Thundercat, Black Midi, Japanese Breakfast, the Hives to Play Levitation

Chicano Batman, Crumb, and Andy Shauf also top October fest

Filling Austin’s club space for an extended Halloween weekend of psych, indie rock, R&B, world music, metal, electronic, drone, and noise programming, Levitation 2021 comes into focus with 75-plus acts, including fusion genius Thundercat, avant-garde post-punks Black Midi, and indie pop mainstay Japanese Breakfast.

Stephen Bruner, aka Thundercat, performing locally at Emo’s in 2019 (Photo by David Brendan Hall)

The long-running Austin festival, returning Oct. 28-31 after a pandemic gap year, also reps Swedish garage-rock breakouts the Hives, psychedelic funk quartet Chicano Batman, tripped-out and catchy indie rock from Crumb, Tuareg droners Tinariwen, retro rock unit Shannon & the Clams, Arooj Aftab’s enchanting New Age meditations, Andy Shauf’s illuminative folk-pop, stoner beasts Red Fang, and Levitation’s flagship band the Black Angels.

Since 2018, the event persists as an umbrella of curated club shows, sold à la carte. Venues on the Levitation 2021 map include Stubb’s, Mohawk, Empire, Hotel Vegas, Cheer Up Charlies, and the beautiful Central Presbyterian Church. Having shifted a week back from its early November slot in 2019, the string of concerts now ropes in the excitement of Halloween night, which falls on Sunday, the last day of Levitation.

Start planning your costume now!

The phase one lineup stacks a quality cache of Austin acts besides the sponsoring Black Angels, including Holy Wave, Golden Dawn Arkestra, Sweet Spirit, Portrayal of Guilt, Sun June, Ringo Deathstarr, Blushing, Kalu & the Electric Joint, Calliope Musicals, Think No Think, Sailor Poon, Buffalo Hunt, and Urban Heat.

Additional bands and visual artist announcements are forthcoming. For now, you can buy tickets here and peruse the day-by-day offerings below.

WEDNESDAY, OCT. 27

Red Fang
Nothing
Starcrawler
Frankie Rose
Here Lies Man
Enumclaw

THURSDAY, OCT. 28

Chicano Batman
Crumb
Fuzz
Boy Harsher
Drab Majesty
Post Animal
Octopus Project
The Well
Nation of Language
No Joy
The Vacant Lots
Public Practice
Pearl Ear
Angelica Garcia
Nolan Potter’s Nightmare Band
Being Dead

FRIDAY, OCT. 29

Black Angels
Tinariwen
Black Midi
Connan Mockasin
A Place to Bury Strangers
La Luz
George Clanton
L.A. Witch
Ringo Deathstarr
The Paranoyds
Ami Dang
Negative Gemini
Magdalena Bay
Blushing
Death’s Dynamic Shroud
Equip
Caroline Loveglow

SATURDAY, OCT. 30

Thundercat
Andy Shau
Yves Tumor
Kikagaku Moyo
Shannon & the Clams
Shabazz Palaces
Cloud Nothings
Frankie & the Witch Fingers
Arooj Aftab
Levitation Room
Holy Wave
Acid Dad
Uniform
Portrayal of Guilt
Sweeping Promises
Glove
Hooveriii
Anabelle Chairlegs
Silver Synthetic
Sun June
Ganser

SUNDAY, OCT. 31

Japanese Breakfast
The Hives
Sasami
Golden Dawn Arkestra
Sweet Spirit
Kalu & the Electric Joint
Calliope Musicals
Think No Think
Sailor Poon
Buffalo Hunt
Urban Heat

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