It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year: Austin Psych Fest
The weekend of Austin Psych Fest is literally my favorite weekend of the year since pretty much all of my favorite bands gather in one place for three days and four nights. Held at Carson Creek Ranch in Austin, the festival has three stages that play music from nine to twelve hours each day, plus there is a Thursday night pre-party held in downtown at the Mohawk where I saw, among others, two incredible sets by Holy Wave and the always-fantastic Night Beats.
Highlights of this year’s festival include The Black Angels (always, because they’re my favorite and just out-of-this-world), Dead Meadow, Boogarins, Graveyard, Earthless, The Temples, Bombino, Christian Bland and The Revelators, Kadavar, Think No Think, Bo Ningen, Kikagaku Moyo, and well, pretty much every other band I saw.
I have a special place in my heart for The Black Angels however as I mentioned and they did not disappoint. In fact, not only did they perform an AMAZING set but their light show, done by Bob Mustachio (also the drummer for Christian Bland and The Revelators) was by far the best one I’ve seen. It was really, really awesome. So awesome that you’re going to see way more photos of it below than I know you care about. But like I said, the music was totally incredible as well, AND they opened with Snake in the Grass, which is probably my second favorite song of theirs and one that I’ve never heard them play live in the eight times I’ve seen them.
Thank you, thank you, thank you.
Other than the music, the festival also offers interesting art, good food, camping, hammocks by the river, swings in the shade, and other ways to let you relax while your ear drums recover. The ranch where it’s held is located right on the Colorado River too, which serves as a scenic backdrop to the Elevation Amphitheater and a nice shaded place to catch some rest.