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This past weekend, the Carson Creek Ranch in Austin, Texas was host to Austin Psych Fest - an event that brought together a wide range of musicians that fell under the "psychedelic" genre. For three days, we were treated to great music in great weather and (the cherry on top) swoon-worthy gear.
Frontman Rishi Dhir of Elephant Stone plays a Rickenbacker bass during the Thursday pre-party at the Mohawk. The band treated a full crowd to songs off of their upcoming album.
Friday night, the crowd packed around the main stage for the '60s infused sound of The Dandy Warhols. Above, drummer Brent DeBoer is pictured playing Dandies hits such as "Ride" and "Bohemian Like You" on his Black Oyster Pearl Ludwig kit. The following night, Joshua of The Horrors took to the Reverberation Stage with his Fender Electric XII.
Quilt, a three piece outfit from Boston, took the stage on a sunny Friday afternoon. The band performed songs "Tie Up The Tides" and "Arctic Shark" off their most recent album, with Shane Butler on his white Fender Stratocaster. Playing on the Reverberation Stage shortly after, Shannon of Shannon and the Clams plucked a Danelectro Shorthorn Bass in Green Sparkle.
Lorelle of Lorelle Meets The Obsolote played a Sonic Blue Fender Cyclone in Austin Psych Fest's Levitation Tent. Across the festival grounds, Derek See of Joel Gion & the Primary Colors played a Gretsch 6123 Monkees Rock 'N Roll Model from the late '60s on the Elevation Stage near the river.
As expected, this festival was filled with amazing music and equally amazing gear. Each new performance brought with it a new set of instruments to geek out over, even a few Souldier straps and Earthquaker pedals made their way onto the stages. Austin Psych Fest keeps getting bigger and better with each passing year, and we were happy to experience all the psych rock (and gear) goodness 2014's had to offer.
Photos by Dan Jarvis.
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