Over the past couple of weeks, , modern psych phenoms and paired up for a May tour that wrapped up in downtown on Tuesday night. The venue of choice was the exotic confines of The Mayan, a revival-style theater of the late 1920s featuring a lobby known as “The Hall of Feathered Serpents” and a large and gaudy chandelier based on the Aztec calendar stone. Think Legends of the Hidden Temple, except not a set. This place is real…and it’s awesome.

DSC08474Both bands delivered in their own very distinct ways and the second band of the night (we missed the first) had the musical talent, intensity and pop sensibility to easily be headlining a venue the size of (if not larger) in the very near . In only thirty-five minutes HEK of LA left a huge impression and even if you think you don’t know their , you probably do, unless you don’t own a (El Khatib’s is in countless major t.v. commercials at the moment). Be on the lookout for these guys and check out their 2nd Head in the Dirt (produced by ).

took the stage right at 10 pm, members coming out after three minutes of sonic etherea and projections filled the room and slowly eased the crowd into the colorful and jarring audiovisual experience they were about to take in.

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Starting off the show mostly (amidst bubbly colors) “Vikings” (from 2008’s Directions To See A ), the of the evening’s headlining set was quickly established and moments of levity thereafter could be counted on one hand…er finger. “I Hear Colors (Chromaesthesia)” would come next, with perhaps the most fitting lyrics to describe their current lysergic visual display, a throwback to the early days of Acid Rock in the early 60s that woulda done the recently-departed Ray Manzarek proud.

’s latest single “Don’t Play With Guns” came next and got the biggest response from the crowd of the night. The surfy and upbeat “Telephone” (from 2010’s Phosphene Dream) and dark and heavier new tunes from Indigo Meadow like the title track “Indigo Meadow” and “Holland” were arguably the pre-encore personal highlights of the night. However, the real meat of the show came during a downright stunning encore that sent the packed house off a little more mind-bent than when we arrived.

SHOW NOTE: The Lead singer Christian Bland made a subtle nod to Biggie Smalls when he versed on “Going Back To Cali” amidst a heavy squall of sound midway through the show. could’ve missed it if they weren’t paying attention at that particular moment. This is the aforementioned single moment of levity from an otherwise mega serious and powerful set of music.

The Black Angels "Indigo Meadow" @ LA (5/21/13)

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The Black Angels "Holland" @ (5/21/13)


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