What to expect at Levitation: Neo-psychedelic, angsty rock, experimental pop

The end of the semester is approaching, and finals are creeping up on us. Papers that need to be written are starting to pile up while most of us are barely surviving on our last drops of motivation.

So what’s a better way to kick off finals week than with a psychedelic music festival?

Formerly known as Austin Psych Fest, Levitation has called Austin home since 2008 and has gained attention on an international level (like every other Austin music festival).

What makes this festival stand out a little more than the rest is the fact that its founder, The Reverberation Appreciation Society, has founded levitation fests all around the globe. A record label that started in 2010, the society also sponsors psychedelic music festivals in France, Chicago and Vancouver.

This year’s three day festival is packed with bands from all around the world and from different generations. Not only is Beach Boys’ founder Brian Wilson making a comeback, but other obscure artists are coming to Austin this weekend to perform.

Caribou: Sunday at 9:40 p.m.

Dan Snaith, also known as Caribou, is a one man band performing dreamy pop tunes since the early-2000s. He was considered one of the brightest musical talents to emerge at the beginning of the century when he was known as Manitoba. With the assistance of complex video projections playing on large screens while he performs, his shoegazing and neo-psychedelic show is bound to be an experience.

Twin peaks: Friday at 5:35 p.m.

A Chicago-based dirty garage band, Twin Peaks is that loud angsty type of sh*t that will cause anyone to reminisce of when rock was really, truly rock. Inspired by The Strokes, The Stooges and of course The Rolling Stones, the sloppy fuzz-soaked five member group is definitely a different take on this generation’s boy band. This ‘60s garage rock and 2010 garbage punk mashup is destined to make your ears hurt and your head bob.

Animal Collective: Saturday at 11:30 p.m.

The Baltimore-native experimental pop band has gained a lot of attention in recent years through their genre-hopping journey and studio experimentations. Not only does their music toe the fine line between happy trippy and bad trippy, but the band member names are also trippy, as if their tunes weren’t already psychedelic enough. Influenced by horror film tracks, barber shop music and vocal harmonies, this freak-folk noise-rock group is often compared to the Beach Boys, Brian Wilson in particular.

Flying Lotus: Friday at 11:45 p.m.

Formerly one of the musicians for Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim, Flying Lotus’ career has grown much bigger than simply making trippy commercial music that plays between Robot Chicken and Aqua Teen Hunger Force. Now an experimental electronic music producer, DJ and rapper, Flying Lotus has now created an alternate persona and plays with alternative hip hop and psychedelic music. His rapper personality, Captain Murphy, has collaborated with rappers like Tyler, the Creator and Earl Sweatshirt.

King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard: Sunday at 4:30 p.m.

This Australian psychedelic rock band seems to be following the footsteps of Tame Impala in their journey across the ocean and into the town of cowboys and tie-dye. Influenced by 1960s surf music, garage rock and psychedelic rock, this band also plays with qualities from folk, jazz, krautrock and even heavy metal. This band is pretty new, with their first official album being released the Friday of the festival, but their name is pretty unforgettable.

The festival is April 29-May 1 at Carson Creek Ranch. With food vendors like Jo’s, Whole Foods Catering Services, Juiceland and Burro Cheese Kitchen and locations for tents and RV lots, tickets start at $75. The festival’s kick-off shows start on Thursday night at The Mohawk, Barracuda and Empire Control Room.