Tame Impala (Formed 1999) Tame Impala is a group formed through Kevin Parker, from Perth, Australia. Other members are Dominic Simper, and Jay Watson. They are better known for their singles, "Feels Like We Only Go Backwards" and "Elephant".
Formation: Tame Impala formed after 13 year old Kevin Parker and Dominic Simper from Perth, got together as a band. They stuck to bedroom recordings until 2007, when Jay Watson joined them. Music Career Kevin Parkers constant uploads to Myspace eventually caused a number or labels to become interested in his work. He signed with independent Modular Recordings. In order to get the home recordings onto the stage, he got his friends Dominic Simper and Jay Watson to help him.
In September 2008, the band released their self-titled album. Australian Independent Record label saw Tame Impala gain the number one position. They also gained the number 10 position on the ARIA Physical Singles Chart, with the sings "Desire Be, Desire Go", "Half Full Glass Of Wine", and "Skeleton Tiger". In 2008, they supported bands such as The Black Keys, MGMT, and You Am I. They also performed at Festivals such as Southbound, Meredith Music and Falls. They went on tour in 2009, and performed at such places as V Festival. The group's first single was released in July 2009, on vinyl.
Following their performance at Rottofest in 2009, they embarked on their national tour, which was to last from September till October. "Sundown Syndrome" was included in the soundtrack for "The Kids Are All Right". On 21st of May 2010, the group's debut album "Innerspeaker" was released. 'Pitchfork' named it best new music. After returning to the UK and Europe in 2010, the group played one of their biggest headline shows. Noel Gallagher, Noel Fielding, Alexa Chung, and Tom Meighan attended this show. After headlining all over the USA, the band received 4 2010 ARIA Music Award nominations, including 'Album Of The Year' and 'Best Rock Album'. In November 2010, they won the J-award for album of the year.
In October 2012, Tame Impala's second album "Lonerism" was released. The band released an album teaser in June 2012, "Apocalypse Dreams" which was free on their Facebook page. The first single, "Elephant" was released in June 2012. "Feels Like We Only Go Backwards" was released as their second single. For the second time, "Lonerism" won the J-award for album of the year in 2012. They also won this for their "Innerspeaker" album.
In 2013, Rolling Stone picked "Lonerism" for the 2012 album of the year award. Their "Innerspeaker" album was also picked for this. In 2013, received a 2014 Grammy award nomination in the best alternative music category.
If ever an album epitomised the change of direction in someone's life, Tame Impala's new album 'Currents' more than fits the bill, as the new record will surely have some fans wondering where the original sound has gone.
If you are searching for the psychedelic-indie-rock of their first two albums you may be disappointed, however those willing to embrace someone's new journey, walk of life and sound, you will be pleased.
Kevin Parker, aka Mr Tame Impala himself, has composed a new album that touches on all the new things in his life, and they are fairly evident throughout; a recent friendship with Mark Ronson, who brought out the Aussie for some big hits at Glastonbury, does seemed to have rubbed off on him, and, most notably, the break-up with his girlfriend as this unconventionally tells the story of him terminating the relationship.
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The good news is the quality of the latest acts announced.
The 23rd edition of the Netherlands' Lowlands Festival sees yet another wave of incredible artists hit the bill ahead of the date this summer. Hot Chip and Kendrick Lamar are among the major new additions, with seventeen more acts also announced.
Following the enormous success of his worldwide number one third album 'To Pimp A Butterfly', Kendrick Lamar is bringing his hip hop talent to the festival circuit with Lowlands just being the latest in a string of gigs this summer; he will also be playing Bonnaroo, Summerfest, Outside Lands and Reading Festival in the UK. Hot Chip will be supporting their own new album, 'Why Make Sense?', which is set to be released on May 15th 2015.
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Elton John and Mumford And Sons are leading the line-up.
Outside Lands organisers have finally unveiled the spectacular 2015 line-up for their eighth year, featuring headliners Elton John and Mumford And Sons. The event is set to bring its usual combination of music and munchies to San Francisco this August.
Joining Elton and Mumford are a range of equally exciting acts, both of the veteran and the up-and-coming variety. Man of the moment Sam Smith - whose already bagged a total of six awards this year, including four Grammys - will bring his pop genius to the stage, alongside The Black Keys who released their first chart-topping album last year, and Kendrick Lamar whose highly anticipated third album 'To Pimp A Butterfly' sailed to number one in both the US and the UK last week.
Coachella 2015 brings some fantastic artists - new and old - to Indio, California.
