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Tame Impala @ Riviera Theatre, 5/15/2015
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With his straggly hair and beard, and lean, barefoot frame, Parker still looks like the shaggy one-man-band auteur who emerged out of Australia in 2010 with densely packed, acid-saturated home-studio recordings. But when he stepped away from the armada of foot pedals arrayed in front of him and let the music breathe, his nasally falsetto vocals painted a different portrait: Kevin Parker, soul man.

On "Let it Happen," keyboards and a clipped groove dominated, a sleek electro-R&B track that wouldn't have sounded out of place on a Pharrell Williams record - at least at first. A midsection breakdown arrived, and then the main theme returned full force, this time with guitars and drums in rock rave-up mode. It was a show's worth of zigs, zags and cliff-hangers packed into seven-plus minutes of music, the kind of track that's normally saved for last. But Parker preferred to set the bar high from the get-go, as if daring himself and his five-piece band to surpass it.

Tame Impala's ambitious new album, Currents, is out in July and the band are not shy about playing new material on their current tour, clearly wanting folks to hear where they're going. That tour hit Riviera on May 15 with Mini Mansions and pictures/setlist from the show are in this post. More below...

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photo: Lollapalooza 2014 (more by James Richards IV)

The Lollapalooza 2015 lineup has been announced. Check it out below.

The fest happens July 31 - August 2 in Grant Park. Tickets are on sale now, and single day passes go on sale at 10 AM CT.

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Tame Impala @ the Vic in March (more by James Richards IV)

Tame Impala have announced that they'll be touring throughout the U.S. this fall. A handful of their dates are with The Flaming Lips, and the remainder are headlining gigs. One of those headlining gigs is a Chicago show at the Riviera Theatre on October 10 with support from Austin's White Denim. Tickets go on sale this Saturday (6/29) at 10AM CST.

Earlier this year, Kevin Parker and co. stopped by Australia's Triple J Radio to contribute to their Like A Version cover series. The group tackled Outkast's "Prototype," and you can check out the clip, plus their full North American tour schedule, below...

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Patti Smith @ Madison Sq. Garden, November 2012 (more by Gretchen Robinette)

today in Chicago
* Patti Smith & Her Band @ the Vic
* Robbie Fulks, Steve Frisbie @ Hideout
* Jay Brannan, Julie Meckler @ Schubas
* Bill Callahan @ Garfield Park Conservatory
* Krisiun, Arsis, Starkill, Wounds @ Ultra Lounge
* Foul Tip, Banned Books, No Safari @ Township (Free Show)
* Pomegranates, Noah's Ark Was A Spaceship, Wedding Photography @ Empty Bottle (Free Show)

Patti Smith & Her Band play their first of two shows at the Vic tonight.

Bill Callahan plays the Garfield Park Conservatory.

Tame Impala visited Triple J Radio and covered Outkast's "Prototype" for the station's Like A Version series. Check out the footage below.

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Tame Impala at the Vic on 3.06.2013
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This past Wednesday (3/6), Perth's Tame Impala toured through Chicago to play a sold-out show at the Vic Theatre with The Growl. The Growl opened with their bluesy repertoire, and the in-demand Australian headliners were heavy on their 2012 album Lonerism. Were you there? If so, what did you think of the show?

More pictures and a couple of videos from their 3/6 performance at the Vic are below...

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Marissa Nadler @ the Hideout, September 2011 (more by Ben Rodig)

today in Chicago
* Daniel Knox @ Hideout
* TEEN, Gold Cult @ Township
* Toro y Moi, Sinkane, Dog Bite @ Metro
* Sonoi, Pool Holograph, Sabers @ Empty Bottle
* Windbreaker, Ross Kelly, Svengali's Ghost @ The Burlington
* Marissa Nadler, Jesse Sykes and Phil Wandscher @ Schubas

TEEN headline Township tonight.

Toro y Moi, Sinkane, and Dog Bite play Metro.

Marissa Nadler plays Schubas with Jesse Sykes and Phil Wandscher.

The 2013 Bonnaroo lineup has been announced.

Tame Impala played "Elephant" on Fallon last night. Check out the footage below.

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Quicksand @ Music Hall of Williamsburg in August (more by Rebecca Reed)

Tickets for Quicksand's January 12 show at Metro go on sale this Friday (11/30) at noon. As mentioned, an artist presale is currently active.

Tickets for Todd Barry's two-night stand at Schubas on January 23 & 24 go on sale this Friday at noon.

Tickets for Palma Violets' January 25 show at Schubas go on sale this Friday at noon.

