Slowdive shows their pop charm at Scoot Inn

Slowdrive at Scoot Inn. Andy  O'Connor
Slowdrive at Scoot Inn. Andy O’Connor

Once Levitation Fest wasn’t on anymore, the question soon turned into if the bands would still play. Chief among these were British shoegazers Slowdive, who would have been Friday night’s headliners, and played a show at Scoot Inn instead. Fans lined up in the early afternoon, although tickets were later sold online, not at the door.


Some Slowdive fans weren’t going to let inconveniences like an entire festival canceling and makeups show tickets selling out quick prevent them from seeing the show. Some took over a construction vehicle and gazed from it, others took to perches just outside the venue closer to the stage. Their resourcefulness was inspiring, and turned what could have been a hostile and tense night into a celebration of soldiering  on even when everything gets completely turned upside down.


They weren’t gonna miss a chance to see shoegaze legends in the flesh, as they – and everyone there – may not have another chance. Even though they were further away than most of the crowd, this was as close to an intimate Levitation headlining performance as anyone was gonna get. As the band leans toward more of the pop side of shoegaze, they were ideal headliners, showcasing their psych-pop roots in their blissed out songs. “Crazy For You” was an exploration into formless beauty, while “Machine Gun” and “When The Sun Hits,” especially the latter’s sprightly guitar lines, had them flex their pop charms. Scoot Inn was surprisingly resonant for this sort of sound, letting it breathe without compromising its textual lushness or obscuring the hooks beneath. Everyone was disarmed from their playing, and whatever hostility was present earlier was confined to Levitation Fest’s Facebook page.


“Alison,” the woozy love ballad that’s also Slowdive’s most well-known song, was slightly delayed due to techs bringing out the wrong guitars. Seeing as shoegazers are known to be very particular about their gear, this seemed off. It did not diminish the song’s beauty, especially the harmonies in the chorus from singers Neil Halstead and Rachel Goswell. “Alison” was the song everyone needed that night, something to relieve the pain from the day (or at least give couples their makeout song for the night). Had Levitation gone as planned, that mixup beforehand might have been the biggest flub of the night. After a hectic day like this, the crowd was much more forgiving of technical difficulties. The show ended with a flury of rainbow psychedelic lights and someone in the crowd blowing bubbles into the air, which seemed absurd and almost aloof to the events of the day, but gave what was a second chance for locals a real Levitation feel. Nobody left angry. Then again, if you were able to get a ticket, you checked in your anger at the door.

Austin360 On The Record; Greyhounds, Dave Insley, Justin Stewart, Rick del Castillo


GreyhounsAlbumCoverGreyhounds, “Change of Pace” (Ardent). The soulful blues-rock duo of Andrew Trube and Anthony Farrell has seemed only occasionally present on the local scene in recent years, largely because they’ve spent a lot of time touring in Florida swamp-rocker JJ Grey’s band Mofro. But after a 10-year gap between their debut and 2014’s compelling “Accumulator,” they’ve upped the ante with this 13-track disc on the renowned Memphis label. They’re an intriguing pair: guitarist Trube exudes cool on quick-hit tracks like “Late Night Slice” and “Check Gas,” while Farrell’s rich tenor voice fills up deeper numbers such as “Cuz I’m Here” and the inspirational “Walls.” Their partnership is reminiscent of the push-pull between Kevin Russell and Jimmy Smith that was the crux of the Gourds, even if the Greyhounds’ sound is its own distinctive blend and breed. In-store May 27 at Waterloo Records. Here’s the video for the leadoff track “Devil’s Eyes”:

Dave Insley, “Just the Way That I Am.” A dyed-in-the-wool old-school honky-tonker, Insley brought several of Austin’s best country players into the mix on these dozen songs, including Redd Volkaert and Dale Watson, along with regulars from his Careless Smokers band. Singers Kelly Willis and Elizabeth McQueen brighten a few songs with harmony vocals, and Willis even takes a duet lead on the sly “Win-Win Situation for Lossers.” Playing April 30, and every Saturday, at the White Horse. Here’s the song “Drinkin’ Wine and Staring at the Phone”:

