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

1 Tame Impala 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.

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

Personally I like "Elephant" - BeatlesFan1964

Masterpiece band - LightningStrike

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2 Animal Collective Animal Collective

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.

3 Grizzly Bear

SLOW LIFE is a good song

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

4 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

5 King Gizzard And The Lizard Wizard

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

This band will be remembered.

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6 Assemble Head in Sunburst Sound

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

7 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!

The Black Angles are a band that is guaranteed to take you on a psychedelic journey in a horror and apocalyptic land scape.A lot of their songs brim with menance that is controlled and explodes in brief bursts

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8 Temples

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

9 MGMT 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

MGMT should be #1!

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10 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...

The Contenders

11 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

12 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!

13 Fleet Foxes Fleet Foxes

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

14 The Flaming Lips 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.

15 The Gorillaz

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

The bathhh

16 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

17 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

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18 Unknown Mortal Orchestra

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

Good variation between new and old sounds

One of our times best bands

19 Glass Animals

Favorite band wicked tunes

Zaba album is a neo psychedelic masterpiece.

20 Ween 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.

21 Muse 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 more.
22 Portugal. The Man

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

Such great music

23 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.


Recommended songs: Abyss, Shambala, Bubblegum

25 Brian Jonestown Massacre

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

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.

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 Radiohead 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

27 Grouplove

This band really cool!

28 Hookworms
29 Psychic ills
30 Shpongle

The best psychedelic band right now

31 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

32 The Arcana The Arcana The Arcana are a British indie/psychedelic/baroque rock band formed in 2015 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). more.

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.

33 Föllakzoid

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

Mesmerising, repetitive rhythms. Wonderful live go see.

34 Yellow Days
35 The People's Temple 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

36 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.

37 Bigelf
38 Yeasayer
39 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.

40 M83
41 Spacemen 3

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

42 Panda Bear
43 T0Y


44 Soley
45 Black Mountain
46 Weird Owl

Outstanding psychedelia from Brooklyn, NY

47 Timmy's Organism

Timmy Vulgar front man song writter for HUMAN EYE and CLONE DEFECTS. Detroit Acid Heavy Glam paych punk.

48 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.

49 Fuzz Heady
50 Moon Duo

Is great for those who also love TA

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