When Austin music festivals come up in conversation most folks want to talk about South by Southwest (SXSW) or Austin City Limits Music Festival and that is expected. But one of our favorite local music festivals is the internationally attended Austin Psych Festival. The festival fits the River City because psych-rock has roots here in the early days of the genre when Roky Erickson and the 13th Floor Elevators released "The Psychedelic Sounds of the 13th Floor Elevators."
Last year Erickson was invited back to the festival to perform. This year may be the best lineup yet for this young festival located just outside downtown at Carson Creek Ranch with bands like hosts The Black Angels, Temples and Mono. We cannot wait to get out the festival and begin discovering the new acts that have been invited.
There are a lot more than five bands we think you should see but in the interest of saving you (and us) time, we listed our top five acts performing at the 2014 APF. If you are attending for the first time prepare to be amazed at the beauty of the location, the chill of the vibe and the great live music curated.
Three-day passes and single day tickets are still available from the Austin Psych Fest box office. Already have your weekend passes? Check out the lineups (plus full schedule) at tomorrow's pre-parties at The Mohawk and Red 7.
Did we miss your favorite band performing? Let us know in the comment section at the bottom of this page.