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Ween reunion set for Levitation psych fest

Looks like the reunion party will keep on raging for Ween, the neo-psychedelic alt rockers. Austin's Levitation festival has booked the group as closing-night headliners May 1. Ween, which true to form disbanded under curious circumstances four years ago, announced several months ago that it would reunite for several nights in Broomfield, Colorado, near Denver. Then came bookings in Florida, Manhattan and at the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival in Tennessee. News of the Levitation gig came as the psychedelic music festival unveiled 15 … [More ... ]

Singer Dan Hicks

Dan Hicks dies; swing-music hipster

Dan Hicks, a pioneer of the San Francisco sound who went on to bring swing music to new generations of hipsters, has died at age 74. He fronted Dan Hicks and His Hot Licks, which he formed in 1967 with violinist David LaFlamme of It's a Beautiful Day Fame. Before that, Hicks was a member of the Charlatans, a San Francisco band whose extended residency at the Red Dog Saloon has been called a seminal event in the history of psychedelic rock. Although Hicks came out of the Bay Area's rock scene, he rarely played rock. He liked to call his … [More ... ]

Crazy World of Arthur Brown singer

Crazy World of Arthur Brown set for Vegas

The Crazy World of Arthur Brown will be returning for a rare performance in the States, set for late August in Las Vegas. Brown, best known for his psychedelic rock hit "Fire," has been booked for the music festival Psycho. The gig was confirmed on Brown's web site. The British singer has remained active since his late 1960s breakout, and can be caught at various European music festivals. The U.S. booking appears to be his first in ages, however. It's not know if Brown and his band will seek other U.S. bookings. (The singer and … [More ... ]

Jimi Hendrix at Atlanta Pop Festival

Psychedelic year in review: Top titles

A half century hasn't dampened demand for the psychedelic goodness of the 1960s. The year 2015 found record labels still stuffing bins with high-quality releases, carefully crafted to take you higher. Here's a review of the year's top reissues of music connected with the psychedelic era. All are still available as 2015 fades to black, although some remain specialty items worth grabbing before the collector's price gouging gets under way. Jimi Hendrix: Completists welcomed the CD release in 2006 of "Burning Desire," the Dagger label's … [More ... ]

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Rock Hall taps Deep Purple, Miller, Chicago

Deep Purple, Steve Miller and Chicago have found their way into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. All three acts began in the psychedelic music era of the late 1960s. Each made albums key to the underground music scene, although Miller and Chicago are better known for their mainstream careers. Other artists entering the Rock Hall in 2016 are N.W.A. and Cheap Trick. A notable omission from the inductees list is Yes, a move that no doubt will fuel criticisms that the Rock Hall has a bias against progressive rock. Yes is now unsuccessful as … [More ... ]

Top psychedelic albums

No. 45: ‘Ball’

"Filled with Fear" was more than a song title -- consider it truth in advertising for the contents of Iron Butterfly's "Ball," the hurried but solid followup album … [More ... ]

No. 18: ‘Happy Trails’

Bo Diddley didn't do psychedelic. Yet, somehow, the primal rock 'n' roller received credit for writing most of one of the hippie era's darkest and most imaginative albums. Diddley and Quicksilver … [More ... ]

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Top psychedelic songs

No. 9: ‘Eight Miles High’

The song started off on familiar footing for early 1966: a killer bass line, straight out of the garage. But seconds into the Byrds' "Eight Miles High," … [More ... ]

 

No. 90: ‘She (Will-O-the-Wind)’

Everyone knows about "Windy," but the heroine of "She (Will-O-the-Wind)" never received her due. Too bad. The Collectors' 1968 song remains a fascinating bit of psych-pop, redolent with touches of … [More ... ]

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1960s sights & sounds

Space captain: Paul Kantner brings Jefferson Starship to Cape Code in July 2015.

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