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Live Music Coverage

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.

 

Live Music Coverage

LEVITATION Day 1

May 9, 2015

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Despite the inclement weather earlier in the day, thousands tread through muck and mush to kick off the first day of LEVITATION. Some wore rain boots to avoid the muddy conditions, while others donned white sneakers, flip flops, or nothing at all. Our trusty Doc Martens got us through the day, but were quite textured by the end.

First we saw Mini Mansions, an Indie Pop band founded by ex Queens of the Stone Age bassist, Michael Shuman. Being huge QOTSA fans here at Stray Wavs, we were stoked for their performance.

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Next we caught DIIV, who has a special place in our hearts for being Brooklyn natives, wowed us with their dream pop grooves that were somehow a bit reminiscent of The Cure, and their emotive stage presence.

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We also caught hometown heroes, The Sword, who never fail to deliver the finest doom metal that should always be appropriately enjoyed copious bong rips.

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Finally, a band that we’ve been chasing for the past year and could never line our schedule with, METZ. Hailing from Toronto, Canada, this Sub Pop-signed noise-rock band definitely capped off the evening just right with their big sound and wild energy; provoking a memorable mud-slinging mosh pit.

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We hope you enjoyed the first day of the fest, and will see you out at the ranch today for Thee Oh Sees, The Jesus & Mary Chain, Earth, This Will Destroy You, and more. Check the schedule here.

p.s. If you are getting cell service at the fest, let us Tinder from your phone!

Shows

Levitation Fest 2015!

May 8, 2015

Formerly “Austin Psych Fest“, this gathering has had a slight re-imagining by our friends over at Transmission Events. People travel from all over the globe for what many boast is consistently Austin’s “best fest” of the year.

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The folks at TE were kind enough to comp us a couple of passes this year so we can offer you all some inside coverage! We’re looking forward to seeing DIIV, Holy Wave, Indian Jewelry, Lightning Bolt, Spiritualized, Tame Impala, and Metz from tonight’s lineup.

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We’re not letting the weather get us down, we’ll be at the fest all weekend with umbrellas and probably plastic wrap in an attempt to resist any precipitation. Track us on social media for more updates, and be sure to check back here for daily re-caps!