Doom And Distortion With The Black Angels

Austin psych-rockers the Black Angels brought their brand of 60s-inspired tunes to the Bud Light stage Friday afternoon at Lollapalooza, turning in a tight 45-minute set in front of a sun-dazed crowd.

Undoubtedly, the Angels added to that daze, though, as frontman Alex Maas’ dream-scape vocals and Stephanie Bailey’s unrelenting stoned-out drumbeats can transport anyone onto the set of The Doors.

The band played songs from their entire catalog, each offering more doom and destruction than the last.

The highlight might have been the closer, with bassist Rishi Dhir manning a sitar for “Dee-Ree-Shee” off 2008’s Directions to See a Ghost.

The ghostly twang of the ancient instrument was mysterious, but also something you couldn’t keep your eyes or ears off of.


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