Entries tagged with: Austin Psych Fest
photos of Flaming Lips by Tim Griffin
Miley Cyrus @ T5 last night (via @rawkandroll) / The Flaming Lips @ Levitation Fest 2015
It's "upfronts" season, when TV networks parade out their new shows, and Adult Swim usually throws a crazy private party, which have been at Terminal 5 lately. (Outkast played it last year.) This year's party was Wednesday night (5/13) at T5 and Miley Cyrus was the night's guest, dressed in white tights, giant butterfly wings, and little else. In addition to her own songs, covers of Johnny Cash's "A Boy Named Sue", Paul Simon's "50 Ways to Leave Your Lover", Led Zeppelin's "Baby, I'm Gonna Leave You", and Khia's "My Neck, My Back" she brought out pals The Flaming Lips for two songs. The first was "Tiger Dreams," a song from their collaborative album they're making, and then they covered The Beatles' "A Day in the Life" which was Cyrus' contribution to the Lips' Sgt. Peppers tribute album. You can watch video of "Tiger Dreams" (via Billboard) below.
On Sunday, The Flaming Lips headlined the final day (5/10) of Austin's Levitation festival that had, just an hour earlier, hosted the first 13th Floor Elevators show since 1968. Their set focused heavily on The Soft Bulletin and Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots and was, as usual, full of streamers, confetti cannons, giant balloons, etc etc etc. Pictures, including a few taken at the backstage Sailor Jerry tattoo trailer where Wayne and six friends got matching heart tattoos on their pinkie fingers, and the setlist from Levitation are below.
In other news, Miley continued her Backyard Sessions video series (which previously had her covering The Replacements with Joan Jett and Laura Jane Grace), this time taking on Crowded House's 1986 hit "Don't Dream It's Over" with Ariana Grande. You can watch that below too.
photos by PSquared; words by Bill Pearis
Tame Impala / Metz / Spiritualized / White Fence @ Levitation Fest 5/8/2015
When it rains it pours. Last year, Austin Psych Fest was a duststorm. This year (renamed Levitation), literal dark clouds hung over, threatening thunderstorms all three days even though it only ended up raining on Friday (5/8), and before bands started playing. But it was enough to turn Carson Creek Ranch into a mudpit on that first day. Add lack of lighting on much of the grounds and it was slow and treacherous moving around between Levitation's three stages. People were a little cranky, a little dirty, but good vibes were mostly maintained thanks in no small part to the great lineup of bands.
Among Friday night's highlights were Tame Impala, Spiritualized and DIIV on the main stage; METZ, The Sword and Lightning Bolt in the Levitation Tent (which was covered but still muddy); and The Soft Moon, White Fence and Holy Wave on the Elevation Stage which had been moved up the hill from it's usual creekside location because of the weather. (The move was disappointing to some, as usually they project trippy visuals on the trees across the water, but they still positioned the stage near foliage to use as a screen.)
The night before, Levitation had kickoff parties at Austin venues Mohawk (Ariel Pink, Octopus Project, and more) and Red 7 with Brian Jonestown Massacre members Joel Gion and Matt Hollywood, plus sets from Brooklyn's Christines, Sweden's Les Big Byrd, Austin's Golden Dawn Arkestra and more.
Pics from the 13th Floor Elevators' Sunday night set are HERE. Stay tuned for pics from the rest of the fest, but a few instagrams from Red 7's kickoff party and more from Levitation Fest Day 1 pics, below...
photos by P Squared Photography
13th Floor Elevators at Levitation 2015
The four surviving original members of psychedelic rock legends The 13th Floor Elevators reunited for their first show since 1968 at hometown festival Levitation (fka Austin Psych Fest) this past weekend. ("Levitation" is named after a 13th Floor Elevators song, and so is the "Reverberation Stage" they played on.) Roky Erickson, Tommy Hall, John Ike Walton, and Ronnie Leatherman all sounded great together, and played old favorites such as "Earthquake," "She Lives (In A Time Of Her Own)" and "You're Gonna Miss Me," all three of which you can watch videos of below.
We've also got a set of pictures from their set in this post, and more of those are below too, as well as their setlist. Stay tuned for more Levitation coverage.
by Andrew Sacher
The Well at Beerland in Austin (photo by Eric Karjala)
Austin retro rockers The Well (not to be confused with the Brooklyn bar and sometimes venue of the same name) are making appearances at a couple cool festivals this month. This weekend they'll be at hometown fest Levitation (fka Austin Psych Fest) with The 13th Floor Elevators, The Jesus & Mary Chain, The Flaming Lips, Primal Scream, Spiritualized, and more. The following weekend they play the more metal-oriented Psycho California with Sleep, Pentagram, Eyehategod, Earth, Kylesa and more.
