Photos: The Flaming Lips and Tame Impala got cosmic at Festival Pier

The Flaming Lips | Photo by Rachel Barrish | All photos by Rachel Barrish |

It was a double shot of modern psychedelic rock last night at Festival Pier with a double-bill of long-running cult faves The Flaming Lips as well as current luminaries Tame Impala. The five-piece Impala went first, playing a set that drew on both its current record Lonerism as well as its 2010 debut Innerspeaker. The performance was backed by a LED screen projecting patterns, colors and shapes in constant motion; the Lips, on the other hand, went trademark full-force with smoke plumes, firecrackers, Wayne Coyne singing from atop an octopus-looking spacecraft (or a spacecraft-looking octopus) and more. Joining in the fun, fans came to the show decked out in their most bizarre attire. Check out photos from the crazy show in the gallery below.


Tonight’s Concert Picks: The Flaming Lips at Festival Pier, Blondie / X at Keswick Theater, Wesley Stace at World Cafe Live and more

Hailed for their dense psychedelic compositions and exuberant nature, experimental alt-rock legends The Flaming Lips play alongside Tame Impala tonight at Festival Pier. Although the Oklahoma native, five piece outfit toned down their never-leave-a-dull-moment-untouched attitude with April release The Terror, front man Wayne Coyne tells Rolling Stone that the album is ”possibly the best Flaming Lips record ever made.” However bleak the release may be, it has not stifled the internationally acclaimed band’s over the top personality; which can be seen in their recent “Turning Violent” and Devo cover “Gates of Steel” videos seen below. Find details and tickets for tonight’s show at the XPN concert calendar.

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The Week So Far: 12 must-read stories on The Key (incl. Firefly, The Flaming Lips, The Downtown Club)


Relive the weekend’s Firefly Festival with reviews and photos [link]

William Tyler stops by for a Folkadelphia [link]

David Dye, Michaela Majoun and the XPN hosts list their favorite albums of 2013 so far [link]

Vampire Weekend will perform at the Mann Center on 9/19 [link]

Italian prog-rock film composers Goblin will make their U.S. debut this fall, playing Underground Arts on 10/5 [link]

The Flaming Lips will play Festival Pier with Tame Impala on 10/3 [link]

Members of Belle & Sebastian will DJ a party at Dolphin Tavern following their July 10th show at the Mann Center [link]

Dr. Dog drummer Eric Slick goes solo / acoustic on his new track “Creature Comfort” [link]

Stream local electronic / R&B duo Marian Hill‘s new single “Whiskey” [link]

Set times for this year’s XPoNential Music Festival have been announced [link]

Check out pictures of Wilco‘s Solid Sound Festival set, get ready to see them at XPo Fest next month [link]

Local new wave outfit The Downtown Club recorded this week’s Key Studio Session [link]


Making new rock and roll legends with Tame Impala at the Electric Factory (photos, review, setlist)

Tame Impala | Photo by Rachel Barrish |
Tame Impala | Photo by Rachel Barrish |

All photos by Rachel Barrish |

A lot of people say that rock is dead. There’s no large-and-in-charge band that takes the stage to a packed room. No more crowds of rabid fans waiting to hear Led Zeppelin play their epic songs or Page’s soaring guitar solos. There are no more girls screaming at the sight of The Beatles as they step off their plane. There are no more Pink Floyd laser light shows. Rock bands are still out there, but the rock fan has dwindled and rock has become more of an add-on to other genres. Indie rock, electronic rock, folk-rock, etc. So we’ll never have another truly great rock band.

Or so I thought until I went to see Tame Impala at The Electric Factory last night. The place was packed to the rafters with longhaired spectators waiting to hear the Australian group. The room was electric with energy; the ambience was perfect. Next to me, fans were arguing about which song would be first.

But they’d have to wait to hear Tame Impala, because Light Heat was up first as the openers. A relatively new Philly band, Light Heat came on and rocked the stage with a very full and very loud sound. At times, it was hard to hear their instruments, as the speakers blended everything into one large mass of a chord. But Light Heat brought a powerful energy with them and warmed up the crowd with songs from their self-titled debut that comes out on Tuesday, giving it their all on stage.

After a short break, I got a taste of my first real modern rock band. As Tame Impala took the stage, the audience began screaming. After a quick hello, the band burst into, not a song, but a long psychedelic jam, taking the crowd aback with surprise until the jam somehow morphed into “Solitude is Bliss.” The audience went wild. Continue reading →


Tonight’s Concert Picks: Tame Impala at The Electric Factory, Catnaps at PhilaMOCA, Peter Yarrow at Haddon Lake Park, Northern Arms at Ortlieb’s Longue

Tame-ImpalaThis Wednesday is chalked full of amazing music.  First up, the Austrian psych-rock group Tame Impala.  Out of the brilliant mind of group leader Kevin Parker, Tame Impala have released two amazing albums, Innerspeaker and Lonerism, both dealing with isolation in a trippy combination of 60s rock and modern electronic music.  Tonight, the band plays Electric Factory with Philly’s own Light Heat as the openers.  Check out the video for Tame Impala’s “Feels Like We Only Go Backwards” below and click here for more concert information.

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Light Heat’s new album now streaming at The New York Times website (appearing on XPN Philly Local tonight)

LightHeatLight Heat‘s self-titled debut is due out on June 25th via Ribbon Music, but if you’re itching to hear it now, the album is now available to stream at The New York Times website. The local psych-rockers will be in town for two up-coming shows, supporting Tame Impala at the Electric Factory on June 19th, as well performing a free in-store concert at AKA Music on June 25th. In addition to that, Light Heat is this week’s Key Studio Session guest, so be sure to tune in to WXPN tonight at 9:30 to hear their performance and check back to the blog tomorrow morning to get a download of it.. Listen to the New York Times stream here.



When Todd Rundgren remixed Tame Impala (playing Electric Factory with Light Heat on June 19)

tameimpala The Australian psychedelic rock band Tame Impala have gone on record as being big fans of Todd Rundgren. Tame Impala’s recent album, Lonerism, was released in October, 2012, and the band had a song from it, “Elephant,” remixed by Rundgren. On Rundgren’s remix, he turns up the sonic seasonings, stretching the original song by two minutes by adding his brand of noodle-y electronics and Utopia-esque prog-rock sound effects. Listen to the original and the remix below. Tame Impala are playing the Electric Factory on Wednesday, June 19th with Light Heat. Go here for tickets.


Just Announced: Light Heat opening for Tame Impala at The Electric Factory on 6/19

LightHeatPhilly’s Light Heat – the new project of Philly psych mastermind Quentin Stoltzfus – is gearing up to release its self-titled debut LP on Brooklyn imprint Ribbon Music. The band recorded a Key Studio Session last month (we’ll bring it to you next week) and plays an party at Old City’s AKA Music on release day, June 25th. Equally (possibly more) exciting is that Light Heat was just added as an opener at Tame Impala’s show at The Electric Factory on June 19th. Tickets and information on the show can be found here. Below, watch a rehearsal session last year that the band filmed for BITBY.