Join us on a photographic journey of our voyage of The Austin Psych Fest 2014 at the beautiful Carson Creek Ranch in Austin, TX, May 2nd through May 4th. Our second year in attendance at this festival was filled with great musical memories inspired by bands that include: King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard, Quilt, Graveyard, The Fresh and Onlys, The Black Lips, Kadavar, The Zombies, Woods, Brown Sabbath, The Black Angels, Pure X, Zombie Zombie, Jacco Gardner, Moon Duo, Bardo Pond, Bombino, Temples, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Medicine, The Horrors, The Brian Jonestown Massacre, The Golden Dawn Arkestra, Charlie Megira, Christian Bland and the Revelators, Secret Colours, Cosmonauts, Toy, Mikal Cronin, The War on Drugs and Pink Mountaintops. New friendships were made, new sounds were heard, but most importantly, great music was played! If next year is anything like this year, we are all certainly in for a treat! After the photos, check out a few videos from the Fest. See you next year!
FESTIVALS! Austin Psych Fest 2014 Lineup, Schedule and So Much More (5/2-5/4) Carson Creek Ranch, Austin, TX
The 7th Austin Psych Fest is happening soon! Rock Cousteau is delighted to be a part of this exciting festival for a second year in a row. The fest takes place Friday, May 2nd through Sunday, May 4th at the Carson Creek Ranch in Austin, TX. The daily lineups and day tickets have been released! If you can only go one or two days of the festival, single day passes are available for $60 per day, links below. Weekend passes are also still available for $150, along with Deluxe Upgrades, Camping Passes and Camping Rentals.
The performance schedule for each day has been revealed! Click here for the full schedule.
FRIDAY, MAY 2
THE DANDY WARHOLS • THE BLACK ANGELS • THE ZOMBIES • BLACK LIPS • LIARS • GRAVEYARD • ONEOTRIX POINT NEVER • WOODS • KADAVAR • PEAKING LIGHTS • THE FRESH & ONLYS • LA FEMME • WHITE HILLS • QUILT • SHANNON & THE CLAMS • KING GIZZARD & THE LIZARD WIZARD • AQUA NEBULA OSCILLATOR • GAP DREAM • CHRIS CATALENA & THE NATIVE AMERICANS • PERHAPS • ROGER SELLERS • HOLLIS BROWN • EAGLE’S GIFT
SATURDAY, MAY 3
THE BRIAN JONESTOWN MASSACRE • THE HORRORS • OF MONTREAL • UNKNOWN MORTAL ORCHESTRA • AVEY TARE’S SLASHER FLICKS • MONO • MEDICINE • TEMPLES • BOMBINO • ACID MOTHERS TEMPLE • DEAD MEADOW • THE GOLDEN DAWN • MOON DUO • BARDO POND • THE OCTOPUS PROJECT • JACCO GARDNER • ZOMBIE ZOMBIE • BOOGARINS • DESTRUCTION UNIT • YAMANTAKA // SONIC TITAN • BARN OWL • PURE X • MORGAN DELT • STEVE GUNN • MARK MCGUIRE • CIRCUIT DES YEUX • DAHGA BLOOM • RESIDUELS • MIRROR TRAVEL • ARRINGTON DE DIONYSO
SUNDAY, MAY 4
LOOP • PANDA BEAR • THE WAR ON DRUGS • TOBACCO • MIKAL CRONIN • PINK MOUNTAINTOPS • EARTHLESS • SLEEPY SUN • TOY • BO NINGEN • HIGGINS WATERPROOF BLACK MAGIC BAND • TERAKAFT • COSMONAUTS • KIKAGAKU MOYO • SECRET COLOURS • GREG ASHLEY • CHRISTIAN BLAND & THE REVELATORS • GUARDIAN ALIEN • LORELLE MEETS THE OBSOLETE • JOEL GION & THE PRIMARY COLOURS • DOUG TUTTLE • MIND OVER MIRRORS • CHARLIE MEGIRA • FANTASMES • THE YOUNG • THE GOLDEN DAWN ARKESTRA • BONE FUR AND FEATHERS • THINK NO THINK
Please note that lineups are subject to change.
