Levitation 2022 Preview

For years now, Austin’s The Black Angels have been throwing their own hometown psych-rock festival, Levitation (formerly Austin Psych Fest, renamed in 2015 in honor of the city’s psychedelic...

For years now, Austin’s The Black Angels have been throwing their own hometown psych-rock festival, Levitation (formerly Austin Psych Fest, renamed in 2015 in honor of the city’s psychedelic pioneers The 13th Floor Elevators). Once upon a time out on a ranch (that got rained out in 2016), it has since moved to venues across The Live Music Capitol of The World’s downtown, returning Thursday-Sunday, October 27th-to-30th:

The Jesus and Mary ChainTHURSDAY, OCTOBER 27th


The Jesus & Mary Chain, 9:00 PM – 10:30 PM

After gaining notoriety for their short and violent sets, The Jesus and Mary Chain (QRO photos in Austin) were an icon of the eighties, splitting as the century/millennium ended. The band (QRO live review) reunited in 2007, initially as nostalgia (QRO photos at an Austin festival), but a decade later released Damage and Joy (QRO review), and now return to Levitation (QRO photos at Levitation ’15).

ProtomartyrProtomartyr, 7:30 PM – 8:30 PM

Detroit post-punk outfit Protomartyr (QRO live review) have earned tons of praise off of 2017’s Relatives In Descent (QRO review) and 2020’s Ultimate Success Today (QRO review).

The ParanoydsAlso:

Automatic, 6:30 PM – 7:15 PM

The Paranoyds, 5:15 PM – 6:00 PM


Thee Sacred SoulsMohawk (outside)

Thee Sacred Souls, 9:15 PM – 10:30 PM

Thee Sinseers, 7:45 PM – 8:45 PM

Adrian Quesada, 7:00 PM – 7:45 PM



Imarhan, 12:00 AM – 1:00 AM

From the deserts of Algeria to the deserts of Texas come Imarhan, who return to Levitation.


Os MutantesOs Mutantes, 10:30 PM – 12:00 AM

While the Anglos were expanding their minds on psychedelica in the late sixties/early seventies, Brazil experienced a boom in tropicalia – and combining the two were Os Mutantes. After a hiatus lasting over two decades, the new millennium saw Os Mutantes reunite, and hit the road again in 2006, now returning to Levitation.


Claude Fontaine, 10:00 PM – 10:45 PM

W.I.T.C.H., 9:00 PM – 10:00 PM

JJUUJJUU, 8:15 PM – 9:45 PM

Paint, 7:30 PM – 8:30 PM


Pearl EarlHotel Vegas (inside)

Pearl Earl

Gus Baldwin & The Sketch



OseesHotel Vegas (outside)

Osees, 9:00 PM – 10:00 PM

Hailing from The O.C. (the name was original ‘Orange County Sound’, then ‘OCS’, then Thee Oh Sees, then Oh Sees – well, you get the idea…), John Dwyer formed the band now known as Osees (QRO photos at a festival) to put out his experimental, instrumental home recordings, but over seven records has morphed into a full band and a wild live show (QRO photos at a festival). Osees come back to Levitation (QRO photos at Levitation ’15) for a third time – to play it four times! (see below)


Tear Dungeon, 7:30 PM – 8:30 PM


Babe RainbowAntone’s

Babe Rainbow, 12:30 AM – 1:30 AM

Sugar Candy Mountain, 11:30 PM – 12:30 AM

70s Tuberide, 10:30 PM – 11:00 PM



Slift, 12:00 AM – 1:30 AM

Megafauna, 10:30 PM – 11:30 PM



Portrayal of Guilt, 12:30 AM – 1:30 AM

Street Sects, 11:30 PM – 12:30 AM

Nuclear Daisies, 10:45 PM – 11:15 PM

Lovelorn, 9:45 PM – 10:15 PM

Heaven, 8:45 PM – 9:15 PM


SuperorganismScoot Inn

Superorganism, 9:00 PM – 10:15 PM

Eight-member London indie-pop outfit Superorganism head to Levitation after 2017’s attention-getting self-titled debut and this year’s follow-up, World Wide Pop.


Blood Cultures, 8:00 PM – 8:30 PM



King Gizzard & The Lizard WizardFRIDAY, OCTOBER 28th


King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard, 9:00 PM – 10:30 PM

They’re only twenty-two albums in, but Australian psych-rock outfit King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard (QRO photos at a festival) have broken out (QRO live review), this year (QRO ’22 photos) putting out Made in Timeland, Omnium Gatherium, Ice, Death, Planets, Lungs, Mushrooms and Lava, Laminated Denim and Changes. They play their third Levitation – playing it twice (see below).


