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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 By the time the second record was issued, Raines had been replaced by multi-instrumentalist Kyle Hunt and the Black Angels were beginning to create a name for themselves on the live circuit among fans of '60s-inspired psych rock.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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The Black Angels

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

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