Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Planning for Austin Psych Fest

Austin Psych Fest officially starts on Friday but you can ease into your psychedelic groove tomorrow night at both the Mohawk and Red 7. If you already purchased APF Weekend Passes then these events are gratis until they're full. If you didn't get weekend passes, there are still a few tickets left to the Mohawk but Red 7 is already sold-out. You can buy tickets or pick-up your wristbands starting at 5:30pm on Thursday over at Empire Automotive.

Since these shows are open to Austin Psych Fest Weekend Pass holders, you'll want to arrive early as the clubs will hit capacity well before the headliners go on. I also expect it won't be easy to jump from one venue to the other so you'll really want to study those line-ups. If you're trying to get the most bang for your buck, you should start at the Mohawk because they open their doors at 6:30. The first set at Red 7 won't be until 9.

Night Beats - Hidden Circle video via YouTube

Austin Psych Fest 2014 Spotify Playlist

So, let's go through the schedule shall we? I can already tell you there are going to be a couple of scheduling conflicts when you'll want to see two (or more) bands performing at the same time but last year it was really easy to move between stages and they timed the sets out in a way that was conducive to catching the majority of both sets. Below you'll find a list of artists I like. There are other artist playing who are not listed below, I may or may not like them but they didn't make this list. If you're really into them, that's cool. Maybe they're not listed because I haven't heard them, maybe they're not listed because I don't like them, maybe they're not listed because I got too psychedlic before I wrote this and forgot. Buyer beware and all that jazz.




Alright, I know these lists look a bit intimidating so here's three you can't miss for each day:

Can't Miss Friday

  • The Fresh & Onlys
  • Woods
  • Liars

Can't Miss Saturday

  • Jacco Gardner
  • Temples
  • The Horrors

Can't Miss Sunday

  • The War on Drugs
  • Toy
  • Mikal Cronin

I can't even tell you guys how excited I am to see The War on Drugs. They are a fantastic live band and I adore their latest record. If you only remember one thing from this giant list of bands. Remember The War Drugs. Listen to The War on Drugs. See The War on Drugs. Buy The War on Drugs.

The War on Drugs - Red Eyes video via YouTube