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Levitation fest returns to Austin after two years off, happening April 26th – 29th at venues all over the downtown area. The festival has been releasing official mixtapes featuring music from this year’s artists. We’re premiering the second of those, which was put together by Al Lover, and features Oh Sees, Electric Wizard, Ministry, The Make-Up, Bedouine, Panda Bear, The Brian Jonestown Massacre, Parquet Courts, Ariel Pink, Slowdive, Suuns, OM and lots more.

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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!

LEVITATION 2018 LINEUP

THURSDAY, APRIL 26
TY SEGALL • PARQUET COURTS • DEAD MEADOW • WINDHAND • RUBY THE HATCHET •  A GIANT DOG • CHRISTIAN BLAND & THE REVELATORS • RELAXER • LAKE OF FIRE

FRIDAY, APRIL 27
ELECTRIC WIZARD • PANDA BEAR • TY SEGALL (2ND SHOW) • ARIEL PINK • DIIV • RUSSIAN CIRCLES  • SUUNS• FÖLLAKZOID • RON GALLO • GOLDEN DAWN ARKESTRA • THE MEN • IMARHAN • L.A. WITCH • GEOLOGIST • THE WELL •  VIVE LA VOID • VUELVETELOCA • JJUUJJUU • LOU REBECCA • SUPERFONICOS

SATURDAY, APRIL 28
SLOWDIVE • MINISTRY • THEE OH SEES • THE MAKE-UP • OM • CHELSEA WOLFE •  DAN DEACON • S U R V I V E • BATHS • BOOGARINS  • OCTOPUS PROJECT • LA LUZ • THE GARDEN • OMNI • TRUE WIDOW •  NO JOY • HOLY WAVE • TIJUANA PANTHERS • STONEFIELD • BOTANY  • MIEN • DALLAS ACID • AL LOVER • VUELVETELOCA • TAJAK •  PEARL EARL • HIDDEN RITUAL • SOUNDFOUNDER • BUTCHER BEAR • LIMALO

SUNDAY, APRIL 29
THE BLACK ANGELS • THE BRIAN JONESTOWN MASSACRE • THEE OH SEES (2ND SHOW)  • WAXAHATCHEE • HURRAY FOR THE RIFF RAFF  • WOODEN SHJIPS • ACID MOTHERS TEMPLE • BEDOUINE • POW! • DREAM DECAY • PRETTIEST EYES • ST37 • AMPLIFIED HEAT • RISHI DHIR

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The 2018 weekend will be hosted in downtown Austin venues including Stubb’s, Mohawk, Emo’s, Barracuda, Empire, Cheer Up Charlies and more. Check out the schedule below and grab tickets to the shows you want to see:

LEVITATION FRANCE – September 15th & 16th in Angers, France – the first lineup announcement has been released! The Black Angels, Slowdive & more!

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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

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For the third consecutive year, the team of Reverberation Appreciation Society (Austin Psych Fest) chose to install the LEVITATION Angers FRANCE, unique event in Europe. On 18 and 19 September 2015, France invited back Levitation public of Europe full celebrate the diversity, richness and vitality of a scene that goes far beyond the psychedelic movement but whose influence will irrigate the aptly named for long Levitation. Playing this edition: THE MELVINS • ECHO CHAMBER’S MELODY • • WIRE TESS PARKS & ANTON NEWCOMBE • THE KING KHAN & BBQ SHOW BLANCK • MASS • THE OCTOPUS PROJECT WAND • • • INDIAN JEWELRY DESTRUCTION UNIT KXP • • • Lumerians DEATH AND VANILLA

