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Psychic TV Live at SXSW: The Godfather/mother of Industrial Rock Rides Again

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Thu, Mar 17, 2011 at 8:08 AM

click to enlarge Psychic TV - PHOTO BY WENDY GILMARTIN
  • photo by Wendy Gilmartin
  • Psychic TV

What: Psychic TV

Where: Elysium, Austin TX

When: March 15, 2011

Psychic TV and their outer-planetary transport trip blasted off Tuesday night with the gloriously pandrogynous Genesis P-Orridge back at the helm after years of professed retirement and personal tragedy.

click to enlarge Genesis P-Orridge - the Godfather of Industrial Rock - PHOTO BY WENDY GILMARTIN
  • photo by Wendy Gilmartin
  • Genesis P-Orridge - the Godfather of Industrial Rock

Psychic TV/Throbbing Gristle fans in general had been waiting in giddy anticipation for this show, which almost didn't happen. Plans had been arranged to bringing the band to town in conjunction with the North American premiere at SXSW this week of Marie Losier's new feature length documentary The Ballad of Genesis and Lady Jaye had been the plan, but funds fell through.

Fortunately, thanks to an online kickstarter campaign, the documentary (which tells the story of the enduringly daring, sometimes raw and exceptionally creative relationship between Genesis and "other half" partner Lady Jaye) and the band were able to make it down to Austin. "I've never been hit on by so many straight boys," P-Orridge mused before easing into what started as a nice-and-easy, trance-inducing meander, but ended up clocking the audience upside the head with an intense, rollicking blow.

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