Kanrocksas Preview: The Black Angels

**This is the fifth post featuring some of the non-headlining acts performing at Kanrocksas this weekend.**
The Black Angels is a psychedelic rock band that formed in 2004 in Austin, Texas. They get their name from The Velvet Underground’s song “The Black Angel’s Death Song.” Other than The Velvet Underground, their list of musical influences include The Doors and Pink Floyd.

Their third album, Phosphene Dream, was released to good reviews and debuted at #50 on the Billboard Top 200 chart in September 2010. Pitchfork said it was “a step up” from the first two albums. It seems as if the band is perfecting its 60’s-style sounds. In shows this year, they’ve actually walked out on stage to the Beach Boys’ “Good Vibrations” and opened with their own song called “Bad Vibrations.” They obviously like to pay homage and put their own spin on the generation of music they love.

Here’s a live version of “Bad Vibrations” and the video for “Haunting at 1300 McKinley.”

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