Hooveriii, 7:45 PM – 8:15 PM

Leah Senior, 6:45 PM – 7:15 PM


MuggerMohawk (inside)


End It


Mohawk (outside)

Psychedelic Porn Crumpets

Psychedelic Porn Crumpets, 11:30 PM – 1:00 AM

Acid Dad, 10:30 PM – 11:15 PM

Queen Serene, 9:15 PM – 10:00 PM


The Legendary Pink DotsEmpire

The Legendary Pink Dots, 12:30 AM – 2:00 AM

Hailing from London & Amsterdam, The Legendary Pink Dots have more than forty years of playing avant-psych outside of the mainstream – including more than forty albums!

Godspeed You! Black EmperorGodspeed You! Black Emperor, 11:15 PM – 1:00 AM

Post-rock is littered with seminal acts, but none, none is more important and acclaimed as Godspeed You! Black Emperor (QRO photos at a festival). The Montreal ensemble has done everything from curate numerous All Tomorrow’s Parties festivals around the world (QRO photo at an ATP) to working with the late Grant Hart of Hüsker Dü on Hot Wax (QRO review). They come to Levitation behind last year’s G_d’s Pee at State End!.

Marisa AndersonAlso:

Troller, 10:45 PM – 11:15 PM

Marisa Anderson, 10:15 PM – 10:45 PM

Grivo, 9:30 PM – 10:15 PM


El Combo OscuroHotel Vegas (inside)

Truncha Soul

El Combo Oscuro


OseesHotel Vegas (outside)

Osees, 9:15 PM – 10:15 PM

Warm Drag, 7:45 PM – 8:45 PM




Desire, 12:30 AM – 1:30 AM

Glüme, 11:30 PM – 12:15 AM

Mothermary, 10:30 PM – 11:15 PM

Club Intl, 9:45 PM – 10:15 PM

DJ Johnny Jewel, 8:00 PM – 9:45 PM


Annabelle ChairlegsElysium

Los Dug Dug’s, 12:30 AM – 2:00 AM

The UFO Club, 11:15 PM – 12:15 AM

Annabelle Chairlegs, 10:15 PM – 11:00 PM




Heartless BastardsSATURDAY, OCTOBER 29th


Heartless Bastards, 5:15 PM – 6:15 PM

Erika Wennerstrom’s (QRO photos) Heartless Bastards (QRO live review) emerged from the same post-industrial Ohio Rust Belt blues-rock revival as The Black Keys, who discovered the group (QRO photos at a festival).  However, after 2009’s The Mountain (QRO review), the group (QRO photos) left Black Keys’ Fat Possum label for Partisan for 2012’s Arrow (QRO review), along with playing bigger stages (QRO photos) and festivals (QRO photos at a festival). Wennerstrom (QRO interview) put the band on hiatus after 2015’s Restless Ones (QRO review) to do her own solo career (QRO solo album review), but this year got the group back together (QRO spotlight on) behind last year’s A Beautiful Life (QRO review), and comes to Levitation (QRO photos at an Austin festival) to headline the Saturday afternoon show at Empire.

Alex MaasAlex Maas, 3:45 PM – 4:45 PM

Frontman for Levitation creators The Black Angels (see below), Alex Maas (QRO interview) does his own solo set as well.


Nemegata, 2:45 PM – 3:30 PM

Leah Senior, 1:45 PM – 2:30 PM



OFF!Hotel Vegas (outside)

OFF!, 4:45 PM – 6:00 PM

Los Angeles’ own Keith Morris worked in seminal punk outfits Circle Jerks (QRO live review) & Black Flag and now he’s got a newer outfit in OFF! (QRO photos at a festival – with members of Redd Kross, Rocket From the Crypts & more), but don’t worry – he plays the old classics, too. They come to Levitation (QRO photos at a festival) behind this year’s Free LSD.

...And You Wil Know Us By the Trail of Dead…And You Will Know Us By the Trail of Dead, 3:45 PM – 4:15 PM

Austin’s own indie-rock veterans (QRO photos at an Austin festival) return home to play Levitation (QRO photos at an Austin festival) – right where they belong (QRO photos in Europe). Out with this year’s epic XI: Bleed Here Now (QRO review), Trail of Dead always bring it live (QRO live review), but expect something extra for the hometown fans (QRO photos at an Austin festival).


Fuck Money, 3:45 PM – 3:15 PM


King Gizzard & The Lizard WizardStubb’s

King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard, 10:00 PM – 11:30 PM

Playing for a second time (see above) at Levitation ’22 (QRO photos days before) is King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard.

Tropical Fuck StormTropical Fuck Storm, 8:15 PM – 9:15 PM

More Australian psych-rock comes to Stubb’s in a Tropical Fuck Storm.

The MurlocsThe Murlocs, 7:15 PM – 8:00 PM

Ambrose Kenny-Smith (QRO interview) of King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard (see above) brings his own psychedelic side-project The Murlocs to Levitation.


