Top Ten Modern Psychedelic Music Artists

The groovy sounds of the '60s have experienced a resurgence in the past decade and a half, and new technology allows artists to create even more mind-blowing sounds. In my opinion, it's the best musical trend since Paisley Underground.

Below are ten bands who formed in the 21st century--proof that quality music is still being produced in quantity.

The Top Ten Modern Psychedelic Music Artists

1 Tame Impala Tame Impala is an Australian psychedelic rock band founded by Kevin Parker in 2007. The group began as a home recording project for Parker, who writes, records, performs, and produces the music.

Absolute musical genius who showcases the vast potential of the modern era.

Sadly, being good and innovative doesn't come together in the 2010s - Alkadikce

Supremely dreamy psychedelia at it's best with catchy electronic sounds that uplift the spirit.

The perfect combination between harmonious melodies and strange thoughts, bass, drums, and electrical sounds

2 King Gizzard And The Lizard Wizard

Very underrated group that deserves some more attention. Each of their albums are very different, and they aren't afraid to experiment. They're basically the Grateful Dead of the 21st century. - shadomatrix

This guys have been around for about 5 years and they already have 8 studio albums. And whats the most impressive is that all of them are great solid psychedelic garage rock albums. Their latest album (Nonagon Infinity) is also a testament to how creative this guys can be, since the album consist of nine songs that all transition seamlessly into the other, and the last song of the album loops back to the first song, which creates this album that you could technically listen to infinity, hence the name.

Easily one of the greatest psychedelic rock bands of all time, and they've only been around since 2010. Each one of their albums is very different, with some psychedelic rock, progressive rock, psychedelic folk, jazz fusion, and even a spaghetti Western musical audiobook. They are not afraid to experiment, and have a killer live show. It's a shame they're this low on the list, below bands like Tame Impala who are as psychedelic as Black Sabbath is pop. Check them out if you haven't.

Very underrated group. "Rattlesnake" is awesome. - NvGNick

3 Animal Collective Animal Collective is an American experimental pop band formed in Baltimore, Maryland in 2003. Its members and founders are Avey Tare, Panda Bear, Deakin, and Geologist.

Animal collective are easily the most innovative artists of 21st century and for how much they've strived for their own sound, wildly experimented and grabbed their listeners by the soul in their uncanny ability to capture lost childhood feelings of wonder should easily top Tame Impala for the number 1 spot on the list. Tame Impalas radio friendly dreamy modern update to the traditional sounds of psych<<< the wild experimentation and incredibly impactful art anco has made.

They've compiled an incredible discography, both as a band and as solo artists. Each one of their albums is experimental in a different way.
Recommended listening: "In the Flowers" - PetSounds

This list could help me expand my musical tastes. - muffinkid

Great List!
All top tenners should read carefully, and sample a couple of PetSounds' excellent recommendations.

4 Grizzly Bear

SLOW LIFE is a good song

They're like Pink Floyd with folk vibes.
Recommended listening: "Knife" - PetSounds

5 Unknown Mortal Orchestra

One of the best alternatives to Tame Impala's music.

One of our times best bands

Good variation between new and old sounds

6 Black Moth Super Rainbow

They seamlessly blend psych and electronica. Highly recommended for you, PositronWildhawk.
Recommended listening: "Sun Lips" - PetSounds

Raw beautiful music just how it should be

7 Assemble Head in Sunburst Sound

They give me Jefferson Airplane vibes.
Recommended listening: "Erkanoplan" - PetSounds

8 The Black Angels

If you like the Velvet Underground or 13th Floor Elevators, I can guarantee you will love these guys. They've also done a pretty cool cover of The Doors' "Soul Kitchen".
Recommended listening: "Young Men Dead" - PetSounds

Great American band playing some amazing heavy and trippy psych...

Great sounds!

One of the most pure Psychedelic/Acid Rock band in this century awante el yon miranda

9 MGMT MGMT is an American rock band formed in 2002 by Benjamin Goldwasser and Andrew VanWyngarden. After the release of their first album, the members of their live band, Matthew Asti, James Richardson and Will Berman, joined the core band in the studio.

Their lyrics are just so insightful and meaningful. Love it

A band with 3 albums (and an ep) that are all such different listening experiences, they are truly creative and not afraid to be uncommercial when it means making art that sticks out

Tame Impala sold out, MGMT is honest and about as unpretentious as it gets

Best band of all time

10 Fleet Foxes Fleet Foxes is an American indie folk band formed in Seattle, Washington. Their first two albums were released by the Sub Pop and Bella Union record labels, with their third by Nonesuch and Bella Union.