Justin Stewart, “City Fox.” The follow-up to his Kevin Russell-produced 2014 debut “Flagship,” which was born of experiences on the Texas Gulf Coast, Stewart’s new album shifts perspectives to West Texas, where he’s spent much of the past two years. Produced by ace bassist George Reiff and featuring a first-rate cast of locals including keyboardist Bukka Allen, drummer Chris Searles and pedal steel player Geoff Queen, “City Fox” is an intriguing collection of emotionally raw Americana songcraft. Release show April 29 on the indoor stage at Scoot Inn. Here’s the song “3% Prophet”:

Rick del Castillo, “Dear Sir or Madam” EP (Solo Musica/Sony Digital). The former leader of the band Del Castillo gives voice to his inner Beatle on these five songs initially issued by a German label and now being distributed digitally by Sony. The highlight is the opening song, which hides nothing with its title “Paul McCartney”; if, like most of the record, it’s very Fab-Four derivative, that’s obviously intentional, and it’s very smart and polished pop regardless. here’s the video for “Paul McCartney”:


MAY 3: Jeremy Nail, “My Mountain,” release show May 6 at Strange Brew.

MAY 5: Beth Lee & the Breakups, “Keep Your Mouth Shut,” release show May 5 at One-2-One Bar.

MAY 6: A Giant Dog, “Pile” (Merge), release show May 7 at Barracuda.

MAY 6: Sam Baker, “Live at the Folly,” release show May 6 at Strange Brew.

MAY 13: John Evans, “Polyester,” release show May 13 at Continental Club, in-store May 19 at Waterloo Records.

MAY 13: Migrant Kids, “Primordial Soup” EP (Pure Joy).

MAY 13: Star Parks, “Don’t Dwell” (Paper Trail), playing May 2 at Sidewinder.

MAY 14: The Deer, “Tempest & Rapture,” release show May 14 at the Parish.

MAY 27: Boyfrndz, “Impulse” (Brutal Panda), release show May 27 at Sidewinder.

MAY 27: Megafauna, “Welcome Home.”

MAY: Cotton Mather, “Songs From the I Ching,” first in a series of vinyl releases collecting 64 digital tracks.

MAY: Emily Gimble, title TBA.

JUNE 5: Kidlat Punch, “If Only We Could Hear Them” (We’re Trying).

JUNE 10: Shawn Colvin & Steve Earle, “Colvin & Earle” (Fantasy).

JUNE 10: Charlie Faye & the Fayettes, self-titled, release show May 6 at Strange Brew.

JUNE: Jack Ingram, “Midnight Motel” (Rounder).

JULY 15: Nightowls, “Royal Sessions” EP, release show July 15 at Scoot Inn.

Rescheduled Levitation shows: Animal Collective, Brian Jonestown Massacre, more

Update: 3:25 p.m. Levitation has released the list of rescheduled shows for this weekend. Levitation wristbands will not be honored at any of these shows. Tickets to all shows are $5 and proceeds will go to flood relief in Texas via the Austin Relief Alliance Fund. Tickets went on sale online only and many rapidly sold out.

The Levitation site link for ticket sales and full list of shows has been down pretty much since it was posted. Looks like for now at least the best way to find tickets it to follow the direct sales links the fest has tweeted out.