Check out our photographic coverage from APF 2013:
The Austin Psych Fest boasts 3 fantastic stages: The Reverberation Stage, Levitation Tent, and Elevation Amphitheater, all named in homage to the godfathers of Austin psychedelic rock, The 13th Floor Elevators. Experience some of the world’s greatest psychedelic bands at the Ranch and enjoy the Elevation Amphitheater that sits upon the banks of the Colorado River. Click here to buy your tickets and we hope to see you there!
Finally, don’t miss our exquisitely prepared playlists below that include all the artists, except for a few that don’t exist on Spotify:
This Week Virginia Key GrassRoots Festival of Music, Art & Dance Presents Most Diverse & Exciting Festival Miami Has Ever Seen
Thursday, February 20th through Sunday, February 23rd
Pictures from Virginia Key GrassRoots Festival 2013
A family friendly music festival in Miami with over 60 bands from all over the world, live art, beach camping, huge Kids village with free activities, yoga workshops, dance classes, sustainability fair & expo, & much more!
Returning for its 3rd year, The Virginia Key GrassRoots Festival of Music, Art & Dance presents its most ambitious and diverse program lineup yet. The 4-Day Festival offers something completely different than any other festival or event in Florida. From February 20th through February 23rd, the Historic Virginia Key Beach Park sets the stage for an interactive event filled with participatory experiences for all ages to enjoy.
Check out the schedule below!
This year’s festival will include an incredibly diverse and culturally rich musical lineup which has continued to build upon the Festival’s foundation. Musical Performances include Latin Grammy Award-winning Afro-Colombian group ChocQuibTown, Zimbabwe’s national treasure and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Oliver Mtukudzi & the Black Spirits, The most awarded Bluegrass legend of all time The Del McCoury Band, Latin Grammy Award-winning Best New Artist Sie7e, Trail-Blazing Americana mainstay Donna the Buffalo, current Reggae chart toppers John Brown’s Body, plus tons of hometown heavy-hitters like Spam All-Stars, Locos Por Juana, Afrobeta, Suenalo, and Elastic Bond. A full listing of bands ranging in genre from Cajun to Electronic, Roots Rock, Latin Pop, Country, Hip-Hop and beyond can be found by clicking here.
The Virginia Key GrassRoots Festival is wonderful for kids and families with an abundance of activities for young ones. The Kid’s Village offers free art projects, musical workshops, story time, kids’ yoga, a playground, games and all kinds of creative exploration all day long! The diverse musical lineup offers cultural enrichment opportunities for all. Children ages 12 and under are admitted to the festival for free.
The event is in many ways a ‘lifestyle festival’ with a holistic approach to entertainment that engages all of the senses. In partnership with the Zen Village of Coconut Grove, the Festival’s Healing Arts Area offers daily workshops in various lineages of Yoga, meditation, Tai Chi, traditional dance, healing drumming, and more wellness practices. Practitioners of various healing modalities such as massage, Reiki, reflexology, and more offer their services throughout the day in a lovely shaded grove along the water.
Festival-goers have the opportunity to engage with legendary musicians and instructors at numerous Music and Dance Workshops. Musical workshop highlights include; World Drumming, Banjo & Fiddle, and Native Flute. Dance workshops for all levels take place prior to performances in the 10,000 square foot wood floored Dance Tent, including Bachata, Salsa, and Zydeco instruction. At Miami’s Scratch DJ Academy Booth, participants of all ages can try their hand at DJ-ing with instruction from world-renowned DJs and teachers.
