Psychedelia

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Ukrainian techno, UK drill and Tony Christie: 30 acts not to miss at Glastonbury 2022
Whether it’s Kendrick Lamar’s hugely anticipated headline slot, soul music singalongs or late night DJ sets, here are our picks from the hundreds of acts playing Glastonbury

Ben Beaumont-Thomas

21, Jun, 2022 @2:39 PM

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‘I wore a flaming helmet to sing it’ … how The Crazy World of Arthur Brown made Fire
‘The flames could be 4ft high. At one gig, my coat caught fire and I was running around with a burning arm’

Interviews by Dave Simpson

20, Jun, 2022 @2:20 PM

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Dreamachine review – as close to state-funded psychedelic drugs as you can get
Unboxed (formerly the Festival of Brexit) offers a free trip inside your own head courtesy of a flashing light technique pioneered in the 1960s. Our writer is addicted

Jonathan Jones

09, May, 2022 @11:28 AM

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‘Our synapses connected!’: King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard evolve again
The Australian psych-rockers released 15 albums in eight years, and then wrote five more during the pandemic. They explain how hopping through genres – even rap – helped them cope

Stevie Chick

28, Apr, 2022 @5:00 AM

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Reunited prog-rockers Porcupine Tree on surviving their rift: ‘You can’t help but feel bitter’
The cult prog band fizzled out in 2010 when leader Steven Wilson lost interest – but never thought to tell his bandmates. What’s brought the trio back together? And is this closure or a fresh start?

Michael Hann

10, Mar, 2022 @3:00 PM

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‘Clapton turned incredibly pale when Jimi began to play’: Brian Auger, the Swinging 60s’ pop Zelig
The keys wizard played with Rod Stewart and turned down Hendrix but has never enjoyed the renown of his peers. At 82, on the cusp of a new reissue collection, his passion is undimmed

Garth Cartwright

08, Mar, 2022 @8:20 AM

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With A Whiter Shade of Pale, Gary Brooker accelerated pop’s future at warp-speed
Recorded in 1967 and instantly acknowledged as a classic, Procol Harum’s strange masterpiece was an unrepeatable piece of popular magic

Alexis Petridis

23, Feb, 2022 @2:46 PM

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Methyl Ethel on overcoming personal tragedy: ‘It’s like I’m learning to speak for the first time’
After massive success overseas, Jake Webb returned to Fremantle to reflect on the unexpected death of a friend. He talks about grieving, songwriting and his new album

Nick Buckley

18, Feb, 2022 @7:00 PM

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‘Nuns quivered at the naughty bits!’ The story of trailblazing gay pop song Kay, Why?
Unknown to many, this hilarious slice of high camp 60s psychedelia is a sought-after cult classic, made when being gay was still taboo. Its secret creators speak for the very first time

Darryl W Bullock

15, Feb, 2022 @2:00 PM

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Animal Collective: Time Skiffs review | Alexis Petridis's album of the week
Dialling down the psychedelic mayhem, the quartet’s reflective windchimes-and-bamboo album preaches lyrically to their loyal choir

Alexis Petridis

03, Feb, 2022 @11:30 AM

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‘I thought: I could be dead by the end of this’: Cate Le Bon on making art from Covid chaos
She moved to the Mojave desert, but the pandemic stranded the psychedelicist back in her native Wales. She explains how ‘three people losing their minds in a terraced house’ ended up with an album of the year

Laura Barton

27, Jan, 2022 @4:00 PM

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Ichiko Aoba: Windswept Adan review – hypnotic, ghostly psych-folk
An imaginary island and sparse instrumentation unfold together as the Japanese singer-songwriter conjures her latest alluring soundworld

Emily Mackay

12, Dec, 2021 @3:00 PM

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