Psych rock, when it’s done well, isn’t about a song but an experience. It turns you inward to a world of musical bliss and contemplation. That is, if it’s tolerable. And if you’re stoned. Magic Lantern, however, make sure that everyone is ready for the ride. Typically, this kind of music builds and builds, then builds some more without any payoff. It’s like really bad sex. These guys, however, know how to find the release button. Magic Lantern live is like riding in a car at night while the lights and houses and trees flash through your mind. And just when you think you’ve seen (and heard) enough, well, there’s more—the band makes sure you take that sonic trip with them. And on lucky nights, Bill Ross will be there to be your guide—adding moiré pattern visual effects and daring to put on Jodorowsky’s Holy Mountain, which would damn near upstage the show if it weren’t for the sublimely masterful skill of Magic Lantern.
— Chesney Higgins