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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 By the time the second record was issued, Raines had been replaced by multi-instrumentalist Kyle Hunt and the Black Angels were beginning to create a name for themselves on the live circuit among fans of '60s-inspired psych rock.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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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.   Comanche Moon
  12.   Medicine
  13.   Half Believing
  14.   Don't Play with Guns
  15.   Deer-Ree-Shee
  16.   The First Vietnamese War
  17.   You on the Run
  18.   Life Song
  19.   Estimate
  20.   Hunt Me Down
  21.   Ronettes
  22.   18 Years
  23.   War on Holiday
  24.   Melanie's Melody
  25.   Tired Eyes
  26.   The Sniper at the Gates of Heaven
  27.   Death March
  28.   I Dreamt
  29.   The Executioner
  30.   The Flop
  31.   You're Mine
  32.   Twisted Light
  33.   The Day
  34.   Evil Things
  35.   Yellow Elevator #2
  36.   The Sniper
  37.   Phosphene Dream
  38.   Haunting at 1300 McKinley
  39.   Snake in the Grass
  40.   Vikings
  41.   Mission District
  42.   Science Killer
  43.   Call to Arms
  44.   Empire
  45.   I Hear Colors (Chromaesthesia)
  46.   Grab as Much (As You Can)
  47.   Diamond Eyes
  48.   At Night
  49.   Always Maybe
  50.   Linda's Gone
  51.   Manipulation
  52.   An Occurrence at 4507 South Third Street
  53.   The Return
  54.   Winter '68
  55.   The Boat Song
  56.   Sunday Evening
  57.   Never/Ever
  58.   Holland
  59.   Soul Kitchen
  60.   Bloodhounds on My Trail
  61.   Choose to Choose
  62.   The Prodigal Sun
  63.   River of Blood
  64.   You in Color
  65.   Indigo Meadow
  66.   Sunday Afternoon
  67.   Broken Soldier
  68.   Love Me Forever
  69.   True Believers
  70.   Black Isn't Black

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