The 11 hottest new psych bands – Hidden Masters, Hounds Tooth, Magnetic Mind…

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Barely a day seems to go by at the moment without some great new psych music arriving on Spotify, Bandcamp, YouTube or (gosh) vinyl. So I have rounded up 10 of the best recent releases (plus one bonus one) and included videos, embeds or links if they exist. So without further ado – here you go. The Sudden Death Of …

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10 reasons why The Byrds are the most influential rock band of all time

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1 They brought Dylan to the masses And helped him on his discovery of electric music 2 They influenced The Beatles   The Fabs hero-worshiped them, and many Beatles tracks feature that trademark Byrds jangly guitar. Rubber Soul was almost a Byrds tribute album. 3 They were first to get a Psychedelic song in the charts This was a full …

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Psych round up – Len Price 3’s Maggie Thatcher song, Beaulieu Porch album, Smoking Trees single

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It has been three long years since The Len Price 3 issued their fabulous Pictures album, so it really exciting to hear the first track from the band’s upcoming, as yet untitled, new album. Maggie, is as you might have guessed, a non-tribute to the recently departed ex-PM and if you are in any doubts where the boys stand on …

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The 10 best psych pop albums of 2013 (and a couple from last year)

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It might only be March, but already it has been a vintage year for lovers of wonky sixties influenced pop aka psych. Last year’s great hope, Jacco Gardner, has already treated us to a very fine album that delivers on the promise of his exceptional early singles. While Robyn Hitchcock, the spiritual godfather of British psych has turned out an album that …

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More great new Psych – Jacco Gardner – Cabinet Of Curiosities review

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If you are a regular on these pages you’ll already be familiar with the work of one Jacco Gardner, the Dutch psych whizz kid who last year produced one of those drop dead brilliant, play it to everyone you meet type singles in Clear The Air. The single perfectly captured late 60s British Baroque Pop in a way that no …

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Sitar frenzy – how Ravi Shankar (along with The Byrds and The Beatles) created Psychedelia

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Like everyone I am sad to hear of the death of Ravi Shankar this morning. The Indian sitar player, who was arguably the first World Music (as we understand it now) star, wowed them at the Woodstock Festival, was chummy with The Beatles and much of pop’s aristocracy, and did much to popularise Indian arts and music at a time …

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2012 and the Psychedelic explosion – Tame Impala, Toy, Jacco Gardner, The Sufis and a load more

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In case you hadn’t noticed there is a bit of a psychedelic revival going on at the moment. and it isn’t just garage bands cranking up the feedback or janglemeisters going a little woozy. This is proper psychedelia in all its technicolour glory. As the pop historians among you know, the first psych era started in 1966 with tracks like …

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