It's that time of year again as the full line-up announcement for Coachella 2015 arrives following some spectacular headliners: AC/DC, Jack White and Drake will all top the bills at the two-weekend event in April.
Well known for its diverse collection of rock, pop, electronic, hip hop and indie artists from around the world, the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival is yet again set to arrive at the Empire Polo Club fields in Indio, California. Kicking off with the first event from Friday April 10th - 12th, the festival will repeat the following week from April 17th - 19th.
Check out 'Daffodils', the latest track from Mark Ronson's upcoming album 'Uptown Special'.
Mark Ronson has released a new track 'Daffodils'.
It's raining, it's pouring: Glastonbury Festival's weather forecast predicts an overcast weekend with hopefully no more of Thursday's rain.
Many Glasto goers woke up to the pitter patter of rain on canvas this morning as Wednesday's warm, humid weather well and truly dissolved into rain. By the Thursday evening, the site was drenched - what had initially been forecast as a "short sharp shower turned into an all-day deluge," according to the BBC. And where there's rain, there's mud: big sticky, gloopy, welly-stealing piles of it. This didn't deter any of the 118,000 ticket holders already onsite, with revellers retreating to indoor tents or embracing the wet weather and sludge with gusto by making mud slides. As the main festival wasn't even fully underway by then, we can't say we'd like to be sharing their tent this weekend - let's hope they've brought some babywipes!
Glastonbury Festival Organisers Michael & Daughter Emily Eavis.
Unlike everywhere else in the country, the rest of the weekend in the South-West is set to be mild, but not exactly toasty, with mean temperatures of 18°C combined with average windspeeds of about 15mph: so that little weather forecaster's cartoon of a grey cloud will pretty much sum up the weekend. 2009's extreme weather saw torrential downpours and thunderstorms lighting up the valley but was followed by 2010's glorious sunshine, which caused sunstroke and dust problems. Punters have a whole weekend of musical, comical and performance joy ahead of them to distract them from any weather woes though. Saturday night will be headlined by The Rolling Stones who have described the Glastonbury headline slot as an experience they were "destined" for, with organisers Michael and Emily Eavis "thrilled" to have the legendary Stones perform.
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With less than 24 hours to go before Glastonbury Festival opens its doors at the Somerset site, it's always good to know which bands to see and when.
With such a ginormous festival site at 900 acres, and plenty of drunken hoardes and muddy puddles to fight through, the simple act of walking from one stage to another can be a difficult task. Throw in a lost mud-sucked welly and inebriated disorientation and you haven't a hope in hell of deftly navigating your way in between acts - even with that overpriced festival lanyard you spent half your first day's budget on.
Glastonbury returns in 2013 after having taking a well needed break in 2012 - the Eavis family, the cows and the grass all had a rest whilst the portaloos and crowd barriers were in London for the Olympics. The festival this year marks it's revival with an exciting line-up, including The Rolling Stones, Mumford & Sons, Arctic Monkeys, Chic feat. Nile Rodgers, Chase and Status, and Public Enemy.
However, with all star-packed line-ups comes inevitable clashes: fan of both Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds AND Smashing Pumpkins? Too bad - they're both on around 20:30 on the Sunday with a good half mile hike between stages, meaning you'll have to forego one sullen frontman for another.
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Barcelona: arguably the most picturesque city in Europe. Situated on the Mediterranean coast in the heart of the Catalonian region, it's a landmine of history and culture. In amongst the beautiful landscapes and symbolic architecture; much of it crafted by Antoni Gaudi; lies the wonderful Park Guell, while at the city's highest point resides the Olympic Stadium, redeveloped with an increased capacity for the 1992 event. Then, of course, there's always the world famous Nou Camp, home to arguably the greatest and most successful football club of this generation, which is where our week long journey begins.
Arriving a day early before Primavera's festivities start enables us to take in the unique atmosphere as champions Barcelona narrowly defeat Real Valladolid by the odd goal. It also allows one final opportunity to contemplate this year's timetable where clashes aplenty are the order of most days. However, such a haven of choices marks a great festival, right? Right.
This year's event marks the thirteenth edition of Primavera Sound and, with weekend tickets having sold out months ago, it would be fair to say it's one of the few whose reputation and audience is growing despite the current economic decline. Mainly situated across three venues; the Parc Del Forum, Parc De La Ciutadella and Sala Apolo; Primavera has developed from an initial three-day weekend into a full blown seven-day event.
Continue reading: Primavera Sound 2013 - Live Review