If youre going to follow in the footsteps of Hawkwind and skip merrily down the hallucinogen-ated astral pathways of psychedelic and space rock, then youd damn well better be audacious about it. And what can possibly be more audacious than playing all-instrumental music to boot? Ozric Tentacles (whose members reportedly met at something called the Stonehenge Free Festival!) is now marking 25 years of going strong with exactly that approach. And, as the bands 30 albums prove, the Ozrics glorious unabashed presence, not to mention strong British flavor, have contributed greatly to the bands enduring appeal. These days, the Ozrics find themselves coasting, thrusters still ablaze, in a kind of time-space fold, their sound somehow a complementary fit with jamtronica, space rockers, and neo-proggers alike. Interested parties can climb aboard the bands long, strange trip via new album-slash-transportational-device Yum Yum Tree. With Voyager One.
Sat., May 30, 9 p.m., 2009