  • Slowdive, Brian Jonestown Massacre, Twin Peaks at the Scoot Inn
  • The Arcs, Chicano Batman, La Luz at the Mohawk
  • Uncle Acid, Dungen, Boogarins, Purson at Empire outside
  • Foot Patrol Prince tribute, Imarhan, Nots, Gourisankar, Klaus Johan Grobe at Empire inside
  • Holy Wave, the Reputations, Hi and the Hometeam, Corvette Summer, 1991-VG at Hotel Vegas
  • Weather Warlock (supergroup) at Barracuda (free show)


  • Sleep, Sunn, Boris at the Mohawk
  • Black Angels, Allah Lahs, Heron Oblivion, Mild High Club at Scoot Inn
  • Barracuda day show with King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard and more
  • Animal Collective at Emo’s (sold out)


  • Caribou, Bayonne at the Mohawk
  • TBD,  King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard and more at Barracuda

There are currently no replacement shows for the following notable Levitation artists. They appear to have cancelled their Levitation appearances:

  • Brian Wilson
  • Ween
  • Flying Lotus
  • Courtney Barnett
  • Lee “Scratch” Perry
  • Oneohtrix Point Never
  • Parquet Courts
  • Shabazz Palaces

Best of Austin Music: April 2016


Austin was thoroughly showered in April, with the heavy rains and thunderstorms taking a toll on some events in this month’s packed calendar. The coup de grace was the cancellation of Levitation yesterday, on the eve of the three-day fest.

The 29th Old Settler’s Music Festival escaped most of the inclement weather, until more persistent precipitation finally took hold after sundown Saturday. Still, a sunny Friday and a weekend packed with high-quality roots music from the Jayhawks, Dawes, Rodney Crowell, the HillBenders and more on two stages, plus bonus intimate workshops from Sarah Jarosz, the Del McCoury Band and others, made this one of the fest’s best years.

While fans of dance music and jam bands were able to live in the moment at Euphoria Fest, heavy afternoon rain on the first day of Austin Urban Music Festival kept many Austinites away from the excellent set by ’90s R&B outfit Dru Hill. Austin Reggae Fest took an even harder hit when, for the second year in a row, the festival was forced to cancel Sunday’s show, headlined by Bunny Wailer. (Reggae Fest beneficiary Capital Area Food Bank estimates they lost $100,000, or 400,000 meals.)


April 15: Slack Capital release party at Barracuda. The new ATX underground compilation from Austin Town Hall and Big Bill’s Eric Braden was also my favorite new album of the month, but their well-curated selection of local garage rock and punk is best experienced live. Gleefully obscene, all-female project Sailor Poon churned out unapologetic, post-riot grrrl art punk liberally littered with mean-spirited sax licks and Que Pasa?’s Liz Herrera is a beast on guitar.  Basketball Shorts delivered a bevy of hilarious two minute bruisers and Annabelle Chairlegs (a late add to Levitation this weekend) stir a cauldron of simmering emotion that frequently and furiously boils over into explosive, guitar screeching psych rock. — D.S.S.

April 27: Bonnie Raitt at ACL Live. Austin loves Bonnie, and the feeling is mutual, as she made clear in a terrific two-hour show that featured songs from her new album “Dig in Deep” plus show-stopping classics such as “Angel From Montgomery” and “I Can’t Make You Love Me.” She’ll be back at the same venue on Nov. 8. — P.B.

Also: Tony Bennett at Bass Concert Hall; M83 at Stubb’s; Princess at Moontower Comedy FestivalRhiannon Giddens ‘ACL’ tapingJames Bay ‘ACL’ taping; Beach House at ACL Live; Little Green Cars at the Parish.


“Slow Roll” by Global 74. One of Austin’s most talented emcees of the early aughts, Global, is back in this lyrical and aspirational street cruising banger produced by Adrian Quesada with a video directed by M.O.S. of Crew 54. — D.S.S.

Michael Fracasso, “Here Come the Savages.” It appears impossible to find in the digital realm so far — nothing on Spotify, Soundcloud, Bandcamp and the like — but the title track to Fracasso’s new album might be the best song from an Austin artist I’ve heard all year. It’s worth seeking out the disc, which includes many other fine originals and covers. — P.B.


“Slack Capital” compilation. See above, and also hereBuy it here. –D.S.S.

Hayes Carll, “Lovers and Leavers.” Carll’s first album in five years refocuses on his songwriting. Check out our full feature story. — P.B.

