Bad Vibrations: Moon Block Party w/ The Black Angels, The Black Lips, Deap Valley, Band of Skulls, and Tinariwen @ Pomona Fairplex, 10/18/14

I’ve seen bands all over the world- in basements, on rooftops, in bar corners, in stadiums, in fields, on boats… but you can not pay me to go to Coachella, Lollapalooza, Bonaroo. The festival experience is counterintuitive to my picture-perfect world view of how the live concert experience should be. But occasionally I am compelled […]

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Twisted Light: The Black Angels, The Black Ryder @ The Observatory, 8/23/13

Sometimes there’s just something in the air, something with the moon, something with us that makes a show….weird. That would be what happened in the course of tonight’s outing with The Black Angels and The Black Ryder, two bands that I’ve seen enough times to generally know what I’m getting; which taught me an important […]

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Evil Things: The Black Angels @ The Glass House, 5/18/13

I always wonder about, when I’m older, what bands I’ll look back on and know that I was there for the full trajectory of their career, to go from oblivion to importance. I’m pretty sure The Black Angels are one of those bands. I’ve spent the majority of my life living in the two hubs […]

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Manipulation: Austin Psych Fest 5 @ Emo’s and Beauty Ballroom, 4/27-28/12

Last year’s Austin Psych Fest was, as one would expect, a trippy adventure amidst the weird energy of the now defunct Seaholm Power Plant. To kick off this year’s fest, on Monday night we found ourselves at the Alamo Drafthouse to watch a screening of the DVD made from last year’s fest. The back of […]

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Freak Out: Austin Psych Fest, Day 3 @ Seaholm Power Plant, 5/1/11

As I went to leave to drive back to Austin I stepped outside and was immediately confused. It was nearly 40 degrees colder than the day before! May 1st is pretty late for a cold front. Back at the power plant, I was already feeling sad about this being the last day. But with a […]

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Download Festival @ Shoreline Amphitheater, 10/6/07

The Download Festival’s line up this year was near stellar. The Cure, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, She Wants Revenge, The Black Angels, all in one day? Not to mention this was to be The Cure’s only uncancelled show on the tour they postponed until next June. That’s 9 whole months, people. One thing that was […]

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The Black Angels and Vietnam @ The Independent, 5/30/07

It was psychedelic rock night at The Independent, and this was proved not only by the music at hand, but also the earthy smell of unwashed hippie-sters in the air, and the passion clashin’ happening both onstage and in the audience. As Vietnam took the stage, I soon caught the vibe of ‘something going on […]

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