Environmental sustainability and ecological preservation are at the heart of the event. The Sustainability Fair & Expo is an interactive model of engagement between South Florida businesses and festival attendees. Over the course of the weekend Green Businesses, featuring sustainable services and products work alongside non-profits to promote a sustainable future for Miami. There will be solar demos, bio-diesel education, urban farming workshops, and more. The Festival also has a mission of creating Zero Waste, with recycling and compost stations setup throughout the event. Biking to the festival is encouraged! Half-priced Sunday tickets are available for all who arrive by bicycle and numerous bike-centric activities are offered throughout the weekend.
The GrassRoots organization is deeply committed to building relationships in the community. The cornerstone of these local partnerships is the Roots in the Schools collaborative outreach program. This week leading up to the event, The Virginia Key GrassRoots Festival is bringing festival musicians into local schools for musical performances, classroom presentations, workshops, hands on experience and cultural enrichment. The program’s goal is to promote the creative health of young people, foster arts appreciation, and provide an opportunity for them to connect with the inspiring world of music. Please take a minute to view a short highlight video from last year’s program offerings:
The Festival is delighted to announce their collaboration with the Moksha Family Arts Collective, who will curate multi-media arts performances, installations, an art gallery boutique, and host a nightly Silent Disco as part of the festivities. The Moksha Family Arts Collective is a nexus of cultural and artistic expression with artists and musicians coming together to create visionary artwork and community.
Held on the pristine sands of the Historic Virginia Key Beach Park, camping is available on the main festival grounds, just steps from the sparkling Atlantic Ocean. Virginia Key is a short ride from downtown Miami, but is quiet and secluded from the hustle and bustle of the city, creating the perfect setting for this one-of-a-kind festival. Tent camping and Vehicle Camping are available. Campers can come stay for single nights or all 4 nights of the festival.
BUY YOUR TICKETS BY CLICKING HERE! Tickets are very moderately priced, with day passes ranging from $25-$40. Adult 4-Day Tickets are $100 in advance, $120 at the gate. Youth ages 13-15 are just $20 per day or $50 for 4-Days, with Kids 12 & under Free. Tent Camping Passes are $25 per night or $50 for 4-Nights. Vehicle Camping Passes, which include a tent pass are $50 per night or $100 for 4 Nights. Any vehicle larger than 21ft and cars towing campers are considered RVs and priced at $150. Volunteer opportunities are still available in trade for free tickets, visit http://virginiakeygrassroots.com/volunteer or more information.
For more information about the festival visit www.virginiakeygrassroots.com Facebook, Twitter & Instragram: @GrassRootsMiami.
NOW STREAM THIS! Advance listens to Temples, Tinariwen, Majesticos, Noah Gundersen, The Fleshtones and more!
Tinariwen @ Austin Psych Fest, Austin, TX 2013
Go ahead and stream some new music in advance of their releases: There’s some Cibo Matto, Hurray for the Riff Raff, Temples, Noah Gunderson, Tinariwen and more. Most of the albums are expected for release on February 11th in the U.S.