Taylor and the Wild Now, “Tides.” A solid selection of sophisticated summery pop. — D.S.S.

Dana Falconberry & Medicine Bow, “From the Forest Came the Fire.” The first record Falconberry has released as a co-billed effort with her band. Check out our April Artist of the Month feature. — P.B.


We launched a new feature this month: We visit at least six Austin music venues in a single night to get a sense of what the Live Music Capital of the World is like on a routine basis. Check out the “One Night in April” debut, along with the video recap:

Levitation Fest 2016: What we know


The ninth annual Levitation Fest, scheduled to happen this weekend at Carson Creek Ranch has been cancelled due to severe weather predicted to hit the Austin area this afternoon. Here’s what we know right now.


Refunds will be issued. Unfortunately they might take a few weeks to process.

From the fest: Festival representatives will be issuing refunds through Front Gate Tickets, and contacting all those who purchased tickets by email shortly. All ticket types, including Weekend Passes, Deluxe Passes, Single Day Tickets, Camping Passes, Camping Rentals and RV spots will be refunded. Due to the nature of the refund process, these refunds will not be instant, but will be made within 30 days. We are working to expedite that process and will keep customers updated. We are working with our insurance company to develop a definitive timeline and will be in touch as soon as we have more information.

Festival organizers are trying to book as many shows as possible into local venuesWe expect to start seeing announcements soon. Levitation wristbands will not be honored at any of the club shows. “These shows will be subject to capacity and tickets will need to be purchased separately, pursuant to each individual venue’s ticketing procedures,” the fest’s website says.

So far the only confirmed show announcement is Animal Collective at Emo’s tomorrow night. Ten dollar tickets are on sale now. We are keeping track of all the latest show announcements here.

At least a few of the fest’s big names are in town and hoping to play. 

And it looks like this one might be happening. 

The decision to cancel the festival was made by Travis County officials and not festival organizers. 

Many fans who traveled for the fest are bummed.

Levitation canceled; refunds will be issued

Levitation Fest, scheduled for Friday through Sunday at Carson Creek Ranch, announced late Thursday afternoon that the festival has been canceled. The official statement:

“It is with great sadness that we must report that due to safety concerns regarding dangerous weather, Levitation 2016 has been cancelled. This decision is heartbreaking, but it’s a decision officials have made for the safety of festival attendees, and safety is our first priority. The festival will be issuing refunds for tickets and passes. See the website at for more info.”

Scheduled performers included Brian Wilson, Courtney Barnett, the Thurston Moore Band, Lee “Scratch” Perry and dozens of others.

UPDATE: The full statement on the Levitation website, which has been only intermittently accessible since the initial announcement, reads:

Due to safety concerns regarding dangerous weather, Levitation 2016 has been cancelled. This decision is heartbreaking, but it’s a decision officials have made for the safety of festival attendees, and safety is our first priority.

We’ve been working with county officials trying to find a way to carry on, but at this point the decision has been made, and it is beyond our control. The cancellation is due to dangerous weather conditions in the forecast combined with weather complications to the grounds and the Colorado River.

We are completely devastated. We have been working for a year, looking forward to this weekend and seeing you all at the ranch. We know that many of you traveled from far away, and that this news is extremely disappointing for everyone.

At this point, the projected impact of the storms has intensified, and we are now left with no choice but to cancel. You may remember that in 2015 we had severe weather warnings as well, but were able to get through the weekend. The difference between 2015 and 2016 is the severity of the storms being predicted, including high wind, large hail and tornado warnings, combined with high water levels from last week’s flooding.

We have tried every avenue to continue with the festival, and the county has been working with us to find a way, but today at 5:00pm the final decision was made to cancel the festival due to public safety concerns related to severe weather. Following this announcement, the festival has to evacuate the site, meaning that staff and equipment must be loaded out. This leaves us with no opportunity to continue the festival later in the weekend. Even if the weather has improved drastically on Sunday, we would be unable to produce an event at the ranch.

