MoiraeHoffa HQ2k14 Tour

Being an artist has led me to worlds I never thought I’d traverse. I grew up a geeky middle class kid who made mediocre grades and never felt particularly adventurous. My room was my cave, and I always preferred staying in there and listening to music, watching movies, or reading books. I felt ‘just ok’ at life itself. I always used art to escape reality and worked at making my own art for the same purpose. At first I had the childhood delusions of future fame and success but reality soon leveled that.

I found myself in my early twenties, in a spanish rock band that did not satisfy me creatively or financially. My resistance to socializing probably played a big role in limited the people I knew, and it seemed as if this path towards my childhood visions was corrupted. I hadn’t realized fully yet that making music for one’s self is more rewarding yet far less glorious. Then a case of depression and anxiety rendered the idea of pursuing art out of the question. I took some years off to study. I graduated, did drugs, and hung out with friends. I was going to be a writer or a historical/literary researcher. Life would be quiet and predictable.

Then it came back. The itch to make as much art as possible ate through my journalism degree, my part time office job, and my resolve to never afflict the world upon myself again. So that’s how I’ve found myself here. Never expecting to be going on these long drives to places I’ve hardly heard of, to have these experiences involving loud music and sweat and not a lot of money.

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The psychedelic scene is alive and well. I’ve seen it!

This year’s trip to Austin Psych Fest opened my eyes real wide to the far reaches of psychedelic rock in present Earth. Musicians, along the entire spectrum of psychedelia, gathered to play mind-bending shows by a river amidst the grass, and fresh air(see: Road to APF2014, APF Highlights Part I, and APF Highlights Part II).

Simply put, I was blown away. After experiencing the lysergy myself, I set out to find bands and visual artists from all over the world that are a part of today’s blossoming (or wilting, as some see it) psychedelic rock scene. I stumbled upon some amazing bands and individuals that you Miami-folk will dig…

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Behind The Music: Astrea Corporation

Astrea Corp Promo 1
Next month, The Astrea Corporation will be showcasing their mix of murky trip hop and psychedelic vibes by releasing their new full length Paradise Oscine on Decades Records. Their music is an ever expanding mutation, influences and inspirations almost impossible to pinpoint. Their songs evoke new fear and realities, trapping the listener somewhere between the cold and glitchy influence of the synth backbone of the tracks, and the primal melodies dripping from singer Carly Astrea’s deep, warm, and sometimes guttural vocal chords.

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APF2014 Highlights [Part 1 of 2]

Earlier this month, thousands of psychedeliacs descended on Carson Creek Ranch for the 7th iteration of Austin Psych Fest, a music festival specifically designed for those who enjoy mind expanding music and visuals. The dust-ridden weekend was replete with psychedelic music from all over the world, delicious food trucks, and friendly vibes. Whether you made it out there or not, allow me to recount for you all some of this year’s most memorable performances…

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Be Here Now: Loop [Interview]

Ah, reunions. If the 1990’s were known for their band breakups, the 2010’s are proving to be one for comebacks. You can go down any festival list and find a handful of bands amidst a reunion tour on the heels of their first album in over a decade. One of the most pleasant surprises has been the reemergence of Loop, Robert Hampson’s vehicle for driving, primal riffs and long extended drones. Originally formed in 1986, Loop’s five year run culminated in several EP’s, three albums, and a reputation that left music fans clamoring for a reunion for over twenty years. With their prayers answered, Loop is currently on their first US tour since getting back together, and Robert Hampson took some time to join Tropicult by phone ahead of their appearance at Austin Psych Fest.

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Road to Austin Psych Fest 2014

On May 2nd, Austin Psych Fest will kickoff the 7th iteration of the psychedelia drenched music festival on the lawns of Carson Creek Ranch in Austin, Tx. The festival, which has become the quintessential modern day psychedelic experience, began in 2008 as a one-day event that featured merely 10 bands. This year, the fest is featuring over 80 bands covering a wide variety of genres from shoegaze to psychedelic folk to baroque pop. Since the psychedelia won’t come to Miami, we have taken it into our own hands to go towards the light and report back from the other side to all our fellow psychedeliacs back home. We know you’re out there. We can feel you.

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Behind The Music: Witchhouse's 'Symbols'

In the mood for some strange? Symbols is serving up a heaping portion with the premiere of their new music video Death Valley (Not 69). The West Palm Beach music makers have created an alternative universe that resembles that part of the Law & Order episode you don’t see– the part with the weird satanic murder that they always skip over before Ice-T swoops in.

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Behind The Music: Lavola

Miami quartet Lavola is kind of like progressive rock and sounds like anything but progressive rock. It has echoes of Pablo, Honey – era Radiohead, Oasis, the Verve, and a whole barrage of other UK born pop rockers. They do not, however, share their predictability. Lavola’s progressive nature comes from their willingness to bring lush pop soundscapes to new territories far away from Great Britain.

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