Best known in indie circles as the founder and frontman of San Francisco-based collective Sic Alps—which, along with groups like Thee Oh Sees and The Hospitals, helped usher in the Bay Area psych-rock resurgence during the previous decade—singer and guitarist Mike Donovan went solo in 2013 with the acoustic-flavored Wot. Donovan, who has also put in work with the glammy side project Peacers, returned last month with a new album, How to Get Your Record Played in Shops. The LP, out on famed indie Drag City, finds the artist supplementing his folky meanderings with synths, keyboards and a parade of never-ending echo effects. He plays Athens with support from local lo-fi popsters Party Favor and experimental outfit Half Acid.
MIKE DONOVAN San Francisco singer-songwriter known for his work with garage-rock band Sic Alps. See Calendar Pick on p. 20.
PARTY FAVOR Local supergroup featuring members of Muuy Biien, Surface to Air Missive and Neighbor Lady.
HALF ACID Greg O'Connell uses synths and other unconventional instruments to create a psychedelic stew.