English 60’s psychedelic revivalists, The Hanging Stars have just dropped the video to ‘I Woke Up In July’ from their ‘A New Kind Of Sky’ album that was released back in February. A luminous, shamanic pastoral piece of psychedelic-rock, that somewhat evokes the more American side of 60’s psychedelia akin to The Byrds, Kaleidoscope and Ultimate Spinach, ‘I Woke Up In July’ transcends space and time and brings the hippy-freak-out era to the modern day.
The video to ‘I Woke Up In July’ comes from Innerstrings who are famous for their mind-blowing psychedelic light-show carnival at the likes of Liverpool Psych Fest, Lewes Psych Festival, Portsmouth Psych Festival and countless other festivals and events.
Listen to and watch the video to ‘I Woke Up In July’ below for just under 5 minutes of psychoactive, sonic-euphoria.
We’ve featured Tropa Magica before on Fuzzy Sun. If you’re not aware of Tropa Magica though, the outfit is based in Los Angeles and features former members of Thee Commons, who reformed as Tropa Magica to create their signature psychedelic cumbia garage-punk sound and are proving to be one of the most fun bands standing on this planet.
With the instruments being recorded at Boyle Heights at “Total Annihilation” studios engineered by Eddie Rivas and vocals, pianos and percussions being recorded and mixed at “The Shelter Studios” by Cesar Mejia in East Los Angeles, Tropa Magica’s latest offering Chalino y Sus 7 Balazos’ is another dose of their frenzied psychedelic cumbia punk sound with hints of surf-rock. Serving up another party slammer perfect for smashing spirits and having a mad one at a sweat-soaked late night beach party, ‘Chalino y Sus 7 Balazos’ is a sweltering, skittish ripper.
With the likes of Tropa Magica, Los Bitchos and The Mauskovic Dance Band, it seems a new-wave of cumbia is spreading across our shores and that is nothing but a glorious thing.
Anyway get involved below and jump on the Tropa Magica party train.
We’re up to part 8 of this series already with the likes of Los Bitchos, Oh Sees, King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard, Altin Gun, Kikagaku Moyo, Dungen, Wand, The Black Angels, Mdou Moctar, Flamingods, The Black Lips and many others all gracing our previous seven ’16 Live Set To Watch During Isolation’ features. So as a testament to the endless chasm of sensational musical talent that enrich our lovely little planet, here’s another 16 live sets that you need to check out during these times of lockdown.
Habibi take elements of middle eastern soundscapes and incorporate western psychedelia to create a wonderful tapestry of sounds that are perfect for the mind, body and spirit. Absolutely brilliant stuff.
The incredible La Luz make sun-bleached surf-rock perfect for fun times drinking cans by the beach on warm summer days. You can almost taste the sea air and hear the seagulls swirling around above looking to nick your chips.
THE COMET IS COMING
Striding between jazz, psychedelia, dub, funk and underground UK bass sounds, The Comet is Coming are one of the most exciting bands in the U.K right now. Check out their Boiler Room set below.
DERYA YILDIRIM & GRUP ŞIMŞEK
Derya Yıldırım & Grup Şimşek make dancebale Turkish psychedelic-folk music akin to the legendary Barış Manço and Selda Bağcan that’s perfect for the soul. If you ever get a chance to see said band then do so as they’re a wonderful experience.
The lockdown isolation live shows regardless of sound or visual quality have been great in these times of quarantine and closure of live venues and pubs helping fill the void of live music. One act with an absolutely ripper of an isolation live set is Nick van Bakel’s from Australian psychedelic outfit Bananagun for Button Pusher.
Forming in 1979, Tinariwen hypnotic desert blues and psychedelic-rock is some of the most joyous sounds a human being can hear. Watch their glorious live show below.
Signed to one of the mightiest record labels on the planet, Brooklyn’s mutant free- jazz, garage-punk war machine Sunwatchers are one of the most thrilling acts around.
One of the multiple projects from the living god that is Nick Cave, Grinderman are (or possibly sadly were) frenzied cacophonous beasts delving between noise-rock, violent garage-rock and doom-laden psychedelia. Nick Cave has reportedly hinted that a third album could be coming, so here’s hoping for that soon.
Texan trio Khruangbin’s spell-binding psychedelic-funk is a cocktail of sounds from across the globe. A soundtrack for the sunset paradise to the sweltering late nights, lose yourself in these times of lockdown to the beguiling rhythms of Khruangbin.
If The Clangers crash landed in South America, you’d get Bogota’s Meridian Brothers. A cosmic sci-fi tropical psychedelic toaster, Meridian Brothers are one of the most interesting bands standing in our solar system today.
Delve into the heady-psychedelic space-rock chamber of Wooden Shjips. Like a melting-pot of psychedelic royalty such as Hawkwind, early Pink Floyd, Fifty Foot Hose, The 13th Floor Elevators, etc, etc with elements of Neu! And Can, Wooden Shjips are one of the most mind-melting bands in existence.
