Dallas feels the groove from Austin PsychFest music festival
For years, Dallas-Fort Worth music lovers have enjoyed the effects of the annual Austin-based extravaganzas South by Southwest and Austin City Limits. We don't have to suffer through massive crowds and even larger lines for beer while sitting through dozens of bands we don't want to see just to catch a 40-minute set from one of our favorite acts. That's because nearly all stop by Dallas on their way to or from the Texas capital.
In the very recent past, the edgy, somewhat dangerous Fun Fun Fun Fest has begun to provide the same positive outpouring of nationally touring talent. This year, the Austin PsychFest — now in its sixth, stellar year — can officially be added to the list of Austin festivals that benefit North Texan music fans.
To sum it up, these are some the concerts coming to Dallas-Fort Worth thanks to Austin PsychFest spillover.
Thursday, April 25
Black Mountain, Besnard Lakes and Suuns at Dada
All three of these bands play at PsychFest, and Vancouver's Black Mountain headlines this sweet bill in Dallas. But it's another Canadian band that people shouldn't miss. Besnard Lakes, led by Jace Lasek and his wife, have yet to release a bum album. Their brand-new record, Until in Excess, Imperceptible UFO, is perhaps the best yet. As with the other shows on this list, expect the walls to rattle from the synth- and guitar-driven soundscapes emanating from the stage.
Friday, April 26
Man Or Astroman? at Dada
One of the stranger acts to come out of Alabama — that we can think of, at least — is the psycho, surf-rock-loving group who are touring to promote the addictive Defcon 5...4...3...2...1, the group's first proper release in 12 years. Any band that's led by dudes named Starcrunch and Birdstuff is probably worth catching live, especially if they're known to shred the stage.
Clinic and No Joy at Dan's Silverleaf in Denton
Continuing the international trend of bands coming through this week, England's post-punk crew has a new set of tunes to play, thanks to the excellent Free Reign LP. For fans of the Doors or the Black Angels, this is a band you need to know if you don't already. Dan's is an excellent setting for this show. Get there early enough to catch the set from No Joy, the Montreal-based band of shoegazers that just released the very epic Wait to Pleasure.
Boris at Rubber Gloves Rehearsal Studio in Denton
This band of Japanese women brings the noise. Rubber Gloves Rehearsal Studio is a perfect venue for Boris, as the walls seem to be damn near indestructible. With an experimental catalog that goes back to 1996, Boris experiments with its sound, creating a psychedelic vibe. It's not noise; it's deafening bliss. Don't miss killer local opening acts Pinkish Black and Bludded Head. Good luck to you and your set of senses.
Saturday, April 27
Black Rebel Motorcycle Club at House of Blues
One of the headliners of PsychFest, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club is supporting its newly released, addictive record, Specter at the Feast. Although it's less dark and more anthem-esque than past offerings, these American garage-rock heroes know when to groove and when to thrash. Seeing them outdoors late at night in a festival setting would be cool, but the set at House of Blues likely will feature a light display that rivals the tunes. Stay safe out there.
Sunday, April 28
Os Mutantes at The Kessler
Canada and Japan aren't the only foreign lands represented in Texas this week. Brazil's Os Mutantes ("The Mutants," in English) brings a mystical brand of experimental psych-folk to The Kessler stage. Touring in support of new album Fool Metal Jack, the veteran crew (a rather large outfit, actually) puts a swirling spin on what many know as "world music." The band certainly knows what it's doing by now, as members started performing in the late-1960s, though they did take a lengthy hiatus. This group knows where to find the groove.