Austin Psych Fest 2013 Highlights: Get Naked and Jam to a Car Alarm

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Photo by Tracie Louck
Editor: Austin Psych Fest brought the weirdos to the state capital this weekend for sets by big legends like The Moving Sidewalks and small ones like Silver Apples. DC9 at Night writer Jesse Hughey and photographer Tracie Louck were there to brave the mud and reverb to bring you these dispatches.

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The sun setting over the Saharan desert music of Tinariwen marked for me the first moment that Austin Psych Fest truly felt like we were somewhere else completely. Tie-dyed kids, a guy in a curious mirror-and-disco-ball-bedazzled pink getup and the usual festival dirtbags in black concert tees swayed and spun to the hypnotic Malian African blues unwinding from the band's hand drums and acoustic guitars. Before that, Besnard Lakes and Vietnam had both built up the kind of droning reverberating rhythmic grooves that set the mood for getting a good buzz on in beautiful Texas weather. Now we were transported miles away.

Photo by Tracie Louck
Super-hip Dallas couple Nathan and Erin Johnson shared their festival survival tips. "Because cell reception is terrible at festivals and everyone is trying to check the schedule, go to the schedule on your phone before it starts and get a screen capture of it so you don't have to connect every time you want to look at it," Nathan said. Erin suggested a big handbag that can hold the layers you shed or put back on as it warms or cools and hand sanitizer. "If you're there with someone who's just obsessed with music, don't argue with them about the schedule," she says. "Just go along with them."
Photo by Tracie Louck
Warpaint's swirling intricate guitar melodies building up into long instrumental breaks ushered in the dark. Pretty music, pretty girls playing it. A perfect festival night. After that, it alternated between the Raveonettes' funky, fun, horny rock 'n' roll, the chugging, ponderous rumbling of OM and Black Rebel Motorcycle Club's set that was as hot as black leather in a stuffy garage.

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