The exceptional Tureg outfit delve heavily into desert blues and psychedelia that mix traditional African music with Western sounds. Lose yourselves to the groove-laden sounds from Tamikrest.
THE HOLYDRUG COUPLE
The nebulous, pearly magic bus voyage of The Holydrug Couple is a commute across the astral plane. The Chilean psychedelic-pop outfit may well actually be the soundtrack to dopamine itself.
Striding between psychedelic-folk and cosmic space-rock akin to some of Moon Duo’s work, Amen Dunes is sonic nirvana.
Unadulterated sun-baked, fluorescent, psychedelia, step through the archway of the enchanted garden that is Morgan Delt and let yourself float through their garden forest landscape.
The Malian desert blues meets psychedelic maestros, Songhoy Blues are perfect listening for these times of isolation. Watch their Primavera Set below.
Honourable mention also go to Yin Yin who we featured before hand in this series, but KEXP have very recently released their killer set from back in December during Trans Musicales 2019 so have a watch of that too. There’s also the incredible ‘Live At The Windmill’ compilation featuring black midi, Black Country, New Road, Rosie Alena, Fontaines D.C, Shame and many others that is worthy of your time that helps support the wonderful venue itself.
Situated in Brixton, The Windmill is one of the most important buildings in the United Kingdom right now. The flat-roofed pub has become a melting-pot of new music, and has become the heart of the flourishing U.K music scene.
Fat White Family, Goat Girl, Shame, Black Country, New Road, HMLTD, etc, etc, The Windmill has become as synonymous as any label out there with bands emerging from inside its beautifully painted walls – and the bands themselves have become synonymous for being ‘Windmill bands’. What that means though is that from day dot, Windmill curator Tim Perry has championed these acts, bringing them back time after time when possible, and when other promoters may not book them, and many of these acts have in turn have continued to fiercely support and fight for their spiritual home. A ‘Windmill band’ is more than a media tagline – it’s an identity, a badge of honour that any act should rightfully be proud to wear.
It’s hard to put into words the spirit of The Windmill, but the recent release of Will Hodgkinson’s excellent ‘Roof Dog: A Short Story Of The Windmill’ available on Rough Trade Books, brilliantly captures the essence of the wonderful venue and is well worth a read in this period of quarantine.
Like all venues though in these uncertain times, The Windmill – a national landmark, an absolute must-visit should you ever find yourself holidaying in London, is sadly currently facing the impending threat of its doors being shut for good due to the ongoing Covid-19 crisis.
Due to the period of uncertainty, The Windmill have released an incredible ‘Live At The Windmill’ compilation with an incredible, eclectic array of some of the most exciting acts around at the moment.
Black midi, Black Country, New Road (as well as black midi, New Road where both bands come together), Shame, Goat Girl, Meatraffle, Rosie Alena, Fontaines D.C, PVA and more join the compilation that’s only £5.00 and where all proceeds go towards keeping the venues’ doors open as well as Brixton Soup Kitchen.
Get involved if you can, and help both this iconic institution stay open as well as Brixton Soup Kitchen, whilst also treating yourself to one of the best live compilations you’re likely to hear for a while.
This Saturday being May 2, one of the most cosmic days in the UK music calendar being Psyched Fest (formerly known as Portsmouth Psych Fest) was due to take place, but due to the ongoing Covid-19 crisis and a lockdown of all pubs and venues, sadly had to be cancelled. Instead the festival will now be online with live sets streamed via social media to ensure that fun-times are still had.
Previous editions of Psyched Fest have included the likes of Bo Ningen (photo featured in the header image taken by 16 Beasley St), Flamingods, The KVB, Los Bitchos, Black Country, New Road, black midi, Melt Dunes, Madonnatron, Drug Store Romeos, Thee MVPs, Nice Biscuit, The Wytches, Snapped Ankles, Mystic Peach, Yak, Sleep Eaters and many more.
The 2020 edition was also looking like an interstellar line-up once again with Warmduscher, PVA, Silverbacks, bdrmm, Norman, Yowl, Rosie Alena, Home Counties, Lumer, London’s new exciting psychedelic meets cumbia outfit Platypus Complex and many more incredible acts all due to play this years edition across multiple venues on the south-coast, seaside city of Portsmouth.
Playing the online session from 5pm (BST) via Portsmouth Psych Fest’ Facebook page which you can watch here include; grunge noisemakers Lumer, the visceral rave-laden post punk-disco outfit PVA, the incredible Nuha Ruby Ra, psychedelic-folk artist Rosie Alena who’s debut single featured members of black midi, Portsmouth folk soloist Megan Linford and more TBC.
Portsmouth Psych Fest are also raising money for Music Venue Trust #saveourvenues campaign that recently launched to ensure the survival of live music venues across the U.K during this period of lockdown.
