The Black Angels’ tag-team with Roky
Erickson for something called the Winter Psych Storm Tour is almost too
obvious. The five-piece Psych Rock crew has long adored the era in which
Erickson was a trailblazing figure with The 13th Floor Elevators.
With Newgrass heroes Yonder Mountain String Band’s mandolinist Jeff Austin sitting out the band’s current tour due to his brand-new baby, two members of ace Bluegrass crew Del McCoury Band will be filling in for the proud papa.
The B.E.A.T. cites musical influences
like Indie Rock bands Minus the Bear and Battles, while the smart, imaginative lyrics
and flow of MC B.East were inspired by above-the-fray MCs like Nas, Lupe
Fiasco and MF Doom. Together, the sound of The B.E.A.T. is like no other
in Hip Hop.
“A long strange trip” hardly seems an
adequate description for the circuitous roller coaster that has defined
the history of Panic! at the Disco, the second biggest band to emerge
from the monochromatic Las Vegas music scene.
Inspired by a Hank Williams tune he heard in a Pepsi commercial, Moot Davis fell in love with traditional Country and Honky Tonk, ultimately mastering the styles and embarking on a solid career playing his version of them.