austin psych fest 2012

one of the worlds biggest and most widely revered live music events, the Austin Psych Fest, has just announced one of their most formidable line-ups to date.

and one of South Africa’s most prominent underground music photographer has been selected as one of the official photographers for the 2012 festival.

Cape-based image maker Mark Reitz, who in mid-2011 was commissioned with the arduous task of compiling the APF’s image archive, will also be shooting the live shows over the weekend of 27, 28 and 29 April. Reitz has been influential over recent years in documenting and capturing moments in the path of bands such as Pretty Blue Guns, Van Coke Kartel and The Revelators, as well as providing emerging bands and their following with outstanding live performance images.

The 2012 Austin Psych Fest line-up is, to the fan, an absolutely superb selection of bands – from the likes of The Black Angels, The UFO Club, Moonduo, Night Beats and The Black Lips (featured on this KBWS Misplaced Mixtape) to Prince Rama,  Woodenshjips and Acid Baby Jesus (featured on this KBWS Misplaced Mixtape).

Oh yeah, and the BJM.

Check out this free mixtape below featuring a selection of acts set to appear at the festival.

The venue this year is the newly built Emo’s East, an extension of a stalwart in the Austin live music scene.

Since the 1990s, Emo’s Downtown has been a must-play venue for touring bands. But, over the past several years, it’s become visibly outpaced by the remodeling and opening of new clubs like The Mohawk, The Parish, Austin Music Hall and, most significantly, The Moody Theater.

“We always want to be doing cutting edge music, and what’s happened in the last four or five years is that the bigger bands, the more relevant bands, are bypassing us because of the facility. We are limited to what we can do in that confined space downtown,” says Frank Hendrix, Emo’s owner since 2000.

A year and a half ago, when Hendrix got word of an available space on East Riverside, the team decided to up the Emo’s ante. They quickly signed a lease and began renovating, setting them back several million in building costs—an expense they will have to recoup over the next 10 to 15 years. Tapping local architect “wizard” Michael Hsu to lead the build-out, Hendrix looked to three other clubs in the U.S. for inspration: the 9:30 Club in D.C., the Knitting Factory in New York and the Music Room in Las Vegas’ Hard Rock Hotel.

What the audience will pay for (and, hopefully, benefit from) includes elephant bark flooring (great for acoustics and soft on the feet), 100 tons of A/C, a group of tiled bathrooms, three large bars, double sheetrocked walls (again, for sound), a large outdoor smoking patio and 500-plus parking spots.

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KBWS would like to wish Mark a safe and wild adventure to pay homage to some his favourite acts around today – we can’t wait to see the photos!

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