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Behold the schedule for Austin Psych Fest presents Levitation 2015

Black Angels, Flaming Lips, Roky Erickson by Randy Cremean

The Black Angels, Flaming Lips, Roky Erickson

 

With its move two year ago to the beautiful location of Carson Creek Ranch, Austin Psych Fest has become the jewel in Austin's music festival crown. Though they are rebranding the fest as Levitation, you can expect the same brilliant curatorship of global bands and a friendly, laid-back atmosphere in a bucolic setting. They've just released the daily schedule and we have the highlights for you below. The 8th annual festival will be held May 8-10 and weekend passes, single day passes, camping passes and rentals, and deluxe upgrades are on sale now!

 Friday, May 8 - Tame Impala, Spiritualized. DIIV, METZ, The Sword, Lightning Bolt, The Soft Moon, White Fence, Mini Mansions

Saturday, May 9 - The Jesus & Mary Chain, Primal Scream, Thee Oh Sees, Tamaryn, Health, This Will Destroy You, Ryley Walker, Earth

Sunday, May 10 - Flaming Lips, The 13th Floor Elevators, The Black Angels, Mac Demarco, The GOASST, Fuzz, A Place to Bury Strangers, Fat White Family, Melody's Echo Chamber

See the full schedule below and at AustinPsychFest.com

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Bonnaroo Unveils the 2015 Schedule

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Attention Bonnaroovians, the 2015 schedule has been released! Bonnaroo takes place June 11-14th in Manchester, TN and, as with any great festival, there are some conflicts you'll need to resolve as you plan each day. So. Much. Great. Music!

 

Key Conflicts

Courtney Barnett vs Tove Lo vs Benjamin Booker (Thurs), Alabama Shakes vs Atmosphere vs Kacey Musgraves (Fri), deadmau5 vs Run The Jewels (Fri), My Morning Jacket vs Gary Clark Jr vs Belle & Sebastian (Sat), Slayer vs Superjam (Sat), Robert Plant vs Caribou (Sun), Spoon vs Sturgill Simpson vs The Very Best vs MØ (Sun), Shakey Graves vs Pokey Lafarge (Sun)

 

Thursday

The opening day of Bonnaroo has grown into a mini-festival of hot young bands. If you aren't exhausted by the end of the night, you're doing it wrong. Performers include Jungle, Gramatik, Mac DeMarco, Benjamin Booker, Tove Lo, Courtney Barnett, Glass Animals, Houndmouth, The Growlers, Temples, Iceage, Ryn Weaver, Strand of Oaks, Unlocking The Truth, Rubblebucket and Broncho

 

Friday

Kendrick Lamar headlines and there's a special late night set on The What Stage by deadmau5. The day starts off with The Districts and Brownout Presents Brown Sabbath, two rock shows you should prioritize on your schedule. Other highlights of the day include Royal Blood, Elle King, Unkown Mortal Orchestra, Against Me!, Alabama Shakes, Tears for Fears and Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals. At night, you've got Run the Jewels, Earth Wind & Fire, STS9 and Flying Lotus.


Saturday

Mumford & Sons headline an absolutely stacked day. Late night sets include Bassnectar, Slayer, D'Angelo, and the Superjam. During the day you've got Childish Gambino, My Morning Jacket, Belle & Sebastian, Gary Clark Jr, Jamie XX, Bleachers, The War On Drugs, Hozier, Rhiannon Giddens, Catfish & The Bottlemen and Songhoy Blues.


Sunday

The Piano Man, Billy Joel, will close out the festival. Another legend, Robert Plant, will close down The Which Stage with his Sensational Space Shifters. Highlights include Florence + The Machine, Punch Brothers, Freddie Gibbs & Madlib, Spoon, Sturgill Simpson, The Very Best, MØ, Shabazz Palaces, The Wind and The Wave, Betty Who, Madisen Ward and The Mama Bear, Shakey Graves and Pokey Lafarge.

Watch Royal Blood perform "Figure It Out" on Conan

It's going to be a huge year for UK rock duo Royal Blood. In the midst of their North American tour, they stopped by Conan to perform "Figure It Out". Soon, they'll be opening multiple dates for Foo Fighters, including two sold out shows at legendary Wembley Stadium. Festival appearances include Coachella, Sasquatch, Governor's Ball, Bonnaroo, Reading, Leeds and Rock In Rio. Watch them tear Conan a new one below.


Longtime KLRU executive and ACL Hall of Fame inductee Bill Arhos dies

 Bill Arhos

 November 3, 1934 – April 11, 2015


Austin, TX -­‐-­‐   KLRU-­‐TV, Austin PBS and the family of Bill Arhos are sad to announce the passing of the longtime station executive, who most regard as the father of Austin City Limits. Arhos died Saturday, April 11th, at the age of 80. His life’s work was devoted to KLRU, public media and music. He served in many positions during his nearly 40-­‐year career at KLRU, joining in 1961 to help launch the public television station. Over the years, Arhos served as Producer, Program Director, Vice President of Programming, Executive Producer of Austin City Limits (1975-­‐1999), and President/General Manager from 1986 until his retirement in 1999. He also served on the boards of PBS and the Country Music Association. Arhos was a proud graduate of Rice University, graduating in 1957. Rice honored Arhos in 2007 with the Association of Rice Alumni's Distinguished Alumni Award.
 
Arhos will always be remembered best for his vision and passion that drove Austin City Limits to become the longest-­‐running music series in American television history.  In 1974, KLRU (then KLRN) hatched the idea to create a music performance show. The pilot was shot on October 14, 1974, starring up and coming singer-­‐songwriter Willie Nelson and the rest is history.

 
“I’ve never met anyone like Bill Arhos,” says ACL Executive Producer and longtime colleague Terry Lickona. “He was a real character, known and loved not just in Austin but throughout the PBS system. The idea for Austin City Limits was not just his alone, but he brought it to life, and he kept the show going and growing through some difficult times. Whether they know it or not, millions of music fans, artists and PBS viewers owe a debt to him for his enormous contribution to what’s become a cultural institution.”
 
Called the "spirit" of the show, Arhos was inducted into the Austin City Limits Inaugural Hall of Fame last year, honored for his vision, passion and dedication. In accepting the award Arhos’ trademark wit was evident when he said: “It’s a little intimidating to be in a class of the first inductees, and three of the four have bronze statues around town.”
 
KLRU’s current general manager Bill Stotesbery says, "Bill Arhos was a legend in public media, respected for his creativity, energy, and persistence. From day one, he dedicated himself to building a station that was a national leader in production, and he set a standard that others seek to achieve.  He will be missed greatly.”


Arhos will be buried in a private ceremony at the Texas State Cemetery alongside other Texaslegends. Details about his service and a celebration of his life will be forthcoming. The family requests donations to the Bill Arhos Fund at KLRU in lieu of flowers.

 

Austin City Limits Hall of Fame 2014: Bill Arhos from Austin City Limits on Vimeo.