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Hovvdy is a slow-moving, minimal indie band co-fronted by Charlie Martin and Will Taylor. The duo writes rhythmic, spacious tunes with hazy keyboard tones and sparse, patterned guitar movement. Their strength as a band lies in the ability to turn toward pop melodies; Hovvdy know the precise time to make that shift and sustain it just long enough to remain fresh.

Hometown
Austin, TX

Band Members
Charlie Martin – Keys, Guitar, and Vocals
Will Taylor – Guitar and Vocals
Grady Bell – Bass
Ray Micarelli – Drums

Hovvdy perform on Audiotree Live, September 29, 2017.

Session Tracklist
1. Better
2. Problem
3. Meg
4. Can’t Wait
5. Friend
6. In My Head
7. Thru
8. Pretend

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The 2018 weekend will be hosted in downtown Austin venues including Stubb’s Austin, Mohawk Austin, Barracuda Austin, Empire Control Room & Garage, Cheer Up Charlies and more. 

Levitation will also spread through the city’s cafes, galleries and record stores with pop-up performances, art happenings, food events, and more.  

2018 will utilize Austin’s downtown venues that have helped cultivate the city’s legendary music scene – bringing a more intimate experience, with longer sets from headliners alongside all the conveniences of the city. Looking forward to another great weekend with friends from around the world in Austin, Texas!

On Shakey Graves new song “The Perfect Parts,” The Austin-based musician Alejandro Rose-Garcia turns up the amps for a blues-driven style of guitar playing that would satiate fans of the Black Keys and Gary Clark, Jr. “It’s the aggressive peak,” he says of where the song fits into his new album “And the War Came.”

That said, the song’s been a long time coming. Rose-Garcia says he wrote the melody in high school, but the story within is something more recent. “I was spending a lot of time ogling a certain lady in my home town and I felt very led on,” he says. “In reality I doubt she had any idea that I was pining so hard. We explored the concept of being trapped in your home town and the concept of growing out of a situation.”

Rose-Garcia started Shakey Graves in 2008 while logging time as an actor – he had a reoccurring role on Friday Night Lights, which was shot in Austin. He recorded his debut album “Roll the Bones” by himself and put it up on Bandcamp, where it’s become one of the music distribution site’s biggest sellers.

From the new album from Austin Texas favourite Shakey Graves the album is titled “And The War Came”

Founded in Austin Texas in 2012, Matthew Squires and the Learning Disorders is an ever-evolving project, centered around the penetrating songs of singer­-songwriter Matthew Squires. Between 2012 and 2015, Squires and his band have released five critically acclaimed albums and several accompanying music videos. Their work has been warmly recognized by many notable blogs and magazines, including Brooklyn Vegan, USA Today, Performer Magazine, Largehearted Boy, Surviving The Golden Age, Magnet Magazine, and more.

On August 28th, Squires and his band released their most recent EP, titled “The Giving,” which has been met again with some critical acclaim.

Matthew Squires and co. are currently playing in and around their hometown of Austin, TX, honing the new material which will make up the yet-untitled LP that they will record later in 2016.

Shape of Your Heart is the twelfth track on the album ‘Tambaleo’ by Matthew Squires.

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The Austin band consists of frontman-guitarist Jaime Zuverza, bassist Ryan Camarillo, drummer Matt Reilly, and keyboardist Robert Kaye. Unlike their first album, they recorded the album analogue. Always is an album that could only come from Texas. Post-punk with a hill country filter. The keyboard is all late night and haunting. The pace is after hours, east 6th street drenched in fog and humidity. It’s a sound that fits their name to a tee. The album works best as a whole, like going through a fun house. Each track working at letting the unease and mood build and flow between the tracks. Songs like “Rats,” “Limo,” and “Other Side” await you to enter from the next room over, ready with their tales of vermin and travels to other dimensions.

Regarding the time when the album was recorded Zuverza has said “Juan Gabriel reunited with god recently, I love him and I also love Johnny O, the freestyle recording artist. I consider these two behemoths huge influences and I thought about them a lot last year when we were in the studio recording Always.” While anyone might be hard pressed to hear those influences in the album, it’s nice to know they’re there, steering our guides as they tell the stories they wish to tell, how they wish to tell it. It’s a ride you’ll want to get on as soon as it’s done.

Members
Jaime Zuverza, Matt Reilly, Ryan Camarillo, Robert Kaye

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It’s been a decade since Adam Torres released his debut album, Nostra Nova, which was reissued to great acclaim in 2015. Recently signed to Fat Possum Records, the AustinTexas dwelling songwriter known for poetic lyrics and beautiful melodies just released a new album, Pearls to Swine. It’s very exciting to see a renewal of the traditional singer-songwriter movement. Adam Torres is just one of many Americana/roots solo musicians who have popped up over the past few years, having released his debut album in 2006 when he was just 20 years old. Pearls To Swine, is a sizzler of a record, one which I hope will likely catapult Adam Torres into a much greater spotlight. Torres’ Fat Possum debut is full of natural soundscapes and elaborate imagery that brilliantly twinkles throughout this piece of art.