You can check out the 2020, 2019 and 2018 Psyched Fest playlists below:
Australia is on one at the moment, exporting some of the finest psychedelic bands standing on the planet right now. Another new outfit from the scorching hot-bed of cosmic sounds is the excellently named quintet Bananagun who hail from Melbourne.
Whilst concurrently announcing the band’s debut album ‘The True Story of Bananagun’ out June 26 this year, Bananagun have shared their latest single ‘People Talk Too Much’ via Full Time Hobby. Sun-soaked psychedelic sounds mixed with Southern American tropical sounds, ‘People Talk Too Much’ is balmy brilliance that delves between the Babe Rainbow-esque hippy-freakout with Os Mutantes and Fela Kuti.
If you need a soundtrack for these sweltering times and want to feel like you’re back by the beach, then give it a listen below as if Bananagun’s output is anything to go by, their debut album looks like it could already be an album of the year contender.
If you thought we were done in our series of live sets, then you were wrong. Following up with part 6, previous entries (1, 2, 3, 4, 5) of our live sets to check out during isolation featured Oh Sees, King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard, Kikagaku Moyo, The Black Angels, Bo Ningen, Los Bitchos, Tame Impala, Dungen, Wand, Ty Segall, Pigs x 7, Girl Band, Flamingods, Fat White Family, Black Lips, Moon Duo, black midi and loads more.
Part 6 carries on with another 16 incredible bands to watch during these times of isolation where global lockdown has led to the indefinite closure of live venues and festivals for the foreseeable future.
Once again, go and get out your drink of choice, get some snacks, maybe get a Whats App or Zoom watching party going with like-minded friends and family, and check out another list of live sets that you need to watch if you’re missing live music.
Touching on psychedelia, funk, dub, disco, the groove-laden Swiss outfit L’Eclair sonic soundscapes would fit right at home from those with an appetite for all things psychedelic to the likes of Giles Peterson’s and Benji B’s late night shows.
Brooding and pummeling post-punk coiled with monstrous noise, Preoccupations are relentless and visceral. Check out the roaring outfit below.
NICK CAVE & THE BAD SEEDS
It’s Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds. What more can be said that hasn’t already been said about the living legend? Witness the godly figure playing the festival of gods itself being Glastonbury.
THE OCTOPUS PROJECT
The Octopus Project are a multi-layered, kaleidoscopic circus cyclone. A pool of psychedelia, krautrock, glitch-filled electronica and experimental art-rock, the Austin outfit are from another world. Get your head in the psychedelic microwave that is The Octopus Project’s live show right now….
FEVER THE GHOST
Fever The Ghost are an eccentrically brilliant psychedelic-pop roller coaster. Mind-bending sounds akin to MGMT and The Flaming Lips who released one of 2015’s finest albums and are currently teasing a long-awaited return.
Releasing one of the finest albums of 2019 with ‘The Age Of Immunology’, London’s otherworldly Vanishing Twin meld psychedelia, ambient, electronica, minimalist jazz, krautrock, experimental space-pop to create a wonderful soundtrack from another realm.
BLACK COUNTRY, NEW ROAD
Jazz, post-punk, avant-garde, classic and krautrock, the cerebral sonic assault of one of the most important bands in the U.K right now, Black Country, New Road is a tumultuous racket. Watch their set from one of the U.K’s finest cultural institutions that is The Windmill below:
THE FLAMING LIPS
The most flamboyant, kaleidoscopic, colour-drenched labyrinth of a live show that is nothing but joyous, The Flaming Lips’ truly are a spectacle that need to be on every music fans must-see bucket list. .
VIEUX FARKA TOURE
Son of the Grammy award-winning musician, Ali Farka Touré, Vieux Farka Touré is an incredible Malian singer and guitarist. Delving between blues and folk, Vieux Farka Touré’s sounds are wonderfully heartwarming. Sonic bliss…
DAMO SUZUKI & POND
Pond going krautrock with Tame Impala maestro Kevin Parker on the drums with the legendary Can frontman Damo Suzuki on vocals. It’s sonic surrealism.
Triptides beautifully evoke sixties psychedelic-rock like fellow contemporary outfits Allah Las and Levitation Room. Let yourself drift through the cosmos with the stunning psychedelic haze of Triptides.
LES FILLES DE ILLIGHADAD
Hailing from the Tuareg region of the Sahara in western Niger, come Les Filles De Illighadad who delve into roots-folk and desert rock feature Fatou Seidi Ghali is the first woman from the region to play guitar professionally. Witness Les Filles De Illighadad’s remarkable live show below.
Hailing from Melbourne, the psychedelic cosmonauts Sunfruits are joyous. Akin to Babe Rainbow and Nice Biscuit, Sunfruits dazzle with their sun-kissed, psychedelic-pop sounds.
