Tame Impala has headlined every major music festival this summer, from Coachella to Lollapalooza – and yet, Kevin Parker doesn’t seem to thrive in the spotlight. A self-professed control freak, Parker writes and produces alone. Tame Impala’s set is jam-packed with theatrics, maybe as an extra protective layer between Parker and the rest of the world. In front of a sold out amphitheater at the Mann Center Friday night, the tsunami force of indie music appeared humbled, though their sound was by no means small. Continue reading →
Tame Impala‘s touring schedule this spring and summer involves a lot of ocean crossing. But after Kevin Parker and his band finish bouncing back and forth between North America, Europe and Australia, they’ll wrap up the tour here on the East Coast, stopping in Philly for a show at The Mann on August 23.
Tame Impala released two new singles, “Borderline” and “Patience,” recently, and performed on SNL last month. The project’s last album was 2015’s Currents, and it certainly looks like we can expect to hear something about a new release soon. Continue reading →
It was a year of powerful records. Of loud guitars and brazen beats, of electronic tapestries and vocal abandon. It was a year of personal introspection and rallying cries for social change. It was a year when music felt inextricably tied to the world around us. When it felt more important than it had in a long time. Like we’ve said before, to narrow 12 months of incredible music down to a “top 15 albums of 2015” list is to exclude dozens of other worthy releases. This year, we had 26 writers and photographers cite a collective 82 albums as their favorites – you can view everybody’s top fives here, and I know fully well that had I asked The Key crew to give me top tens, I’d be easily looking at quadruple the titles. But we’ll go deep when our annual Year-End Mania roundup launches tomorrow. Today we take the long view and explore what rose to the surface of consensus in 2015, from the expressive moments of Kamasi Washington, Joanna Newsom and Jamie xx, to the pop permutations of Carly Rae Jepsen and Grimes , rock and/or roll from Courtney Barnett and Alabama Shakes, Philly representation from The Districts, Waxahatchee and of course, Hop Along‘s incredible breakout LP Painted Shut, which alongside the great Kendrick Lamar rose right to the top of our voting. Let’s recap the year. Continue reading →
Last night, Tame Impala took the Tower Theater stage to a sold-out crowd of eager fans awaiting their first taste of live music from the band’s third studio album, Currents. After much anticipation, the opening “Let It Happen” set the tone for the evening of truly immersive audio and visual experience. Highlights included “Alter Ego,” “Eventually” and “Feels Like We Only Go Backwards,” and midway through the set, lead singer Kevin Parker took a passionate fan’s request for “Half Full Glass of Wine” to the crowd’s delight. Check out photos from the show, the setlist and videos below. Continue reading →
You’ve waited and now your patience will pay off. The Indie Rock Hit Parade returns tonight at 11pm on WXPN with a major new show. We’ll be spotlighting the massive new album from Jersey’s Titus Andronicus, The Most Lamentable Tragedy. Since we’ve been away, a metric ton of new tracks have come along, so there’s plenty of fresh stuff to get through tonight. Like maybe a few of these:
Tonight, the Indie Rock Hit Parade brings you (among other things) a spotlight on an album that’s been at the top of our list of ‘Most Anticipated Releases’ for months. Tune in starting at 11pm to hear a full two-hour show includes several tracks from Tame Impala‘s newly released Currents. We’ll also check out a few of these tracks, freshly picked for your discerning ears:
Australian psychedelic rockers Tame Impala return with a new album, this Tuesday, and you can listen to the album in its entirety via NPR Music First Listen. Fronted by lead singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Kevin Parker, the record finds the band in heavy exploratory mode. Continue reading →