1) Temples, Sun Structures. “Like many young bands before it, the four-piece from Kettering in Northhamptonshire embraces — and proudly plays up — the influence of the Beatles and other ’60s legends, notably the Byrds. But Temples’ music claims its own place, weaving these inspirations into crazy-beautiful and richly idiosyncratic music.” (via NPR)
2) Tinariwen, Emmaar. “How do you build on the reputation that has made your band the most visible ambassador of an entire people? For its seventh international album, Emmaar, Tinariwen presents a product that is based on creativity and necessity. Tinariwen’s signature sound remains present with loping rhythms, low-rolling guitars and lyrics that are both political and poetic. This album reveals that a bit of Americana has crept into the effort, with appearances by guests like Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist Josh Klinghoffer and Nashville musician Fats Kaplin.” (via NPR)
3) Majestico, When Kingdom Come. “Majestico is the awesome-sounding moniker of Nashville’s Graham Fitzpenn, who’s spent the last several years carving out a local niche with a rambunctious blend of psych, garage, country, and folk… Though there’s a certain sense of gimmickery to Majestico and the record, there’s no denying the sheer raucousness, the kind of energy that grabs you by the collarbone and shakes you stupid for each and every glorious second.”(via Consequence of Sound)
4) Noah Gundersen, Ledges. “Ledges spans 11 tender tracks and weaves together tales of faith, temptation, redemption, death, and doubt, offering the kind of perspective usually found in much older singer-songwriters.” (via SPIN)
5) The Fleshtones, Wheel of Talent. “Perennial garage rockers the Fleshtones don’t care to slow down. Over the course of five decades together, the group has pumped out 21 full-length albums, and on February 11 comes No. 22, Wheel of Talent. Contemporaries of Devo, the New York Dolls, and New York City’s 1970s punk scene, the Fleshtones stay true to their signature style on Wheel of Talent: a fusion of roots-rock with copious amounts of fuzz.” (via SPIN)
6) Speedy Ortiz, Real Hair EP. “Speedy Ortiz’s Real Hair EP moves beyond the knotty guitar-rock heard on the Major Arcana LP, drawing inspiration from Top 40 and R&B radio… The other songs on Real Hairmay in fact pull from the airwaves, but aptly named lead single ‘Everything’s Bigger’ amplifies the band’s signature blend of close-up vocals and chunky riffs.” — (via Pitchfork)
7) Hurray for the Riff Raff, Small Town Heroes. “Small Town Heroes, Hurray for the Riff Raff’s sixth album, is about New Orleans. But it’s not about the Crescent City of yore. It’s about Alynda Lee Segarra, the band’s founder and sometimes sole member, missing the bar where she can play her guitar quietly in the corner. It’s about the place where she eats dinner on Monday nights. Segarra’s clear-eyed, street-level portrait of her city demonstrates exactly what’s most valuable and remarkable about Hurray for the Riff Raff’s music: its commitment to truth-telling.” (via NPR)
8) Cibo Matto, Hotel Valentine “Cibo Matto has always been skilled at Trojan-horsing weird art within glossy, goofy songs (often about food), but the new Hotel Valentine isn’t so concerned with disguising its intentions. Though inventive in sound and frequently light in tone, it runs deeper conceptually, as Honda and Hatori build a collection of songs around the nebulous idea of a haunted hotel… Food isn’t entirely absent from these strange and colorful songs… but the creative palette is bigger and bolder, if not always brighter.” (via NPR)
2013 was initially kicked off with what seemed like a truly intimate concert by Aaron Freeman, f/k/a Gene Ween. Aaron put Gene to rest and spread his solo wings to perform this one gig in South Florida. Our voyages continued with an exploration into the psychedelic sounds at Austin Psych Fest. Rewinding a bit into musical history, we caught the legendary trio, Crosby, Stills and Nash at Hard Rock Live Hollywood. Our 90′s alt rock roots would be shaken and stirred up a bit by the return of Filter to South Florida’s Culture Room. We watched the South Florida music scene blow up with amazing and talented musicians, supporting the efforts of one of our favorites, the Jacuzzi Boys.
Great young bands from all over the world would grace the stages of our favorite venues. Grizzly Bear put on a spectacular visual and sensory experience for us at the Fillmore Miami Beach. We saw new venues hit the scene with great local and regional talent, as Jacob Jeffries and others performed at C&I Studios in Ft. Lauderdale.
The young and the old would tour together for Americanarama at Cruzan Amphitheater in West Palm Beach, as we witnessed one of the highlights of our concert going experiences for the year. Doing nearly a 180 on genres, we watched Marilyn Manson get freaky at the Fillmore in Miami. We swelled with pride as our local favorites, Jacuzzi Boys, opened for Metric at the Fillmore.