We will be working to keep everyone updated. Please see information on refunds, potential venue shows and other important info below.

The Reverberation Appreciation Society and the LEVITATION staff

Plans are apparently in the works to try to relocate some of the performances, per a tweet from the Levitation Twitter account:

Gone Country: The 5 best country covers of Prince songs, ranked

Gone Country aims to thoughtfully explore the country music genre and where it’s headed, with a focus on national trends and buzzworthy news of the week. For info about album releases and concerts, check out this week’s Country Music Roundup.

When Prince died a week ago, celebrities and fans alike all took to social media to mourn The Purple One. His musical impact knew no genre, and many artists are still performing covers of his songs in concerts and posting messages about how much his music meant to them.

Prince at La Zona Rosa, March 16, 2013. Photo by Jay Janner/American-Statesman
Prince at La Zona Rosa, March 16, 2013. Photo by Jay Janner/American-Statesman

Country musicians were no different. Proving that Prince’s appeal was universal, a number of country covers of “Nothing Compares 2 U” and “Purple Rain” cropped up in the last week. That’s not to mention the recordings that were being shared from artists who had previously covered them live. Everyone from Little Big Town to Chris Stapleton put a cover out in the last week. And this week, I’m here to rank the Top 5 country Prince covers for you.

5. Little Big Town, “When Doves Cry”

The band performed this one acapella at the Adams Center at The University of Montana on the 22nd, bathed in purple light. This 50-second clip isn’t the whole performance, but it gives a good indication of how the whole song went.

4. Jackson Taylor, “He Stopped Loving Her Today/Purple Rain”

Originally recorded live at Billy Bob’s Texas in 2013, Taylor and his band The Sinners segued into Prince’s hit song after finishing George Jones’ “He Stopped Loving Her Today.” Oddly enough, the two pieces complement each other, as Taylor re-imagines “Rain” as the woman’s answer to Jones’ character.

3. LeAnn Rimes, “Purple Rain”

Rimes covered “Rain” on her 1998 album “Sittin’ On Top of the World.” Her version predictably amps up the twang and drum claps, but it’s one of the older recorded versions of the song in country music.

2. The Dixie Chicks, “Nothing Compares 2 U”

The Chicks performed their very emotional version of “Nothing Compares 2 U” in Denmark the day after Prince’s death, complete with purple rain and Prince symbol props.

1. Chris Stapleton, “Nothing Compares 2 U”

Stapleton brought his soulful twang to the Prince-penned hit at a show in Berkeley, Calif. on April 23. The blues-oriented song with lyrics that were ready-made for country music suited Stapleton’s style well, as he turned the song into his own while paying tribute at the same time.

Other News:

-First and foremost, it’s Willie Nelson‘s 83rd birthday on Friday, so you know what that means—It’s Willie Nelson Week! (That might not be an officially recognized holiday, but it is at the Statesman.) Check out all of our Willie news here.

-The third annual iHeartCountry Radio Fest is this Saturday at the Erwin Center, and Austin Music Commission Chair Gavin Garcia will offically recognize that day as iHeartCountry Day in Austin, with a proclamation before the show. The lineup includes Florida Georgia Line, Brett Eldredge, Sam Hunt, Thomas Rhett, Cole Swindell, Miranda Lambert, Lee Brice, Chris Young, Keith Urban and Zac Brown Band.

-Kris Kristofferson and Craig Morgan both announced new albums this week. Kristofferson’s, “The Cedar Creek Sessions,” will be a live album of his old songs recorded in Austin, set to be released on June 17. He’ll also appear in a May PBS documentary about The Highwaymen. Morgan’s new album, “A Whole Lot More To Me,” is set for a June 3 release and features the upcoming single “I’ll Be Home Soon,” plus a collaboration with Mac Powell, the lead singer of Christian rock band Third Day.

