PHOTOS: The Black Angels at the Fox Theatre in Boulder - Reverb

Photo essay: The Black Angels @ the Fox Theatre

Austin’s psychedelic rock darlings the Black Angels melted lots of happy, high faces on Thursday night at the sold-out Fox Theatre in Boulder. The band summoned the essential spirit of psychedelic surf rock by blasting the Beach Boys’ theremin-laced classic “Good Vibrations” as they took the stage and launched into their two-hour-plus set featuring material from their three albums, “Phosphene Dream” (2010), “Directions to See a Ghost” (2008), and “Passover” (2006).

The band’s hypnotic, mind-numbing, powerful rock drone is evocative of the Velvet Underground, the Doors and Texas psych-rock pioneer Roky Erikson in their darkest moments, but still manages to sound fresh and original. The Angels kept things interesting by interspersing several giddy, surf-inspired pop numbers like “Telephone” into the otherwise ominous set. In classic psychedelic tradition, the band played in front of a mesmerizing backdrop that was accentuated with a simple but highly effective light show enjoyed by the sweaty, swaying crowd packed into the Fox.

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Michael McGrath is a Denver area photographer. His work is available at Twist and Shout Records. Visit his website.

  • Meredith S.

    Gorgeous shots! n

  • Chris N

    Here’s the full setlist.,,nnnBad VibrationsnThe Prodigal SunnYoung Men DeadnSurf CitynHaunting At 1300 McKinleynThe SnipernYellow Elevator #2nBlack GreasenEntrance SongnPhosphene DreamnTelephonennEncore:nnBlood Hounds On My TrailnYou On The RunnRonettes (from Phosgene Nightmare)