Our support of the local music scene would take us as far as West Palm Beach, where we enjoyed a variety of local talent at Respectable Street’s 26th Anniversary Block Party on Clematis Street. Continuing our exploration, we traveled to one of our favorite tiny venues and celebrated the release of the Jacuzzi Boys’ self-titled album, along with the burgeoning careers of new bands, like Shark Valley Sisters at Churchill’s Pub in Miami.
Never a dull moment during 2013, we returned our support to bands that begun in the 80′s and caught Depeche Mode as they filled the Sunrise BB&T Center.
Certainly, another highlight event for us was the unique pairing of Jeff Beck with Brian Wilson at Hollywood’s Hard Rock Live. Opinions and emotions about this show were all over the place, but regardless of what anyone may have thought, the show was magical.
The year wouldn’t come to a close without seeing some more amazing acts. Dr. Dog returned to South Florida, but the experience everyone anticipated was the impromptu announcement that Arcade Fire would perform before Halloween as The Reflektors in Little Haiti’s Cultural Center in Miami. November brought us an eclectic triple header with Blowfly, Jacuzzi Boys and Torche at Churchill’s Pub in Miami.
2013 would slowly wind down with a few more memorable performances by Nine Inch Nails at the BB&T Center, along with Joan Jett and the Blackhearts and a few members from the band, Night Ranger, for a charitable gig to raise funds for the Joe Dimaggio Children’s Hospital.
And finally, 2013 would be topped off like a cherry on a sundae with 80′s alternative favorite and former Smith’s member, Johnny Marr at the Culture Room in Ft. Lauderdale.
Our 2013 wrap-up also includes a compilation of all the new releases we found compelling enough to include in year-end playlist. We broke all the playlist rules and included over 255 tracks of 2013′s new, original releases. See the Spotify playlist below.
As always, Rock Cousteau will remain on the scene, keep our noses clean and continue to dive into the depths of the musical ocean to expose only the greatest sounds for your listening pleasure.
As I sit here, writing a long overdue review of the Johnny Marr concert at the Culture Room, I am reminded of a show that really captured the essence of concert going. We’re talking about Johnny “fucking” Marr, not just some fellow with one hit, but co-writer and member of the legendary and controversial 80’s alternative band, The Smiths. What made them controversial wasn’t their existence, but their break-up and subsequently, their disappearance from the music scene altogether. Out of The Smiths, Morrissey was born. You heard very little about Johnny Marr, but if you continued to keep up with him, you would have known that he was a “player” in so many bands, (Electronic, The The, Modest Mouse and The Cribs) ultimately landing firmly on his feet with a solo gig. There’s so much history behind this musician that’s rarely been discussed, as Morrissey has always grabbed the headlines and robbed the spotlight from this talented musician.
Fast-forward to Tuesday, November 26, 2013, The Culture Room in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. Hundreds of Gen-X’s milling about, anticipating the arrival of legendary Smiths guitarist, Johnny Marr. Sprinkled about the scene were younger fans that were either introduced to The Smiths from aunts/uncles/parents or other grown-up figures that cared to share the importance of attending a show with Johnny Marr. The audience was eager, but what could they expect? Would Johnny Marr portray the “stuck-up, better-than-all-get-out” persona that Morrissey tends to emote when he performs live? The answer is a resounding, “NO”.
Performing at his last gig on The Messenger Tour, Ft. Lauderdale fans would get the most genuine and gracious host to perform, for what seemed like, a private concert. Even more appealing was the fact that he would fulfill every Smiths’ fans’ dream of hearing all their favorite songs. Denial for Marr was not an option. It seems that Marr was committed to making sure everyone would walk away happy. They’d walk away happy to hear the tried and true tunes, ultimately laying the foundation for presenting his new tracks off his latest album, The Messenger.
Performing not just one Smiths tune, but six, he gave the kids what they were hoping for. Furthermore, he did so happily and with an extremely tight band backing him up. He even threw in one of this author’s favorites from Electronic, ‘Getting Away with It’. Every song was something you wanted to hear. Some of his solo effort highlights included, ‘The Crack Up,’ ‘The Messenger’ and ‘Generate! Generate!’. All these tracks seriously highlight the immense talent that lays in Marr’s path. We should only be so lucky to have him return to South Florida again.
