Acid Mothers Temple aims to expand your consciousness at the Social

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Japanese psych-hippie-freakout godparents Acid Mothers Temple have made a “career” out of being louder, heavier, hairier and more thoroughly freaked out than any other group on the “modern” psych scene today. AMT pretty much make every band at, say, Levitation Fest look like accountants or insurance agents. Mainstays Makoto Kawabata and Higashi Hiroshi aren’t leaving the band unless it’s in a funeral shroud made of blotting paper. Guitarist Kawabata tested the Floridian waters with an Orlando show last year in the company of avant-percussionist Tatsuya Nakatani, and apparently he found the City Beautiful hospitable enough to bring his whole commune. To wit, since 1995 the constantly shifting AMT collective have been wholeheartedly dedicated to spreading the lysergic gospel of out-there psych – Gong, Syd Barrett, Magma, Hawkwind – by living the gimmick to the hilt. Flares, tie-dye, long hair, denim, cult symbology and ear-bleeding inner travels are all hallmarks of the fearsomely prolific band (50 albums and counting). Stand and salute the freak flag, hippie.

with Babylon | 8 p.m. Friday, April 14 | The Social, 54 N. Orange Ave. | 407-246-1419 | thesocial.org | $13-$15
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