Levitation 2019 1st Wave Lineup Announced

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My absolute favorite festival, Levitation fka Austin Psych Fest (I know, I know, I just can’t let go of the old name. It makes explaining it to coworkers a lot easier) dropped their lineup for 2019. Honestly, I hate the current format of various shows happening at different clubs instead of being at one spot at Carson Creek Ranch, which was actually really fun and super convenient.

Either way, the lineup actually kicks some serious ass with acts such as Kikagaku Moyo, Holy Wave, Deafheaven, Black Mountain, Russian Circles, Death Valley Girls, The Black Angels, Chelsea Wolfe, Allah Lahs, Kurt Vile, Dinosaur Jr., Black Mother Super Rainbow, and A Place To Bury Strangers amongst a whole bunch of other amazing bands. I’m giving some serious thought to going because I really miss Austin and Levitation.

Tickets for Levitation 2019 are on sale now at various price points for individual shows, or $395 for a 4 day pass that gets you into select venues, or $175 for shows only at Stubbs.

Austin Psych Fest 2014 – Day 3 5-04-2014

It’s the final day of the Austin Psych Fest and my dust filled lungs are killing me, but it’s still not as bad as last years terrible allergies that had me leaving Austin with a severe 2 week case of laryngitis. I was in no rush to get to the festival as there wasn’t really anyone I wanted to see until around 5pm, so I killed time at the nearby Starbucks (which has a great view of the Austin skyline) for a while. I finally made my way to the shuttle stop where there were a few others waiting and we chatted about the bands from the previous two days. The shuttle ride was awesome with the driver blasting the Stone Roses and the Warlocks amongst others, which included a sing along by those of us on the bus. It was a fun way to bond with some other fans!

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Lorelle Meets the Obsolete

I got to the festival just in time to catch the last two songs from shoegazers Lorelle Meets the Obsolete, who were playing to an overflow of people at the tent. These guys were really good and I wished I had caught more of their set.

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Christian Bland and the Revelators

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Kikagaku Moyo

From there, I went over to check out the Reverberation Stage where Christian Bland and the Revelators were playing. The sun was a little too bright and beating down on me, so I made my way down to the Elevation Amphitheater and watched Kikagaku Moyo for a bit. They featured a guy jamming on a sitar and the music was pretty trippy.

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Secret Colours

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Toy

I went back to the Levitation Tent and to see Secret Colours for a little while, then wandered around with yet another drink until Toy went on. I wasn’t familiar with them before the festival, but I wanted to check them out based on a conversation I had with some people on the shuttle the day before, and I was glad I did! These guys (and girl) absolutely blew away everyone in the tent and for me, it was the best set of the day, perhaps the weekend. I also managed to get a setlist, but couldn’t find any members to sign it. Either way, I’ll end up framing it with a vinyl copy of their newest album Join The Dots. My night was made!

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Sleepy Sun

As I left the tent, Mikal Cronin was playing on the main stage and I stayed for a couple of songs, but I really wanted to see Sleepy Sun down at the river stage. Sleepy Sun were kind of trippy and loud, with really cool visuals projected onto the trees across the river behind them. There was definitely an awesome atmosphere going on down there.

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Higgins Waterproof Black Magic Band

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The War On Drugs

I went back to the tent to catch Tunde Adebimpe of TV On The Radio’s other project, Higgins Waterproof Black Magic Band. Although I’m not too into TV On The Radio, I was really feeling their hypnotic sound, which in turn, created a mood that fit in with the night. After they finished their set, I went over to the main stage to see The War On Drugs. These guys killed it, with a very Pink Floyd sound at times. I really enjoyed this set.

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Bo Ningen

I made my way back to the tent and stumbled on Japanese noise-psych band, Bo Ningen. They made a *lot* of noise, including an 18 minute jam that blew everyone away with it’s screeching loudness. It was a pretty cool experience and I don’t think anyone was disappointed with what they just witnessed. By the time Bo Ningen were done, Loop had taken the main stage. A lot of people I chatted with over the weekend were looking forward to this band. I caught a couple of songs then called it a night since I was getting tired. Even though it was killing me to leave, I made my way back to the shuttle stop for the last time of Austin Psych Fest 7.