Tickets for Dropkick Murphys' February 22 show at the Aragon Ballroom go on sale this Saturday at 10AM. A JAM presale will be active this Friday at 10AM; the password is rosetattoo.

Tickets for Eels' February 23 show at the Vic go on sale this Saturday at 10AM.

Tickets for Tame Impala's March 6 show at the Vic go on sale this Saturday at 10AM.

Tickets for Unknown Mortal Orchestra's March 7 show at Lincoln Hall go on sale this Friday at noon.

Tickets for Veronica Falls' March 14 show at the Empty Bottle go on sale this Friday at 10AM.

Tickets for Efterklang's March 19 show at Lincoln Hall go on sale this Friday at noon.

Tickets for Jamie Lidell's April 6 show at Lincoln Hall go on sale this Friday at noon.

Tame Impala @ Metro earlier this month (more by James Richards IV)

Tame Impala, who recently hit Chicago for a performance at Metro, will be returning to our city on a new North American run in 2013. That run kicks off in mid-February and includes a performance at the Vic Theatre on March 6. Ticketing information for the Chicago show is forthcoming, but check JAM Productions' website for updates.

All 2012 // 2013 tour dates are below...

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Nachtmystium @ Brooklyn's Saint Vitus earlier this week (more by Fred Pessaro)

today in Chicago
* Tight Phantomz, Bloodiest, E+ @ Empty Bottle
* Nachtmystium, Ken Mode, Encrust @ Ultra Lounge
* David Vandervelde, Quarter Mile Thunder @ The Burlington
* Gemini Club, Kid Color, Bestfriends, Umami, Boutros @ Lincoln Hall
* Tanya Morgan, Psalm One, ADD-2, The Whoevers @ Subterranean
* ...And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead, The Coathangers, Czar @ Bottom Lounge

Tight Phantomz play a record release show at the Empty Bottle tonight.

Nachtmystium, Ken Mode, and Encrust play Ultra Lounge.

...And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead play Bottom Lounge with The Coathangers and Czar.

Watch Tame Impala play "Elephant" on Later... With Jools Holland below. Check out some pictures from their recent Chicago show at Metro HERE.

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Tame Impala at Metro on 11.13.2012
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On Tuesday night (11/13) Tame Impala brought their tour with Stockholm, Sweden's The Amazing through Chicago to play a sold-out show-- an on-going theme for the tour-- at Metro. Their headlining set consisted of an even mix of songs from Innerspeaker and the new Lonerism. The crowd really went nuts for their newer material, like the tight groove of "Elephant" and airy ballad "Feels Like We Only Go Backwards," which were performed back-to-back in the middle of their set. At times, the guitar tones became a bit muddy, due to the mass of effects pedals used, but overall they sounded great. Were you there? What did you think?

More pictures and the setlist from the 11/13 show at Metro can be found below...

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David Bazan @ ACL 2010 (more by Tim Griffin)

today in Chicago
* Grouplove, Papa @ the Riv
* CAVE, Tyvek, Running @ Hideout
* David Bazan, Stagnant Pools @ Metro
* Crooked Fingers, John Vanderslice @ Schubas
* Sims, Mike Mictlan, ShowYouSuck @ Abbey Pub
* King Tuff, Gap Dream, Nude Sunrise @ Subterranean
* Giant Giant Sand, The Old Ceremony @ Mayne Stage
* Electric Six, Little Hurricane, Black Actress @ Double Door
* Fight Amp, Millions, American Draft, Neverender @ Ultra Lounge
* Grass Widow, Wet Hair, Blizzard Babies, Neon Piss @ Empty Bottle
* K.Serra, Taught Abroad, The Great American Canyon Band @ The Burlington

CAVE, Tyvek, and Running play the Hideout tonight.

David Bazan performs Pedro the Lion's Control at Metro.

Giant Giant Sand play Mayne Stage.

Fight Amp play Ultra Lounge with Millions, American Draft, and Neverender.

Tame Impala have a trippy new video for "Feels Like We Only Go Backwards." Check it out below, and enter to win tickets to see them at Metro with The Amazing.

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Sweden's The Amazing kick off a North American tour with Tame Impala tonight in New York City. As mentioned, that tour will make its way to Chicago on November 13 for a sold-out show at Metro. Did you grab tickets in time? If not, we've got a pair to give away! Details on how to enter to win them can be found below. As we also mentioned, the group will be back in Chicago on January 19 to play Schubas with Chelsea Wolfe and King Dude as part of Tomorrow Never Knows 2013.

