Best Live Band Orange County 2008 - Magic Lantern
Like a band of whirling dervishes, Magic Lantern are able to instigate mystical experiences through the power of their art, to conjure up spirits through the force of their sound. And like the musical religious mystics before them, Magic Lantern understand the power of repetition as a means to provoke these altered states. Drones, repeated guitar phrases and spaced-out, echo-y effects blast at you, enveloping your brain and eating it slowly from the inside before you even realize what's happening. Ten minutes pass before you know it, as your eyes dilate and your eardrums thump. Like the frequently name-dropped Hawkwind before them, Magic Lantern sound like they're being beamed from the cosmos directly into your cerebral cortex. Lucky for us, they're actually just from Planet Long Beach.