They're not strictly psychedelic. In fact, they're more folky than anything else, but I'm including them because they're simply delightful.
Recommended listening: "Mykonos" - PetSounds

The Contenders

11 All Them Witches

All Them Witches is a great psychedelic stoner rock band from Nashville, sounding like an oldschool 70ies rock band, with a more modern approach. - Snakeweirdo

12 Temples

Great band, can get into their stuff from the first chord. See also: The Dandelion and the Moons, from whence Temples sprang.

These chaps have some of the most beautiful melodies in modern music. Amazing 60's vibes, with trippy modern synths and great musicianship overall. Would recommend to anyone who likes psychedelic rock, especially fans of the Beatles and Tame Impala.

Their lo-fi sound is reminiscent of mid-late '60s psychedelic pop.
Recommended listening: "Shelter Song" - PetSounds

All of their songs are one and the same
Recommended : shelter song

13 Radiohead Radiohead are an English rock band from Abingdon, Oxfordshire, formed in 1985. The band consists of Thom Yorke (lead vocals, guitar, piano, keyboards), Jonny Greenwood (lead guitar, keyboards, other instruments), Colin Greenwoood (bass guitar), Phil Selway (drums), and Ed O'Brien (guitar).

Loved them in the 90's still enjoying them now

14 Psychedelic Porn Crumpets

Their debut album, High Visceral part 1, is one of the best psychedelic albums I've heard for years. Their other albums are not far behind! Check out Social Candy on their latest. Brilliant live too!

Awesome band. When hard rock meets psychedelic. Their ability to mix intricate guitar pieces with heavy riffs is truly amazing.

The ultimate head banging band

15 The Gorillaz

Radiohead is a truly amazing band they gained popularity in the 1990s with pop and have now moved into modern psych rock

New Humanz album displays top quality psychedelia songs like "Sleeping powder"

The bathhh

16 The Gris Gris

Their eponymous debut is one of my all-time favourite albums. It's the perfect blend of garage rock and neo-psychedelia. I highly recommend listening to the whole thing. - PetSounds

Every one of their albums is a worthy listen...

17 Mac DeMarco

For when you want to chill out and listen to a musical God, put on 2 by Mac.

Ideal to chill

Dreamy and AMAZING!

18 The Wytches

For those who like to add a little psych to their surf...

I love Tame Impala but these guys need more love too - LizardKing99

They're like surf-garage-psych rock. Kudos to LizardKing99 for introducing me to them.
Recommended listening: "Digsaw" - PetSounds

19 The Flaming Lips The Flaming Lips are an American rock band formed in 1983 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. The group recorded several albums and EPs on an indie label, Restless, in the 1980s and early 1990s.

Diverse discography, experimental from the start, they are constantly recreating themselves in unanticipated directions. Though each album and song might not be for everyone they belong in the discussion for best modern psychedelic band without any doubt.

20 Pond

The loveable screwballs of the Aussie psych scene...with The Weather they came within a hair (and one slightly throwaway, but still very solid, track) of making one of the best rock albums of the past 20 years bar none! Immensely talented dudes.

Last 2 albums are modern masterpieces

Very cool sound. Refreshing,

Love them

21 Glass Animals

They’re super chill, definitely sent me to an ego death though.

Favorite band wicked tunes

Zaba album is a neo psychedelic masterpiece.

22 Muse Muse are an English alternative rock band from Teignmouth, Devon, formed in 1994. The members are Matt Bellamy (lead vocal, lead guitar, piano, keyboard), Dom Howard (drums, percussion) and Chris Wolstenholme (bass, backing vocals). They've won several awards including 5 MTV Awards, 8 NME Awards, 2 ...read more.
23 Thee Oh Sees

Went to see them live and I came back with tinnitus that I savored for the 2 days that it persisted. Great band with albums that get better with every listen.

Cult classic

24 Heronimus Fin

Heronimus Fin are bringing to the listener a wonderful mix of classic 70's British often quirky rock, with elements of great story telling. If you haven't yet treated your ears to these guys then frankly you only have yourself to blame! Their new album "The Pharmacist" is just about the best place to start. Let's hope the mainstrean wake up and start exposing their music to the masses! You see many years ago there was this guy called Meat loaf, he had an idea of releasing a slightly quirky concept album but almost every major label said "are you serious...get out of my office". Then one day someone listened. The rest they say, is history!