This was by far the best time I have ever had at a festival. I loved every single minute of it (and yes…even the choking dust)! It was 4 days of good food, friendly people, and some really amazing bands. I am already looking forward to going back in 2015 for Austin Psych Fest 8!

Here are a few random shots from around the festival grounds, enjoy!

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Austin Psych Fest 2014 – Day 2 5-03-2014

After a few hours of sleep and a trip to the Starbucks next door for some much needed caffeine, I left a little later than planned for the second day of Austin Pysch Fest. I went over to the shuttle pickup spot and ended up chatting with a few people which was fun. Once we arrived at Carson Creek Ranch, Austin’s own Pure X were playing on the main stage.

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Pure X

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This guy had a pretty sweet Pee-wee Herman patch at Pure X’s set

Pure X were one of the bands I really wanted to see and they did not disappoint with their slow and hazy sound on the Reverberation Stage. There was a fairly small crowd trying to huddle in the shadow of the stage to escape the bright sun.

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Zombie Zombie

Next, I caught Zombie Zombie in the Levitation Tent. The band consisted of 2 drummers and a guy playing some synths. They were pretty experimental sounding, reminding me of some of the bands I used to see in Providence at AS220. After their set, I went over to get a Sailor Jerry and ginger brew, which was pretty damn refreshing on this very hot day.

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Jacco Gardner

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Morgan Delt

Jacco Gardner was playing down at the Elevation Amphitheater. I stuck around for his mellow set for a few minutes before moving on. I ended up back at the main stage for a while to see Morgan Delt. There was lots of reverb and it was pretty good.

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Bardo Pond

Back down to the river where I grabbed another drink and relaxed for a bit as I waited for Bardo Pond to go on. There was a flute being played along with the slow, droney indie rock sounds, which the really big crowd was loving. A lot of people in hammocks down by the river seemed to be chilling out and enjoying the atmosphere of music, water, and shade.

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Bombino

At this point, my phone needed to be charged (damn you iPhone and your constant battery drain!) so I hit up the only open spot for a 30 pin connector on the solar charging station. I have to say that if it takes 30 minutes for a phone to be charged 3%, the technology isn’t going to catch on. Phone went back to airplane mode for most of the rest of the day. While chatting with others waiting for their phones to charge, I saw most of Bombino’s pretty loud and blues rock set.

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Octopus Project

I gave up on the charger and made my way over to the tent to get out of the setting, but still bright sun for a while. A band called Octopus Project were playing to a huge crowd that overflowed out of the tent, probably because they were also from Austin. They had an electronic sound with really heavy bass. It was awesome!

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Temples

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Mono

Next were Temples on the Reverberation Stage, where a huge crowd had gathered. I wasn’t really feeling it too much, so I went to see what was going on in the tent. Mono was playing to a very small and intimate crowd, probably due to Temples being on the other stage. Mono’s music was very cinematic that would get noisy at times. I was really digging it.

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Unknown Mortal Orchestra

From there, back to the main stage where Unknown Mortal Orchestra were now playing. I made my way up front and got super close to the stage, so close in fact that the bass was literally shaking my clothes. At one point there was a crazy sort of drum solo and the band totally killed it. This was for me an unexpected and very enjoyable set, especially since I wasn’t all that familiar with their stuff.

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Medicine

I had almost forgotten that Medicine were playing, so I went back to the tent. This band is probably best known for the song “Time Baby III” from The Crow soundtrack as well as an appearance in that film. They sounded great and had more than a few diehard fans in the audience. At one point the band was told that they had to end their set and called it bullshit, but with the crowd chanting “one more song!”, they came back out and did one more. The band seemed genuinely pissed off that they had to stop playing, especially since they really seemed to be having a good time on stage, which was evident by singer Beth Thompson’s non stop dancing.

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Acid Mothers Temple selling their merch

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Acid Mothers Temple

Back to the river stage where Acid Mothers Temple were busy lighting their instruments on fire and sounding amazing. Playing in near darkness with just a hint of blue lighting and cool projections on the trees behind them, the band was creating a frenzy of noise. This was simply amazing and they may have won the night because of the cool ass fire on the guitar and cymbals. These guys also get mad props for being real and selling their merch old school out of trunks while taking pictures with fans. Admittedly I couldn’t get into them last year when they played in the tent, but maybe it was the atmosphere down at the river this year that seemed more fitting. Either way, I loved it!

