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October 27, 2021

Levitation Time

By: Laurie Gallardo

LEVITATION 2021 kicks off tonight at Empire Control Room, featuring the band Nothing.

LEVITATION is back. And what a triumphant return, on Halloween weekend. Is that perfect, or what?

The music festival founded by The Black Angels got its start in an old barn, of all places, under the moniker Austin Psych Fest in 2008. Even the band didn’t realize how much it would blow up; it was simply an independent venture filled with music they loved. It was rechristened LEVITATION in honor of The 13th Floor Elevators, who reunited for their 50th anniversary to play the festival in 2015. LEVITATION gradually evolved into an internationally-renowned event encompassing many musical genres beyond the psych realm, and branched out to include specially-curated events in France, Chicago and Vancouver.

This year’s festival takes place this Thursday through Sunday, Oct. 28-31, and begins with a special LEVITATION kick-off show tonight, Wednesday Oct. 27, at Empire Control Room, 606 E. 7th. This evening’s performances include The Sword, Nothing (the track “Say Less” from the excellent album The Great Dismal is featured on today’s AMM), Starcrawler, Frankie Rose, Here Lies Man and a new AMM instant fave, Tacoma, WA band Enumclaw. Doors open early at 5 p.m.


October 30, 2023


Genesis Owusu returns to Austin to perform tomorrow night at Empire Garage.


October 28, 2023

LEVITATION: Saturday and Sunday

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.