By Alicia Armijo

LEVITATION FESTIVAL returns this fall to the Red River Cultural District in Austin, Texas
and fans could not be more ecstatic. With its jump to the fall calendar this year—running
November 7-10—Levitation has been building anticipation with recent announcements of the
incredible acts and festivities to come. Among the psychedelic, indie, metal, and experimental
bands to venues across downtown Austin, these are our top five bands to watch for at this year’s

In their most recent announcement of bands to come, The Flaming Lips jumped off the flyer for
many festivalgoers. This alternative psych-rock band has made a name for themselves not only
in creating four-decades of ever-evolving symphonic weirdness, but they are rightly known for
orchestrating shockingly elaborate live-performances. Be sure to check out these festival-
conquering giants live in concert on Friday, November 8th as they play Stubb’s Amphitheater
with Mercury Rev and Holy Wave. They never disappoint.

“How Many Times,” from their new album, King’s Mouth: Music and Songs

Indie queen, Angel Olsen, will be kicking off the festival as a core headlining act on Thursday,
November 7th at Stubb’s with Devendra Banhart and Vagabon. With a new album, All Mirrors,
set to release this October, many fans will be excited to get a taste of her new songs. These indie
classics will be a nice contrast to many of the other heavier sounds of the fest, including
Deafheaven, Power Trip, and High on Fire.

“All Mirrors,” from her forthcoming, new album All Mirrors

Another festival-drawing act this year is sure to be John Cale’s Saturday night performance at
Stubb’s. This avant-garde musician, innovative producer, and co-founding member of the Velvet
Underground will be a stand-out artist to see. He will be co-headlining an energetic show
alongside Levitation’s flagship psychedelic act, The Black Angels.

“Close Watch”

Levitation is highlighting some of the heaviest female rockers in the business this year with one
of California’s best alt-doom bands, Death Valley Girls. These badass ladies always bring an
emotional yet cutting psychedelic sound that hits deep. Austin’s enjoyed this band for many of
our biggest and best festivals in recent years; Levitation is sure to be no exception.

“Disaster (Is What We’re After)”

Last but not least, at this year’s fest, we’ll be enjoying some of the edgiest electronic-industrial
artists based in Austin, including Curse Mackey and SINE. With his debut solo album still
scorching, Curse Mackey’s heavy-hitting, energetic performance of it will be one to experience.
Likewise, SINE never fails to mesmerize her dedicated fans as she continues to craft ever-more
creative and alluring live shows. Be sure to catch them both for their performances at Austin’s
premier goth and industrial venue, Elysium, with David J (of Bauhaus + Love & Rockets) and
Rosegarden Funeral Party. It will be a dance party you will not want to miss.

“Somewhat Possessed” from Curse Mackey’s new album, Instant Exorcism

“Need to Bleed,” SINE

For the full line-up and all other exciting Levitation Festival details, visit


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