Avey Tare’s Slasher Flicks were playing in the tent. The people who were there seemed really into them, and they were ok, just not my thing. From there I went over to the main stage for the Brian Jonestown Massacre.

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The Brian Jonestown Massacre

The Brian Jonestown Massacre were on the main stage. I stuck around for a couple of songs then decided to call it a night as I was getting tired and a few days of alcohol, junky food, dust, and lack of sleep were beginning to catch up to me. Once again, the shuttles were a clusterfuck. You’d think that they would have it figured out by now, but that might be asking too much. Two downtown shuttles came buy as a large group of us still waited for a hotel shuttle. People were really getting pissed off about this. When it finally arrived, people calmed down and were just happy to be able to go back to their hotels and/or the nearby Waffle House. Now, to try to get some sleep before the 3rd and final day.

Austin Psych Fest 2014 – Day 1 5-02-2014

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I didn’t get much sleep but I was ready for the first day of Austin Psych Fest! This is my second year going and it’s a little easier since I have a better idea of what to expect. The new shuttle bus stop was located about a block from my hotel, between the Hampton Inn and Microtel. I ended up chatting with a couple of people who were also waiting and found out that we had missed the shuttle by 5 minutes. About 25 minutes later the bus finally arrived to pick up the now sizable crowd and take us to Carson Creek Ranch. I always love this part, because everyone is excited, very friendly, and talkative (this would never happen in Boston).

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King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard

We finally arrived at Carson Creek Ranch where there was a bit of a line to get in, but once through the gates, the layout was pretty much the same as last year, with the exception of a fenced off area on the side of the main stage for those who opted for the deluxe ticket upgrade. Honestly, I didn’t see anything that made it worth $100 extra other than maybe nicer bathrooms. As I walked by the main stage, King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard were playing and I watched them for a couple of songs before making my way down to the Elevation Amphitheater to see Quilt.

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Quilt

Quilt are a band from Boston, that strangely, I haven’t had a chance to see yet, but today I did and they were great! They played a pretty mellow indie rock set that went nicely with the afternoon and the river behind them. By the end of their set, I was pretty hungry, so I found some food in the form of pulled pork on Texas toast which was amazing!

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Terakaft

While eating, a guy sitting across me and a new friend was telling us about Terakaft, so we made our way down to the river stage to see them. This band is from Mali, Africa. It is hard not to draw comparisons to last year’s Psych Fest headliners Tinariwen. Their sound is similar with Middle Eastern influences. A lot of people walked away impressed.

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Aqua Nebula Oscillator

I made my way over to the Elevation Tent for the first time of the day and caught Aqua Nebula Oscillator. who were playing some crazy music.

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Graveyard

From there, I went back to the main stage to see Graveyard, who had a bluesy, psych rock sound. I was really liking this band and it seemed a lot of other people did too, since I heard a lot of talking about these guys and how much they enjoyed them.

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White Hills

I went back to the Levitation Tent and watched White Hills. They were really awesome psych rock and had a pretty good sized crowd in the tent to see them.

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Black Lips

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Peaking Lights

As the sun was going down, the Black Lips were on the Reverberation Stage. I really like these guys, but wasn’t really feeling it at this point, so I wandered around some more. I ended up at the really dark Elevation Amphitheater to watch Peaking Lights‘s really, really visual set. By that, I mean the images projected onto the trees behind the stage were really cool and trippy. This is always one of the best places to be at night.

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Kadavar

I made my way back to the Levitation Tent for Kadavar, who totally blew me and the rest of the large crowd away! In fact, this was probably one of the best sets of the day. Everyone (including a random guy in front of me at the Frank’s Hot Dogs stand) were talking about them. Kadavar were like hair metal with a tinge of the psych sound. They completely rocked the tent!

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The Zombies

I grabbed what would be my first beer of the day (after multiple vodka based drinks with names that were embarrassing to say out loud), a Newcastle Brown and waited near the main stage for this year’s classic psych band…The Zombies. The Zombies sounded really tight and lead singer Colin Blunstone’s voice sounded practically the same as it did in the 60’s. They did “Time of the Season” and ended with “She’s Not There”, both of which sounded great through the loud sound system! Their set seemed kind of short though.

