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English Psychedelic Quartet Play Mercury Lounge Tonight

June 18th, 2013

In the ’60s and ’70s, Canterbury, in the district of Kent in South East England, earned a reputation as an important music scene (think: avant-garde jazz, psychedelia and progressive rock). And now a current band from the same locale is being hailed as the heirs to that Canterbury sound. Thanks to their “psychedelic funk rock,” Syd Arthur—Liam Magill (guitar and vocals), Raven Bush (violin), Joel Magill (bass) and Fred Rother (drums)—have become a band to notice. Their debut LP, On and On (stream it below), came out last year and gained the group some famous fans, most notably Paul Weller and Bush’s aunt Kate. Find out what the buzz is about when the psychedelic prog-folk quartet (above, doing “Edge of the Earth”) play Mercury Lounge tonight, their lone scheduled North American appearance for the rest of the year.