The Amazing's Gentle Stream LP originally hit stores in 2011 via Subliminal Sounds, but just saw a US release in October via Partisan Records. Gentle Stream is a collection of shimmery, experimental folk with a tip of the hat to roots rock. You can take a listen to Gentle Steam in its entirety at the bottom of this post.

All tour dates, contest details, and a stream of... Gentle Stream are below...

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Tame Impala @ Lollapalooza 2012 (more by James Richards IV)

Earlier today (8/13) BrooklynVegan let you know that Aussies Tame Impala have expanded their fall international tour schedule. Some more dates have since been added to that run, including a November 13 show at Metro. Tickets for that show are not on sale yet, but check Metro's website for updates. All US dates will feature support from The Amazing.

As mentioned, the group are set to release their new album, Lonerism, on October 5 via Modular. If you haven't gotten around to it yet, check out the album cuts "Elephant" and "Apocalypse Dreams" at the bottom of this post. Tame Impala also recently covered Fleetwood Mac's "That's All For Everyone" for the tribute album Just Tell Me That You Want Me. The album comes out this week and you can listen to their contribution at BV.

All Tame Impala dates and streams of their new singles are below...

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by Parker Langvardt, photos by James Richards IV


The sun baked the lawns and wide streets of downtown Chicago's Grant Park as Lollapalooza 2012 started off on Friday with bands on all stages minus the two main stages at either end of the park. Aside from the stages, fences, booths, and some Lollapalooza signage, the park remained fairly untransformed for the festival.

I caught the very end of First Aid Kit's set, and at the time entirely forgot the duo's Swedish nationality due to the accent they sang with, closer to a mild Southern US drawl. The softness in their voices gave way to an excited and slightly jarring scream before one of the final choruses. I walked to the south end of the park for The Growlers. Vocalist Brooks Nielsen's nasally twang was the constant as they shifted through relaxed and eclectic styles of rock.

Chiptune quartet Anamanaguci played at the shaded Google Play stage, with a recorded keyboard backing their synthy guitars. Their instrumental electro-punk would make a great soundtrack for a pixelated arcade racing game.

Yellow Ostrich's upbeat indie rock was made slightly more diverse by drummer Michael Tapper's focus on clean drum sounds (no snare buzz) and rattling auxiliary percussion. Alex Schaaf began one song by creating a slightly off-putting guitar loop, which he managed to fit a pleasant vocal melody over before the instruments transitioned into their usual style.

Back at the north end of the park, The Black Angels vamped on heavy southern blues rock as vocalist Alex Maas shook a tambourine and sang with a slight Southern accent and a bit of vibrato. The guitars were dirty when loud, and psychedelic when soft or soloing. They touched on standard blues progressions with choppy, reverb-soaked guitar.

Tame Impala

Tame Impala's floating melodies are vaguely similar to a variety of classic rock and pop bands, but their choice of tone obscures it in a psychedelic haze. They performed their hard swinging new single "Elephant", which twists through strange transitions in what is definitely their most complex and heavy work yet, though it did not sound as thick as the recording. There were some minor technical difficulties - Kevin Parker's guitar seemed to short out and he mentioned that he thought one of his pedals was melting (presumably the electronics inside), though his tone remained similar to their recordings.

Perry's electronic stage, upgraded from it's previous tent status, was packed all day with mainstream electronic offerings. Considering the bass dropped every time I walked by, it was fitting that SBTRKT's set took place at the Google Play stage instead, with their chilled tones - largely created live on keyboards - and varied rhythms, which were often played on drums by producer Aaron Jerome. Sampha contributed vocals throughout the set.

Passion Pit

Though they cancelled a few shows, Passion Pit returned to Chicago to play a club show at House of Blues and a set at Lolla on Friday. Frontman Michael Angelakos appeared in good spirits as he greeted the crowd. They opened with the pulsing drums and bold synth of "Take a Walk," which sounded like a near-reproduction of the recording. I then traversed the festival grounds to catch The Shins, who were in fine form. They took some songs a slower pace than I anticipated. James Mercer embellished some of his vocals when he wasn't accompanied by lead guitarist Jessica Dobson's singing.

Five minutes prior to Black Sabbath's set, Ozzy Osbourne's laugh was heard over the PA, followed by sounds of rain. Unfortunately, what followed were only videos of the band and brief samples of their music. Ozzy was heard once again, and the curtain raised for three-fourths of the original Black Sabbath to play classic doom metal piece "Black Sabbath". It was slightly slower than Ozzy seemed to want to take it, hedging ahead at times. His cries of "Oh no, God, please help me" were convincing enough, though I'm not sure he could ever recreate the terror in his voice that was first heard over 40 years ago, especially in sobriety.