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• FLAVIEN BERGER • Noveller • SVPER • SOLIDS Friday, September 18, 2015 – 18h THE MELVINS / BLANCK MASS / THE KING KHAN & BBQ SHOW / WAND / CASAMANCE / INDIAN JEWELRY / KXP / SOLIDS / SVPER / THE BLIND SUNS Saturday, September 19, 2015 – 17h MELODY’S ECHO CHAMBER / DUNGEN / TESS PARKS & ANTON NEWCOMBE / WIRE / THE OCTOPUS PROJECT / DEATH AND VANILLA / FLAVIEN BERGER / Lumerians / DESTRUCTION UNIT / Noveller / YOUNGER JIM’S SPIRIT / THE DEAD MANTRA
THE MELVINS • MELODY’S ECHO CHAMBER • WIRE • TESS PARKS & ANTON NEWCOMBE • THE KING KHAN & BBQ SHOW • BLANCK MASS • THE OCTOPUS PROJECT • WAND • INDIAN JEWELRY • DESTRUCTION UNIT • K-X-P • LUMERIANS • DEATH AND VANILLA • FLAVIEN BERGER • NOVELLER • SVPER • SOLIDS •

Dig into Al Lover’s official mix for the Day 1 of the 3rd annual LEVITATION FRANCE, being held Sept 18 & 19 at Le Chabada in Angers, FR. Tickets and info : levitation-france.com

Here’s the lineup for Sept 18th:

WAND – SELF HIPNOSIS IN 3 DAYS
MELVINS – NIGHT GOAT
THE BLIND SUNS – SMOKE AND MIRRORS
K-X-P – HISTORY OF TECHNO
BLANCK MASS – ATROPHIES
SVPER – SHINE
SOLIDS – LAISSER FAIRE
KING KHAN & THE BBQ SHOW – ALONE AGAIN
INDIAN JEWLERY – VAST DIVISION
CASAMANCE – GNAMME

Please note that Casamance has moved to Sept 19.

Dig into Al Lover’s official mix for the Day 2 of the 3rd annual LEVITATION FRANCE, being held Sept 18 & 19 at Le Chabada in Angers, FR. Tickets and info : levitation-france.com

Check out the Sept 19th lineup:

TESS PARKS & ANTON NEWCOMBE – GERMAN TANGERINE
DUNGEN – AKT DIT
FLAVIEN BERGER – LA FETE NOIRE
WIRE – BLOGGING
DEATH AND VANILLA – CALIFORNIA OWLS
LUMERIANS – THE BLOOM
THE DEAD MANTRA – DON’T CALL IT LOVE
THE OCTOPUS PROJECT – SMALL HUNDRED
MELODY’S ECHO CHAMBER – CRYSTALLIZED
DESTRUSTION UNIT – LISTEN
NOVELLER – NO DREAMS
JIM YOUNGER’S SPIRIT – LEE’S SUMMIT GRAVES

Please note that Noveller has moved to Sept 19.

LA Witch

With a name that almost sounds like it was chosen on purpose to enrage certain people, trio L.A. Witch are indeed from Los Angeles, and sport a dark bluesy sound that recalls a pitch-black Widowspeak or, yes, BRMC . But the band’s music is also heavy on smoky attitude which you 100% need with this kind of thing.
L.A Witch,  will release their new album later this year but you can get a taste right now via smoldering, sultry first single “Kill My Baby Tonight.”

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The trio will be in Austin this weekend for Levitation Fest, playing Saturday 9th May in the Elevation Amphitheatre. After that, LA Witch will be on tour for most of May. No shows here unfortunately ..With a name that almost sounds like it was chosen on purpose to enrage certain people, the trio L.A. Witch a dark bluesy sound ,Often compared to early Gun Club, The Black Angels and Brian Jonestown Massacre, L.A. WITCH are Los Angeles natives Irita Pai (bass), Sade Sanchez (singer/guitarist), and Ellie English (drums). The band formed after Irita and Sade met on a blind jam date after being introduced by a mutual friend. L.A. WITCH released their first self-titled EP digitally via Manimal Vinyl in 2014 and have since been touring extensively, including dates in Mexico, Beach Goth 3, CMJ, Burgerama, and Desert Daze.

L.A. WITCH have just released the first single, “Kill My Baby Tonight from their upcoming full length LP in support of their current spring tour which includes dates at Desert Daze, Levitation, and Levitation Vancouver (both presented by Austin Psych Fest). The track also features the first appearance of their new drummer Ellie English.