When: Fri., Aug. 10, 9 p.m. 2012
Despite what some music writers may have you believe about “this psychedelic garage-rock revival we’ve all been sitting through for the past decade-and-a-half or so” (to quote, ahem, myself in our July 26 issue), good psychedelic rock music didn’t die in 1970 only to have its corpse exhumed by stinky, waifish hipsters 13 years ago. Every decade has seen a resurgence in trippy, grooved-out rock ’n’ roll music, much of it quite good — whether it was Echo and the Bunnymen and The Soft Boys in the ’80s or The Brian Jonestown Massacre and most of the Elephant 6 groups in the ’90s. So yes, you could say that outfits like the fuzzy, grimy psych warriors The Black Angels — with their songs named things like “The First Vietnamese War,” “Winter ’68” and “Bad Vibrations” and their clear devotion to The Velvet Underground (even their name is a Velvets reference) — are merely the next in a long line of psychedelic torchbearers that may very well stretch until the end of time. Or at least until we run out of drugs. As far as openers go, you really couldn’t find a finer neo-psych band than Night Beats. Their 2011 eponymous full-length debut was one of the best of the year. Throw into that psychedelic salad the sounds of far-out local up-and-comers The Paperhead, and you’ve got yourself a mind-expanding rock ’n’ roll show.