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Do512 Day with Jonathan Terrell and Two Gallants

May 13, 2015

May 12th is Do512 day here in Austin, and they celebrated in a big way at Stay Gold with Jonathan Terrell headlining the evening.

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I stand in front of the stage, it’s my first time seeing JT perform since meeting him when he called upon our design team recently for some artwork. A guy approaches me to my right and says “He’s gunna rock your face off,” to which I replied, “I know” – and he did. Terrell’s eyes scan across a packed room of eager faces as he belts his moody poetry set to the hauntingly desolate twang of his folk-country guitar playing, occasionally allowing his harp to get a few waning moans in. He means it.

Next I stopped by Red 7 to catch the last half of Two Gallants‘ show.

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This folk-rock due from San Francisco played a dark, intimate set to a room of devotees hanging onto Adam Stevens’ every growl. The floor-lit stage is eclipsed by their feral movements and overwhelmingly passionate stage presence, and the audience is hooked. Stevens’ voice is reminiscent of Chris Cresswell‘s in my opinion, which automatically reserves this band a permanent place in my heart. This was my first time seeing Two Gallants; I’ve never heard a Saddle Creek band I didn’t like.

 

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Fuck Yeah, Levitation: Day 3

May 11, 2015

A perfectly over-casted day; our Sunday LEVITATION events kicked off with Mac Demarco. We’ve been waiting to catch this Canadian slacker-rock act for some time, and with his confident stage presence and comedic antics – we were far from disappointed.

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Side note: we think Mac Demarco and Elijah Wood share some aesthetic similarities.

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Next we stopped by to watch Philly playboys, N O T H I N G, as they held down the LEVITATION tent during The Black Angels‘ set. Despite frontman Domenic Palermo’s (attempted) murderous reputation, the show was very positive and filled with relentless energy. We are fans.

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Chelsea Wolfe made an appearance at the fest as well; putting us at a comfortable daze with her drone-metal wiles and hazy vocals. I’m excited to find out when she’ll be playing Austin next so I can take in the full experience.

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The most breath-taking performance of the weekend were the highly anticipated psych rock giants,  The Flaming Lips. Sadly enough, it appeared many of the out-of-towners who partook in psychedelics the entire weekend were quite wiped by the time this band took the stage, which is a shame because I can’t think of any other band on the planet that could be enjoyed more under the influence.

The Lips gave the crowd everything they expected – giant mushrooms, rainbows, a hug-happy sun, a metric ton of confetti and glitter, and of course Wayne Coyne set sail in his floating space ball above the crowd. There was no shortage of good vibes.

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I was particularly excited to see the proto-metal trio, Fuzz, featuring Ty Segall on drums. Ty is one of the busiest singer-songwriters I’ve seen; with 8 solo albums under his belt, and a slew of bands he plays with including his namesake act. I’m always impressed with any three-piece that can shake an audience and dominated a stage more-so than a full 4-5 piece band, and these guys certainly did. In a perfect world, I could see Fuzz play with Metz every weekend.

We hope you survived.

 

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LEVITATION DAY 2

May 10, 2015

The fest has managed to avoid much of the anticipated storms this weekend, with not a single drop of precipitation on Saturday, and the sky appearing very bright and promising today (Sunday).

On day 2 we were happy to have caught San Francisco natives, Thee Oh Sees, for the fourth time in our career as fans of the band. There was no shortage of crowd surfing and beach balls. TOS are known for their frequent lineup changes, but this time we were surprised to see the band donning two drummers, which brought back sentimental memories from past Melvins shows.

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I was able to cop their latest album on vinyl, Drop, from the Hotel Vegas show late last year. While this album is more space-y than riff-y, compared to their previous titles, it’s still worth a purchase and the album art is the sickest yet.

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We also discovered psych-rock/acid-western band, Spindrift, earlier in the day. Hailing from Newark, Delaware, these Doors inspired, spaghetti-western reminiscent 6 piece features multi-talented frontman and founder Kirkpatrick Thomas, who’s known for touring with notable stoner rock band, Dead Meadows.

See you all tonight for the final day of the fest with a stacked lineup including The Black Angels, The 13th Floor Elevators, Chelsea Wolfe, A Place to Bury Strangers, Fuzz and The Flaming Lips!