If you're attending either (or both), The Well are worth checking out. Their most recent album, Samsara, came out last year on RidingEasy Records, which is home to a lot of bands in this realm -- a throwback to early proto-metal, psych, prog, and hard rock. Fans of Black Sabbath, Blue Cheer, Deep Purple, Iron Butterfly, Vanilla Fudge or your '68-'71 hard rock band of choice, stream the album below. We've also got the premiere of a new dub remix of the album's track "Crawling Mist" (by McPullish), and you can stream that below too.
We're about three weeks away from Levitation (formerly known as Austin Psych Fest) which happens in the Texas Capital from May 8-10 at Carson Creek Ranch and the fest has just announced the schedule and set times. Tame Impala and Spiritualized headline on Friday, The Jesus & Mary Chain and Primal Scream headline on Saturday, and Flaming Lips and 13th Floor Elevators headline on Saturday. Might we see Primal Scream's Bobby Gilispie reprise his old role as JAMC's standup drummer? Tickets are still available and you can check out the schedule below.
To get you, uh, pysched for the fest, we've got a mix featuring the bands on Friday's Levitation lineup (DIIV, METZ, Soft Moon, White Fence, Lightning Bolt, the aforementioned headliners and more) which was made by Al Lover (who's made Levitation/APF mixes before) who will be DJing the Reverberation Stage that night. The mix makes its premiere in this post and you can listen below. That's the poster for Friday above, which is part of a set by artist Robin Gnista which you can buy at the fest.
by BIll Pearis
Chilean psych band Föllakzoid release their third album next week via Sacred Bones. It's four long, interconnected tracks making for a seriously heavy trip. You can stream the whole thing (via NME) below.
The band will indeed be playing Austin's Levitation fest in May, as well as Desert Daze on the West Coast before that, and will then head East, finishing up their tour in NYC at Rough Trade on May 23. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (3/27) at noon.
All tour dates are listed below...
In addition to Austin Psych Fest's Levitation Festival in Austin, they're doing another US fest: Levitation Chicago, which happens this weekend (3/13-14) with The Pop Group, Destruction Unit, Viet Cong, Swervedriver, Atlas Sound and more.
Ahead of this weekend's festival, psych rock producer Al Lover made another of his mixtapes for the fest. It includes songs by all the artists on the lineup, as well as his redux of Lumerians' "Hook For An Eye," exclusive to this mix. The mix premieres in this post and can be streamed below.
There are also Levitation festivals in France and Vancouver, the latter of which just announced its lineup. APF is also putting on two SXSW shows with help from Sailor Jerry. Lineups and more info for those, below.
photo: Fat White Family @ Baby's All Right in December (more by Gretchen Robinette)
The Fat White Family, last seen scuzzing up Baby's All Right's stage in December, will be back in North America for Austin Levitation fest in May and have announced tours happening on either side of that. It kicks off with a small show at NYC's Mercury Lounge on April 2 and then they'll play the larger Music Hall of Williamsburg on April 30. Tickets for both those NYC shows go on sale Friday (2/27) at noon with AmEx presales beginning Wednesday (2/25) at noon.
All tour dates are listed, along with the video for "Cream of the Young" and a FWF edition of Amoeba Records' "What's in My Bag?", below...
Tel Aviv shoegaze trio Vaadat Charagim will release their new album, Sinking As A Stone, on May 5 via Burger. You can stream the hazy first single, "Ein Li Makom" below.
The band are coming to North America in May to play Austin's Levitation (fka Austin Psych Fest) and will tour after, with their final date at Brooklyn's Baby's All Right on May 22. Tickets for that show will be available soon.
All Vaadat Charigim dates are listed below...
by Bill Pearis
Austin psych legends The 13th Floor Elevators are reforming to play -- where else? -- Austin Psych Fest's rebranded Levitation which goes down May 8-10 at the Carson Creek Ranch. The performance will feature the four surviving original members (Roky Erickson, Tommy Hall, John Ike Walton, and Ronnie Leatherman), and it's the first time they have all played together since 1968. That's pretty exciting. Levitation, which was named after the Elevators song, already had a killer lineup with he Flaming Lips, Tame Impala, The Jesus and Mary Chain, Primal Scream, Spiritualized, Lightning Bolt, Melody's Echo Chamber, Fat White Family, Metz and tons more. Tickets and weekend passes are still available and daily lineups are listed below.
