The sixth Austin Psych Fest was last weekend at a new location, Carson Creek Ranch, a 58-acre site near the Mueller airport. The diversity of musical expression from more than 60 bands across the three stages and three days proved that the definition of psychedelic music is open to interpretation.
Things were off to a tremendous start Friday evening with Brooklyn-based Vietnam. Their last album was released seven years ago and the band seemed to be gone for good. As it turns out, they’ve released a new album (curiously titled “An A.Merican D.ream”) and Psych Fest was just one stop on a month-long tour. Founding member Michael Gerner assembled a new lineup that includes a few bandmates who were in previous incarnations of the band. By the time they closed their set with 2007’s “Welcome To My Room,” they sounded like a well-rehearsed machine.
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