The Black Angels On World Cafe

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Austin, TX neo-psychedelic band the Black Angels perform live on today's World Cafe. i i

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Austin, TX neo-psychedelic band the Black Angels perform live on today's World Cafe.

Austin, TX neo-psychedelic band the Black Angels perform live on today's World Cafe.

Alexandra Valenti/Courtesy of the artist

Set List

  • "The Haunting At 1300 McKinley"
  • "Entrance Song"
  • "Bad Vibrations"

Austin neo-psychedelic band The Black Angels took its name from the Velvet Underground classic "The Black Angels Death Song." While the group's sultry, reverb-laden grooves draw on the Velvets' pioneering experimental rock, it also pays homage to Austin's own rich history of psychedelic music, dating to the mid-'60s with Roky Erickson and his band the 13th Floor Elevators.

The Black Angels' latest album, Phosphene Dream, was released last year to widespread critical acclaim and climbed to the upper rungs of the Billboard 200, establishing the band as one of the foremost acts in the psych and garage rock revival.

Currently headlining an international tour, The Black Angels stopped by the WXPN studios to perform songs from Phosphene Dream and discuss curating Austin Psych Fest 4, where the band recently performed alongside Roky Erickson himself.

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