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Thursday, May 7, 2015

8 Non-Headliners To Catch At Levitation In ATX This Weekend

Posted By on Thu, May 7, 2015 at 8:03 AM

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Ryley Walker
Elevation Amphitheatre, 5:30 p.m.

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Badass guitarist and songwriter Ryley Walker comes at psych music by way of mind-expanding folk-rock with strong jazz influences. His patient and slow-rolling style, which nevertheless features some startling moments of raw emotion and vocal abandon, is best compared to the likes of Nick Drake (but jazzier) or Van Morrison (but more meticulous). His breathtaking March release, Primrose Green, is a veritable lesson in lovely, folk-jazz deconstructionism.

Las Robertas
Reverberation Stage, 6:15 p.m.

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Ever since its 2010 debut, the gnarly garage burner Cry Out Loud, Costa Rica’s Las Robertas has been a criminally underrated band. The trio’s crunchy, snarling, mildly surf-infused, garage-rock haze is just infectious enough to sing along with and just ethereal enough to space you the fuck out. The group’s 2014 release, Days Unmade, proves for the millionth time that garage rock and its myriad permutations will never get old.

Chui Wan
Elevation Amphitheatre, 6:45 p.m.

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Named after a text by ancient Daoist philosopher Zhuangzi, Beijing foursome Chui Wan perfectly exemplify the Daoist precepts of non-coercive action, spontaneity, and oneness with chaos. The band, which just dropped its stellar self-titled sophomore album on May 1, can really take you places with its unique and potently spiritual brand of droning, swirling and meditative psych-rock. It hardly matters if you don’t understand the Chinese lyrics, these songs speak to you on a deeper level than language allows.


Reverberation Stage, 5:45 p.m.

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  • The GOASTT

Imagine what it might have sounded like if John Lennon broke with the Beatles even earlier and created a supergroup with members of Pink Floyd and The Turtles. With the Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger project (The GOASTT), John’s son Sean manages a damn fine approximation of what you might be imagining. The GOASTT’s 2014 release Midnight Sun is a delectable and jangly buffet of over-the-top, sunny side psych.

The Myrrors,
Elevation Amphitheatre, 6:30 p.m.

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  • The Myrrors

The Myrrors, repping Tucson, Arizona, create music that seems to describe, and subsequently fully unfurl, an endless desert hallucination. As musical day turns to musical night during the course of the group’s long and teeming songs, especially on the recently released opus Arena Negra, you can almost touch the half-familiar figures in static that seem to rise from the sandy ether. Fans of Sun Araw’s 2011 masterpiece Ancient Romans, will certainly not want to miss The Myrrors in action.

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