The electronic-tinged, acid-laden rainbow ride of MGMT is a glorious exploration traversing through multiple dimensions.
There’s something so emotionally raw about celestial shoegazers Slowdive. Cinematic-ally sensational, there’s nothing like standing there and letting the legendary ethereal outfit pilot you through the cosmos for an hour plus.
AMYL & THE SNIFFERS
An absolute punk riot, Amyl and The Sniffers are a relentless, rawkus outfit signed to King Gizz’s own Flightless. Super-charged, rawkus rock n roll at its best.
So once again, there’s another 16 live sets to check out in our on-going series of live sets to watching during isolation.
Hailing from the land locked area of Birmingham come one of the finest scuzzed-out garage rock outfits in the U.K right now being Table Scraps with ‘I Wanna Stay Home With You’ out on the legendary Californian label Burger Records.
Self-produced under the times of quarantine, and with a video featuring countless cameos, ‘I Wanna Stay Home With You’ is a spectacular raw, snotty garage rock meets surf-punk shred-laden party starter.
The delightfully, disheveled garage rock n roll sounds are reminiscent of early Ty Segall, Reatards, Jacuzzi Boys, King Tuff, Tijuana Panthers and all that good stuff so Table Scraps fit perfectly on the seminal Burger Records.
Hailing from the sunny south-coast city of Brighton come gloom-laden, post-punk quartet Public Body (Seb Gilmore – Guitar and Vocals / Theo Verney – Guitar / Joe Stevens – Bass / Thom Mills – Drums) with ‘Naughty On My Bike’. ‘Naughty On My Bike’ is skittish, barbed and pulsating post-punk that also almost weaves into the boundaries of krautrock.
On the single itself that ridicules the ever-abhorrent British public transport system that is always increasing in price, guitarist Theo Verney explains:
“It’s a song dedicated to the humble bicycle. Naughty On My Bike openly criticises the public transport system as being over priced and sluggish. Walking, being the green option, is slower still. In cycling we find balance between speed and convenience.”
If the output so far from the Brightonians proves anything already, it’s not just the capital producing some of the finest post-punk bands in the U.K at the moment.
Listen to ‘Naughty on My Bike’ below and be sure to keep the new noisemakers on your radar.
Hailing from Sydney come psychedelic-pop outfit, The Lazy Eyes who have shared ‘Tangerine’ a summer, sun-kissed scorcher. A kaleidoscopic, otherworldly celestial stunner akin to Tame Impala’s earliest material meets Syd Barrett-era Pink Floyd, ‘Tangerine’ from the cosmic quartet is nearly 3 minutes of euphoric, sweltering psychedelia.
The follow up to their debut Beatles meets Beach Boys esque ‘Cheesy Long Song’ can be streamed via Spotify, and you can also check out the video to the sweet, psych-glistened single below. Get involved and jump on the marvelous magic carpet ride that is The Lazy Eyes…
If you have checked out the previous of the live sets series, then you know the score. If you have not, then basically we’re bringing you a number of live sets to check out during these times of global lockdown.
Here is part 1, part 2 and part 3 that I wrote as well as Fuzzy Sun’s noise-rock special being part 4. Check them all out if you get the chance.
Anyway let’s get to it. Get out your beverage of choice, sit back and turn up the volume as we present to you 16 live sets plus one very honourable mention.
I had to start with these, really. John Dwyer’s Coachwhips were utterly outrageous with their caustic, frenetic garage-punk rock n roll. Mosh-pit mayhem, it’s a damn shame that Coachwhips are no more (but hey, at least we have Thee Oh Sees who I’m sure we can agree, are one of the greatest bands of all time). Fingers crossed there will be more Coachwhips one day though…
One of the countless bands from the prolific Californian garage-rock god, Ty Segall. The stoner-metal of Fuzz is a heart-shaped, sonic love-letter to the likes of Black Sabbath.
Heady, enthralling, fuzzed-out psychedelia with hints of prog and jazz, Dungen opens up the heavens with their stunning sonic soundscapes.
Psychedelic meets garage-rock sorcerer’s Wand are paralysingly hypnotic. One of the best live shows in existence, check out the Californian’s wizardry from their KEXP set below.
A PLACE TO BURY STRANGERS
Violent, visceral, cacophonous cyclone that can border on uncomfortable levels of loudness, the abrasive sonic, reverberating savagery that is A Place To Bury Strangers are brilliant aural brutality on another level that will leave one vaporized.
Dreampop, shoegaze, krautrock, gothic-rock and post-punk, the Calofirnian quartet Warpaint are a genre-bending machine of gorgeous whirling soundscapes. One of the tightest bands you can witness.
There was a point when there were very few bands that rivalled the sonic, cosmic spaceship that is Tame Impala. Their first two albums themselves were enough to put one in a lucid trance. Interplanetary sounds that would spark vivid hallucinations, Kevin Parker’s Tame Impala were the sound of another dimension oozing into ours. Check out their set from 2014 with material from their first two outputs when the outfit were the reigning kings of psychedelic-rock.
