Theophilus London and Tame Impala are at it again, following up last year’s collaboration “Only You” with new retro handiwork, “Whiplash.” Like something out of Knight Rider 2000, “Wiplash” combines Kevin Parker’s psychedelic rock style with Theophilus London’s dynamic, hip-hop flow. Listeners are serenaded with a comforting contrast between the frontman’s voice and producer’s supporting vocals.
The pop-leaning single was first shared at a 2016 Boiler Room event in Brooklyn, but hasn’t seen the light of day until now. Parker told The Sunday Times, after being announced as a 2019 Coachella headliner, that a new Tame Impala album would be released this year. There is reason to believe the album could come before the April 13/20 performance in Indio, California considering Parker isn’t privy to playing unreleased music live.
Tame Impala’s previous album, Currents, saw release in 2015 and received a Grammy nomination for Best Alternative Album. This next LP is looking to be a career-defining project, vying for Album of the Year nods.
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Boston Calling revealed its 10th anniversary lineup, featuring some of the biggest names in the industry and premier headliners such as Travis Scott, Twenty One Pilots, and Tame Impala. Other big names to grace the northeastern sonic get-together include ODESZA, Logic, Greta Van Fleet, Anderson .Paak, Hozier, Janelle Monáe, Sheck Wes, and many more. With an eclectic lineup combining carefully selected acts in hip-hop, rock, and electronic music, Boston Calling tempers the array of sounds by including comedy acts such as Michael Che, Jenny Slate, and Fred Armisen.
Other electronic acts thrown in the mix include Mura Masa, a DJ set from Chromeo, Snakehips, and other various troupes that utilize strong synth protagonists. The event is embedded in prime-time festival season, May 24-26, at the Harvard Athletic Complex. Click here for tickets.
Tickets for Coachella‘s 2019 edition flew off the virtual shelves within hours — even minutes! — of going on sale.
The iconic California festival’s first weekend, slated for April 12-14, sold out of its general admission tickets in just 40 minutes, with tickets for weekend two (April 19-21) following shortly after. Six hours after going public, all Coachella passes were entirely sold out. The past two years, tickets sold out within three hours.
The festival’s full billing includes a large number of mainstream dance acts. DJ Snake, Diplo, Bassnectar, Four Tet, and more all land top of the billing. Coachella will run for two back-to-back weekends in mid-April. The first weekend of Coachella 2019 will take place from April 12 to 14, while the second will run from April 19 through April 21. The festival will return to its home at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, California.
Passes will go on sale Friday at 11 a.m. PT /2 p.m. ET.
Paring down an entire year’s worth of songs is no easy feat.
2018 saw the explosion of songs like ZEDD‘s “The Middle” and Calvin Harris and Dua Lipa‘s “One Kiss,” dominating both the dance music charts and the radio airwaves. Ear-catching tracks like these, along with fan favorites like FISHER‘s persuasive “Losing It” and Anti Up‘s entertaining “Pizza” wiggled their way into festival sets around the world and — love them or hate them — stood out as notable tracks that do their part in immortalizing this whirlwind of a year.
A$AP Rocky dropped a shimmering new single and music video, “Sundress” featuring a sample from Tame Impala‘s powerful,“Why Won’t You Make Up Your Mind.” The hip-hop fashionista and trendsetter shows no fear in diving into the experimental realm, combining elements of psychedelic indie rock and rap into his new project. Glittering guitar, jazzy pianos, and the consistent kick of work’s trap rhythms ensnare listeners into its vivid soundscape with zero escape. The New York rapper also sings along with high-pitched vocals from the rock bands lead man, Kevin Parker, adding reminding listeners of his versatility on the vocal side. The music video directed by Frank Lebon jives with Rocky’s tripped-out leanings, reminiscent of his L$D video and newest album, TESTING.
Just a few weeks ago, Theophilus London and Tame Impala‘s Kevin Parker gave listeners a taste of their collaborative Theo Impala project at a sold-out show in Los Angeles. Unfortunately, the rest of the world was left reeling with anticipation and the hope that the tunes would hit the internet.
