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The Black Angels

The sultry neo-psychedelic sound of the Black Angels came together in spring 2004. Hailing from Austin, Texas, they initially comprised Stephanie Bailey (drums), Christian Bland (guitar), Alex Maas (vocals), Jennifer Raines (organ), and Nathan Ryan (bass), and took their name from a Velvet Underground classic, "The Black Angel's Death Song." The band's self-titled debut EP was released in late 2005. After a string of North American dates in winter 2006, they readied themselves for a performance at the annual South by Southwest Music Conference in March. Their first couple of full-length albums -- April 2006's Passover and April 2008's Directions to See a Ghost -- were both, in the main, recorded at Erik Wofford's Austin, Texas-based Cacophony Recorders, a studio also used by other local and notable indie rock acts such as White Denim and Voxtrot. By the time the second record was issued, Raines had been replaced by multi-instrumentalist Kyle Hunt and the Black Angels were beginning to create a name for themselves on the live circuit among fans of '60s-inspired psych rock.

In late 2008, they performed as the backing band for former 13th Floor Elevators frontman Roky Erickson on a series of dates across the West Coast of the U.S. Next, in 2010, they recorded a couple of collaborative tracks with Unkle, one of which -- "With You in My Head" -- appeared on the soundtrack to that summer's multi-million-grossing The Twilight Saga: Eclipse. This large-scale exposure led to their third album, September 2010's Phosphene Dream, becoming something of a breakthrough record when it hit the Top 50 of the Billboard chart immediately following its release. Its companion piece, the Phosgene Nightmare EP, arrived in 2011, and in 2012, following Ryan's departure, Rishi Dhir of Elephant Stone became an auxiliary bandmember, filling in on guitar and occasionally bolstering their live sound with sitar. Released in 2013, Indigo Meadow was produced and mixed by Grammy-nominated fellow Texan John Congleton, and that release was soon followed by its own companion EP, April 2014's Clear Lake Forest. ~ MacKenzie Wilson & James Wilkinson
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Hmm, reminds me of Neil Young
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for anyone who likes this band , you should check out the Disco Biscuits .
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aliski2000
A lot of songs used in that Kevin Bacon movie revenge flick. Forgot the name. Great band
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Singer reminds me of Robert Plant.
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Hey Rock!
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Go Texas rockers!!!
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Never heard this group before. I dig it!
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My buddy just showed me this song, he listens to rap and hip hop mostly. But when he showed me this I was like, YEAH!!!
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Wow.
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super kool
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Love em! Hope they come to denver soon !!
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I will say it again we came from the STARS . We or Children Of The Stars. Nothing Else. Charles Joseph.
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I Like Grovie
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Great Sound & Beat. Black Angels
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To see and hear more bands like this check out the Austin psych fest ,great bands playing this year ......like the masters ...the Jesus and Marychain, black angels and other great bands,check it out ya'll won't disappointed
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Black angels ,making the lone star state proud
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Great trio of albums, those first three were, eh???
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Un Gutten
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Kdb..I think it all comes back to Dylan and the V.U.
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exquisite_so l a c e
Awesome band; Clear Lake Forest needs to be on here.
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audreyc19738
Oh my this band is amazing, the the singer sounds similar to Jim Morrison. Love this sound.
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Love The Flow of This Jam.
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Great sound. I do have trouble with the need to find similarities to other bands like the doors. I am not a doors fan but like this, there is plenty of music to go around and not that hard to hit the thumbs up/down. I'm just grateful Pandora exists. No more commercial radio for me with brain dead DJ's with an over inflated sense of greatness, music speaks for itself.
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Wicked, where do I catch them live?
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spensoid
Dig!
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All comes back to Hawkwind really
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Why isn't this band more popular?
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veronicawarr e n 2 0
crunch not saying the elevators came from that time frame more the angels are best in 20
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kduclos
unbelievable , I just saw them in Chicago.
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sounds ALOT like the doors
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@ ccorona2008 - dang it!!! missed that... perfect venue for this stellar band
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Thanks to Pandora I now have a station labeled Neo-Psychede l i a . I also have Passover and Phosphene Dream.
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The 13th Floor Elevators were a garage band from the sixties, silly.
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veronicawarr e n 2 0
next too the 13th floor elevators and surfers as best band out of texas and by far the best in over 20 years
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Dont do it...
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agnamemnon
More Gracy Slick then Jimbo i think. either way they rule
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The Black Keys? Really Pandora? They have about as much in common with The Black Angels as Miley Cyrus does with Megadeth. Oh wait, they both have Black in their names! Good call Pandora!
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ccorona2008
Saw them at Pappy's and Harriet's last week out in Twenty Nine Palms. AWESOME!!
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Sniper at The Gates of Heaven.
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@jasonduran3 3

Black Keys bug me big time. I think we've had enough smart a** white guys pilfering the blues for the aeon.
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Excellent sound, a new band to me. The Black Angles come up on my Jesus and Mary Chain station, no Black Keys yet.
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I hear it, dstauss. First thing I thought of.
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NOT like the Black Keys. I really wish Pandora would stop playing Black Keys/Dan Auerbach on EVERY SINGLE ONE OF MY STATIONS.
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Don't Play With Guns is their best song ever. So catchy. Love me that one. Fine job. NOW LET'S DANCE, KIND OF.
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Don't play with guns....
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Oh I didn't know they were from here!!! Just saw them at Austin Psych Fest yesterday. Fantastic show. :)
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Why are they not playing songs off their new album, Indigo Meadow?
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lizcallie9
Really like Manipulation . I don't think that they are like the Black Keys really, aside from having similar names. The Black Angels are so much better in my opinion
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WOW!!! This guy sounds SO much like Jim Morrison!!! Love it!!!
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