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La Femme

I went back to the tent because I wanted to see La Femme, who were already playing. This French band completely had the crowd sucked in with a very high energy set. Lots of dancing on stage, sometimes in sync, sometimes not. One band member handed the keyboard to the crowd then proceeded to stand on it, surfing through the crowd. This band’s live show is really something to see! Another of my favorite sets of the day.

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The Dandy Warhols

The Dandy Warhols were on next. Despite multiple attempts in the past, I never had a chance to see them live, but now I have and they were amazing! At one point, Anton Newcombe and Matt from Brian Jonestown Massacre came out to sing “Oh Lord“. This totally surprised the crowd (and if you have ever seen the Dig! documentary, you know why). I was totally blown away!

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Brown Sabbath

I went back to the tent to see Brown Sabbath, who are actually a Latin band from Austin called Brownout, who did some funky Black Sabbath covers. They were a last minute replacement for Oneohtrix Point Never, who had to cancel due to an injury. Songs like “Warpigs” and “Iron Man”sounded really cool all funked out with a horn section that had the crowd dancing and it was amazing!

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The Black Angels

The Black Angels were on next and I caught a little bit of their set. but It had been a very long day. I left during their set to catch the shuttle back to the hotel for some much needed sleep and to take on day 2!

Review: Austin Psych Fest 7 Kickoff at The Mohawk in Austin 5-01-2014

After attempting to go to bed early and not getting any sleep due to being excited for the trip to Austin, I got up at 3:30am to catch a (delayed) flight from Boston for my second year of going to the Austin Psych Fest. I arrived in Austin around noon, grabbed my luggage, and caught the hotel shuttle to the Courtyard Marriott near the airport, which is convenient for taking the festival shuttle during the weekend. Once settled, I went over to a place I discovered last year called Javi’s Best of Tex Mex in the plaza next door for some much needed food which was delicious! Back to my room for a short nap before heading to downtown Austin.

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Javi’s Tex Mex

Freshly showered, I took the hotel airport courtesy shuttle back to the airport to catch a bus into downtown Austin, since it seemed like a pain to figure out how to transfer on the only bus that does go near the hotel. I got off at 4th and Congress and walked down to Empire Automotive on 7th, where there was a pretty long line already, to pick up my festival wristband (which also gets you into the kick off show at the Mohawk, unless you opted for the “deluxe” festival pass that also gets you into Red 7, where there was a really long line). From there, I walked around the area a bit, then went over to the Mohawk, where it was really crowded. I probably should have left earlier. That place has such a crazy layout, with multiple levels outside but a very small and cramped inside stage.

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Elephant Stone

Elephant Stone were already playing on the outside stage. This was one of my favorite bands from last year’s festival and I was happy to see them again. They were playing some new stuff, which they said would be out in September and it all sounded good. At this point, I needed a beer, so I headed up to the 3rd level bar and tried something called Firemans #4 Ale, which was really good. I made my way back down to the first floor while Night Beats were getting set up.

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The line to get into the Mohawk

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Outside stage viewing areas

I decided I should probably get some earplugs since I left mine back home in Boston. I asked one of the many bearded bartenders about earplugs and after being given a funny look, was told they don’t sell them there. Seriously? This place is really loud. I went ahead and ordered another drink based on a sign hanging up behind the bar, which was Sailor Jerry mixed with ginger brew and Dos Equis. This turned out to be a pretty potent combination that really kicked my ass. At this point, I was trying to avoid all of the smokers (and there are a LOT of them in Austin) so that I don’t come down with laryngitis like I did last year. I went upstairs and had a nice viewing spot that allowed me to see the stage as well as the now very long line to get in.

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Night Beats

Night Beats went on and absolutely killed it! They played very loud set of what seemed to be a cross between psych and garage rock, which got more than a few people to mosh and crowd surf. This set was very energetic and insane!

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People crowdsurfing

I finished my 3rd beer which was another Firemans #4, then left the Mohawk since it was too crowded at the inside stage, so I set out to find some much needed food. I couldn’t find anything that was portable enough to bring back to my hotel, so I managed to flag down a cab, which only took about 10 minutes compared to 2 1/2 hours last year. The driver got lost getting me back to the hotel and asked me to look up the address. Austin really needs Uber or Lyft or some alternative to their terrible taxis. $33 later, I was back in my room with a couple of slices of 7-11 pizza, which sounded like a good idea at the time, but in hindsight, wasn’t. Now, to get some much needed sleep before Psych Fest officially starts tomorrow.