-Kid Rock’s personal assistant Mike Sacha was found dead in Nashville Tuesday morning after an ATV accident, according to CNN. Kid Rock (real name Robert Ritchie) wrote in a statement, “I am beyond devastated to report that my personal assistant Mike Sacha passed away today in an ATV accident here in Nashville. He was a member of our family and one of the greatest young men I have ever had the pleasure to not only work with, but also to become friends with.”

-Several musicians, from Bruce Springsteen to Nick Jonas, have refused to play any North Carolina shows following that state government’s passing of House Bill 2, which requires trans-gendered people to use the same gendered bathroom as described on their birth certificate. Dolly Parton isn’t one of those musicians. “I have no plans to cancel the show,” Parton told the Winston-Salem Journal Monday. “I believe that everybody ought to be treated with respect, but I feel we will serve better from the stage. I don’t like to get caught up in controversial issues. I will address whatever I need to from the stage.” She is scheduled to play Greensboro, N.C. on June 3.

Questions, comments, suggestions? Let me know on Twitter @jakeharris4 or by email:


Bonnie Raitt brings her best to Austin — and she’ll be back again soon

Bonnie Raitt at ACL Live on Wednesday, April 27, 2016. Photo by Suzanne Cordeiro for American-Statesman
Bonnie Raitt and drummer Ricky Fataar at ACL Live on Wednesday, April 27, 2016. Photo by Suzanne Cordeiro for American-Statesman

Bonnie Raitt is such a spectacular singer and guitar player that it can be easy to forget what a consummate bandleader she is. From introducing her fellow players very early in the show, to inviting two members of the opening band onstage for a trumpet-and-clarinet cameo, to talking with the audience between songs like they’ve been friends forever, Raitt earns everyone’s love and attention simply by extending her respect in all directions. She just seems born to the role, something that was repeatedly evident throughout her two-hour performance Wednesday night at ACL Live.

» Photos: Bonnie Raitt at ACL Live

It’s telling that four of the first five songs Raitt played were from her new album “Dig in Deep,” released in February. For an artist with such a deep and renowned back catalog, such a move might make some fans restless — but her new stuff is quite good, and in fact the show’s first hour may well have been even better than the back end more loaded with favorites. Trust in Bonnie.

Austin has long been one of Raitt’s favorite cities, as she made clear throughout the show. She acknowledged taking part in the landmark 40th-anniversary celebration for “Austin City Limits” in this building two years ago, and wondered aloud if more new buildings had gone up downtown since then. “Can you guys still afford to live here?”, she asked, lamenting that the same scenario is playing out in the Bay Area, where she lives. “I’m happy it’s popular,” she said of Austin, “but I hope it stays weird.”

Raitt also gave shout-outs to a handful of local musicians, including Sarah Brown, Johnny Nicholas and Jimmie Vaughan. “I don’t care what they say, Elvis Presley will never be as cool as Jimmie Vaughan,” she declared after adopting an Elvis-like vocal tic on a rousing cover of Los Lobos’ “Shakin’ Shakin’ Shakes.”

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Not one to shy away from political matters, Raitt introduced 20th-century bluesman J.B. Lenoir’s “Round and Round” by praising the songwriter’s activism during the Vietnam War — a timely touch given the summit taking place this week at the LBJ Library. And she explained that her new song “The Comin’ Round Is Going Through” was motivated by frustrations with the present election cycle.

Sometimes the political intertwined with the personal. She spoke out for musicians’ rights to earn “a fair wage” in the digital age, acknowledging that she could be in the same boat but for the fates of timing. “I’m lucky I got a foot in the door before the business collapsed,” Raitt said.

Those thoughts came as she introduced John Prine’s “Angel From Montgomery,” which remains as heartstopping today as when she recorded it in 1974. There’s a line in Guy Clark’s “Dublin Blues” where he equates hearing Doc Watson sing “Columbus Stockade Blues” with seeing the great wonders of the world. Clark could change that line to “I have heard Bonnie Raitt sing ‘Angel From Montgomery,’” and everyone would understand.

