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5 Bands We Can’t Wait to See at Austin Psych Fest

From indie icons to emerging stars, these bands promise unforgettable performances

Austin Psych Fest, presented by LEVITATION and Resound, returns to Far Out Lounge April 25-28. This beloved festival has an eclectic lineup of talented musicians with genres ranging from psychedelic rock, to dream pop to trippy cumbias. Indie music fans are in for a treat with a lineup featuring bands like Courtney Barnett, Alvvays, The Black Angels, Chicano Batman, All Them Witches, and so much more.

Still Corners (Photo by Paul Winter)

Still Corners

Prepare to be transported to a world of dreamy atmospheres and ethereal landscapes as Still Corners takes the stage on Sunday, April 28 at 8:10 p.m. This British duo, known for their mesmerizing blend of indie pop and cinematic soundscapes, captivates audiences with their haunting vocals and lush instrumentation. With each song, they weave intricate tapestries of melody and emotion, inviting listeners on a sonic journey through the depths of imagination. Whether you’re a longtime fan or discovering their music for the first time, seeing Still Corners live is sure to be a transcendent experience you won’t soon forget.

Golden Dawn Awkestra (Photo by Jordan Langmore)
Golden Dawn Arkestra (Photo by Jordan Langmore)

Golden Dawn Arkestra

Amidst the myriad of talented artists playing at Psych Fest this year, Austin’s own Golden Dawn Arkestra stands out with their unparalleled blend of Afro, psych, surf, disco, and jazz. Their collective style defies convention, crafting a sonic journey unlike any other. What sets Golden Dawn Arkestra apart is not just their music, but the visual spectacle they bring to the stage. Adorned in elaborate costumes and masks, they create a mesmerizing atmosphere, igniting a fervor that transcends the boundaries of just a performance. It’s an immersive experience that fans can witness firsthand at their Thursday late-night show at 10:50 p.m. on April 25, at Empire Control Room & Garage.

Chicano Batman (Photo by Josue Rivas)

Chicano Batman

Chicano Batman, the acclaimed Los Angeles band known for their genre-blending style, is set to grace the stage on Friday, April 26 at 9 p.m. Their latest album, “Notebook Fantasy,” represents their fifth full-length release and signifies a new evolution in their sound. The band ventures into new sonic territory, delivering a dynamic mix of arena-ready anthems, symphonic love ballads, psychedelic journeys, and innovative cumbia-funk hybrids. Through a fusion of Spanish and English lyrics and vibrant instrumentation, Chicano Batman continues to captivate with their rich cultural perspective and boundary-pushing creativity.

No Vacation (Photo by Carolyn Wang)

No Vacation

No Vacation, an indie pop band from San Francisco, has garnered attention for their dreamy soundscapes and infectious melodies. Combining elements of shoegaze, surf rock, and lo-fi indie, their music creates a nostalgic yet refreshing sonic experience. Festival-goers on Friday, April 26 at 5:35 p.m. can expect to be swept away by their lush instrumentation, ethereal vocals, and captivating stage presence. With their unique blend of musical influences and evocative melodies, No Vacation’s set is one we surely won’t want to miss.

Courtney Barnett (Photo by Mia Mala McDonald)

Courtney Barnett

Courtney Barnett, the Australian indie rock sensation, is more than just a musician – she’s a storyteller, a poet, and a force of nature. With her distinctive blend of wry wit, introspective lyricism, and blistering guitar riffs, Barnett has captured the hearts of audiences worldwide. Whether she’s unraveling the complexities of everyday life or delving into the depths of existential angst, Barnett’s songs resonate with raw honesty and unfiltered emotion. Witness her magnetic stage presence and infectious energy live on Friday, April 26 at 10:50 p.m.

Tickets are available for both one-day and three-day passes, as well as late-night shows in downtown Austin. For more information and to purchase tickets visit the festival’s website.