Austin Psych Fest (now known as Levitation) 2015 lineup has been announced!

It is still about 6 months away, but the festival formerly known as Austin Psych Fest which and now renamed as Levitation, has announced the first wave of their 2015 lineup and it’s incredible! Featuring The Flaming Lips, Tame Impala, The Jesus and Mary Chain, Spiritualized, and Primal Scream (who were supposed to play last year, but ended up cancelling). Also, one big surprise is that Providence’s own Lightning Bolt are also on the lineup. I wonder if The Flaming Lips will join them to play some songs from their collaboration that came out a few years ago.

Early bird tickets went on sale a few weeks ago, but weekend, deluxe, and camping passes are on sale now. Are you going? What do you think of the lineup?

Levitation 2015 lineup so far:

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
Night Beats
Fat White Family
The Black Ryder
Indian Jewelry
Nothing
The Myrrors
Mystic Braves
Rose Windows
Spindrift
Holy Wave
Vaadat Charigim
The Blank Tapes
ZZZs
Eternal Tapestry
White Manna
Chui Wan
Krakatau
L.A. Witch
Heaters

Austin Psych Fest – Day Three – 4-28-2013

Main entrance

After a night of little sleep and waking up with a sore throat, I caught the festival shuttle on what was the brightest and warmest day of the weekend. It seemed to be a pretty quiet ride over, a huge difference from the last 2 days. Perhaps people were getting burnt out. Let’s face it, nearly 10 hours a day of constant music, walking, and of course, drinking for 3 days in a row can take it’s toll. I arrived to a drier than expected field just as Elephant Stone, who are one of my favorite bands, were setting up.

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Elephant Stone

With their faces painted, Elephant Stone played to a decent sized crowd at the main stage. They were one of the best bands I saw over the weekend and I highly recommend their album “The Seven Seas“. One of the biggest highlights was singer/guitarist Rishi Dhir’s sitar playing. As a bonus, the Allah Las Matthew Correia came out and played tambourine. (On a side note: For the second day in a row, I ended up standing next to some guy who was really the only douchebag I encountered all weekend. You would think that someone lucky enough to have a press wristband would shut up and not have loud conversations with his friends during every bands set, annoying everyone around them in the process. This wasn’t anything moving to a different location couldn’t solve, but it was weird that I kept running into this guy at the main stage.)

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Dreamtime

Down at the Levitation Amphitheatre, a band called Dreamtime, who are from Australia, were setting up. Their music was pretty heavy on the reverb which isn’t a band thing at all and fit right in with the festival. I ended up leaving during their set to find some shade since I could feel myself getting burnt by the sun. I wandered around and got yet another Tito’s Vodka drink, which I managed to finish way too fast, then went back to watch more of Dreamtime’s set. I hit up the Juiceland stand after the set for another Mexican American drink (which was given to me for free since they ran out of cucumber kale juice…one of the main ingredients of this beverage and I still believe the Tito’s vodka would have been a perfect substitute. In hindsight, I could have just bought a shot and dumped it in…lesson learned!).

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The Cult of Dom Keller

The Cult of Dom Keller were playing to a large crowd in the tent. I got a hot dog smothered in gravy at Franks which was near the tent. Somehow I managed to eat this thing despite a lack of plastic knives, while still being able to see and hear the band from where I was standing outside of the tent, who were really loud!

I went over to the main stage to see King Kahn and BBQ since it seemed like a lot of people were excited that these guys were playing the fest, but just couldn’t get into it, so back down to the river to check out Deap Vally. They are a 2 piece female band from Los Angeles who played very loud garage rock and I was totally feeling it.

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Deap Vally

At this point my allergies were killing me, probably due to a combination of 2 1/2 days of constant second hand cigarette smoke and probably pollen. There was a small general store near the campground area, so I went over to find some sort of allergy relief medicine. The only thing they had was ibuprofen (although I probably could have bought a condom for $2 and put it over my head…that would have worked, right?). I loaded up on napkins from the neighboring Franks hot dog stand and tried to deal with it.

