The Best Indie Psychedelic Electronic Rock Bands

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A list of the best up-and-coming psychedelic electronic rock bands that you need to be listening to.

The Dandy Warhols

The Dandy Warhols are an American rock band, formed in Portland, Oregon in 1994 by singer-guitarist Courtney Taylor-Taylor and guitarist Peter Holmström. The band’s name is a play on the name of American pop artist Andy Warhol. The Dandy Warhols were one of the first bands to be associated with the term “psychedelic rock” since their 1996 debut album …The Dandy Warhols Come Down. They have released thirteen studio albums, two live albums and numerous singles.

The band’s hits include “Not If You Were the Last Junkie on Earth”, “Bohemian Like You” and “We Used to Be Friends”. The Dandy Warhols have been praised for their “unique and retro sound.” They have also been nominated for several Grammy Awards, including Best Alternative Music Album for 2003’s Welcome to the Monkey House.

Tame Impala

Hailing from Australia, Tame Impala is a psychedelic rock band that has been on the scene since 2007. The band is known for its blend of psychedelic, electronic, and rock music, which has earned them critical acclaim and a loyal following. The band’s most recent album, ‘Currents’, was released in 2015 to critical acclaim and topped many year-end lists. If you’re looking for a mind-bending musical experience, Tame Impala is definitely worth checking out.

The Flaming Lips

The Flaming Lips are an American rock band formed in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, in 1983. Embarking on a musical career that has spanned four decades, the group has released fifteen studio albums and numerous singles. The band is best known for their hits “She Don’t Use Jelly” and “Do You Realize?,” both of which peaked at number one on the Billboard Alternative Songs chart.

Since forming in 1983, the Flaming Lips have released fifteen studio albums and numerous singles. The band’s musical style has evolved over the years, from their early work in the psychedelic rock genre to their more recent work in electronic rock. They have also experimented with elements of pop, hip hop, and country music. The group is best known for their hits “She Don’t Use Jelly” and “Do You Realize?,” both of which peaked at number one on the Billboard Alternative Songs chart.


MGMT is an American psychedelic rock band formed in New Haven, Connecticut in 2002. The band is composed of Andrew VanWyngarden and Benjamin Goldwasser. They are best known for their hit singles “Kids” and “Electric Feel”.

The band began as a collaboration between VanWyngarden and Goldwasser while the two were studying at Wesleyan University. The two wrote and recorded songs together, self-releasing them under the name “The Management”. After graduating from college, the duo recruited drummer Hank Sullivant and bassist Matt Asti to complete the lineup. The four then moved to Brooklyn, New York to pursue their musical career.

The band’s debut album, Oracular Spectacular, was released in 2007 to critical acclaim and commercial success. It included the singles “Kids” and “Electric Feel”, both of which were chart hits. The album was certified platinum in the United States and gold in Canada.

The band’s second album, Congratulations, was released in 2010 to similar acclaim. It included the single “Flash Delirium”, which was also a chart hit. The album was certified gold in the United States and silver in the United Kingdom.

The band has released two further albums: MGMT (2013) and Little Dark Age (2018). They have also released a number of EPs and singles, most notably “Time to Pretend” (2008) and “Alien Days” (2013).

The Black Keys

The Black Keys are an American rock band formed in Akron, Ohio, in 2001. The group consists of Dan Auerbach (guitar, lead vocals) and Patrick Carney (drums). Their music has been classified as blues rock and garage rock, but the band has incorporated influences from a variety of genres, including punk rock and hip hop.

The Black Keys have released eight studio albums, the most recent being Turn Blue (2014). They have also released five live albums and an EP. The band’s first four albums were released on independent label Alive Records before signing with major label Nonesuch Records for their fifth album, Brothers (2010), which peaked at number three on the Billboard 200 chart and won three Grammy Awards. Their sixth album, El Camino (2011), was their first record to be certified platinum in the United States. Their seventh album, Turn Blue, was released on May 13, 2014 and debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 chart.

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