PIGS, PIGS, PIGS, PIGS, PIGS, PIGS, PIGS
Purveyors of doom-laden psychedelia, space-rock and bludgeoning sludge-rock sounds, Newcastle’s Pigs x 7 who are probably from the darkest depths of the shadow realm are a blistering assault upon the senses. With Lemmy like vocals over a sonically expansive storm of searing riffs, the tremendously, turbulent tirade of Pigs x 7 is something that needs to be witnessed.
Shimmering, balmy brilliance, New York’s Olden Yolk are a throwback with their sixties-esque psychedelic meets folk. There’s such a pleasant serenity from the outfit. Witness their Audiotree session below.
BASS DRUM OF DEATH
John Barrett’s Bass Drum Of Death are all about killer-hooks. Mosh-pit, pint-spiller garage-rock meets lofi-pop bangers, Bass Drum of Death are here for the party.
Californian psych-garage rock fuzz-fiends Meatbodies absolutely slayed with their shred-laden KEXP set. Have your mind melted with their raucous session below.
Hailing from Brazil, Boogerings’ psychedelic-pop sounds are a sprawling sonic cyclone. Check out their colossal session for Cultura Livre:
Another excellent outfit from Brazil, Orua’s heady-psychedelic-sounds are a mind-melting marvel. Witness their wonderful KEXP session below:
KURT VILE & THE VIOLATORS
Philadelphia native psych-folk merchant Kurt Vile is perfect listening for anytime, but especially during these times of isolation. Lose yourself to the sun-kissed agrarian sounds of Kurt Vile & The Violets from their Pitchfork set.
Jagged garage-rock meets rockabilly and rip-roaring, old-fashioned blues-rock, Guadaluple Plata are absolutely killer with theirghoulish, frenzied spaghetti western-esque rock n roll.
SWEDISH DEATH CANDY
Akin to Wand and Meatbodies, London’s psychedelic-rock barbarians, Swedish Death Candy are one of the U.K’s most heavily underrated bands. Check out the ulcerating fuzz toaster that is their live set below:
One very honourable mention of a live set has to be from the Japanese cosmonauts Kikagaku Moyo with special guests Jacco Gardner and Bruno Pernadas. Both Kikagaku Moyo and Jacco Gardner respectively, were featured on part two. Check out the latest live session posted very recently below.
So once again, you have 16 live sets plus a very great honourable mention to keep yourselves busy during these times of quarantine. Hopefully we’ll see you at a show in the not-so-distant future. Until then, stay safe and stay indoors.
If you have missed our part one and part two of sets to watch during these times of isolation, then be sure to head over that way for ace live sets from the likes of Altin Gun, King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard, Los Bitchos, Bo Ningen, Minami Deutsch, Kikagaku Moyo, Goat, black midi, The Black Angels and lots more.
This is part 3 of the series of live sets to keep you busy during these times of isolation to help fill the void of live music being on absolute lockdown. So for the third time, get out your beverage of choice and turn those speakers or headphones up as we present to you another 16 live sets you need to check out.
The psychedelic circus that is Flamingods is a tapestry of sounds covering all corners of the globe. Fuzzed-out psychedelia, afrobeat, funk, elements of cumbia, seemingly taking influences from 70’s Turkish folk and lots more, Flamingods are a wonderful cocktail of exotic sounds.
Laid back 60s’ esque psychedelia, garage-rock and rhythm & blues trio, Night Beats epitomise the sound of smashing cans in the summer days with their soulful sun-drenched rock n roll sound.
FAT WHITE FAMILY
One of the U.K’s finest exports in recent years, the ramshackled post-punk, garage-rock and country-tinged sounds of Fat White Family and their live show which sometimes falls in the category of vulgarity is utterly compelling. Catch their always fun live show below from Glastonbury back in 2015.
Describing their sound as “Vada Vada”, The Garden tear up the rule book. Eccentricity is key with the genre-bending Californian twins delving between garage-punk, goth, post-punk, avant-garde noise, electro and everything else in-between.
Enthralling noise, minimalist techno and glitched-out avant-garden rock, Nisennenmondai generate the soundtrack to deep-rooted tension.
The first time I came across Imarhan was at End of the Road. Walking by the picturesque Garden stage, Imarhan were wonderful with their desert rock and psychedelic sounds. Imarhan live really is one of the most joyous experiences.
The Parisian outfit Moodoid are a spectre of crunching psychedelia with nods to their mate Kevin Parker woven into glam-rock and pop all soaked in glitted. You won’t find many more live shows as dazzling as Moodoid.
A gargantuan monsoon of heady riffs, French-trio Slift are an outfit from another dimension. Sprawling space-rock, doom-laden psychedelia and garage-rock, Slift are King Gizzard and Pigs x 7 on steroids.
