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November 7, 2019

Levitation 2019

By: Laurie Gallardo

First, a bit of background for you: LEVITATION got its start as Austin Psych Fest back in 2008, founded by ATX-based band (and longtime AMM favorite) The Black Angels. The band is extremely reverential when it comes to the artists who paved the way for today’s psych-rooted musicians, so the festival is named in honor of ultimate psych pioneers, The 13th Floor Elevators.

LEVITATION is now a world-renown music festival with curated events in France, Chicago and Vancouver, in addition to several other international happenings, but Austin remains the official HQ, where it all began. This year boasts another great set of line-ups, always a fantastic mix of local and touring artists, at various Red River and East Austin venues. Of course, one of the big performances coming up is The Black Angels sharing a bill with John Cale at Stubb’s on Saturday night. (As in, the John Cale.) Portland-based band formed by Collin Hegna, Federale makes an excellent opener.

Things kick off tonight with recent Studio 1A guest Angel Olsen, Devendra Banhart and Vagabon at Stubb’s Waller Creek Amphitheater, 801 Red River; High On Fire at the Mohawk, 912 Red River; Kikagaku Moyo at Barracuda, 611 E. 7th St.; TR/ST (featured on today’s AMM) at Empire Control Room, 606 E. 7th St., and more.

Check LEVITATION’s website for complete show schedules and venues. Recommended.

-Artwork from LEVITATION poster design by Robin Gnista.


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October 28, 2023

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AMM picks for LEVITATION weekend, including Amyl & The Sniffers, Durand Jones, Altin Gün and more.


October 27, 2023

LEVITATION: Friday & Saturday

The AMM’s LEVITATION 2023 picks for Fri/Sat, including Alan Palomo, Allah-Las, Queen Serene and more.


October 26, 2023

So Very Curious, Indeed

A Curious Mix of People book launch reunion show, Saturday at The Parlor on Guadalupe.


October 25, 2023

Friday at Radio East

Black Live Music Fund & Radio East present a DAWA benefit with Latasha Lee and Blakchyl.


October 24, 2023

The Returner

Allison Russell brings The Returner Tour to 3Ten tomorrow night.


October 23, 2023

Haunt Me and Dark Shadows

Cover your neck. Or don’t. It’s the Goth Gala tonight at Sagebrush, with Haunt Me, and a screening of the original ‘House of Dark Shadows.’


October 21, 2023

Bienvenido al Laboratorio

Carrie Rodriguez’ LABORATORIO at Stateside on Sunday, with Angélica Garcia & Cat Cardenas.