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Roky Erikson

After hearing so much about Roky Erikson, I went over to the main stage to check him out. I wasn’t all that familiar with his music past or present, but he did seem to be belting out the songs in a gravely sounding voice, although it still wasn’t really my kind of thing (does this mean I have to turn in my psych fest card?). I was feeling pretty miserable now and considered just taking a cab back to my hotel just to find some Claritin for the allergies. I decided to stick it out because 1, cabs are crazy expensive, and 2, I really wanted to see The Black Angels later. I decide that I’ll try to catch the first shuttle back later on.

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Indian Jewelry

Back to the tent to see Indian Jewelry, who were visibly pissed off due to a few technical issues at the beginning of their set, such as not having the right visuals playing behind them. After a few minutes, they went right into a pulsing song and lots of strobe lights I was happy to finally see them live.

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The Black Angels

While waiting for The Black Angels to go on, I hit up the Whole Foods truck to get a couple of tacos for dinner, which took way longer than expected. The Black Angels, who are also some of the people responsible for the Austin Psych Fest existing, took the stage. At least you had a decent view of the main stage from the food truck area, so the 20 minutes it took to get my food wasn’t a total loss. I made my way closer to the stage and scarfed the tacos down pretty quickly and tried to get as close as I could, but there was a pretty huge crowd. The Black Angels ended with just a guy playing a sitar. It was great!

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Goat

I went down to the river stage to see Goat who came from Sweden and are a band known for putting on an interesting show. Plus, who knows when I’ll ever get a chance to see them again. This was the most interesting band of Sunday. Wearing weird costumes and masks, they played their strange noisy trance-like music in near darkness, which made them really hard to see. This really set the mood for their show. If you get the chance, definitely check this band out. I decided to call it a night at this point and made my way to the shuttle stop. This was probably the shortest amount of time I had waited for the shuttle, about 20-30 minutes, all weekend. I hit up 7-11 yet again for some late night munchies and went back to my hotel where I was starting to get bummed about having to leave Austin.

There were a few issues that while not deal breakers, kind of added up to be annoyances (not in any particular order):

* The festival shuttle: I understand that this is the first year in a new location, but only running 1 shuttle at a time on Friday night was just bad. There was a near revolt from those of us who had to wait nearly 2 hours. Lots of people walked 2 1/2 miles up the highway to get back to their hotels.

* Merch booths: I wasn’t the only one trying to find some BRMC t-shirts as well as some from other bands, as I found out by talking with other people there. The merch tent near the entrance was pretty bad. They could have at least hung up one of each of the shirts so people could actually see what they wanted to buy instead of pushing t-shirts leftover from last year (?) and Brian Jonestown Massacre shirts, who didn’t even play this year. I guess the organizers really, really, really like that band. I missed out on a couple of commemorative shirts because they didn’t have my size (I ran into this same issue at Waterloo in the airport as well). Also, the official Psych Fest shirt I did buy, ended up fitting like a girls shirt although some research showed that it was a unisex t-shirt, but yeah, I can’t wear it.

* The cigarette smoke: The reason I’m sick at the time of writing this and came down with severe laryngitis. I know that you can’t do anything about it, but wow, they sure do love their cigarettes in Austin!

* The beer: Dos Equis Amber and Dos Equis Lager. Yeah, that’s it. Why weren’t there any locally brewed beers or microbrews? The beer, or lack of, was the biggest complaint I heard from people all weekend. At least they had Tito’s vodka, which was really good no matter what you had it mixed with.

* The food trucks: A decent selection with some unique choices (chicken waffle tacos! Those weird spicy potato things! Gordoughs!) but no pizza?

* The Port-a-potties: These were plentiful and there was never a line to use one, but where was the sanitizer? Eww! Must remember to bring some next year.

* Lack of lighting: It was pretty hard to walk around at night. I saw more than a few people nearly get stepped on.

* Lack of somewhere safe to go during a storm: It rained on Saturday night. It rained pretty damn hard. And there was lightning, but not enough places to take shelter. This isn’t a fault of the Psych Fest, so much as the venue, but a small covered area won’t cut it as the festival gets bigger.

So that’s about it. Overall, I’m glad I finally went this year. I saw a lot of great bands, met a few cool people, had a pretty awesome time, except for the last day which was more due to me being sick (and the 2 weeks of laryngitis after I got back home). At first, I wasn’t sure that I wanted to go back next year, but the more I thought about it, I really did have a great time and will most definitely be back in 2014!