation Society, the label run by Austin Psych Fest (which is run by THe Black Angels). Elephant Stone will be at SXSW in Austin before the Black Angels tour and additional tour dates are listed below.
Speaking of Austin Psych Fest, The Black Angels are headlining this year's event which happens April 26 -28 at Carson Creek Ranch.
Tamaryn @ Mercury Lounge, 11/9/2012 (more by PSqauared Photography)
Tamaryn was here not too long ago, playing Mercury Lounge and Knitting Factory last month. She has just announced another NYC show, moving on up to Music Hall of Williamsburg on February 21 with support from Azar Swan who you may remember made their live debut at the afterparty for Tamaryn's Knit show. Tickets for that show go on sale Wednesday, December 19 at noon. It's the only North American date on Tamaryn's tour schedule right now, apart from an appearance at the 2013 Austin Psych Fest in April.
Tamaryn recently released a video for "The Garden" which from her very nice second album, Tender New Signs, and you can watch that below, as well as check out a list of all upcoming tour dates.
by Andrew Sacher
Swedish psychedelic collective Goat released their debut album, World Music, via Rocket back in August and it's gradually been picking up speed in the UK and North America. The definition of psychedelic music continues to widen and while recent purveyors of the genre like Tame Impala envision it the way John Lennon did by stretching pop to its trippy, mind-bending fullest, Goat are more along the lines of Grails, Om, or Prince Rama -- they want to write the soundtrack to your acid trip.
World Music sounds like the cartoonish displays of an LSD experience, with purple mushrooms and dripping, swirling objects in the background. It sounds like the way non-Hindu spiritual leaders imagine Hindu spiritual leaders sound during prayer. It sounds like what you think every band at Monterey Pop Festival sounded like if you never actually went (or watched the film). I could go on, but you get it. The whole thing is pretty fantastical and if you've yet to hear it, you can stream the entire thing and watch some videos below.
Goat will be heading over to the US in April, 2013 for Austin Psych Fest, but before they make their way to Austin, they'll stop in NYC for a show at Glasslands on April 23. TIckets for that show are on sale now.
Album stream, videos, and a list of all North American tour dates are below.
Elephant Stone, the project led by Montreal's Rishi Dhir, will release their previously discussed self-titled LP on February 5 via HIdden Pony, and they just made a kaleidoscopic video for their droning psych pop single, "Heavy Moon." You can check out that video for the first time at the bottom of this post.
As mentioned, Elephant Stone will be going on a tour soon which brings them to NYC on December 5 at Mercury Lounge with Zula (tickets) and December 6 at Union Pool with Isadora (formerly The Yes Way) (tickets).
In addition to his own band, Dhir has lent his sitar skills to The Soundtrack of Our Lives, The High Dials and The Black Angels (with whom he has also played bass) to name few. Both Elephant Stone and The Black Angels are part of the initial Austin Psych Fest lineup, which also includes Deerhunter, Boris, Wairpaint, DIIV, and others.
An updated list of Elephant Stone dates and that video are below.
Chances are, Psychic Ills is neck-deep in soup dumplings right about now. But after their current Chinese tour and the imminent apolcalypse/birthday party in the Mojave desert, look for the Brooklyn band to prep for a night of bottle poppin' at Saint Vitus on New Year's Eve (12/31). Tickets go on sale Friday (11/23) at noon. All Psychic Ills tour dates are listed below.
Meanwhile, Austin Psych Fest recently released their 2013 lineup and though Psychic Ills is not part of next year's shindig, the band was part of 2012's Austin Psych Fest. Look for the Brooklyn crew to appear in the forthcoming DVD documenting the 2012 fest. Check out the trailer for that below.
Sasquatch! 2012 (more by Chris Graham and Rae Graham)
Quincy, WA music festival Sasquatch! has announced that it will return for its 12th installment to The Gorge over Memorial Day Weekend (5/24 - 5/27) in 2013. A limited number of discounted four-day festival passes will go on sale Friday (11/23) at 9 AM PST at the Sasquatch! website. The lineup will be announced in February.
In other US festival news, as recently mentioned on BV Austin, Austin Psych Fest will go down in Carson Creek Ranch from April 26 to 28 with Deerhunter, The Black Angels, Boris, Spectrum, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Clinic, Warpaint, DIIV, and many more. More info HERE.
Roky Erickson at Webster Hall in 2010 (more by Kurt Christiansen)
Psych rock legend Roky Erickson is on the move, playing a few dates around the country, mostly in association with festivals. In addition to playing the Orion Music & More Festival in NJ on on June 23, the former 13th Floor Elevator frontman will also play a much more intimate show at Maxwell's the night before (June 22). Tickets for the Maxwell's show are on sale AND the Orion festival are on sale. All Roky Erickson tour dates are listed below.