I Love The Pharmacist one of the great heavy psych tracks

Great heavy psych think Black Sabbath meets Pink Floyd

Best modern psych band around today, very Pink Floyd

25 Brian Jonestown Massacre

This is the hands down the best psych band touring today and have been for a long time. Too bad u been sleeping on Anton.

BJM deserves to be in top 5 best ever psych rock bands. Not only they are masters at updating 60s psych rock to present times, but they also have been highly experimental in shoegaze, electronic/space rock, Euro rock and film soundtrack themes. You can detect inspiration of Beatles, Byrds, Stones,VU, Love Hawkwind Spacemen 3, Jesus and Mary Chain, Ride etc in their music but BJM has its own trademark sound. They are the inspiration for many bands listed above them

A recent discovery for me though they have been round for a long time and have many albums. Great live show. Trippy,droning, loud and beautiful sound

The best band to listen to if you are in mood to listen to updated 60s psychedelic rock. Anton Newcombe is an erratic genius. During the last 3-4 years, BJM strayed into Euro Space rock which alienated some fans but with their 2018 album Something Else,BJM is back to its scintillating best

26 Ween Ween is an American experimental rock band formed in 1984, in New Hope, PA. It's members are Dean and Gene Ween.

The Genre may change every song but the skill is always there.

27 Portugal. The Man

They cranked out brilliant psychedelic albums at a pace and quality that mimicks one of their huge influences: The Beatles.

Soft and sweet tunes that will ensure happy thoughts

Such great music

28 PAUW

Recommended songs: Abyss, Shambala, Bubblegum

29 Psychic ills

Absolutely brilliant -- including the great, early experimental stuff

30 The Arcana The Arcana are a British rock band formed in 2016 in London, England. The band consists of Peter Lennodo (vocals, guitars and keyboards), Jack Aquiziac (vocals, bass guitar and keyboards) and Joey Silverheel (drums and percussion). ...read more.

These guys cannot - I repeat - CANNOT be touched by any other band period. Their musical genius is simply incomparable with any other band - regardless of genre. By the way, why hasn't anyone mentioned Mesmer Theatre? Will probably be the best album of 2020.

Only discovered this band recently, but I was very impressed with what I heard. There are definite Led Zeppelin and Pink Floyd influences, but with a 21st century twist.

Fantastic first album (Tomorrow is Yesterday) with incredible lyrics and music that The Beatles would have been proud of.

You should try Lemon Freddy Phantom Of The Sky. This is a colossal album.

31 Shpongle

They’re super exploratory. Instantly feel like an alien listening to their music.

The best psychedelic band right now

32 M83

What can I say, this music is hands down the most thought provoking.

33 Hookworms
34 Black Mountain

Way better than 33 should be in the top 10

35 Spacemen 3

Classic. No more words. Check them out...

36 Grouplove

This band really cool!

37 Föllakzoid

Quality psyche from Chile. Getting more exposure but need more.

Mesmerising, repetitive rhythms. Wonderful live go see.

38 Goat

Fantastic band from Sweden...not a single weak moment in their discography though I lean toward the earlier stuff.

I discovered this band two months ago when they played at Glastonbury - good band! - IronSabbathPriest

39 Yellow Days
40 Still Corners
41 The People's Temple The People's Temple is a rock and roll band that formed in 2007 in Perry, Michigan and currently is based out of Lansing, Michigan.

I have known about these guys for about a year now, and I love them. They sound like a psychedelic garage rock band straight out of the 60s! - ryanrimmel

42 Witchcraft

This should be on here sense it is a modern psychedelic rock band. I don't want my review up so Don't you dare put my review up sense other bands don't have reviews here and they presion did not have to put his up. I giving you one so yo put the band up and you did not put mine up before without no reviews.

43 Bigelf
44 Yeasayer
45 Panda Bear
46 T0Y

SOARING BRITISH SCYCH

47 Soley
48 Cult of Dom Keller

These guys have been making fuzzed out landscapes, lysergic freak outs and acid gothic post punk neo-psych since the early 2000s and have left a trail of amazing albums, EPs and singles.

49 Black Light White Light

Ambitious modern psychedelic indie rock, beautifully constructed pop melodies still spacious and distorted with a solid core of dark and pervasive melancholy.

50 Weird Owl

Outstanding psychedelia from Brooklyn, NY

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