Ozzy played harmonica throughout "The Wizard", and urged the crowd to clap during the time-shifting "Behind the Wall of Sleep," saying, "Come on, you fuckers!" They wrapped up their Black Sabbath portion of the set with "NIB," beginning with Geezer Butler's wah'ed out bass. Tony Iommi played masterfully throughout, leading off the vaguely Latin sludge of "Into The Void" with precision. He used more modern sounding effects on "Electric Funeral", which were paired by Bill Ward replacement Tommy Clufetos' clicky drums. The former Alice Cooper, Ted Nugent, and Rob Zombie drummer was given a drum solo prior to "Iron Man," which he blasted through on his two bass drums. I felt this was kind of a slight to Ward, and totally unnecessary as many drum solos are, but it did hype up the crowd, who weren't loud enough for Ozzy. "I can't fucking hear you!", he screamed more than once. And that was the end of the first of three long, hot days in Chicago.

Check out Black Sabbath's setlist HERE. Check out more pictures from Day One, The Afghan Whigs, Metric, and M83 included, HERE. Pictures from Day Two are HERE. More about the fest, and day three pictures, coming soon.

Tame Impala @ Webster Hall in 2011 (NYC) (more by Toby Tenenbaum)

Australian psychedelic rockers Tame Impala are back with a follow-up to their excellent debut LP Innerspeaker, dubbed Lonerism, due out in October via Modular People. Though they'll be releasing a single called "Elephant" later this month, you can listen to/download the album track "Apocalypse Dreams" via a widget below. The song is six-minute jam featuring bouncy piano parts and a grooving bass line. Lonerism was produced by frontman Kevin Parker and mixed by David Fridmann.

Tame Impala have just a few North American dates this summer, one of which is a performance on Friday (8/3) of Lollapalooza. The festival is now completely sold-out save for a few very pricey travel packages.

All Tame Impala tour dates are listed below, along with a stream of their new track.

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Tame Impala @ Webster Hall (more by Toby Tenenbaum)

today in Chicago
* Tame Impala, Yuck, Yawn @ Lincoln Hall
* Lord Huron, This is Cinema, Dinosaur Bones @ Schubas
* Oh No! Oh My!, Air Waves, The Dig, When Clouds Attack @ Empty Bottle

Tame Impala, Yuck, and Yawn will also play Lincoln Hall tomorrow night.

Dinosaur Bones have slated a June 12th session with Daytrotter; at their Rock Island, IL HQ.

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My Morning Jacket @ Terminal 5 in 2010 (more by Matthew Eisman)

Timber Timbre will play Schubas on May 20th.
Tickets go on sale this Friday at noon CST.

Tame Impala and Yuck have added a SECOND show at Lincoln Hall on May 4th.
Tickets go on sale this Friday at noon CST.

The Sam Roberts Band, and Zeus will play Lincoln Hall on June 7th.
Tickets go on sale this Friday at noon CST.

As previously reported, James Blake's May 15th show has been moved from Schubas to its big sister venue Lincoln Hall. This means more tickets!
They'll go on sale Friday at noon CST.

Neil Young is playing two shows at the Chicago Theatre on May 6th, and 7th.
Both night one, and night two go on sale this Saturday at 10AM CST.

We recently announced a tour, and album details for Death Cab for Cutie's LP Codes and Keys. They'll play a very intimate show at Metro on May 20th.
Tickets go on sale Saturday at noon CST.

Ben Harper will play the Vic Theatre on June 30th.
Tickets go on sale this Saturday at 10AM CST.

My Morning Jacket will play the Auditorium Theatre on June 17th.
They've also got a new LP Circuital due out this summer via ATO Records.
Tickets go on sale this Saturday at 10AM CST.

Tame Impala @ Bowery Ballroom 11/19/2010 (more by Lionel Bergeron)

Tame Impala will tag along on some North American dates opening up for Yuck this spring. After they play the sold-out Coachella Festival, the Aussie band will hit the road with Yuck starting April 25th at NYC's Webster Hall.

Just like the recently announced Smith Westerns Chicago date, Tame Impala and Yuck will play Lincoln Hall. Their show is scheduled for Tuesday, May 3rd. Tickets go on sale this Friday at noon. Yuck's self-titled LP came out today via Fat Possum Records.

All known Tame Impala tour dates (more TBA), below...

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