PSYCHIC ILLSMost music exists to tell a story, share some emotion, or make you want to get your groove on. This is all well and good but what about when you are sitting in a teepee, out in the woods, surrounded by wolves and snow, and the magic vile you took an hour ago is finally kicking in and you're hoping the extraterrestrials you met last night are going to keep their promise and blast you into outer space before your fire burns itself out? What do you put on your iPod then? Psychic Ills that’s what.
New York's, Psychic Ills came on the scene in 2006 with the release of their debut album “Dins” and were immediately heralded as New York's "Best Psych Rock Band" by The Village Voice. In 2009 they released “Mirror Eye” and supported it by touring the US opening for their psych rock idols, and fellow native Texan's, The Butthole Surfers. Their next album, “Hazed Dreams” released in 2011, had them showing off their chops on a new label. Sacred Bones Records, which has released records from similar bands like Crystal Stilts, Blank Dogs, Moon Duo, Woods and Zola Jesus, is an obvious home for this quartet. Their latest creation, “One Track Mind,” was released on February 13th. The single "Might Take a While," which Sacred Bones has already released digitally, has elements of Texas country twang and catchy sing-along vocals un-obfuscating their normal sound. The title track, for which there's a kaleidoscopic video, "One More Time" is even more accessible, making one wonder if this may be the year Psychic Ills brings you and your alien abductee friends back down to earth to dance around the fire and tell stories of the human and non-human experience alike. JEFF KILE
MIKE DONOVAN (SIC ALPS)
Mike Donovan founded Sic Alps in 2004 with Adam Stonehouse of The Hospitals and has since led his constantly evolving band through nearly a decade of melodic highs, challenging noise-world lows, experimental rock twists, hard-folk cliff hangers and lysergic doo-wop poetry successes. Over the course of 5 albums and countless tours, his band has continued to define and inspire the new San Francisco sound along with compatriots Ty Segall and Thee Oh Sees. What sets Donovan and Co. apart, besides the relative length of their teeth, is an experimental and lyrical depth as well as an uncompromising non-commercial stance. Now, with his band reaching ever wider audiences, Donovan is branching out solo. With the help of Eric Park (Yikes, Curse of the Birthmark), Donovan is recording a full length LP which will be released by Drag City later this year.
FOLLAKZOIDFöllakzoid is a two-piece psych rock band from Santiago, Chile who love German Krautrock. After self releasing their first recordings on their own Blow Your Mind Records they got the attention of the label Sacred Bones in New York who released their self titled EP in 2011. Their first full length, entitled “II,” was released this past January and already has critics and fans raving. This is their first US tour, in which they will most likely lull the audience into a trance-like state causing them to disassociate from all constructs of space and time. JEFF KILE
When they said that the classics never go out of style, they were right. But there is something to be said about adding a modern twist to keep things fresh. Portland based quartet Aan are a perfect example of this idea, taking classic pop structure and turning it on its head in a way that is both familiar yet very inventive. From their first EP, “I Could Be the Girl For You,” to the most recent “Amor Ad Nauseum,” Aan’s unique songwriting and keen production find them laying somewhere within the realm of Beck, Modest Mouse and The Flaming Lips. ANDREW POHL