So, you ask, was it a good show? Sincerely and truly, yes.
Check out an additional review of the show by our good friend, David Von Bader, right here.
Audio Junkie hosts 4 “awesometastic” days of bands, video screenings, and zine releases. This is South Florida’s opportunity to celebrate our music scene and an end of the year bash. Show up here: 164 nw 20st miami fl , 33127. (Parking is available along 1st Court, not the parking lot)
Wednesday, December 4th:
Rat bastard + Kenny Millions
Thursday, December 5th:
Buffy Plastic Pinks
Friday, December 6th:
Jensen Serf company
The Gun Hoes
The Jellyfish Brother
Saturday, December 7th:
For The Virgin Mary
Via his Bandcamp page, Aaron Freeman releases demos that represent the final writings and music of his beloved alter-ego, Gene Ween. While having announced the “unofficial” death of Ween last year via a Rolling Stone interview, with this proclamation, he puts the finishing touches on an official burial of Gene Ween in an effort to allow his inner “FREEMAN” to emerge. We have, and always will, support Aaron as an artist, a musician and a human being. As stated on his Bandcamp page, “after 20+ years of near-fatal drug & alcohol abuse (thankfully culminating with intensive but successful rehab), AARON FREEMAN (aka Gene Ween) was left in a dire financial situation. All proceeds will go directly to Aaron, as he continues down the path toward creative freedom and personal health.” Aaron provides his fans with a two word personal statement: “Stay tuned.”
It shant be long before Austin Psych Fest announces the lineup for their 2014 festival in Austin, Texas, but before they do, the curators of that festival, The Black Angels, share their latest video for ‘Black Isn’t Black,’ from their latest release, Indigo Meadow.
In the video, the dark and haunting tune is complimented by scene that could easily be confused with A Clockwork Orange. This first person perspective plays tricks on your own mind and makes you wonder what might happen in the dark if you were being treated by a creepy nurse. These sounds are reminiscent of a psychedelic time that began in the Sixties, but are now brought up to date to meet our own times. Following the “Ludovico technique” and “pushing the concept of a therapy session with the Black Angels” is what singer, Alex Maas was going for. It worked and now, I feel better.
Well, South Florida is teeming with fantastic, original live acts and now we have yet another one to introduce to you, The Vilifiers. Hailing from Miami, this band “represents f@#king rock and roll”. Who are The Vilifiers? They are a four piece unit consisting of Nicolas Jiminez on guitar, Anthony Fernandez on vocals, Albert Mugarra on bass, and Arles Flores on drums. Playing together for two years, they used to be called The Mirrors, but were forced to change the name because of some legal crap. The foundation of their sound lies in 70′s mainstream rock. Think Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath and The Beatles, but make no mistake, these four gentlemen are four very different people when it comes to music. The guitarist, Nicolas, can best be described as a Melomaniac (on who has an excessive or abnormal attraction to music) that finds his roots in Jimmy Page and prefers to call ‘Whole Lotta Love’ his anthem song; the bassist, Albert, is into the depths of punk rock; the drummer, Arles, is a heavy metal dude; and vocalist, Anthony, can be best described as someone who’ll do anything for indie, but listen carefully and you’ll find that he’s channeling Jello Biafra. The guitarist, Nicolas, recalls a great description given to him by a bartender at Churchill’s Pub who once said they sound like The Stooges mixed with Jet.
Go Go Go, their debut album, was recorded at Magnetron Studios and is ready for your ears. Check out the video for their fifth track, ‘Denis-tination unknown’ below and after that, stream the entire album.
Check them out @ Will Call Miami Friday, November 15th, 2014 (that’s tomorrow) for the Go Go Go CD Release Party!