From the upcoming album, Pearls To Swine, out September 9th via Fat Possum Records

Extreme planning during Austin’s SXSW can be a wonderful and terrible thing. Yes, you may get to catch all the bands on your “must watch” lists, but you might also end up losing out on everything else in between. During a year of careful planning, then stumbling into the Sheer Mag set was one of my best one-off moments. I had heard the band’s endlessly catchy track “Fan the Flames” before, but nothing could have prepared me for the live version. Christina Halladay’s epic, explosive stage presence and soulful vocals are something to behold, and she’s backed up brilliantly by catchy guitar riffs and an incredibly fun band. Definitely one to see as soon as you can!

Sheer Mag, “Fan the Flames”
Much like the band Beach Slang, Sheer Mag has built its power-pop revivalist rep on two incredible EPs. The second one, the pragmatically titled II, came out this year and sports the track “Fan the Flames,” a straight groove that recalls Alex Chilton if he were on Goner Records. And like all solid power-pop, it’s as unassuming as it is addictive. the band Sheer Mag blew everybody away at SXSW and haven’t stopped touring since. Unfortunately they haven’t signed a record deal either, meaning it’s unlikely they’ll be going overground any time soon. But the facts is this: Sheer Mag play punk rock the way it should be played, and they haven’t released a duff song yet. 2016 could be theirs… if they want it. Grab the EP’s they are becoming very collectable from a band to watch this year.

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Shakey Graves is a folk rock songwriter who writes personal ballads with frenetic finger-picking guitar work and snarling, cacophonous tones. He first graced the stage as a solo act, performing with a suitcase modded into a kick drum/tambourine that is feverishly worked with booted heels. Shakey spent years road-testing this inimitable one man band, honing his craft and focusing on defining a unique sound. In 2014 he met songwriter Esme Patterson, solo performer and member of the Denver-based band Paper Bird. Together they wrote the smash hit, “Dearly Departed,” a song originally conceived on Halloween as a “tongue-in-cheek, haunted house sex joke.”
Shakey toured tirelessly with Patterson in tow, performing across the country and paving the way for 2014’s “And the War Came,” his second LP and first official release. The tour became an introduction to his new, play-with-others style; a stark departure from his previous loner mountain man look.

Shakey himself as spoken of the project as continuously evolving. His most recent iteration is a braggadocio-filled rock quartet, and his mesmerizing stage performance is a replication of his career’s story arc. It shuffles between solo and full band, reflecting the themes of “domestication and acknowledgement of the other” present on “And the War Came” by rotating through lineup variations. His style evolves to coincide with the music being created. Shakey has moved from the 10-gallon hat, tank top, and cowboy boots to more punk rock-influenced dark leather, flat brim, and sneakers.

His project is in a constant state of change, but his Austin, Texas roots remain. Shakey is a songwriter filled with soul whose contemplative, poetic moments give way to bone-rattling growls from his trusty Loar guitar.

Watch the band perform here on Audiotree Live.

Band Members

Shakey Graves – Guitar, Synth and Vocals, Chris Boosahda – Percussion and Background Vocals, Patrick O’Connor – Guitar and Background Vocals

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Where A Boy Once Stood – Audiotree Live, Shakey Graves performing on Audiotree Live, November 6, 2015.

New additions to the LEVITATION 2016 lineup have been released along with the lineups per day and Single Day Tickets!  Check out the good news below, looking forward to seeing you all at #Levitation2016!

Weekend Passes, Single Day Tickets, Deluxe Passes, and Camping Passes & Rentals are available now:

The Reverberation Appreciation Society is proud to announce 15 new additions to the Levitation 2016 lineup:

WEEN
COURTNEY BARNETT
THE ARCS
MELODY’S ECHO CHAMBER

DAVID J AND THE GENTLEMEN THIEVES
HOLY WAVE
WALL OF DEATH
NOTS
CHRISTIAN BLAND & THE REVELATORS
MAGIC WANDS

GOLDEN DAWN ARKESTRA
BAYONNE
FEDERALE
KLAUS JOHANN GROBE
KAITLYN AURELIA SMITH

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The lineups per day have been announced and Single Day Passes have been released:

FRIDAY APRIL 29th

SLOWDIVE • FLYING LOTUS • THE ARCS • THE BRIAN JONESTOWN MASSACRE • NICOLAS JAAR • DUNGEN • ONEOHTRIX POINT NEVER • UNCLE ACID & THE DEADBEATS • SHABAZZ PALACES • BOOGARINS • TWIN PEAKS • LA LUZ  • PURSON • HOLY WAVE • MILD HIGH CLUB • IMARHAN • WALL OF DEATH • CHRISTIAN BLAND & THE REVELATORS • THE GOLDEN DAWN ARKESTRA • FANTASMES • KLAUS JOHANN GROBE