Death Valley GirlsMohawk (inside)

Mystery Group


Mohawk (outside)

A Giant DogHunx & His Punx, 12:00 AM – 1:00 AM

Death Valley Girls, 10:45 PM – 11:45 PM

A Giant Dog, 9:45 PM – 10:45 PM

The Pink Rings, 9:00 PM – 9:30 PM



Tempers, 1:00 AM – 2:00 AM

She Past Away, 11:45 PM – 1:00 AM

Wingtips, 11:15 PM – 12:00 AM

Sextile, 10:45 PM – 11:30 PM

Traitrs, 10:00 PM – 11:00 PM


Kairos Creature ClubHotel Vegas (inside)

Kairos Creature Club

Wet Dip

Mujeres Podridas


OseesHotel Vegas (outside)

Osees, 10:00 PM – 11:15 PM

Hooveriii, 9:00 PM – 9:45 PM


The WellAntone’s

Meatbodies, 12:45 AM – 1:45 AM

The Well, 11:30 PM – 12:30 AM

Spoon Benders, 10:15 PM – 11:15 PM


Sunflower BeanParish

Sunflower Bean, 11:45 PM – 1:15 AM

Just before COVID wrecked everything, New York’s Sunflower Bean (QRO photos) had been turning critical & popular heads, thanks to records Human Ceremony and Twentytwo in Blue. They come to Levitation (QRO photos at a ’22 Austin festival) behind this year’s Head Full of Sugar.

Ringo DeathstarrRingo Deathstarr, 10:45 PM – 11:30 PM

Though they hail from right in Austin (QRO photos at an Austin festival), Ringo Deathstarr (QRO spotlight on) have found more success in the U.K. (QRO live review in England), to the point of signing to a British label and even adding the ‘u’ to the title of their debut, Colour Trip (QRO review) – but they still find time to play their umpteenth Levitation (QRO photos at Levitation ’21QRO photos at Levitation ’15).


Grandma, 10:00 PM – 10:30 PM

Being Dead, 9:15 PM – 9:45 PM


Neggy GemmyElysium

Bodycruise, 12:00 AM – 2:00 AM

Neggy Gemmy, 11:00 PM – 12:00 AM

Esprit, 10:15 PM – 10:45 PM

Death’s Dynamic Shroud, 9:15 PM – 9:45 PM



The Black AngelsSUNDAY, OCTOBER 30th


The Black Angels, 9:15 PM – 10:15 PM

Austin’s great music scene has many dimensions, but the band that opened up the psychedelic side of the Live Music Capitol of the World is The Black Angels (QRO spotlight on). The group (QRO photos), fronted by Alex Maas (QRO interview), bring the psych-rock of 2013’s Indigo Meadow (QRO review) and 2010’s Phosphene Dream (QRO review) and more back to Austin (QRO photos at a festival), after having toured all over America (QRO live review) & Europe (QRO photos at a European festival), not to being the creators of (and regulars at) Levitation Festival ((QRO photos at Levitation ’21QRO photos at Levitation ’15QRO photos at Austin Psych ’14). They come back to Levitation (QRO photos at an Austin festival) behind this year’s Wilderness of Mirrors.

La FemmeAlso:

La Femme, 7:45 PM – 8:45 PM

Frankie & The Witch Fingers, 6:15 PM – 7:15 PM

Daiistar, 5:15 PM – 6:00 PM


L7Mohawk (outside)

L7, 9:15 PM – 10:15 PM

Riot Grrrl is back, thanks to the return of the likes of Sleater-Kinney, Babes In Toyland, and L7 (QRO ’22 photos), who come to Levitation (QRO photos at a festival) behind 2019’s reunion record Scatter the Rats.

Pleasure VenomAlso:

Pleasure Venom, 8:15 PM – 8:45 PM

Die Spitz, 7:15 PM – 7:45 PM


Cold CaveEmpire

Lucid Express, 11:30 PM – 12:00 AM

Blushing, 10:15 PM – 11:00 PM

Cold Cave, 9:15 PM – 10:15 PM

Temple of Angels, 8:45 PM – 9:15 PM

Soft Kill, 7:45 PM – 8:45 PM

SRSQ, 6:45 PM – 7:15 PM


The Hammer PartyHotel Vegas (inside)

Billy Glinter

Steele FX

The Hammer Party


OseesHotel Vegas (outside)

Osees, 9:15 PM – 10:15 PM

Amplified Heat, 7:45 PM – 8:45 PM


Blood Red ShoesAntone’s

Blood Red Shoes, 10:45 PM – 11:45 PM

Brighton’s given birth to the smashing (and good-looking – QRO photos at a festival) duo Blood Red Shoes (QRO photos at a festival), who come to Levitation (QRO photos at a festival) behind this year’s Ghosts On Tape (QRO review).


MZ Neon, 10:00 PM – 10:30 PM


Moon DuoParish

Moon Duo, 12:00 AM – 1:15 AM

Al Lover, 10:30 PM – 11:30 PM



80s Night, 9:30 PM – 2:00 AM