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 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.

If Syd Barrett and John Lennon had collaborated on an album in 1967, it would have sounded like Tame Impala's 2012 album, Lonerism.
Recommended listening: "Feels Like We Only Go Backwards"

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

Between Innerspeaker, Lonerism, and some parts of Currents no one in this day and age can touch Tame Impala in psychedelic music. Great band

Arguably the most successful contemporary, dreamy psychedelic music of this era

2 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"

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3 Grizzly Bear

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

SLOW LIFE is a good song

4 Black Moth Super Rainbow

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

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 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.

When you are listening to a heavy psych album and it breaks into a harmonica solo with didgeridoo backing and it absolutely slaps without breaking the rhythmic drum beat. you know you found magic. eff tame impala.

6 Assemble Head in Sunburst Sound

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

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"

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

9 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.

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

10 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.

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

Their lyrics are just so insightful and meaningful. Love it

Best band of all time

Very under rated

The Contenders

11 The Wytches

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

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

I love Tame Impala but these guys need more love too

12 Mac DeMarco

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

Ideal to chill

13 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"

They really stayed true to the original psychedelic sounds of the 60's and 70's

14 The Gorillaz

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

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

15 Unknown Mortal Orchestra

"Multi-Love" still one of my most played to this day since its beautiful conception in 2015. The accompanying video is just as paramount as the song itself.. please indulge yourselves

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

Good variation between new and old sounds

One of our times best bands

16 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.

17 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,

18 Glass Animals

Favorite band wicked tunes

Zaba album is a neo psychedelic masterpiece.

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

Psychedelic pop paradise... also if you haven't visited their website.. please do.. you will not be disappointed

19 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

20 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.
21 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!

Check out their latest (4th Album) "Blown Into Another Man's Sky" on Garden Records GCD 10, very underrated UK Psych band!

I Love The Pharmacist one of the great heavy psych tracks

Great heavy psych think Black Sabbath meets Pink Floyd

22 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

23 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

24 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

25 Brian Jonestown Massacre

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

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

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.

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

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