Of all the festivals in all the world that I have yet to experience for myself, the one I most want to go to is the Liverpool International Festival of Psychedelia, otherwise known as Liverpool Psych Fest. The braintrust behind this upstart event continually brings together some of the absolute best bands in the UK and Euro psych scenes, and the lineup is always a treat. This year is no different, and there's no shortage of bands you should check out. These are my top picks from this year's bumper crop. Liverpool Psych Fest is going down September 23 & 24. (And as an aside, fingers crossed for yours truly finally making the LPF dream come true in 2017)
When Alex Maas of The Black Angels cops to liking you, as a psych band there can be few higher compliments. Such is true of San Francisco's Cellar Doors, whose noise features cavalcades of delicious darkness and may cause more than a few folks to become weak in the knees. This is one of the LPF bands I most wish I could see up close and in person.