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Levitation 2016 Cancelled
Stormy forecast pulls plug on weekend fest
DAILY Music  April 28, 2016, by Kevin Curtin and Kimberley Jones
"...Shortly after 5pm, Levitation organizers announced they were pulling the plug on this weekend’s outdoor festival at Carson Creek Ranch due to anticipated thunderstorms...."

Levitation Rain Checks
Weather-displaced festival re-collects in the clubs
DAILY Music  April 29, 2016, by Kevin Curtin
"...“It will be a late night,” predicted Transmission Events’ chief booker Graham Williams via email late on Thursday night/early Friday morning in the wake of Levitation’s cancellation. The three-day outdoor music festival was called off at 5pm Thursday due to a weather forecast posing potential public safety concerns...."

Playback – Sike Fest: Levitation Canceled
Levitation 2016, a bitter pill for all
Music Column  May 5, 2016, by Kevin Curtin
"...Meanwhile, Austin's psychedelic music festival, Levitation – which had third eyes buggin' with a lineup starring Ween, Brian Wilson, Flying Lotus, Lee "Scratch" Perry, and Courtney Barnett – was abruptly canceled late last Thursday afternoon due to concerns about dangerous weather. Travis County Emergency Services took responsibility for the shutdown in a press release specifying potential severe storms, strong winds, large hail, tornado warnings, and high water levels in the Colorado River...."

Levitation Grids Announced
Psych fest’s return comes into full focus
DAILY Music  February 7, 2018, by Kevin Curtin
"...With the emergence of Levitation’s second wave lineup, highlighted by appearances from the Make-Up, Russian Circles, Ariel Pink, Bedouine, and Diiv, the restructured return of Texas’ premier psychedelic music gathering comes into full focus...."

Levitation Materializes 2018 Lineup
Slowdive, Electric Wizard, Black Angels, etc. à la carte
DAILY Music  December 7, 2017, by Kevin Curtin
"...Following September’s announcement that Levitation would return next year as a series of late-April club shows, organizers today unveiled the full lineup, including appearances from elusive UK doom unit Electric Wizard, shoegaze vets Slowdive, and hometown hosts the Black Angels...."

13th Floor Elevators to Reunite at Levitation Festival
Consciousness-raising pioneers headline ATX psych gathering
DAILY Music  February 12, 2015, by Kevin Curtin
"...The all-seeing eye atop the pyramid has finally awoken. Fifty years after forming and 45 since their last show, Texan psych rock pioneers the 13th Floor Elevators will reunite to play the Levitation festival, May 8-10, at Carson Creek Ranch in Austin...."

Levitation Kick-Off
Even after Levitation’s cancellation ... the shows went on!
DAILY Music  April 29, 2016, by Michael Toland
"...If you checked social media Thursday night, you’d think the Reverb Appreciation Society had declared war on its fans in the wake of Levitation’s cancellation. At the three festival kick-off shows last night, the mood was decidedly ....."

Levitation Q&A: Lee Ranaldo
Sonic Youth stringer’s set overlaps slightly with former bandmate
DAILY Music  April 28, 2016, by Neph Basedow
"...Alongside erstwhile bandmate Thurston Moore, also playing Levitation on Saturday, Lee Ranaldo’s use of alternate guitar tunings forged an avant-garde rock standard in Sonic Youth. Since the band’s 2011 split, the Long Island native and father of three has kept busy, including doing consultant work for HBO series Vinyl..."

Levitation Live Shot: Las Robertas
Reverb overlay can’t obfuscate Spanish for “vicious”
DAILY Music  May 10, 2015, by Nina Hernandez
"...Las Robertas invaded the Reverberation Stage at Levitation on Saturday afternoon, brewing sludgy reverb that cut clear through to the nearby Levitation Tent. The Costa Rican “Latina garage” trio has seen a larger crowd just once before, when they opened “randomly” for Pearl Jam...."

Levitation Live Shot: Metz
Canadian trio moshes
DAILY Music  May 9, 2015, by Kevin Curtin
"...Levitation needed a defibrillator on Friday night...."

