Austin psychedelic music festival

Levitation fest grounded for 2016

"Dangerous weather" has doomed the nation's largest psychedelic music festival for 2016. Austin's Levitation music fest was canceled one day before it opened. "It is beyond our control," organizers said. "We are completely devastated." Some of the many psychedelic music bands that were streaming into Texas are expected to play in various venues around Austin. The festival was to run April 29-May 1, back for the fifth year at Carson Creek Ranch outside Austin. Levitation 2016 tickets are being refunded. Festival tickets will not be … [More ... ]

Grateful Dead movie night May

Dead’s movie close-up from Foxboro

Another Grateful Dead tradition comes of age -- go figure. The sixth annual Grateful Dead Meet-Up at the Movies is set for May 11, with the screening of an unreleased concert from July 1989. The Dead movie night again comes via the band's label, Rhino, and the cinema one-off specialist Fathom Events. The main event is the entire Dead concert from Sullivan Stadium in Foxboro, Massachusetts, dating back to July 2, 1989. It was the "tour-opening show from what would be one of the Dead's best tours of their final 15 years of performing," … [More ... ]

robert plant in concert with led zeppelin

‘Stairway to Heaven’ leads to jury trial

A federal judge has ordered a jury trial in the dispute over authorship of Led Zeppelin's classic rock staple "Stairway to Heaven." The legal action was filed several years ago by the estate of Randy California, guitarist for the Los Angeles band Spirit. The suit alleges that defendants Robert Plant and Jimmy Page copped the opening finger-picked section of "Stairway" from Spirit's "Taurus," which was recorded in 1967. Led Zeppelin bassist John Paul Jones and the band's distributor Warner Music were dropped from the case in the April 8 … [More ... ]

Half-speed Cream album psychedelic

Cream, Tull, Prunes, Airplane spark Q2

Psychedelic music just turned a half century old. Far out. Record labels are celebrating with key rereleases from artists like Cream, the Electric Prunes, Jethro Tull and Jefferson Airplane. Here's a curiously curated preview of psychedelic/'60s music titles due in March and into the second quarter of 2016: Cream's "Disraeli Gears" made the cut as one of the first titles in Universal Music Group's upcoming revival of the half-speed mastered process. The psychedelic touchstone ("Sunshine of Your Love," "Tales of Brave Ulysses") was prepped … [More ... ]

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Psychedelic culture on display in London

Granny (and Granddad) can take a trip again in London, with the debut of a major psychedelic exhibit at the Victoria and Albert Museum, hailed as the world's leading museum of art and design. Opening in September, the exhibition "You Say You Want a Revolution? Records & Rebels 1966-70" includes a re-creation of the the city's underground UFO Club, complete with psychedelic light show and a "3D sound installation." Pink Floyd was one of the house bands at the groundbreaking venue. Pink Floyd also performed at the 14 Hour Technicolor Dream … [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

Keith Emerson's keyboards get their just punishments. Early ELP footage of "Rondo."

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