The Holiday Groove w/ Austin Groove Project, Magna Carda, the Bishops, the Vapor Caves [garage]; Sam Houston, Jake Lloyd, Zach Person [control room]
Empire Control Room
"...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...."
"...“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...."
"...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...."
"...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...."
"...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...."
"...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...."
"...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 ....."
"...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..."
"...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 needed a defibrillator on Friday night...."
"...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...."
"...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...."
"...“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...."
"...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...."
"...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...."
"...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...."
"...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..."
"...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...."
"...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...."
"...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...."