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The Black Angels
The Black Angels

If you go

Who: The Black Angels with Sleepy Sun

When: 9 p.m. Thursday

Where: Fox Theatre, 1135 13th St.

Cost: $15-$18


The Black Angels are flying into town and they’re ready to rock the Fox tonight.

Hallelujah! Yes, a real live rock band’s hitting town! Besides, this music party will be a great way to celebrate Cinco De Mayo.

The Black Angels have been busy putting a new spin on their psychedelic garage sounds. The Austin rockers are touring behind their latest CD, Phospene Dream, so Boulder fans can check out the new tunes.

“We’ve been together since 2000,” vocalist/bassist Alex Maas said. “I think we just keep filling that creative bucket up with all the new music, books and movies we see — and we travel a lot.

“We keep adding to all that creative knowledge, and making music that’s fun and feels good.”

It’s been several years since The Black Angels released a record, but the band has a good perspective on its career.

The group’s maintained a mainstream presence by getting its music out to new mediums. The Black Angels tune “With You In My Head” was featured in “The Twilight Saga: Eclipse” and soundtrack.

“It’s been about two years or more since we had a record,” Maas said. “We had a couple of hang-ups — we got dropped by our label and had to stop production. Then, we had to come back and re-record the record.

“We stepped back to get a fresh, new perspective. It gave us time to sit and analyze the record, and let it marinate.”

The extra time gave The Black Angels a chance to re-evaluate their sound and lyrics.

“We went into a new direction sonically. As artists, we always want to be evolving,” Maas said. “Our lyrical content has grown and developed, too.

“We brought in Dave Sardy. He’s done stuff with Johnny Cash, Oasis and the Stones. He really brought the vocals to the front and made the dynamic things on the record really pop out.”

Sardy pulled the group out of its comfort zone and helped The Black Angels create a dynamic record.

“We really found the songs and built up the dynamics,” Maas said. “Some stuff is even more raw and some stuff is more refined. We recorded this live — that felt good knowing we could play the songs live.

“There are a lot of themes on the record, but a lot of its about our concern for the human condition and where the world is going. We often write open-ended songs, so people can make their own interpretations.”

Maas says the outfit’s new musical direction adds a fresh edge to the live shows.

“For me, having the new songs is making the live show more interesting,” Maas said. “We’re really challenging ourselves and it’s opened the direction for the next record.

“This is going to be a rocking show in Boulder. We’re going to play the songs from the new record and some stuff we usually don’t play.”