The self-proclaimed “Beach Goth'” outfit led by Brooks Nielsen and his smokey, scorched vocals are probably one of the best bands on the planet. With their immense songwriting and chilled-out Californian surf-rock, garage-rock swelled with hints of psychedelia, country and even reggae, The Growlers are there for the good times and bad.
Cacophonous, visceral angst, Girl Band are a sonic onslaught of post-punk. The aural blast of Girl Band’s live show is incredibly compelling and mesmerising. Watch them below and catch them at a show near you.
The spell-binding shredders L.A Witch slay with their wonderful ghoulish cinematic surf and garage-rock. Watch their mind-melting KEXP session below.
THE PSYCHOTIC MONKS
Merging garage-rock, psychedelia and post-punk, The Psychotic Monks are one of the most exciting and exhilarating bands at the minute with their violent storm of a live show.
Hailing from the Arizonian desert, experimental psychedelic-space rock The Myrrors blowing minds at Fuzz Club Festival at London Fields in 2015.
Not much more can be said about the legendary outfit from J. Spaceman. Spiritulized’s space-rock, shoegaze and psychedelic orchestra are a celestial odyssey from another world.
Eccentric sounds intertwining between psychedelia, dreampop, jazz, dub, Afrobeat and Latin sounds, the excellent London trio Peluche are almost dreamlike. Shimmering soundscapes that are perfect for late nights sipping cocktails in the summer months.
Italian fuzz-fiends New Candy’s are always blistering with their gloom-laden, acid-soaked psychedelic-rock. Watch their KEXP session below.
So there you go, yet another 16 live acts you should check out during these times of lockdown. Be sure to keep an eye out on all the artists that we’ve posted (well 99% of those who are still going today), and head down to a show once this era of social distancing has passed.
Los Angeles’ cumbia meets psychedelia, garage-rock and surf-rock outfit Tropa Magica are proving to be quite prolific already. The outfit featuring members of Thee Commons have just followed up their cumbia covers EP ‘Smells Like Cumbia’ released at the end of the tail end of 2019 with ‘Feels Like Tijuana’ out today.
Combining their brand of cumbia and surf-rock with the laid back Californian sounds akin to The Growlers’ self-proclaimed ‘Beath Goth’, ‘Feels Like Tijuana’ is a sun-baked party banger perfect for those late summer nights by the beach knocking back spirits.
I recently wrote part one of live sets to check out during these times of isolation and lock down which you can read here and features the likes of Los Bitchos, Bo Ningen, Oh Sees, Altin Gun, Snapped Ankles, King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizards, Sons and lots more ace acts.
This as per the title, is part two of the live sets to check out during these strange times to help fill that horrid void of live music. Once again get your drink of choice, turn up the volume and kick back and watch another 16 incredible live sets.
Shifting from the agrarian sounds of psychedelic-folk to frenzied psych meets krautrock, Kikagaku Moyo are from another dimension with their frenetic yet trippy, hippy freak-out. Witness their very fresh KEXP session below.
THE BLACK ANGELS
The riotous psychedelic shaman that is The Black Angels are the masters of delving between the haunting sound of the sonic spectrum to explosive, fuzzed out psychedelia.
A plume of colour, Goat’s kaleidoscope psychedelic sounds touching on sonic influences from all corners of the planet are always utterly entrancing and hypnotic. Check out their set from Glastonbury in 2015.
The ascension of the maniacal math-rock meets experimental art-rock quartet black midi has been incredible. In an industry of smoke and mirrors PR nonsense, black midi rose to prominence by simply bringing the roof down of every venue they played with an enormous, abrasive racket.
There’s always a warmth to the cosmic Moon Duo. Dazzling space-rock, krautrock, drone and psychedelic-rock – never are Moon Duo not incredibly entrancing.
From a melting-pot of psychedelic bands being Chile, the psychedelic meets krautrock outfit that Föllakzoid delve into luscious, minimalist sounds that are a joy to get lost to.
Hailing from Japan, Minami Deutsch delve heavily into the mororik rhythms of krautrock and heady doom-laden psychedelia. An absolute sonic force…
Fittingly signed to Heavenly, Gwenno makes celestial sounds from another plane. The soundtrack to astral projection, Gwenno’s psychedelic-space-pop motorik sounds are perfect in these times of anxiety and isolation.
Deerhunter are a spiritual experience. A spectacular whirlwind of a racket touching on shoegaze, psychedelia and art-pop. There’s very few things in life more euphoric than than watching Deerhunter in a sunny field.
Gloom-laden, frenzied, cacophonous, goth-soaked post-punk, Savages live show is utterly electrifying with an intensity that is hardly matched.
KING KHAN & THE SHRINES
One of the most fun live shows around. King Khan & The Shrines waltz through a set of James Brown esque funk & soul meets garage-rock.
