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)
Another of the US contingent heading to Liverpool for LPF this year is Flavor Crystals. This Twin Cities outfit occupies a devilishly good space in the darker reaches of psych, with their serpentine coils of heady noise able to induce an almost opiate level of blissed-out delirium. High marks indeed, and that's without even seeing them live.