The Austin Chronicle interviewed the Elevators' Tommy Hall who was the band's primary lyricist and also, as importantly, their pioneering electric jug player, with a fluttering style that few have dared to duplicate since:
Do you still play electric jug?Check out Hall in action with The 13th Floor Elevators in classic television performance videos -- as well as an Rdio stream of Elevators/Roky Erickson tribute album Where the Pyramid Meets the Eye (featuring Primal Scream, JAMC, and more) below.
"No I don't. I've spent all my time doing all this work," he says, referring to his journey of understanding the mathematical expressions of the universe, which he characterizes as a "quasi material abstraction." "But I'm going to practice the jug and hopefully I can be as good as I was."
Do you expect the Elevators' message to connect with the new generations of fans seeing you at Levitation?
"Yeah, sure. When we we're going on we weren't very appreciated, but now the young people dig us. With the younger generations' knowledge and their use of weed for good purposes, they understand the information. Once we have these ideas, it should change us physically.
Chilean psych-rock band Föllakzoid will release III (yes, their third album) via Sacred Bones on March 31. Its four long tracks follow dark, minimal lines, locked grooves and spaced-out repetition. For the new album they also enlisted the help of German synth specialist Uwe Schmidt (who releases music as Atom™ and Señor Coconut) to help expand their universe. Zone out to the 12-minute opening track "Electric" below.
UPDATE: We originally posted that Föllakzoid would be at Austin Psych Fest Levitation this year, which is apparently unconfirmed. We hope it happens!
Let's try this again, shall we? Primal Scream were supposed to have toured around an appearance at the 2014 Austin Psych Fest, including Irving Plaza and Warsaw in NYC, which ended up not happening. They're scheduled to play Austin Psych Fest (now re-dubbed Levitation) in May, and have announced a North American tour to go along with it, including the two same NYC venues they were to have played last year: May 20 at Irving Plaza and May 21 at Warsaw. Tickets to Warsaw go on Noisey presale Wednesday (1/28) at 10 AM (password: NOISEY2015) and general on-sale at noon on Friday (1/30), and tickets to Irving Plaza go on sale sale Friday (1/30) at 10 AM with a Noisey presale and also LiveNation/Music Geeks presales beginning Wednesday at 10 AM (password: MUSICGEEKS). All dates are listed below.
by Bill Pearis
Melody's Echo Chamber is currently working on her follow-up to her 2012 debut LP. The new album, which will be self-released, will be out later this year, but she did release a single, "Shirim," in late 2014. Where her debut album was made with Tame Impala's Kevin Parker, Melody Prochet wrote and recorded this on her own. The song still has those hazy, psychedelic sonics but is definitely a little more pop, with fuzz bass and a funky guitar riff driving it. Stream it below.
As mentioned, Melody's Echo Chamber will be over for Austin Psych Fest: Levitation in May and she and her band will also play shows in NYC and LA after the fest. The NYC date happens May 12 at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (1/16) at noon with an AmEx presale beginning Wednesday (1/14) at noon.
All dates are listed, along with the "Shirim" single stream, below...
Austin Psych Fest 2014 (more by Tim Griffin)
The annual Austin Psych Fest, which they've renamed "Austin Psych Fest presents Levitation" (more on that below), happens this year from May 8-10 at the Carson Creek Ranch. The initial lineup was just revealed and it's looking pretty crazy. There's The Flaming Lips, Tame Impala, The Jesus and Mary Chain (performing Psychocandy), Spiritualized, Primal Scream, The Black Angels, Thee Oh Sees, Mac DeMarco, Melody's Echo Chamber, Lightning Bolt, The Sword, Earth, A Place to Bury Strangers, Fuzz, The Soft Moon, Metz, White Fence, Fat White Family, Nothing and still plenty more. Weekend passes are on sale now and check out the full initial lineup below.
As for the name change of the fest to Levitation:
Over the years, countless other "psych fest" events have popped up around the globe - music communities all over the world are gathering together and celebrating music and art together. This is an amazing thing and we are proud to be a part of it.The APF folks have been doing a sister festival in France called "Levitation" since 2013.
In 2015 we are redefining what we're doing with a renewed focus on the music we love, and to mark that change the festival is taking on a new name: LEVITATION. The title comes from one of our favorite tracks from Austin legends The 13th Floor Elevators, who have provided us with endless inspiration. Their music and message transcended genre - they were true innovators.
Lineup, poster and announcement video for Austin Psych Fest presents Levitation, below...
