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Photos: Austin Psych Fest 2014

This past weekend Austin Psych Fest hosted a ton of great bands that generally would fall under the umbrella of being psychedelic. That is a gratefully wide definition which led to a varied and far-reaching lineup. Current psych masters like Panda Bear and of Montreal performed alongside old guards like the Zombies while stranger, more… More »

By: Miles Bowe / May 5, 2014 - 4:33 pm

The Octopus Project – “Whitby” Video (Stereogum Premiere)

Austin indie rock quartet the Octopus Project has a new EP out this week and today they let loose with the video for the energetic single “Whitby.” It’s really something — posting a screenshot up top will not do it justice — as it contains over 4,000 still images constructed by the band that come… More »

By: Corban Goble / November 7, 2012 - 3:10 pm

The Octopus Project – “Fuguefat” (Stereogum Premiere)

“Fuguefat” is the opening track from Hexadecagon, the Octopus Project’s followup to last year’s The Golden Beds EP. Like many things these days, it was inspired by (the highly inspirational) Terry Riley and Steve Reich. We’re told the band built “a custom eight-channel audio, eight-screen video integrated surround system” to bring it to fruition, writing… More »

By: brandon / September 23, 2010 - 9:52 am

New Octopus Project Video – “Wet Gold” (Stereogum Premiere)

When we posted the Octopus Project’s “Wet Gold,” there was a discussion of the Golden Beds EP’s lead track itself (an upbeat, layered Versus-esque momentum created with voices, bells, instrumental accents, and handclaps), but also a mention of the Austin quartet’s live appearances, which sometimes arrive with multi-media “Visual Music.” Now we not only have… More »

By: brandon / July 27, 2009 - 10:11 am

New Octopus Project – “Wet Gold”

Austin quartet the Octopus Project’s new project, the forthcoming Golden Beds EP, hits the middle of next month. (The collection’s enhanced, which means it’ll include videos as well.) It’s the band’s official followup to 2007’s Hello, Avalanche. If you’re talking Golden Beds you may not want to think about “Wet Gold,” but it’s the lead… More »

By: brandon / June 25, 2009 - 2:18 pm

SXSW: Thursday Featured Showcases

Dinner time in Austin, time to munch tacos and figure the night sched. As the picture suggests, tonight’s the night for Jens Lekman fans: y’all have two chances to catch the Swedish troubadour (Emo’s at 8PM, Mohawk at midnight). For those looking for relatively veteran greats, the only choice is Yo La Tengo and My… More »

By: Amrit Singh / March 9, 2008 - 11:54 pm

New Octopus Project Video – “Truck”

Austin’s Octopus Project unleashed “Truck” a month ago to introduce us to the Hello, Avalanche LP’s aim at achieving “the perfect blend between high-end studio trickery, and lo-fi home experimentation.” Consider this clip the visual representation of that vibe; the song’s got a nice mix of garagey guitars and some pretty keyboard arpeggios, while the… More »

By: Stereogum / October 31, 2007 - 10:29 am

New Octopus Project – “Truck”

The hyperactive, theremin-wielding outfit Octopus Project ruled the Pool for a gloriously boozy Sunday this summer, mixing balloons, Theremins, and Peelander-Z into a 45-minute exercise of whetting our appetites for the new. And for their forthcoming, third LP, the Austin-based quartet set out on a defined mission to “achieve the perfect blend between high-end studio… More »

By: Stereogum / September 28, 2007 - 12:17 pm

Dan Deacon/Erase Errata/Mark Ronson/The Octopus Project @ McCarren Park Pool, Brooklyn 7/8/07

The McCarren Pool continued its reign as the finest spot to be in NYC on a summer Sunday yesterday, JellyNYC bringing together Dan Deacon fans and slip ‘n’ slide riders of all shapes and sizes to the emptied, concrete construct for a full slate of good times at a bargain basement price (free, just like… More »

By: Stereogum / July 10, 2007 - 9:30 am