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Ghostland Observatory is an American music duo from out of Austin, Texas.  By mashing together electro, rock, and funk and by taking cues from artists such as Daft Punk and Prince, the duo has created what “Gothamist” calls “electro-dance soul rock”.  The duo consists of frontman Aaron Behrens who provides vocals and occasionally plays guitar and Thomas Ross who plays drums and synthesizer.

The duo released their first full length album “delete.delete.i.eat.meat” in 2005 through Turner’s Trashy Moped Recordings.  Their second CD, “Paparazzi Lightning”, was also released through the same label in January 2006.  On October 2007, the band made their national television debut on NBC’s Late Night With Conan O’Brien, performing the song “Sad Sad City”.  They appeared on the PBS television music program “Austin City Limits” in 2007, and released their first DVD, “Live from Austin, TX”, on November 13, 2007.  In a video that was shot at the Vegoose Music Festival, they announced their next album, “Robotique Majestique”, which was later released on March 4, 2008.  On December 26, 2007, the Austin newspaper, “Austin American-Statesman”, announced Ghostland Observatory as their band of the year.  They performed at the Austin City Limits Music Festival in Austin, TX in 2006, 2007, and 2009.  During their performance at the 2007 show, they played the song “The Band Marches On” while accompanied by the University of Texas during a lights out performance.  The duo has also performed at Coachella in Indio, CA and at the Voodoo Experience in New Orleans, LA.

On October 26, 2010, the band released their fourth album, “Codename: Rondo”, which was introduced through a show at the Cedar Park Center in Texas.  The performance included an elaborate laser-light show that included 16 different lasers and multiple mirrors that were scattered around the stage to produce visual effects that could be seen in real time.  On March 17, 2011, they participated in a friendly battle against Snoop Dogg live at the Red Bull Soundclash on South Padre Island, TX.  On August 13, 2011, they performed at the Pacific Festival in Orange County, CA along with “Cut Copy” and Steve Aoki.  They also played in the Beat Tent on night 3 of the CounterPoint Music Festival in Fairburn, GA.

On April 10, 2013, they posted on their Facebook page, “Yes it’s true.  We are on hiatus right now.  Bathing and relaxing in the cosmos.  Rejuvenating our spirits and soaking in the cosmic rays.  Much love to all our GLOheads out there.  See ya’ll in the future.”  The band has since returned once for one show on January 31, 2014, where they opened for “Jurassic 5” at the Icelantic Winter on the Rocks concert at the Red Rocks Amphitheater.

For a band that is truly unique with their beats, tone and rhythm, look no further.  I think “Gothamist” described their music perfectly as “electro-dance soul rock”.  Check out some of the bands biggest hits below and see for yourself.

Sources: Info: Wikipedia – Videos: YouTube – Ghostland Observatory – Picture: Google Images

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The Black Angels

The Black Angels, a neo-psychedelic sounding rock band from out of Austin, Texas, is comprised of Stephanie Bailey (drums, percussion, bass), Christian Bland (guitar, vocals, bass, drums), Alex Maas (vocals, bass, guitar, keyboard), Kyle Hunt (keyboards, percussion, bass, guitar), and Jake Garcia (guitar, vocals, bass).  The band has released four studio albums and one compilation album.  The band’s name comes from the Velvet Underground song, “The Black Angel’s Death Song.”

The band formed in 2004 and released their first self-titled EP in 2005.  Following the released of the EP, the band toured across the country all the way until the winter of 2006. During this tour, the band was featured on a dual-disc compilation album of psychedelic music titled, “Psychedelica Vol. 1” from North Star Records.  This album, along with the growing popularity of their MySpace page, gave the band a jump in popularity in the underground scene.   After this tour, they readied themselves for a performance at the annual South by Southwest Music Conference in March, which also help the band gain more popularity.

The groups first full-length album, April 2006’s “Passover”, was generally well received in the underground independent rock community and was noted for its dark tone and lyrical content.  A review of “Passover” described the album as “walking in the shadows cast by spiritualized mastermind Jason Pierce”, invoking “dirges” reminiscent of the “13th Floor Elevators”.  “Passover” includes a quote in the liner notes from Edvard Munch; “Illness, insanity, and death are the black angels that kept watch over my cradle and accompanied me all my life.”

On Friday, August 5, 2007, the band played at Lollapalooza in Chicago.  The band has also performed at SXSW 2006, 2008, and All Tomorrow’s Parties 2008.  Some of their touring partners include “The Black Keys”, “Black Rebel Motorcycle Club”, “The Warlocks”, “Roky Erickson”, “The Brian Jonestown Massacre”, “Queens of the Stoneage”. “The Raveonettes”, “Wolfmother”, and “The Horrors”.

The band released their second full-length album, “Directions to See a Ghost” in April 2008.  The band toured as the backing band for the former “13th Floor Elevators” frontman, Roky Erickson, on a series of dates across the West Coast of the U.S.  In 2010, the band recorded a couple of collaborative tracks with “Unkle”, one of which – “With You in My Head” – appeared on the soundtrack to that summer’s multi-million grossing “The Twilight Saga: Eclipse”.  This large-scale exposure lead to their third album, September 2010’s “Phosphene Dream” which became the band’s breakthrough record, hitting the Top 50 of the Billboard chart immediately following its release.  A companion EP titled “Phosphene Nightmare” was released in 2011.

In 2013, the band released “Indigo Meadow” which was produced and mixed by Grammy-Nominated fellow Texan, John Congleton.  That release was later followed by its own companion EP, April 2014’s “Clear Lake Forest.”

Check out some of the bands biggest singles below and if you like what you hear, be sure to pick up one of the groups albums, which are available on Itunes.

 

Sources: Videos: YouTube – The Black Angels –  Info: Wikipedia, AllMusic – Picture: Google Images