Levitation Uncorks 2015 Lineup
Former Austin Psych Fest teams with Fun Fun Fun Fest promoter
DAILY Music  December 3, 2014
"...Three-dozen acts offloaded from the Levitation mothership just now, the re-branded Austin Psych Fest. While South by Southwest has revealed 400 names for March madness, and last week Rodeo Austin shot out of the gate with its lineup, Levitation now kicks in with a hefty dose of its May 8-10, 2015, freak flag at the idyllic Carson Creek Ranch once again...."

Levitation Live Shot: Caribou
Rare pop-up club appearance breathes life into machine beats
DAILY Music  May 2, 2016, by Abby Johnston
"...Canadian electronic composer Dan Snaith and his live threepiece tours consistently, but they mostly appear at festivals. Levitation’s cancellation meant that locals got to experience giant sounds tailor-made for vast fields in a contained space...."

Levitation Live Shot: Black Angels
Stark need breeds a peak performance
DAILY Music  May 1, 2016, by Libby Webster
"...“This is not an easy thing,” began Alex Maas, summing up the weekend simply. Co-founder of the Reverberation Appreciation Society and Levitation, the Black Angels vocalist took a moment before their set at the Historic Scoot Inn on Saturday night to broach the disappointment surrounding the festival’s cancellation...."

Levitation Interviews
Sat., 10:05pm, Levitation Tent
Music Story  April 28, 2016, by Michael Toland
"...The kings of avant-garde drone metal, Sunn 0))) overwhelms Austin for the first time in 14 years for a doom-heavy bill at Levitation. The gig comes in support of Kannon, the Seattle band's first non-collaborative album since 2009 and one that hearkens back to its ambient grunge roots...."

Levitation Interviews
Sun., 5:25pm, Levitation Tent
Music Story  April 28, 2016, by Thomas Fawcett
"...Their forthcoming third LP – recorded in Brooklyn with soul maestro Leon Michels (Aloe Blacc, Lee Fields, the Arcs) – moves the needle toward R&B. Ahead of Levitation, we asked keyboardist and falsetto freaker Bardo Martinez to email us five Latin psych tunes that helped shaped the band's singular sound...."

Levitation Live Shot: Vaadat Charigim/Black Ryder/This Will Destroy You
Tent triptych – moody, jolting, maelstrom
DAILY Music  May 10, 2015, by Richard Whittaker
"...While Saturday sun baked Carson Creek Ranch from Friday’s mud pit to stone path, the Levitation Tent held in the moisture, retaining a swampy, sticky miasma. This proved perfectly brooding dusk conditions for Israeli threepiece Vaadat Charigim, which swaps its Jerusalem roots for pure Oxford shoegaze...."

Levitation Live Shot: Chui Wan
Chinese art rockers cache multiple secret weapons
DAILY Music  May 10, 2015, by Michael Toland
"...Another sign that Levitation is leaving its psychcentric focus behind, Chui Wan killed it. The Beijing quartet comes off as a post-punk band soaked in just enough reverb to pass..."

Levitation Live Shot: Spiritualized
Here it comes – the languidness
DAILY Music  May 9, 2015, by Michael Toland
"...Before a large crowd permeated by the smell of weed, Jason “Spaceman” Pierce and company took the stage 10 minutes late for one of the most highly anticipated sets of Levitation. Fronting a choir- and orchestra-less Spiritualized, the UK psych vet rolled into “Here It Comes (The Road, Let’s Go),” a brand-new song presumably slated for the LP in progress...."

Levitation Live Shot: Willie Thrasher & Linda Saddleback
Canada’s Native American Richie Havens
DAILY Music  May 9, 2015, by Michael Toland
"...Today, the 67-year-old Inuk has a voice that cuts through the din, its insistent rasp like an axe against a wall of chatter. Not that Thrasher needs a weapon, if his Levitation set was any indication...."

Levitation Review: Wooden Shjips, Acid Mothers Temple, ST 37, Yoo Doo Right
The ABCs of psychedelia
DAILY Music  April 30, 2018, by Michael Toland
"...Repetition is an important component of psychedelia, from adaptations of the German motorik beat to one-chord drones and endless boogie. The final night of Levitation 2018 at Empire Control Room brought a little from columns A, B, and C from an five-hour international showing...."

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