Recommended by Dave Segal
Seattle has held several psych-rock-oriented festivals in the last few years, but Seagaze offers a slight twist. Organized by Blackpool Astronomy guitarist Jeff McCollough, Seagaze is an ambitious four-night spread that focuses on the intersection of psychedelia, shoegaze, and post-punk. Among the many highlights: dream-pop sorcerer Erik Blood, brawny Chicago brain-melters Plastic Crimewave Syndicate, beatific inner-space rockers Ecstatic Cosmic Union, Loop-like trance rockers This Blinding Light, black-hearted Portland goth-rockers Shadowhouse, and San Francisco shoegaze reanimators LSD and the Search for God. Every night of Seagaze offers ample opportunities to dilate your ears and expand your mind. DAVE SEGAL
Seagaze Festival 2016 takes over Lo-Fi with four whole days of experimental free-wave weirdos blasting out post-punk, shoegaze, and psych rock. You can buy tickets for each individual day at the door, or go for the whole weekend.
July 28: Shadowhouse, Black Nite Crash, Blackpool Astronomy, Hannah Racecar
July 29: Erik Blood, C'est la Mort, LSD and the Search for God, Spirit Host, Tender Age, Vibrissae, Toxic Slime, God and Vanilla
July 30: Plastic Crimewave Syndicate, Daydream Machine, This Blinding Light, Ecstatic Cosmic Union, Charlatan
July 31: Spindrift, The Asteroid #4, Kingdom of the Holy Sun, The Young Elders