Entries tagged with: Holy Wave
Austin's Levitation Fest just announced a bunch of great additions to its 2016 lineup, including Courtney Barnett, Ween, The Arcs, Melody's Echo Chamber, plus Swiss krautrockers Klaus Johann Grobe (finally coming to North America), David J & The Gentlemen Thieves (performing Love & Rockets / Bauhaus songs), Holy Wave, Wall of Death, Nots, Christian Bland & The Revelators, Magic Wands, Golden Dawn Arkestra, Bayonne, Federale, and Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith.
That's in addition to already announced acts Animal Collective, Brian Wilson playing Pet Sounds, Ty Segall, Caribou, Slowdive, Super Furry Animals, Lee "Scratch" Perry, Dungen, Brian Jonestown Massacre and lots more.
Levitation is happening on April 29-May 1 at Carson Creek Ranch. Weekend passes are on sale now. While kickoff parties and the daily schedules have not been announced, Levitation has announced daily lineups. Those are listed below.
by Bill Pearis
Austin's Holy Wave are on the more gentle side of psych rock, urging you to take a strange trip but in a very comfy chair. They will release their new album, Freaks of Nurture, on March 11 via The Reverberation Appreciation Society (the label run by the Levitation Fest folk). The first hit is the languid "California Took My Bobby Away" which you can listen to below.
While no North American tour plans have been announced, Holy Wave will be in Europe and the UK in March and April. Those tour dates are listed below.
The Who in Austin, April 2015 (more by Tim Griffin)
You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...
The Who, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts @ Barclays Center
The Who are currently on the road celebrating their 50th anniversary. Tonight's their second of five shows in the NYC-area, and first of three in NYC proper. At this point, they have enough hits to put out a double album compilation of them (which they did last year), and these shows are sure to be filled with them. The great Joan Jett opens on all dates.
FIDLAR, METZ, Honduras @ Bowery Ballroom
Toronto's METZ upped their assault on our eardrums on all fronts with their second album which has better songs, better production and sharper focus. It somehow seems louder (and snottier), too, which basically ticks all the boxes of what you want from a record like this. Their tour with party boys FIDLAR is a bit odd, except that both groups turn crowds into a sweaty mess. They're alternating headline slots, tonight FIDLAR play last; Wednesday's show at Music Hall of Williamsburg flips it. Both are sold out.
Modern Pain, Vice, Mad Diesel, Impact @ Acheron
Dallas hardcore band Modern Pain have elements of d-beat, various underground metal subgenres, and noise (they covered Sonic Youth), and it all comes together in a pretty awesome, nasty way. Their debut album is coming at some point in the near future via Bridge 9, so hopefully we'll hear some of that tonight.
Holy Wave, The Mystery Lights, Laser Background, Annique Monet @ Baby's All Right
Austin and psych go hand in hand (they've even got a fest for it) and six-piece Holy Wave do it well: jangly, trippy and melodic. NYC's best pysch band, The Mystery Lights, also play making for a good night.
Pixies, John Grant @ Beacon Theater
While it's not quite the same without Kim Deal, Pixies continue on, delivering the hits. If you're going to this show, we highly recommend you get there for opener John Grant, whose funny, sad songs and and magnetic stage presences is not to be missed.
Porches, Frankie Cosmos @ Elvis Guesthouse
Both acts tonight play in each other's bands, and are much too popular to be playing somewhere as tiny as Elvis Guesthouse. If you got tickets to this sold out show, get there early.
Laura Cantrell, Michael Shelley Band
Singer, songwriter and former WFMU DJ Laura Cantrell is playing Union Hall every Tuesday in May. The "Springtime Songbook" residency promises "country and folk music for urbanites."
Ivan & Alyosha, Kris Orlowski @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
While Ivan & Alyosha may sound like they're a duo, they are in fact a many-membered band (named of course after two characters from Dostoyevsky's The Brothers Karamazov), and almost all of them contribute vocals making for some pretty nice harmonies.
Sirs and Madams, Ratboys, The Naked Hugs, Kitten Ruckus @ Bushwick Public House
Ratboys are among the group of recent bands mixing folk, pop, punk, and indie rock into one super-genre (think Hop Along, Waxahatchee), and they recently signed to the always-trusty Topshelf Records. They're in town tonight from Chicago.
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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...
Festival Nrmal is returning to Mexico from February 28 to March 1 in 2015, and the lineup features Swans, Phantogram, Future Islands, Black Angels, Machinedrum, Omar Souleyman, Majical Cloudz, TOPS, Twin Peaks, Peaking Lights, Kirin J Callinan, METZ, Boogarins, DJ Dodger Stadium, HTRK and more. Tickets are on sale.
Full lineup 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...
photos by P Squared Photography
Goat @ Webster Hall 6/18/2014
Sweden's #1 psychedelic afrobeat freakout band, GOAT, have been on tour following their appearance at this year's Austin Psych Fest and Coachella. The band materialized in NYC earlier this week at Webster Hall (6/18) for a typically trippy show. Fuzz-bass, congas, freaky dancing, everyone in masks...what more does one need on a Wednesday night? New songs too, from their Sub Pop debut which the band told us should be out in September.
Austin's Holy Wave, who they've toured with before, opened the show. Pics from their set, plus more of GOAT, below...
If you missed out on getting tickets for the Panda Bear show at Irving Plaza in the BrooklynVegan presale, you'll have another chance during the general on-sale which starts today at 10 AM. His MHOW show (same link) goes on sale at noon.
If you missed out on getting tickets for the Temples and The Districts show at Irving Plaza in the BrooklynVegan presale, you'll have another chance during the general on-sale which starts today at 10 AM.
If you missed out on getting tickets to the New Pornographers show at Hammerstein Ballroom in the BrooklynVegan presale, you'll have another chance during the general on-sale which starts today at noon.
Grouplove, Portugal. The Man and Typhoon are going on the Honda Civic Tour which hits Central Park's Rumsey Playfield on September 16. Tickets for that show go on Ticketmaster preasle today at 10 AM. AmEx presale starts Wednesday (6/18) at 10 AM and general on-sale starts Friday, June 20 at noon.
Fitz and the Tantrums are playing Terminal 5 on November 12. Tickets for that show go on sale today at noon.
Mae are celebrating the tenth anniversary of The Everglow by playing it in full at a few dates including NYC's Highline Ballroom on January 7. Tickets for that show go on sale June 18 at noon.
Browse our 'Tickets On Sale' tag for more recently announced NYC shows.
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.
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
As mentioned before, Sweden's finest retro-psychedelic afrobeat freakout band, Goat, will be making their first trip to North America this spring. Their NYC stop on the tour, April 23 at Glasslands, sold out quick and demand was high so the show has been moved to Music Hall of Williamsburg with Holy Wave opening and a DJ set from Bear in Heaven. Additional tickets go on sale Wednesday (1/30) at noon. All tour dates are listed below.
If you haven't heard Goat's album, World Music, yet you can stream it below.