Prepare for Liftoff with Levitation's Free Week Showcase in Austin

Austin Texas Christian Bland and the Revelators Festivals Golden Dawn Arkestra Golden Graves Levitation Austin Live Reviews Moving Panoramas Ringo Deathstarr

Levitation Festival

Music lovers in Austin, Texas taking flight for April's LEVITATION Festival (Formerly Austin Psych Fest) were treated to a preview of the upcoming brain float. Red River Street venue The Mohawk hosted 8 impressive sets for LEVITATION's Free Week Showcase earlier this month including Fuzz Club collaborators Christian Bland & The Revelators. Ladies and gentlemen, prepare for liftoff as we highlight a few of our favorite acts from that fine and festive evening.

MOVING PANORAMAS

Starting off the night were the buttery daydream sounds of Austin trio Moving Panoramas. Their attention grabbing melodic tales sounded smooth as velvet, and the three piece all girl band charmed the crowd early in the evening. During "One" (also the title of their new October 2015 LP out on Modern Outsider), lead singer Leslie Sisson cooed "We all know one is the number, we all fear the most". The band will be playing during South By Southwest this March.

Starting off the night were the buttery daydream sounds of Austin trio Moving Panoramas. Their attention grabbing melodic tales sounded smooth as velvet, and the three piece all girl band charmed the crowd early in the evening. During "One" (also the title of their new October 2015 LP out on Modern Outsider), lead singer Leslie Sisson cooed "We all know one is the number, we all fear the most". The band will be playing during South By Southwest this March.

 

 

 

 

 

 Golden Graves

The first indoor show of the night was packed as Austinites Golden Graves took the stage. Continuing the hazy and deliciously distorting vibes set by the previous performance, the four piece enchanted the intimate space with a slurry of what could be music to break up with your girlfriend while drinking 40's of Olde English in the graveyard. The four maintained steady sound waves that rolled in and crashed sweetly like the tide, washing the audience in their lush and grungy grooves.  Last year they released their self titled EP.

The first indoor show of the night was packed as Austinites Golden Graves took the stage. Continuing the hazy and deliciously distorting vibes set by the previous performance, the four piece enchanted the intimate space with a slurry of what could be music to break up with your girlfriend while drinking 40's of Olde English in the graveyard. The four maintained steady sound waves that rolled in and crashed sweetly like the tide, washing the audience in their lush and grungy grooves.  Last year they released their self titled EP.

 

 

Christian Bland and the Revelators
Christian Bland and the Revelators

The Black Angels guitarist Christian Bland, was joined by Revelators Chris Catalena on organ, Bob Mustachio on drums (who has also played with LA's The Warlocks), and Luke Dawson on bass to lay down a tight set fresh from last month's new split EP release (with Chris Catalena & The Native Americans) on The Reverberation Appreciation Society.The reverb spirit was very much alive and well, with the group delivering their quaking and hypnotic rock and roll sure to please any levitators. "CB160", an ode to the classic Honda motorbike from 2014's The Unseen Green Obscene lured listeners into Bland's world of treacherous midnight rides, complete with enough freaky distortion reminiscent of an adrenaline fuelled escapade. The Black Angels are set to play a few festivals this summer, including (of course) Levitation, as well as Atlanta's Shaky Knees and Switzerland's Bad Bonn Kilbi both in May.

Ringo Deathstarr
Ringo Deathstarr Levitation

Ringo Deathstarr's bassist/vocalist Alex Gehring,"whose delicate voice echoes eerily over the spectral, otherworldly chords that plunk underneath" (via RVRB), serenaded outdoor Mohawk attendees next. The 2015 Levitation alumni released their 5th studio album, Pure Mood, on The Reverberation Appreciation Society last month, solidly balancing shape-shifting drones, garage grit and elegantly delivered lyrics. The band will be heading overseas this March for Cosmosis Festival and a UK tour.

Golden Dawn Arkestra

Golden Dawn ArkestraRounding out an already striking lineup was the incredibly elaborate and funky Golden Dawn Arkestra. Their grand entrance, cascading down both of The Mohawk's outdoor staircases as they made their way to the stage (complete with ornate and fragrant incense vessels ) invited the crowd into their mysterious world. "I want to remind you, this is your only option. Respect your option" mastermind and member Topaz McGarrigle (aka Zapot Mgwana) encouraged everyone as their dance fueled interstellar vibrations infected the air. Golden Dawn is nothing if not one of the most enlivening and illuminating music experiences around these days, inspired by the transformative and avant-garde jazz message of Sun Ra, and packing a very stimulating visual component with their glittering costumes and performance art. The closing act certainly edged anyone planning to attend April's festival closer to to ecstatic anticipation, foretelling the divine traveler's tale on their site, "Awaiting the return of their divine solar mandjet. They convey the signal in song as they look towards the skies for a sign of the coming light."

Also playing were Hidden Ritual, Indian Jewelry, Isaiah the Mosaic, and Bali Yaaah.

Weekend passes for Levitation Festival are available for purchase here. Notable headliners on this year's bill include Brian Wilson of The Beach Boys (performing Pet Sounds), Animal Collective, Ty Segall, and The Brian Jonestown Massacre.

-Lindsay Krause

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