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Levitation adds Flaming Lips, Mercury Rev, Flipper, more to November psych fest

Staff Writer
Austin 360
The Flaming Lips lead a solid roster of new additions to the Levitation 2019 lineup. [Scott Moore/Austin360]

Levitation, the Black Angels-affiliated psychedelic music festival, has dropped a very solid second round of artists for their fall festival in the Red River Cultural District. The lineup additions include art-rock weirdos, the Flaming Lips, '90s indie rockers Mercury Rev and Tobacco, the electronic music solo project from Black Moth Super Rainbow front man, Thomas Fec. Canadian artist Robert Alfons' electronic music project TR/ST, Flipper with David Yow,David J of Bauhaus and Love and Rockets and noise rockers Cherubs are also among the 40 new artists joining the festival's roster.

They join John Cale, Kurt Vile & the Violators, Angel Olsen, Devendra Banhart, Dinosaur Jr., Black Moth Super Rainbow and host band, the Black Angels on a stacked bill that celebrates the best in experimental music.

Levitation is set to take place Nov. 7-10. After taking a year off in 2017, following a disastrous last-minute, weather cancellation in 2016, the festival returned last year, re-imagined as a series of club shows in the Red River Cultural District.

Though the festival's former home at Carson Creek Lounge was idyllic on its good days, festival co-founder Rob Fitzpatrick saw advantages to moving the festival to the clubs. “These turn-key venues that do live music basically year round, 365 days of the year, they have real bathrooms, great staff, sound. Everything already exists,” he told the Statesman last year. He described the festival's new setup, with each show individually ticketed, as a "choose your own adventure" format.

Tickets to the festival are available now.


Thursday, November 7

Angel Olsen * Devendra Banhart * High on Fire * Power Trip * Tr/st * Kikagaku Moyo * Black Marble * Pink Mountaintops * Jonathan Bree * Ryley Walker * Holy Wave * Stonefield * Vagabon * Jjuujjuu * Devil Master * Minami Deutsch * Automatic * Troller * Hoover Iii * Creeping Death

 Friday, November 8

The Flaming Lips * Mercury Rev * Black Mountain * Deafheaven * Kikagaku Moyo * Russian Circles * Broncho * David J (Bauhaus + Love & Rockets) * Brutus * Death Valley Girls * Frankie & the Witch Fingers * Crocodiles * Emma Ruth Rundle * Elephant Stone * Holy Wave * Stonefield * Lingua Ignota * Jaye Jayle * Mint Field * Curse Mackey * Rosegarden Funeral Party * Sine

Saturday, November 9

John Cale * the Black Angels * Chelsea Wolfe * Allah Las * Red Fang * Tobacco * Beak > * Flipper With David Yow * White Fence * Torche * Windhand * Acid King * the Coathangers * Night Beats * Chrome * Cherubs * Deantoni Parks * Guerilla Toss * Cosmonauts * Monolord * Danava * Frankie & the Witch Fingers * Habibi * Here Lies Man * Ioanna Gika * Moonwalks * Al Lover * Maston * Richard Rose * Zig Zags * Warish * Blackwater Holylight * Richard Vain

Sunday, November 10

Kurt Vile & the Violators * Dinosaur Jr * Black Moth Super Rainbow * A Place to Bury Strangers * the Kvb * Lala Lala * Christian Bland & the Revelators * Ringo Deathstarr * Dallas Acid * * the Black Drumset