One of the most prolific artists in the world with countless albums and EP’s out under various guises, fuzz-fiend Ty Segall might well actually be a god.
THE BLACK LIPS
Modern-day garage-rock legends The Black Lips are an absolute shredding riff-riot. Snotty, scuzzed-out rock n roll with hints of country, The Black Lips feel like the could fall apart at any minute. Glorious stuff.
Splitting time between King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard and The Murlocs. The latter here sit between Night Beats and The Growlers delving into scuzzed out garage-rock and soulful rhythm and blues.
Stunning celestial, cinematic soundscapes mixed with pastoral psych, the mesmerizing sonic beauty of Jacco Gardner is perfect for any occasion when you wish for your mind to wander.
Vancouver based Crack Cloud are an absolute blast live with their mind-bending, skittish art-noise, punk-punk orchestra.
So there you go, another set of acts to check out during isolation. Once again, if you are able to and do dig what you hear, maybe grab some merchandise or check them out at a live show near you when the time comes.
With festivals, live events and just about everything else being shut down across the world, many of us are no doubt missing live music. Never has not paying over £4.00 for a flat Carling been so missed…
With that, I’ve been down the rabbit hole across YouTube of some immense live sets over the last few years, and across a number of features, I’ll be posting some of the finest live sets for you to check out during the era of social distancing.
Of course, there is no way it replicate the same feeling as being in your local grassroots venue or standing in a sun-baked (or rain-soaked if you live in the UK) field with pals, but nonetheless, get out the tinnies, boxes of wine, cider, whiskey or whatever your drink of choice, turn up the volume and sit back in your living room, kitchen, bedroom, garden, balcony or whatever and watch 16 astounding live sets and help fill that void of live music.
Super fun, psychedelic-cumbia sounds, the London-based Los Bitchos are the band we need right now. If you dig their KEXP session above, then France TV have an even longer set from Los Bitchos’ set at Trans Musicales de Rennes here.
A recent face and mind-melting rehearsal from Oh Sees who are quite possibly the greatest live band in any universe in any possible dimension.
YĪN YĪN The Netherlands outfit YĪN YĪN are an onslaught of joyous psychedelic-funk with heavy Eastern Asian influences. Get to know YĪN YĪN below…
Netherlands psychedelic outfit Altin Gün who play a cauldron of Turkish psychedelic classics – in the best way possible are one of the most ridiculous live bands in the world. I wrote about them at La Route Du Rock too here if you fancy a read about how great they were back then but the footage below should be suffice.
Melt Dunes have sadly seemed to have called it a day but before they left us, they were one of the mightiest live bands in the world. Not long before the called it a day, they featured on Fuzz Club’s compilation, supported The Brian Jonestown Massacre and toured mainland Europe, taking their cataclysmic assault of psychedelia, space-rock and krautrock far and wide.
The Mauskovic Dance Band
Psych, cumbia and disco all sounding like it’s from out of space, Netherlands’ The Mauskovic Dance Band are a crazy-fun experience and are perfect for beers during the summer days and nights.
King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard
What more can be said about Melbourne’s 7-piece psychedelic-merchants? One of the finest live bands today, the prolific outfit are always an absolute brain-eating tour-de-force.
SONS are a raucous riff-riot of psychedelic-space rock and garage-rock. Akin to Oh Sees and King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard, SONS are utterly explosive and quite possibly one the most underrated bands around today.
Glitched-out krautrock and wonky post-punk, there aren’t many bands out there that are as sonically charged, or as fun as London’s feral, anthropomorphic tree people Snapped Ankles.
The tale of Niger’s desert-rock, psychedelic guitar wizard Mdou Moctar is pretty remarkable. Coming from a strict background and also not having the means to buy a guitar, Mdou Moctar self-taught himself guitar after building his own out of wood and using brake wires from old bicycles for strings.
Featuring former members of Thee Commons, Los Angeles’ Tropa Magica blend their brand of cumbia with frenetic, garage-rock and surf-punk. Here they are in session also talking in depth about the origins of the band.
One of the finest new-ish live bands, New York’s The Wants delve between art-rock, post-punk, gothic-rock, electronica and the motorik-pulse of krautrock. Gloriously gloom, If The Wants are not on your radar yet, get involved right now.
Stockholm’s Viagra Boys live show is absolute relentless visceral sonic-storm. Utterly exhilarating, murky post-punk mixed with garage-punk, Viagra Boys are a melting pot of Fat White Family mixed with The Garden.
London based, Japanese psychedelic warlords Bo Ningen are easily one of the best live acts around. Mind-melting, heavy space-rock, Bo Ningen will have you thrown far into the deepest depths of the cosmos before dropping you down to Earth at light speed.
Anemone are a Montreal quintet that are utter bliss with their jangly, sun-kissed psychedelic-pop. The outfit named after The Brian Jonestown’s classic also produced one of the most underrated albums of 2019 last year with ‘Beat My Distance’.
