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The Black Angels Bring New Music to Brooklyn Steel on Tuesday

May 1st, 2017

Taking their name from the Velvet Underground tune “The Black Angel’s Death Song,” the psychedelic garage-rock band the Black Angels formed more than a decade ago in Austin, Texas. The group—Stephanie Bailey (drums), Christian Bland (guitar, drone machine and organ), Alex Maas (vocals, bass, drone machine and organ), Kyle Hunt (keys, percussion, bass and guitar) and Jake Garcia (guitar)—recently released their fifth long-player, Death Song (stream it below), to some considerable praise. Paste says it “is both unlike anything they’ve done before and also the most purely Black Angels album they have released. It’s as if the Texas psych-garage mainstays have now fully mapped the edges of their sound and that this process has allowed them to return with an extreme vengeance to the dead center of what they are.” And the Guardian calls the full-length “a menacing return to form,” while Glide adds: “The album gains momentum with each song and gets better with each subsequent listen.” Touring behind the new music, the Black Angels (above, performing “Half Believing” live on French TV) play Brooklyn Steel on Tuesday, and Brooklyn trio A Place to Bury Strangers open the show.