APTBS @ MHOW, 2012 (more by Chris La Putt)
Austin Psych Fest is one of the cooler annual conclaves for headtrip rock n' roll, and they're bringing a bit of that flavor to NYC during CMJ for a showcase at Rough Trade on October 25 with A Place to Bury Strangers, White Fence, Moon Duo, King Gizzard & the Wizard Lizard, Wampire, Bo Ningen, Spires, The Wytches and The Paperhead. It's a 6 PM start with "special guests to be announced." Tickets go on sale Friday (9/19) at noon. Flyer for the show is below.
This is the only current date for A Place To Bury Strangers, though it seems likely that the band will play Death by Audio before it closes, seeing how frontman Oliver Ackerman runs the successful Death by Audio pedal company that's housed in the back of the venue (which will be locating to new digs) and if anybody's the DbA house band, it's APTBS.
Nashville's The Paperhead, meanwhile, just announced they'll be releasing Africa Avenue this fall via Trouble in Mind, their first new music in two years. Bo Ningen will be at CMJ following their tour with Kasabian. White Fence and King Gizzard have other CMJ shows together too.
Moon Duo also play with The Horrors at Stage 48 on October 21 (tickets), though most of their tour together was postponed, and then they'll play with The Kills at Bowery Ballroom on 10/23 (sold out but you can try to get in with a CMJ badge if you're gonna have one).
Flyer for the Psych Fest CMJ showcase below...
photos by Tim Griffin; words by Bill Pearis
Liars @ Austin Psych Fest - 5/2/2014
Liars never ever sound hollow. There's a fine line between wankery and worthy experimentation, and thanks to their passion, Liars always make for a worthy live show. It doesn't matter if it's not your cup of tea, and you spent all day catching the deciduous vibes of campfire acts like Woods. Seeing three compelling weirdos go nuts on stage will always cast an impressive silhouette.Liars headlined the first night (5/2) of the 2014 Austin Psych Fest. It was one of the first times the band -- which now includes Pit Er Pat's Butchy Fuego on drums -- have performed since releasing Mess, their terrific, accessible, danceable new album. Pictures from Psych Fest are in this post.
There was a moment towards the beginning of their set when the power snapped off and they spent a few minutes working out the problem. Once it was figured out, Angus reengaged the crowd with a couple old-fashioned "How are y'all doing tonight?1" calls. That's right, for a few moments a noise band cared about its audience. - [Austin Chronicle]
NYC gets its first taste of Mess tonight (5/8) at Le Poisson Rouge and tickets are still available. They also play Friday (5/9) at new Bushwick venue The Wick and tickets are still available for that show too. Jana Hunter of Lower Dens opens both shows.
If you'd like to see Liars at The Wick for free, we're giving away a pair of tickets. Details on that, plus more APF pics, below...
More pics from Liars' APF set below...
surfing, La Femme style, at Austin Psych Fest (via @spinalfantasy)
La Femme just wrapped up their long North American tour that had them here from SXSW through last weekend's Austin Psych Fest, including a whole bunch of NYC shows including a very wild one BV presented at Glasslands. The band offer up a visual love letter to their stay via the video for "Welcome America," the penultimate track on last year's Psycho Tropical Berlin. Shot on handhelds and cellphones all over their trek, the video is a fun travelogue that embues La Femme's endless energy and makes it's premiere in this post.
Watch it below...
by Bill Pearis
Having spent time in a number of bands over the last few years, Chris Catalena is set to release his new solo album, Here Comes the Time in June via Pau Wau Records. The album was made in California with Brian Jonestown Massacre's Rob Campanella producing, and the record features members of Black Angels, Strange Boys, as well as Brian Wilson percussionist Nelson Bragg. Written while staying in Los Angeles and nearby Laurel Canyon, it's definitely got some of that history infused in its dusty, twilight-psychedelic songs. We've got the premiere of one of them, "Here Comes The Time," which you can listen to in this post.
Chris Catalena and his band The Native Americans don't have tour plans as of yet, but they will be playing this weekend's Austin Psych Fest, playing Sunday (5/4) afternoon on the Reverberation Stage. So if you're heading to APF, do check him out.
Song stream below...
One of the most pricey RSD14 eBay turnarounds was a 12" by Australian psych band King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard. A copy of their trippy picture-disc "Head On/Pill" single, of which only 300 were made, went for nearly $400. (The band weren't happy about it.) There are copies going for less currently, however. You can stream it for free below.
The 16-minute song comes from Float Along - Fill Your Lungs, one of two records King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard released in 2013. The other was Eyes Like The Sky, a narrated concept album set during the American Civil War. If you like Brian Jonestown Massacre / Black Angels style garage-pysch, this seven-strong band do it well. Check out some songs and videos below.
