The ten best concerts this weekend: Dec. 28-30
4. THE BLACK ANGELS @ BLUEBIRD THEATRE | SUN, 12/30/12
After one listen to The Black Angels, it's almost unfathomable that the band was conceived in 2004. The Austin quartet isn't a tribute to the psychedelic rock; it defines the decades-old genre with dark organ echoes, heavy percussion and the wiry vocals of Alex Maas. Speaking to the quartet's timelessness, the band played back-up in 2008 for famed 13th Floor Elevators' leader and fellow Texan Roky Erickson. 2010's Phosphene Dream was the first release for the Black Angels on a new label, Blue Horizon Records, and an unflinching continuation of the group's Velvet Underground-inspired catalog. Local acts the Swayback and Hearts In Space open the first of this two-night New Year's stint, and Snake Rattle Rattle Snake and Chains Of Love open on Monday night.