Bonnaroo Spotlight: The Black Angels

This week we will be highlighting The Black Angels, a psychedelic rock group hailing from the indie mecca Austin, Texas. Last week brought the announcement that is almost as big as the initial lineup posting: the bands who will be playing late night. Bonnaroo late night is what makes Bonnaroo Bonnaroo. Bands slated to play late night are given the freedom to play as late (or early, depending on how you look at it) as they feel, with most bands taking full advantage of the curfew-free farm and playing upwards of 3 hour sets.

At first, this years late night seemed to be lacking something (glaringly, the absence of My Morning Jacket). Artists included Lil’ Wayne, String Cheese Incident, Dr. John, Girl Talk and more. One band I had never heard and caught my eye was the Black Angels. All it took was a few youtube listens of some of their songs and I realized Bonnaroo made a good choice in this late night pick. The Black Angels combine a trance rock/stoner rock feel that could be the ideal way to close out a long day in the hot Tennessee sun. The band has released three full length discs since 2006 and has been garnering more and more critical praise with each release. Check out a few of my favorites so far below.

“Better Off Alone” off of 2006’s Passover

“Bad Vibrations” off of 2010’s Phosphene Dream


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