So there you have it – 16 live sets that will hopefully keep you busy during this time of isolation. If you dig what you hear, then be sure to keep an eye out on all these acts for when they’re back touring again, and if in the event you can spare any change in these hard times, maybe grab some merch.
Brighton psychedelic 4-piece Wax Machine have recently released their debut album ‘Earthsong of Silence’ via Beyond Beyond is Beyond. Not too distant from the offerings of Ultimate Spinach, Kaleidoscope, some of Fifty Foot Hose’s less eerie material and The West Coast Pop Art Experimental Band, the debut album from the quartet is beguiling, rootsy agrarian psychedelic-folk at its purest whilst also amalgamating elements of krautrock and jazz.
The serenity of Wax Machine’s debut creates a wonderful sonic odyssey of absolute tranquility in these times of uncertainty. Soft, sweetened vocals, jaunty guitar-lines and flutes that tremble along with the occasional torrent of fuzz, the debut LP from the Brightonian quartet is a tremendous trippy, sun-laden hippy freak-out.
One of the finer psychedelic albums you’re likely to hear this year, ‘Earthsong of Silence’ is an absolute must listen.
You can stream the album below as well as purchase it here.
After a change of line-ups, South London scuzz-fiends Honkies have returned with the blistering ‘Buzz Band’ following on from ‘Slugs’ which we featured a couple of months back.
Akin to Black Lips, Fat White Family and Sleep Eaters, ‘Buzz Band’ is a 2-plus minute riot of explosive garage-rock blended with sleaze-filled country-rock.
Forming of Jim Sutcliffe (Guitar / Lead Vox), Callum Charman (Bass/Vox) Robin ‘Maddog’ McCready (Lead Guitar), Cat Rin (Synth/ Vox) and Alex ‘The Hairdresser’ Herd (Drums), the quintet are proving to be one of the capitals finest garage-rock bands right now.
You can listen to ‘Buzz Band’ below ahead of the release of Honkies’ debut album out this summer and catch the band at the following live shows:
19.02 – The Talleyrand, Stockport 21.02 – Flying Duck, Glasgow 14.03 – Shacklewell Arms, London w/Sweaty Palms
Hailing from Australia comes the sun-soaked psychedelic-pop quintet Sunfruits with ‘Above The Clouds’ the second single off of their forthcoming debut EP ‘Certified Organic’ out 11 February via Third Eye Stimuli Records (AUS) and Six Tonne De Chair Records (FRA).
‘Above The Clouds’ delves from crunching psychedelic-pop to 70’s funk and glam-filled disco that’s not too far sonically from fellow incredible Australian cosmonauts Nice Biscuit, Moses Gunn Collective and Babe Rainbow for a 3 minute 53 second freakout.
Danceable, joyous fun – Sunfruits are the band that we need at the moment in this gloom-laden era.
There must be something in waters in Australia as it’s consistently exporting some of the finest psychedelic bands in the world today. The newest act that we have recently come across is Melbourne’s BADGERS who have just dropped the video to their debut single ‘Make It Rain’.
Fronted by vocalist/guitarist Michael Badger – producer/mixer who has worked with the likes of King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard, Amyl & The Sniffers, You Am I, SONS (Belgium) and more – along with Miranda Holt (drums), Eloise Thetford (guitar, vocals) and Dali Platt (bass, vocals), the quartet’s ‘Make It Rain’ is a vintage-tinged psychedelic, bluesy garage-rock sun-soaked party banger.
In the vein of fellow Melbourne outfit The Murlocs as well as the likes of Natural Child, Night Beats and Dead Ghosts, BADGERS’ debut offering is scuzzy rock n’ roll brilliance that’s perfect listening for a summers day BBQ by the beach whilst drinking tinnies.
You can check out the video of ‘Make It Rain’ below:
Hailing from South London come garage-country punk outfit Honkies who have been tearing up their native land for sometime sharing stages with the likes of black midi and Black Country New Road.
The quintet are out to make a name for themselves and have just dropped their newest offering ‘Slugs’. Coming in at just over 3 minutes, ‘Slugs’ is akin to the depraved, twisted sounds of the likes of Fat White Family and Black Lips. Disheveled, ramshackle-esque, beautifully abhorrent garage-rock, Honkies sound like a band on the verge of collapse.
On the single itself which will be available via 7″ vinyl 16 November, guitarist/lead vocalist Jim Sutcliffe explains “The lyrics are an ode to attending bad social functions for the sake of spending time with good people– mostly on cocaine.”
Honkies will be taking their sludged out country-soaked garage-rock to a number of venues across London very soon.
November 16th – Sister Midnight Records (Release Show) November 21st – Peckham Audio (supporting Sleep Eaters) November 29th – Shacklewell Arms (supporting Ugly) December 7th – Engine Rooms (DIY Thursdays)