Austin Psych Fest 2023 Playlist

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By Maddy Lehr
Music Journalist

Austin Psych Fest debuted in 2008 before its name changed to “Levitation” in 2015. Since then, Levitation has taken over the psych rock scene in Austin. For the first time in eight years, Austin Psych Fest was resurrected this past April. The iconic festival did not disappoint, showcasing artists such as Melody’s Echo Chamber and Austin’s own, The Black Angels.

The picture shows a member of Los Bitchos playing guitar on stage. They are surrounding by smoke from the smoke machine.
Los Bitchos performs at Austin Psych Fest | Image Credit: Maddy Lehr

I have curated a playlist consisting of some of my favorite artists featured in this year’s festival. I recommend listening and looking out for Levitation this fall, 2023!

Being Dead

Starting off with some local Austin bands, I added a few songs by Being Dead. As one of my favorite local bands, I bear to exclude them from this playlist. If ever given the chance to see them live, do it! They are extremely high-energy and make silly songs that never disappoint.

“Apostles’ Prom” – Being Dead

“Underworld” – Being Dead

“Hot Car” – Being Dead

Annabelle Chairlegs

Another local Austin band, Annabelle Chairlegs, is the epitome of Austin psych. Vocalist, Lindsey Mackin, has a strong, powerful voice that encapsulates listeners. They are often seen playing Levitation and for good reason. Listen to Annabelle Chairlegs if you like upbeat indie pop and psych rock!

“Candy Apple Red” – Annabelle Chairlegs

“Tolls (To See Me)” – Annabelle Chairlegs

“Pipeline” – Annabelle Chairlegs


Automatic, an all-female rock band from Los Angeles, played Levitation 2022, as well as Austin Psych Fest 2023. If you’re looking for a good mixture of indie psych-rock, synth and post-punk, look no further; and support all-female bands!

“Electrocution” – Automatic

“Too Much Money” – Automatic

“NRG” – Automatic

Los Bitchos

I attended Austin Psych Fest on Sunday, which was the last day of the festival. I was by far most excited to see the lovely ladies of Los Bitchos. Just by listening to their music, I doubt anyone can tell that they are based out of London. Simply put, they make music to dance to, and that’s just what the psych fest crowd did.

“Las Panteras” – Los Bitchos

“Pista (Fresh Start)” – Los Bitchos

“Trapdoor” – Los Bitchos

I couldn’t possibly talk about each and every amazing artist that played Austin Psych Fest, so check out the playlist and bless your ears!

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