Words by Josh Fernandez
LEVITATION (formerly Austin Psych Fest) is back for its 9th year this weekend! Taking place at Carson Creek Ranch, the festival will will host 60+ bands and artists, bringing together a wide array of fans.
This will be my first time attending the festival and I am very excited to be going. My overall preference in genre is focused around hip-hop and alternative r&b, but I definitely enjoy some different sounds, and LEVITATION will be delivering some spectacular different sounds.
Friday, directly following my classes, I will more than likely be spending my day at the Levitation Tent. From here I am most looking forward to catch sets from Shabazz Palaces, Nicolas Jaar, and Flying Lotus! I was able to see Flying Lotus once before at FunFunFunFest in November of 2014, directly following his October release of You’re Dead. His set was amazing and he had the Layer 3 setup which created phenomenal visuals. I look forward to seeing any updates in material, visuals, and possibly viewing his hypercube set up.
Though I’m not sure where I will be during the day on Saturday, you can catch me checking out the later acts at the Reverberation Stage. I will be looking forward to hearing Courtney Barnett play some tracks from Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit (amazing album name), as well as the man, Brian Wilson, performing Pet Sounds(!!).
Sunday will be an iffy day for me. With two finals on Monday, my LEVITATION experience may have to end early to allocate some study time. (We will see if that really happens though) If everything goes as planned I will be watching Chicano Batman, who headlined the End of the Year Party for St. Edward’s University, at the Levitation Tent. Sidenote: their last full length album, Cycles of Existential Rhyme, was an amazing record that got me hooked immediately, and it was pretty awesome to have them play some songs on our campus. Then, really pushing it, if I stay for the close, I will have to decide between Melody’s Echo Chamber and Caribou, though I may be leaning more towards the latter.
This is just a tentative plan for the weekend, and as we all know, plans fall through sometimes. I’ll be back to let you all know what truly ends up happening. Until then, stay sweet.