For months now, I have been babbling like a STONE COLD LUNATIC to anyone who will listen to me about HOW VERY STOKED I AM to be going to Austin Psych Fest this year! For anyone who loves garage, punk, and psychedelic music, new and old, this festival is absolutely not to be missed -- the lineup is so unbelievably packed with amazing bands, I may get there and run in circles foaming at the mouth at so much greatness in one place! It's a dream gathering for me as both a music fan and music photographer, and I promise that I will be working my ass off this week to get you the best coverage I can. But I really want YOU to GO, too! If you have any way to get there, you will be amply rewarded with a beautiful new fest site at the gorgeous Carson Creek Ranch (only five minutes from Austin's Bergstrom International Airport), and mind-blowing performances. LOOK at this stack of talent!!!

I  mean, are you KIDDING ME??? A reunion of the legendary '60s Texas garage psych band The Moving Sidewalks (with ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons)? Roky Erickson from the equally-kickass 13th Floor Elevators? My MEGA-FAVES Black Rebel Motorcycle Club and Deerhunter and White Fence, all with brand-new albums out?? King Khan and the BBQ Show?? The Black Angels? Night Beats and The Black Ryder and Warpaint??  COME ON!!! If the entire weekend were these bands alone, it would be more that worth every penny, but there are SO SO many more that I CANNOT DEAL!!! AIEEE!

Austin Psych Fest 2013 Lineup Teaser

I am excited. Oh, yes. YES I AM.

The nice folks ar The Reverberation Appreciation Society are working day and night to make sure your APF experience is the bestest ever, and almost everything you would ever need to know about coming to the festival can be found by clicking RIGHT HERE. Single-day tickets are $60, and the whole groovy 3-Day Weekend Pass is $150. Weekend Pass holders also get FREE entry to two superb kick-off parties this Thursday (April 25) at Mohawk and Red 7 in Austin, with EVEN MORE sonic goodness from A Place to Bury Strangers, METZ, Rain Parade, the Allah-La's, and many more! WOW!

To entice you even more, here are a couple of sweet APF 2013 mixtapes. DIG IT!

Al Lover APF 2013 mixtape (download this!!)

Sonic Boom APF 2013 mixtape

So come on down to the ranch for Austin Psych Fest and groove with some great bands and great people; seriously, it's going to be just the best. And come say hi to me -- I'll be the red-headed mom-looking type with glasses wearing a dual-camera vest and running in circles foaming at the mouth, happy as can be!