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Tame Impala at Governors Ball 2015

By Will Oliver, August 10th 2015

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Kevin Parker is taking over the world one album of a time as Tame Impala. They’ve been a top, large font headliner in nearly every major music festival across the country (including Boston Calling), and have been getting some of the best reviews of the year with their most recent album, Currents (out via Interscope Records).

Seeing him lead the rest of the Australian band through highly charged festival sets is even more astonishing when you remember that he’s a one man band in the studio. That’s not the case on stage, where the 5-piece band come together to create a powerful tour de force, one that takes psychedelic stoner dreams and turns them into reality. Their set at Governors Ball was loud and a thing of wonder, a true testament to their ever increidlbe journey, that just keeps on going. It seems like their success simply knows no limit.

Find some more photos from their Governors Ball performance below.
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Tame Impala at Boston Calling 2015

By Will Oliver, June 5th 2015 — with 1 comment

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The countdown begins for Tame Impala’s highly anticipated new album Currents, due to be released on July 17 via Interscope Records. It’s been one of my most anticipated records of the year, and I’m sure I’m not alone on that.

The Australian band, led by modern day genius Kevin Parker, took the Boston Calling stage with a bit of daylight left over from the sunset. This gave viewers a rare look at the group without their trippy light show as camouflage. Their amazing visual backdrop remained present for their tremendous set, filled of favorites from their first two albums, and a bunch of the songs released so far from Currents.
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[new]: Tame Impala – “‘Cause I’m A Man”

By Will Oliver, April 5th 2015

Tame Impala - Currents

It was three weeks ago that Tame Impala released the epic 7-minute track “Let It Happen,” that will open their upcoming new album. Today they’ve announced that the new album is titled Currents. With that, they’ve shared it’s first proper single, the ultimately sexy and dreamy “Cause I’m A Man.”

Kevin Parker cuts loose and finds a bit of an soul/r&b influence (a little bit of Michael in there?) to go with his psychedelic drip. It’s clear from “Cause I’m A Man” and “Let It Happen” that Tame Impala are headed into a new direction with Currents. Different, but still very exciting, and still a Tame Impala track.

Stream “Cause I’m A Man” below.
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[new]: Tame Impala – “Let It Happen”

By Will Oliver, March 10th 2015 — with 2 comments

Tame Impala

Today Tame Impala surprised us all with a brand new song called “Let It Happen.” The song was made available as a free download on their website and is the first song off their new album, which we can expect later this year.

“Let It Happen” is a nearly 8-minute extravaganza that goes off a funky 70’s-inspired psych groove that it’s constantly weaving in and out of. The band is leaning towards a more electronic sound, but that stoned Tame Impala glaze is still very much there. This one builds and builds, and when that big climatic break occurs, it’s total a blissful dream. It’s damn good to hear those dreamy Kevin Parker vocals again.

It’s exciting to see Parker pushing the boundaries of what Tame Impala can do as a band even further. This is just the album’s opener too…imagine what else awaits for us.

Stream “Let It Happen” below, and catch some newly announced tour dates below. Head here to check out photos + a recap of their show at The Beacon Theatre last November.
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Tame Impala at The Beacon Theatre (November 10, 2014)

By Will Oliver, December 15th 2014 — with 1 comment

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Back in the early days of November (Nov 10 to be exact) Tame Impala returned for the 2nd night in a row for a sold out show at the historic Beacon Theatre. It was a rare concert for me at the venue (I hadn’t been there since The National played there in 2011), but if there’s anything that will bring me up there, it’s the live show from Kevin Parker’s Tame Impala.
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Arctic Monkeys

Last week Arctic Monkeys stopped by Australian radio station Triple J and participated in the station’s famed Like A Version segment, where bands cover a song of their choice. Arctic Monkeys (Alex & Matt) were up and took on Tame Impala’s “Feels Like We Only Go Backwards.”

It’s an acoustic cover, tackled solely by Turner. Hearing him play it with his British accent gives the song a really pretty feel. I may be biased, but I think he really did the song justice, and then some. The first part of the video clip also features a fun bit.

They also performed “Do I Wanna Know”, where Helders adds his vocals as well as some tambourine. Helder also admits his favorite cover of “Why’d You Only Call Me When You’re High?” is Miley Cyrus’.

Find both performances posted below.
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Tame Impala – Be Above It (Live Version)

By Will Oliver, March 24th 2014

Tame Impala Live Versions

If you have ever seen Tame Impala live, you know what a treat it is to hear all of their songs in the live setting. It’s a thing of a beauty. So it’s cool to hear that Kevin Parker has decided to release a live album featuring some great live cuts.

The recordings are specific to a Chicago show in 2013. Parker’s goal was the give fans something different from the recorded versions, or to allow them to relive the expereience of a live show once again.

Get a taste of the album with a live version of “Be Above It” that will be on the album. It’s posted below.
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The Flaming Lips – Elephant (Tame Impala Cover)

By Will Oliver, October 30th 2013

Flaming Lips - Elephant (Tame Impala Cover)

After touring together The Flamings Lips and Tame Impala (see our photos from their show at Terminal 5 from earlier this month) have become close. At their shows they sold a collaborative EP that was made up of covers that they did of each others songs.

The Flaming Lips recently uploaded a pretty killer cover that they did of Tame Impala’s “Elephant.” It rocks hard, with a touch of The Lips signature sound.

Check it out below.
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