SATURDAY APRIL 30th

BRIAN WILSON PERFORMING PET SOUNDS • ANIMAL COLLECTIVE • COURTNEY BARNETT • SLEEP • THE BLACK ANGELS • SUNN O))) • BORIS • THE THURSTON MOORE GROUP • BLACK MOUNTAIN • PARQUET COURTS • WOODS • LEE RANALDO • DAVID J & THE GENTLEMEN THIEVES • HERON OBLIVION • ISRAEL NASH • ASTEROID #4 • NOTS • ULTIMATE PAINTING • BAYONNE • LA MECANICA POPULAR • FEDERALE • KAITLYN AURELIA SMITH • FLAVOR CRYSTALS

SUNDAY MAY 1st 

WEEN • CARIBOU • SUPER FURRY ANIMALS • LEE SCRATCH PERRY • TY SEGALL & THE MUGGERS • ROYAL TRUX • MELODY’S ECHO CHAMBER • ALLAH LAS • KING GIZZARD & THE LIZARD WIZARD • CHICANO BATMAN • THE MURLOCS • DELICATE STEVE • QURAISHI • WALL OF DEATH • MAGIC WANDS • PROMISED LAND SOUND • BLONDI’S SALVATION • JJUUJJUU • CELLAR DOORS

Formerly known as Austin Psych Fest and now called LEVITATION, the ninth edition of this annual festival, which takes place April 29th – May 1st at Carson Creek Ranch in Austin, TX, attracts reverb-loving fans from around the world. Unlike bigger mainstream festivals, the folks behind LEVITATION have carved out a niche by bringing together bands that may not tour much as well as bands that would never be booked at festivals like Coachella and Bonnaroo. Generally speaking, these are acts that, in some way, seem to have a psychedelic quality to their music. The festival was founded by Austin psych rockers The Black Angels, who wanted to create an event that would honor the city’s trippy musical legacy that produced acts like the 13th Floor Elevators and Shiva’s Headband. As LEVITATION has grown, the standard of psych rock has broadened with bigger headliners coming in and a more diverse array of acts, but at its core the festival has always stayed true to keeping things far out. In other words, LEVITATION is part of an increasingly rare group of festivals booked by people who not only love music, but seek to present bands on the margins just because they love them.

This year’s lineup is massive and undoubtedly one of the strongest festival lineups of 2016, period. There are big names like Brian Wilson (playing The Beach Boys’ Pet Sounds in its entirety) and Animal Collective, as well as more obscure fare like the Allah-Las, Heron Oblivion, and Imarhan. 10 acts not to be missed at this year’s LEVITATION.

Dungen (Friday, April 29 @ 9:15PM, Elevation Amphitheatre)

The name of this band translates as “The Grove” in Swedish, which is the language of all the lyrics from this Prog-psych rock band. Though lead singer Gustav Ejstes plays most of the instruments on the albums, Dungen tours as a four piece. They are currently touring on their newest album Allas Sak. Having been one of the pioneers of the modern psych-rock renaissance, their influence can be heard across many of the bands that have played Levitation over the years.  Essential album: Ta Det Lugnt

Lee “Scratch” Perry (Sunday, May 1 @ 7:35PM, Elevation Amphitheatre)

Perry is the pioneer of dub reggae. By combining effects and remixing, Perry created new mixes of existing reggae songs. Founding his own band in the late 60’s, The Upsetters, named after his record label, he also continued to work with other acts like Bob Marley and The Wailers, the Congos and many others. Essential album: Super Ape

Courtney Barnett (Saturday, April 30 @ 6:05PM, Reverberation Stage)

After a successful SXSW in 2015, Melbourne native Courtney Barnett has been touring incessantly in support of her debut LP Sometimes I Sit and Think, Sometimes I just Sit. With her witty lyrics, grungy guitar licks, and stage energy, her shows are not to be missed. Most recently she contributed her version of “New Speedway Boogie” for The National’s curated Grateful Dead tribute album. Essential album: Sometimes I Sit and Think, Sometimes I Just Sit

Black Mountain (Saturday, April 30 @ 10:45PM, Elevation Amphitheatre)

The Vancouver-based band have been putting out albums for the past decade and are currently touring in support of their newest album IV. Frequently employing nostalgic sounds of the 60’s and 70’s, their newest output comes across as a mix of Pink Floyd and Black Sabbath. Given Black Mountain’s range across their discography, their set is bound to impress. Essential album: Black Mountain

Slowdive (Friday, April 29 @ 11:25PM, Reverberation Stage)

