The Black Angels
Death Song is the first full-length release in four years from The Black Angels - Austin's five-piece psych rock masters - and their debut for Partisan Records.Written and recorded in large part during the recent election cycle, the music on Death Song serves as part protest, part emotional catharsis in a climate dominated by division, anxiety and unease. "Currency," a strong contender for the heaviest song the band has ever put to wax, meditates on the governing role the monetary system plays in our lives, while slow-building psychedelic earworm "Half Believing" questions the nature and confusing realities of devotion.Recorded between Seattle and Austin, Death Song features production from Phil Ek (Father John Misty, Fleet Foxes, The Shins). The 11-track collection offers a sharply honed elaboration on their signature sound - menacing fuzz guitar and cutting wordplay, steeped in a murky hallucinatory dream.The band will tour extensively behind Death Song, including a headline set at one of the first-ever shows at new NYC venue Brooklyn Steel on May 2nd. Full itinerary below for "The Death March Tour", which begins in Nashville. The band will be supported by A Place to Bury Strangers.Since forming in Austin in 2004, The Black Angels have become standard-bearers for modern psych-rock, and the New York Times has said they "play psychedelic rock as if the 1960s never ended, and they are absolute masters of it". The band has toured with Queens of the Stone Age, Brian Jonestown Massacre, the Black Keys + more, and played festivals such as Glastonbury, Fuji Rock, Primavera, Harvest Fest, Coachella and Bonnaroo. Two of the band members co-founded Levitation Festival (formerly Austin Psych Fest) in 2008, which has since grown into one of the best-reviewed and expertly-curated festivals in the country (returning in 2018).
The Dandy Warhols
Formed in Portland, Oregon, the Dandy Warhols released their first full-length album, Dandy's Rule OK?, in 1995, a unique mix of quirky pop, power guitar and clever lyrics. The group attained more widespread success, especially in Europe, with the release of their second album, Dandy Warhols Come Down, featuring the popular single "Not if You Were the Last Junkie on Earth." With a new drummer onboard, the group released their third album, Thirteen Tales from Urban Bohemia, to much acclaim in 2000. The track "Bohemian Like You" became a favorite among indie rock listeners and appeared on numerous film and television soundtracks, including Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Six Feet Under. 2003 saw the release of the group's fourth album, Welcome to the Monkey House, co-produced by Nick Rhodes of Duran Duran. The synth-heavy, new wave-influenced album was conceived as a tribute to Kurt Vonnegut Jr.'s short story collection of the same name. The group returned to more guitar-driven songs with Odditorium or Warlords of Mars, released in 2005.