The band are coming over to North American for Austin Psych Fest and will be touring afterwards, finishing up here in NYC with shows at Baby's All Right on May 16 & 17. The 5/16 show is with Mystery Lights, and Froth; and the 5/17 show is with Habibi, Fletcher C. Johnson, and Juniper Rising. Tickets for those shows are on sale now.
All tour dates are listed, along with videos and streams, below...
by Bill Pearis
TOY @ Glasslands in January (more by P Squared)
UK motorik shoegazers TOY were in NYC earlier this year for a couple shows -- I thought they were great, went to both. The band will be back in the States later this spring for Austin Psych Fest and will tour around that. Those dates will include two more NYC shows: Baby's All Right on May 5 and Mercury Lounge on May 6. Tickets for Baby's are on sale now; tickets for Mercury Lounge are currently on AmEx presale and go on sale to the general public starting Friday (3/21) at noon.
For those in Los Angeles, their show out there is with The Horrors which is a pretty perfect double bill. All tour dates are listed, along with the video for current single "It's Been So Long" below.
Austin Psych Fest 2013 (more by Tim Griffin)
Austin Psych Fest returns for its 6th year from May 2-4 at the Carson Creek Ranch, and since we last spoke, the festival's lineup has been expanded to now include The Brian Jonestown Massacre, Panda Bear, The War On Drugs, Graveyard, Mikal Cronin, Bombino, Peaking Lights, Pink Mountaintops, The Fresh and Onlys, Sleepy Sun, The Octopus Project, Bardo Pond, Higgins Waterproof Black Magic Band, Morgan Delt, Cosmonauts, Pure X, Guardian Alien, Mark McGuire, Greg Ashley and more.
They join previously announced bands like Loop, Black Angels, The Zombies, of Montreal, The Horrors, Black Lips, Avey Tare's Slasher Flicks, Liars and more. Unfortunately, Primal Scream, who had to cancel their US tour, are no longer playing. APF Tickets are still available.
The fest has also announced that there will be kickoff parties the Thursday (2/1) before at Mohawk and Red 7 with sets from The Warlocks, Night Beats, Indian Jewelry, Elephant Stone, Golden Animals, Holy Wave and more TBA.
Updated lineup and flyer below...
Acid Mothers Temple @ Knitting Factory, April 2013
We knew veteran Japanese psych band Acid Mothers Temple were coming to Austin Psych Fest again this year, and the band just announced that, like in 2013, they'll be touring around that appearance with Boston band Perhaps. The tour starts in NYC on April 23 at Mercury Lounge and wraps up here too, playing Knitting Factory on May 28. Tickets to Mercury Lounge go on sale Friday (1/17) at noon with an AmEx presale beginning Wednesday (1/15) at noon. Tickets for the Knit show go on sale Thursday (1/16) at 10 AM.
All tour dates are listed below...
by Bill Pearis
Liars will release their seventh album, Mess, via Mute Records on March 25. That's the cover art above and tracklist is below. Following 2012's glitchy, introverted WIXIW, frontman Angus Andrew says this one is quite different:
We are a reactionary, or maybe a better word is schizophrenic band. We go from one extreme to the other. Working on the last record was really doubtful and paranoid, and that's fine, but it just meant that when work started on this one, it was the exact opposite. It was way more instinctual, fun and confident.The first single, "Mess on a Mission," definitely backs that statement up, it's a real banger, the kind we haven't heard Liars do in a while. You can stream it below.
"Mess on a Mission" stream, album info and video teaser, below...
Austin Psych Fest 2013 (more by Tim Griffin)
The 6th annual Austin Psych Fest happens from May 2-4 at the Carson Creek Ranch (where it took place last year), and this year's lineup includes Primal Scream, Loop, The Black Angels, The Zombies, of Montreal, The Horrors, Black Lips, Temples, Avey Tare's Slasher Flick, Liars, Mono, Destruction Unit, Oneohtrix Point Never, Moon Duo, TOY, Earthless, Shannon and the Clams, La Femme, Yamantaka // Sonic Titan, Quilt, Gap Dream, Circuit Des Yeux, and more. Tickets (including a camping pass option) are on sale now.
Let's hope that means a Loop (who just played ATP End of an Era) and Primal Scream will have other North American shows while here. French band La Femme mentioned they'd be doing a two-month North American tour in 2014 and this is the first actual date we've seen.
Full Austin Psych Fest 2014 lineup below...