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The Black Angels

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The sultry neo-psychedelic sound of the Black Angels came together in spring 2004. Hailing from Austin, Texas, they initially comprised Stephanie Bailey (drums), Christian Bland (guitar), Alex Maas (vocals), Jennifer Raines (organ), and Nathan Ryan (bass), and took their name from a Velvet Underground classic, "The Black Angel's Death Song." The band's self-titled debut EP was released in late 2005. After a string of North American dates in winter 2006, they readied themselves for a performance at the annual South by Southwest Music Conference in March. Their first couple of full-length albums -- April 2006's Passover and April 2008's Directions to See a Ghost -- were both, in the main, recorded at Erik Wofford's Austin, Texas-based Cacophony Recorders, a studio also used by other local and notable indie rock acts such as White Denim and Voxtrot. By the time the second record was issued, Raines had been replaced by multi-instrumentalist Kyle Hunt and the Black Angels were beginning to create a name for themselves on the live circuit among fans of '60s-inspired psych rock. In late 2008, they performed as the backing band for former 13th Floor Elevators frontman Roky Erickson on a series of dates across the West Coast of the U.S. In 2010, they 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 led to their third album, September 2010's Phosphene Dream, becoming something of a breakthrough record when it hit the Top 50 of the Billboard chart immediately following its release. Its companion piece, the Phosgene Nightmare EP, arrived in 2011, and in 2012, following Ryan's departure, Rishi Dhir of Elephant Stone became an auxiliary bandmember, filling in on guitar and occasionally bolstering their live sound with sitar. Released in 2013, Indigo Meadow was produced and mixed by Grammy-nominated fellow Texan John Congleton, and that release was soon followed by its own companion EP, April 2014's Clear Lake Forest. As the band busied themselves with live work and helping to organize the increasingly popular Texas music gathering the Austin Psych Fest (later renamed Reverberation), four years passed before the group released their next album, although the band didn't lie dormant during that time. They contributed to Britain's Fuzz Club Records split-single series, providing the A-side "Molly Moves My Generation" to Sonic Jesus' B-side "Lost Reprise" in 2014. The following year they contributed "Waterloo Waltz" to Scion Audio Visual's Riley Hawk: Northwest Blow Out EP. 2017 saw the release of Death Song, which ranked with the Black Angels' heaviest work to date, and unveiled a new lineup, with longtime members Stephanie Bailey, Christian Bland, and Alex Maas joined by Jake Garcia (guitar, bass, and vocals) and Kyle Hunt (bass, guitar, and keyboards). ~ MacKenzie Wilson & James Wilkinson
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Stations Featuring
The Black Angels

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    Indie Party

    Indie Party
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    Indie Rock Mix

    Indie Rock Mix
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Albums by
The Black Angels

Top Songs by
The Black Angels

  1.   Song
    Popularity
  2.   Black Grease
  3.   Bad Vibrations
  4.   Doves
  5.   Currency
  6.   Young Men Dead
  7.   Telephone
  8.   I'd Kill for Her
  9.   Entrance Song
  10.   Better Off Alone
  11.   Half Believing
  12.   Comanche Moon
  13.   Medicine
  14.   Don't Play with Guns
  15.   The First Vietnamese War
  16.   Deer-Ree-Shee
  17.   Evil Things
  18.   Science Killer
  19.   Always Maybe
  20.   Winter '68
  21.   Life Song
  22.   Death March
  23.   Estimate
  24.   Linda's Gone
  25.   The Executioner
  26.   Diamond Eyes
  27.   Soul Kitchen
  28.   Black Isn't Black
  29.   You're Mine
  30.   Twisted Light
  31.   I Hear Colors (Chromaesthesia)
  32.   Holland
  33.   Indigo Meadow
  34.   Yellow Elevator #2
  35.   True Believers
  36.   The Sniper
  37.   Sunday Afternoon
  38.   Phosphene Dream
  39.   Haunting at 1300 McKinley
  40.   The Return
  41.   You in Color
  42.   Vikings
  43.   Mission District
  44.   Bloodhounds on My Trail
  45.   Empire
  46.   The Boat Song
  47.   Grab as Much (As You Can)
  48.   River of Blood
  49.   The Prodigal Sun
  50.   At Night
  51.   Never/Ever
  52.   Choose to Choose
  53.   Ronettes
  54.   Tired Eyes
  55.   Hunt Me Down
  56.   An Occurrence at 4507 South Third Street
  57.   I Dreamt
  58.   Melanie's Melody
  59.   Manipulation
  60.   The Day
  61.   The Flop
  62.   The Sniper at the Gates of Heaven
  63.   You on the Run
  64.   Call to Arms
  65.   Love Me Forever
  66.   18 Years
  67.   Snake in the Grass
  68.   Sunday Evening
  69.   War on Holiday
  70.   Broken Soldier

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