Top Ten Modern Psychedelic Music Artists

PetSounds
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

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

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2 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

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6 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.

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

They're really experimental and not afraid to try new things

This band will be remembered.

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!

8 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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9 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

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.

Dreamy and AMAZING!

13 The Flaming Lips The Flaming Lips

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.

14 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

15 The Gorillaz

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

The bathhh

16 Muse Muse
17 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

18 Ween Ween Ween is an American experimental rock band formed in 1984, in New Hope, PA. It's members are Dean and Gene Ween.
19 Unknown Mortal Orchestra

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

One of our times best bands

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