SXSW Staff Picks: Austin Psych Fest 2014 (Part 1)

Written by Rory Burbeck | April 25, 2014
Austin Psych Fest 2014

The music staff here at SXSW HQ is totally psyched for Austin Psych Fest next weekend. Bad puns aside, our buddies who organize Austin Psych Fest have really put together an incredible lineup this year with some of the best psychedelic and garage rock bands in the world, new and old.

Over the next week, a few of our staff members will be giving their take on this year’s festival and the bands they’re looking forward to seeing. I’m getting the ball rolling today with my Austin Psych Fest 2014 picks.

The War on Drugs (Sunday 5/4, Reverberation Stage)
Cool indie psych-rock band from Philly. Really dig their new album, Lost in the Dream. Perfect for those of you looking for some chill, laid-back vibes, man.

Unknown Mortal Orchestra (Saturday 5/3, Reverberation Stage)
I was hooked on these guys from the moment I heard their II album last year. Even though the mystery surrounding UMO was uncovered a few years ago, I’m still very much looking forward to seeing them live for the first time.

Temples (Saturday 5/3, Reverberation Stage)
Defintely one of my top discoveries from the SXSW 2014 Music Festival. Their debut album, Sun Structures, is just so groovy!

Mikal Cronin (Sunday 5/4, Reverberation Stage)
By now you’ve probably figured out where I’ll be spending the majority of my Pysch Fest (hint: see the parentheses), but Mikal Cronin - who has often collaborated with Ty Segall - produces some of the best garage rock out there today.

The Asteroid #4 (Thursday 5/1, Red 7)
Okay, okay - so Philadelphia psychedelic/folk outfit The Asteroid #4 aren’t technically playing at the festival itself, but they are performing at the Austin Psych Fest opening party at Red 7 on Thursday, May 1. I discovered these guys while I was a music reviewer at KTSW-FM 89.9 in San Marcos, Texas. Their 2011 album Hail to the Clear Figurines found its way to me and I’ve been a fan ever since.

Image courtesy of Austin Psych Fest & The Reverberation Appreciation Society