The Black Angels / Allah-Las / Elephant Stone
The 21st-century neo-psychedelic phenomenon is an actual movement, with its own annual gathering (the upcoming Austin Psych Fest) and a slew of bands on the kaleidoscopic bandwagon, including these three. Austin's Black Angels, named after a Velvet Underground song, evoke the magic-mushroom era with twisting melodies; fuzzy, swaggering guitars; volcanic keyboards; arch, echoey vocals; and crashing drums. One song off the Angels' new Indigo Meadow album generating interest is a searing pop nugget about lurking evil called "Don't Play with Guns," eerily echoing the latest gun violence. L.A.'s Allah-Las add touches of surf, twang, and blues to what's essentially moody, medium-tempo, mid-'60s garage rock just as it was beginning to sweep into psychedelic haze. There's lots of chiming So Cal guitars, but also touches of Animals-like British grit. Elephant Stone's lusher, more anarchic sound adds another element of the original psychedelic era: an Indian influence most prominent in the sitar work of leader Rishi Dhir, a Canadian of Indian heritage. Dhir named the Montreal band after a Stone Roses song, and that band's jangly pop resonates throughout ES's eponymous second album. 18+. (Photo by Briana Purser)
Sat., April 20, 8 p.m., 2013
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