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AUSTIN PSYCH FEST JUST ANNOUNCED THE BEST 2015 LINE UP OF ALL TIME
HOLY SHIT. We always knew that Psych Fest was a good time, but we never knew it could get this good. The first video lineup announcement for the festival’s eighth year has been released above, and is, of course, backed by a vibey Christian Bland song. The 2015 lineup includes THE JESUS AND FUCKING MARY CHAIN performing Psychocandy in full. That alone is enough to go. Seriously, we are freaking out at our desks right now.
The rest of the linup includes The Flaming Lips, Tame Impala, 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, Soft Moon, METZ, White Fence, Night Beats, Fat White Family, Indian Jewelry, Nothing, The Myrrors, Mystic Braves, Black Ryder, Rose Windows, Spindrift, Holy Wave, Vaadat Chagrim, The Blank Tapes, ZZZs, Eternal Tapestry, White Manna, Chui Wan, L.A. Witch, Heaters, Las Robertas, and more.
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LA RECORD: AUSTIN PSYCH FEST / LEVITATION (SATURDAY) @ CARSON CREEK RANCH
With clearer skies, Austin Psych Fest started to pick up some serious speed for Saturday’s festivities. The mud began to dry and the sun peeked out just in time for fans to bask in the almighty glory of psych. Thee Oh Sees lit up the main stage, beginning nearly thirty minutes early and playing straight to the end of their allotted set. Los Angeles was in major representation with acts like Mystic Braves, L.A. Witch, The Blank Tapes, and Fever the Ghost (who were accompanied by a giant metallic dancing vagina). And to finish off the night the fest was treated to a groovy dance party with Primal Scream and capped off with a euphoric performance of Psychocandy in its entirety.
MXDWN: Levitation Festival 2015 – Day 2 with The Blank Tapes, Primal Scream, The Jesus and Mary Chain
“In contrast, The Blank Tapes were super memorable. With the lead singer wearing an elaborate outfit topped off with a sailor hat, their catchy beats and energy consumed the small crowd at the Reverbnation Stage. They were awesome. During songs like “I Think I Took Too Much” and their new single “Paradise,” the crowd had fun with the music and let loose. It was one of the more energetic sets of the day and it was wonderful.”
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THE BLANK TAPES, MYSTIC BRAVES (TOUR PICS)
The Blank Tapes and Mystic Braves recently concluded their nationwide tour. And photog Sheva Kafai (House After House) tagged along to capture the journey.
Many more photos by Sheva Kafai from the tour at her website!
Photos: Austin Psych Fest: Levitation – Night Beats, Chui Wan, Las Robertas, + More
Day two of Austin Psych Fest: Levitation in Austin, Texas featured performances by Seattle-based psychedelic rock band Night Beats, who released their second album, Sonic Boom, in 2013 via Reverberation Appreciation Society, Beijing, China-based four-piece experimental psychedelic rock band Chui Wan, indie pop band Las Robertas, who released their newest album, Days Unmade, on June 10th, 2014, Los Angeles-based garage rock band The Blank Tapes, who released their newest album, Geodesic Dome Piece, on January 13th, 2015, and more!
Photos: Austin Psych Fest: Levitation – Punks, Portraits, and Festival Fashion
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Matt Adams is the brains behind The Blank Tapes, an ever-changing musical project which incorporates elements of psych, surf, pop, and folk rock. Based in Los Angeles and San Francisco, Adams plays with various musicians in each city, producing his music on an old 8 track cassette tape recorder. Adams’ most recent release is an album titled Geodesic Dome Piece.
THE BLANK TAPES “PARADISE” | A DO512 LOUNGE SESSION
California psych rockers The Blank Tapes are making waves all over the country with their unique blend of surf rock, folk pop, and feel-good vibes. We got a taste in the Do512 Lounge recently when the band stopped in Austin for an acclaimed performance at LEVITATION 2015. Check out the video below.
Bonus Video from last year, recently released!
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Exclusive: Watch Matt Adams (The Blank Tapes) perform “Candy” live for a Rhinefarm Session at Huichica
As we told you last week, this year’s Huichica lineup features some of the best independent acts from around the Bay Area and beyond, as well as a bunch of delectable food and drink options to keep your belly full and your thirst quenched in the hot Sonoma sun.
One of the coolest things the folks behind Huichica do during the festival is recording what they call the “Rhinefarm Sessions,” performances by visiting musicians playing in different unique spots around the ranch. Today, we have an exclusive on one of these special performances on The Bay Bridged.
Matt Adams of The Blank Tapes recorded a live take of his brand-spankin’ new track “Candy” under the shade of oak trees at Gundlach Bundschu Winery’s Rhinefarm vineyards during the 2014 iteration of the festival. The song was so new, in fact, that you can see Adams’ notebook resting on his knee throughout the session.
RHINEFARM SESSION: THE BLANK TAPES PERFORMS “CANDY”
During last year’s Huichica Festival, a two-day folk and indie festival nestled in the Sonoma wine country of Northern California, artists roamed the Gundlach Bundschu estate playing intimate takes of songs in what became the Rhinefarm Sessions.
Matt Adams of The Blank Tapes found a grove to take out his notebook and perform “Candy”, a track that does not appear to be pulled from one of his 19 releases under the moniker. Adams’ tale in “Candy” personifies the sweet while addressing that it’s still bad for you. It’s not exactly the same Candy that Lou Reed once encountered, but she’s found herself in predicaments that suggest a vicious cycle.