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The Bright Light Social Hour

“Their expansive sound, penchant for experimentation and incredible shows combine a psychedelic southern blues-rock aesthetic with danceable electronics… Continually exhilarating.” – David Dye, NPR’s World Cafe

Founded by Jackie O’Brien and Curtis Roush, and joined by Mia Carruthers, Zac Catanzaro and Juan Alfredo Ríos, The Bright Light Social Hour combine expansive psychedelia with thundering guitar, gritty harmonies and pulsating rhythms.

Iconoclastic in their mercurial sound, the band has released four studio albums including their 2015 masterpiece Space Is Still the Place and Jude produced by Chris Coady (Beach House, Future Islands). Along with original soundtracks for HBO, MTV, and Nintendo, the band was tapped by Bryan Cranston to write and record the BMI award-winning theme for Amazon's Sneaky Pete. Their legendary North American performances number in the thousands featuring Austin City Limits, Lollapalooza, and Corona Capital, as well as support spots for Aerosmith, Osees, and The Flaming Lips.

Their first single of 2023, “Smoked Out” demands cannabis criminal justice reform with a chimerical video in which members try smoking for the first time. New album coming 2023.

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