Synesthesia 2015 is upon us. The yearly festival dedicated to psychedelic music in its various manifestations takes place from 2 p.m. to 2 a.m. across five venues near 27th and Larimer on Saturday, August 15. The lineup features local and underground national bands of some note, including headliners Moon Duo, the Fresh and Onlys and Holy Wave. Earlybird tickets are sold out, but $25 advance tickets can be purchased here; the ticket prices go to $30 the day of the festival.
A broad spectrum of mind-expanding/altering music is well represented in this year's lineup. Denver's Snake
The more garage-rock end of Denver psych is represented by the likes of Colfax Speed Queen, The Blue Rider,
The dream-pop end of the music is represented by the ethereal and hypnotic yet electrifyingly heavy sound of Pale Sun, the ghostly indie pop of Candy Claws, the shimmery and warm effervescence of Oko Tygra, and the spidery and mysterious melodies of Ancient Elk.
On the experimental end of the bill, the bands vary even more, with the ambient sounds of
So no matter where you find yourself during the festival, there's going to be something worth checking out. Fortunately, organizers scheduled the sets so that none of them completely overlap; that way, an ambitious festival-goer can probably catch a little bit of everything. Find the full schedule and lineup
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