8:30 to 9:15 PM, The Theatre
Once upon a time at Levitation 2015, I witnessed a Chilean trio create such a potent atmosphere with trance-inducing riffs, loops and Kautrock rhythms that a swarm of awe=struck fans and dudes tripping on mushrooms rushed the stage to shout their thanks and accolades for such an epic journey. That band was Föllakzoid.
4:15 to 4:50 PM, The Theatre
Fresh off a European tour, LA punks Sextile pull from the likes of post-punk, goth and industrial for a dark, raw style of their own. On their recently released EP 3, Sextile swapped the guitars for synths for a futuristic sound that thrills and spooks in equal measure.
If you follow my advice and catch Cat Scan on Caturday, then you’ll inevitably get blown away by bassist-guitarist-vocalist Quincy Larsen’s frenetic fretboard work and penchant for letting loose both on and offstage. Well, she’ll be pulling double duty by rocking out with Sextile on Sunday, too.
1:00 to 1:45 PM, Mystic Bazaar
Tess Parks’ smoky vocal style brings to mind a retro psychedelic Hope Sandoval by way of Nico. She released a stellar collaborative album I Declare Nothing with The Brian Jonestown Massacre’s Anton Newcombe in 2015, and the pair are set to release a self-titled followup on Oct. 19. Assuming you aren’t passed out from partying until sunrise, the Mystic Bazaar is the place to be early Sunday afternoon.