The other moment of spectacular emotion came in the encore, when Raitt introduced her 1991 hit ballad “I Can’t Make You Love Me” by noting, simply, “This song is just too beautiful not to sing.” She mentioned someone had reminded her recently that Prince also recorded the song, which was written by Mike Reid and Allen Shamblin. And she added that she can’t sing it without thinking of the late Stephen Bruton, the Austin musician who was a fixture in her band for years.

Raitt’s present four-man crew is a huge part of her show, and she knows it. She’s played with drummer Ricky Fataar and bassist James “Hutch” Hutchinson since the early ’80s, and she consistently leans heavily (sometimes literally) on guitarist George Marinelli and keyboardist Mike Finnigan, the latter of whom scorched the room with a vocal lead on B.B. King’s “Don’t Answer the Door.”

Fataar also took a turn at the keyboards when Raitt called an audible during the encore and played Paul Siebel’s “Louise,” a song she recorded on her 1977 album “Sweet Forgiveness.” And in reaching all the way back to her 1971 debut for Sippie Wallace’s “Women Be Wise,” she invited up horn players Lech Wierzynski and Johnny Bones from the California Honeydrops, who kicked off the night with an easygoing 45-minute set of sunny, New Orleans-style soul grooves.

Those who missed out on tickets to the concert, which sold out quickly, have another shot this fall. Tickets go on sale Friday, April 29, for Raitt’s return engagement at ACL Live on Nov. 8, with the California Honeydrops again in the opening slot.

Set list:
1. Need You Tonight
2. Used to Rule the World
3. I Knew
4. Undone
5. Shakin’ Shakin’ Shakes
6. Right Down the Line
7. Round and Round
8. I Feel the Same
9. Women Be Wise
10. Hear Me Lord
11. Something to Talk About
12. The Comin’ Round Is Going Through
13. Angel From Montgomery
14. Don’t Answer the Door
15. Gypsy in Me
16. Love Letter
17. What You’re Doin’ to Me
18. I Can’t Make You Love Me
19. Louise
20. Love Sneakin’ Up on You

Elevate your musical mind at Levitation this weekend

Levitation 2015.  Erika Rich for American-Statesman
Levitation 2015. Erika Rich for American-Statesman

In its ninth year, the rapidly growing event formerly known as Austin Psych Fest continues to push boundaries beyond what we think of as psychedelic music. Hosted by Austin’s Black Angels, this year’s highly curated lineup includes legends of sonic experimentation (Brian Wilson, Lee “Scratch” Perry) alongside modern musical adventurers (Animal Collective, Flying Lotus).

For years, the festival remained under the radar at home, while attracting significant interest abroad. The percentage of Texans on the ground has grown steadily in recent years (the fest nearly doubled attendance and ticket sales in 2015), but there are still hundreds of music fanatics who travel from around the world to attend. On-site camping is available and two tents in the campground offer special workshops and late night programming for campers.

Fest information: $75 for a one-day pass, $185 for three days. Kids 13 and younger free. Gates at noon Friday-Sunday. Carson Creek Ranch, 9507 Sherman Road.

Watch: Cry along with D’Angelo, Princess as they pay tribute to Prince

D’Angelo took to the stage of the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon last night for an emotional performance of “Sometimes It Snows In April” to honor Prince. He was joined on stage by Maya Rudolph and Gretchen Lieberum, a pair of singers and comics whose Prince cover band Princess closed out the Moontower Comedy Festival with a loving and cathartic tribute to the Purple One on Saturday.

This performance, delivered with aching heart is lovely. See if you can hold it together when D’Angelo breaks down.

“All good things, they say, never last…”

D'Angelo in concert at the Variety Playhouse in Little Five Points. (Sylvia McAfee/Atlanta Journal-Constitution)
D’Angelo in concert at the Variety Playhouse in Little Five Points. (Sylvia McAfee/Atlanta Journal-Constitution)