In other news, Roky's performance at last year's Austin Psych Fest 4 has been immortalized on video in the form of a new DVD which is out now. In addition to Roky the concert film also has footage of Spectrum, A Place to Bury Strangers, The Fresh & Onlys and more. This year's Austin Psych Fest recently wrapped up, and you can check out pictures of day 1 HERE and day 2 HERE.
Check out the trailer for the Austin Psych Fest 4 DVD and the list of Roky Erickson tour dates below.
Woods at Austin Psych Fest 2012 (more by Tim Griffin)
Woods kicked off a tour with Mmoss last month surrounding Austin Psych Fest which included a NYC-area show at Maxwell's on 4/20 (how was that?). The tour is wrapping up this weekend with a Philly show last night (5/4), a NYC show tonight (5/5) at 285 Kent with Crystal Stilts, and a show at Storm King Art Center on Sunday with Widowspeak (who kick off a tour with 2:54 in June).
For Crystal Stilts, tonight's show is their only non-festival date, though they've been playing more and more lately. As far as festivals, they're on the lineup of this year's Capitol Hill Block Party.
All dates and a video of Woods at Austin Psych Fest below...
Lotus Plaza at Austin Psych Fest last week (more by Tim Griffin)
Deerhunter guitarist Lockett Pundt's project Lotus Plaza just wrapped up a tour with Disappears in support of his great new album, Spooky Action at a Distance, which included a Brooklyn show at Glasslands (4/19) and Austin Psych Fest (click the link for more pics). Unlike most of Deerhunter bandmate Bradford Cox's shows as Atlas Sound, Lockett has been playing with a full band on his Lotus Plaza tour.
The band is continuing to tour during the first half of this month and after a short break, will hit the road again in July surrounding Pitchfork Festival which brings them to NYC on July 18 at Mercury Lounge and July 19 at Knitting Factory. Tickets for the Mercury Lounge show are on AmEx presale now and go on sale to the general public on Friday (5/4) at noon. Tickets for the Knitting Factory show are on sale now.
All dates and a video of Lotus Plaza at Glasslands from a Pitchfork "+1" episode below...
The Fresh & Onlys @ Psych Fest 2011 (more by Tim Griffin)
The Reverberation Appreciation Society and The Black Angels have released the initial lineup poster for the 5th annual Austin Psych Fest. This year's fest, running from April 27th - 29th (in Austin), will take place at Austin's two newest big venues, recently opened Emo's East and the soon-to-be open Beauty Ballroom which is next door.
Emo's East is now the only Emo's since their Red River location closed on 12/30, and the Beauty Ballroom is (hopefully) having their rescheduled Grand Opening on January 27th (with Theophilus London and Treasure Fingers) and continuing on January 28th.
APF will feature around 60 bands over the three day, two room event. About 40 are included in the poster below, with another 20 or so to be announced in March. Announced bands include the Black Angels (who played Emo's East on New Year's Eve), the Black Lips, Brian Jonestown Massacre, Dead Meadow, Olivia Tremor Control, Wooden Shijps, and many more. Weekend passes go on sale this Saturday (January 21st) at 12pm CST at austinpsychfest.com.
Check out photos from the 2011 edition of Psych Fest (held at Seaholm Power Plant) HERE.
Chaos in Tejas, a different kind of Austin music fest that happens in June, also announced bands on their lineup today.
SXSW, which is in March, continues to announce bands all the time and recently posted their initial schedule.
Psych Fest 2012 poster, lineup and Bandcamp mixtape, below...
photos by Tim Griffin
Black Moth Super Rainbow @ Psych Fest
"We came back."While Black Moth Super Rainbow won't win any points for enthusiasm in the above website update, most likely they'll save some of that for their ridiculous costumes and dancing at a forthcoming set of live dates. Announcement of the fall shows, which kick off in early September in the Midwest and the East Coast, coincides with the release of an expanded edition of the Dandelion Gum that includes an additional 14 tracks and is called Dandelion Gum Extra Flavor Deluxe Reissue. Look for BMSR on the road, including at Le Poission Rouge on 9/22 (tickets) and Bell House on 9/23 (tickets). All dates are listed below.
Black Moth Super Rainbow was one of many psychedelically tinged artists to make their way down for Austin Psych Fest. We've previously posted pictures of Prefuse 73, Black Ryder, Spectrum, Bass Drum of Death, and more but swing below for a belated set of pictures of Black Moth Super Rainbow from the fest as well. Those pictures and all tour dates, which also include an appearance at Camp Bisco with Four Tet, are below.