Reuniting after a twenty year hiatus, the English pioneers of shoegaze are back on the road and playing songs from their late 80’s-early 90’s discography. After the band went their separate ways in 1995, lifelong friends and founding members Neil Halstead and Rachel Goswell formed the band Mojave 3. Now all the original members are back and ready to play their brand of ambient dream pop for a nostalgic audience.Essential album: Souvlaki

Ween (Sunday, May 1 @ 9:15PM, Reverberation Stage)

After a 28 year career, Ween disbanded in 2012 after releasing an extremely diverse and wonderfully oddball catalogue of music. Though never having much commercial success, Ween cultivated a major cult following later in their career. Originally only announcing a three show reunion in Colorado, the overwhelming ticket sales led Dean and Gene Ween to the formation of a full fledged reunion tour. Catching their set is a must as there is no guarantee that there will be any more shows following this tour.Essential album: Chocolate and Cheese

Israel Nash (Saturday, April 30 @ 3:05PM, Reverberation Stage)

This long-haired troubadour is the kind of solemn character you can picture wandering through the Texas Hill Country on some mystic peyote trip. In fact, Israel Nash calls the Hill Country home (Dripping Springs to be exact), and it is there that the singer-songwriter and his band have cultivated a style of music that they describe as “desert folklore”. On albums like Rain Plans and most recent Silver Season, Nash backs his philosophical lyrics with a cacophony of twangy sounds that fall somewhere between Neil Young, Pink Floyd and an Ennio Morricone score. Essential album: Rain Plans

Woods (Saturday, April 30 @ 9:00PM, Elevation Amphitheatre)

Brooklyn-based Woods have never had any trouble tapping into a kaleidoscopic array of psychedelic sounds. Most recently, this can be heard on the band’s ninth album City Sun Eater In The River Of Light, which finds them exploring the groovy terrain of Ethiopian jazz and Afrobeat placed in the context of sun-washed, poppier songs. The album is loaded with flourishes of horns, and it will be interesting to see how much of that they bring to the stage at Levitation. Regardless, Woods’ return to Levitation will be ideal for spacing out to on Saturday night. Essential album: City Sun Eater In The River Of Light

Sleep (Saturday, April 30 @ 11:45PM, Levitation Tent)

It’s safe to say that the multitude of acts playing stoner doom metal today would not exist without Sleep. With badass motherfucker Matt Pike at the helm, the group has spent two decades shredding their way through sprawling songs that are as heavy as it gets. Whereas Pike’s other band High On Fire is fast, brutal, and closer to Black Sabbath, Sleep is sludgy and slow-burning like a fat joint. They are unquestionably one of the heaviest bands playing Levitation this year, and since their live appearances are somewhat of a rarity, you’ll want to smoke some dope and saddle up for the dark, glorious journey that is Sleep. Essential album: Dopesmoker

Promised Land Sound (Sunday, May 1 @ 2:00PM, Reverberation Stage)

On their 2012 debut Stoned Eagle and 2013 self-titled follow-up, this gang of Nashville youngsters embraced what Gram Parsons once referred to as Cosmic American Music. Despite their age, the members of Promised Land Sound seemed to posses a natural talent for applying a laid back stoner aesthetic to country rock, a feat that may seem easy enough but has produced tons of cliché joke bands. Their latest effort For Use And Delight takes the country rock sound in an impressive new direction as the band drifts towards indie rock and a catchier pop sound. That authentic 70’s feel is still there, but these guys are not afraid to try out new things, and the result is beautiful. Promised Land Sound may not fit the “psych rock” mold per se, but they are absolutely worth catching. Essential listening: Promised Land Sound

This song is performed by Stevie Ray Vaughan and appears on the album “In Step” (1989) This is a soulful instrumental. After a full day of recording material for the album, Stevie Ray asked his producer to leave the tape running and to turn down the lights. All alone, he recorded the guitar track on his Fender Strat. Double Trouble added the backing later, including an organ foundation from Reese Wynans.

There’s nothing quite like listening to Stevie Ray Vaughan jam by himself in a dark studio, kept company only by his guitar rig and the producer in the booth recording him. ‘Riviera Paradise’ is a gorgeous song, one that was featured on Stevie’s final album “In Step”.

This instrumental piece is incredibly special; not just because it was Stevie improvising after a hard day of recording, but because it feels like we’re being given a sneak peek into Stevie’s soul.

‘Riviera Paradise’ has an incredibly intimate feel – as if we as listeners stumbled across a private moment between Stevie and his guitar, and are torn between leaving because it wasn’t for us to hear, and staying because it’s one of the most beautiful things we’ve ever heard.

It honestly doesn’t even need the backing provided by Double Trouble, but it definitely adds to the song’s ambiance!

Stevie Ray Vaughan – ‘Riviera Paradise’ (STUDIO) | Train Fanatics Videos