For now, their collaborative efforts include an original titled “Whiplash” and the duo’s own take on Nigerian singer-songwriter Steve Monite’s 1984 hit “Only You.” Now, they’ve shared a psychedelic Frankie Latina-directed video for “Only You” and it’s an endearing belter with the homemade VHS feel to match.
When Travis Scott takes the stage alongside John Mayer and Tame Impala, it’s more than safe to say that “Sicko Mode” is fully engaged. Scott made his Saturday Night Live debut during the October 6 installment of the show, when he circled through New York to vocalize several Astroworld selections alongside genre-bending assistants, John Mayer and Tame Impala. Scott delivered a smooth “Skeletons” and “Astrothunder” medley, additionally catering to the crowd in his performance of recent fan-favorite, “Sicko Mode.” Kevin Parker of Tame Impala assisted on the guitar, as did the equally illustrious John Mayer.
A production that has witnessed some of the most rapid chart upstarts of 2018 thus far, Astroworld charted all 17 of its total tracks on Billboard’s Hot 100. Scott’s sophomore outing, Astroworld followed the chart movement of Birds in the Trap Sing McKnight, Scott’s debut album that also rocketed to the number one spot on the charts immediately after its 2016 release. Astroworld saw a number of noteworthy appearances from industry fixtures like The Weeknd, Quavo, Pharrell, and more.
There’s been no shortage of new ZHU teases from the enigmatic artist’s hotly anticipated second album. The hype has reached fever pitch with singles featuring top tier collaborators, including a genius link with Tame Impala‘s Kevin Parker for “My Life,” and a satin smooth joint effort with Majid Jordan, “Coming Home.” Now, ZHU has unveiled his master plan with a full track list, official cover art, and release date. Ringos Desert hits stores and streaming September 7 on his longtime home label, Mind of a Genius records.
The album’s 14 tracks include previously released singles, as well as material from ZHU’s spring EP,RINGOS DESERT PT. 1. Despite the track list’s heavy chunk of available material, the full experience promises plenty of future hits – including monster collaborators like Karnaval Blues and TOKIMONSTA. The same day his sophomore LP drops, ZHU will kick off his DUNE tour in El Ray, California. Can’t wait until September to hear the new LP? The “Working For It” producer has an ultra secret BLACKLIZT premiere party planned somewhere in the sands of the Mojave on August 31.
Apple Music/Beats1 host Matt Wilkinson had the chance to sit down with Tame Impala mastermind Kevin Parker in a recent interview. Chatting about recent collaborations, live performances, and the band’s upcoming album, Wilkinson dives in to give us a picture of the frontman’s post-Currents life.
Parker talks about the possibility of new music from Tame Impala. Without giving too much away, the Australian artist notes that he would be “very disappointed” if there was not a new Tame Impala album out by this time next year. While the details remain hazy, and the direction that the band will take its music unknown, recent collaborations with ZHU, Miguel, and Mark Ronson may suggest a continuation of the accessible yet psychedelic dance-pop sound explored on Currents.
While Kevin Parker’s part-introvert, part-socialite personality allows him to lock himself away in an oceanside cabin to complete a project, it also means he can be a fervent collaborator. He spent time in the studio with SZA recently, and while rumors swirl about a full length project from the pair, he notes that he “can’t really do anything more than hope” that the music will come out, though he suggests that at least one track, titled “Back Together,” would be the most likely to emerge. Parker also speaks on some brief studio time with Travis Scott, though no concrete material seemed to surface from that session. On the other side of the spectrum, the frontman said he would be happy to collaborate with the Arctic Monkey‘s frontman Alex Turner, a pairing that would surely set the indie world on fire. While we haven’t received any new music from Tame Impala today, Kevin Parker’s busy schedule and vast reach in the world of music should have fans of the band looking forward to the next few months.