Tame Impala teams up with Theophilus London again after new album announcements

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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 Timesafter 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.

Photo Credit: Burak Cingi/Redferns via Getty Images

Boston Calling reveals 10th anniversary lineup

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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.

 

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Kanye West Pulled Out Of Coachella And Governors Ball Because The Festivals Wouldn’t Build Him A Giant Dome

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Kanye WestOn 1/1, just two days before Coachella co-founder Paul Tollett was set to announce Kanye West as one of the stars headlining the desert festival, West sprung a last-minute surprise on the concert promoter. Instead of performing on the main Coachella stage, West asked Tollett to construct a giant, custom-built dome in the … More »

Coachella’s first weekend sold out in 40 minutes, both weekends within six hours

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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.

Tickets went on sale a day after the festival announced its star-studded 2019 lineup, boasting noteworthy acts like Childish Gambino, Tame Impala, and Ariana Grande set to headline. Notable dance music acts include fan favorites DJ Snake, Bassnectar, Diplo, and Four Tet.

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Coachella announces 2019 lineup: Tame Impala, Ariana Grande, & Childish Gambino all headlining

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A historic musical moment has arrived. Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival has announced its 2019 lineup, with Childish Gambino, Tame Impala, and Ariana Grande set to headline the 19th iteration of the American festival behemoth. The news follows a heavy onslaught of rumors, months of speculation, and last minute cancellations.

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.

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Dancing Astronaut’s Top Tracks of 2018

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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.

We also saw a creative collective of remixes surface in 2018, including Rinzen‘s compelling take on deadmau5 and Rob Swire‘s hit “Monophobia” and Skrillex‘s intoxicating rendition of Travis Scott‘s “Sicko Mode.” We celebrated the return of Gesaffelstein with “Reset” and welcomed new projects from Diplo in LSD and Silk City. We welcomed collaborations from Ekali, Medasin, and Elohim in “Forever,” Tiësto, Dzeko, Post Malone, and Preme in platinum smash hit “Jackie Chan,” and ZHU and Tame Impala in “My Life.”

Ultimately, though, we’ve narrowed 2018 down to 30 tracks that stole our hearts and smashed streaming records.

A$AP Rocky samples Tame Impala in shimmering new project, ‘Sundress’ [WATCH]

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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.

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Live Blog: Desert Daze 2018

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Desert Daze 2018
Moreno Beach; Lake Perris, CA

[October 12-14, 2018]

2018 saw Southern California’s psychedelic freakout fest Desert Daze reaching its highest highs, as well as it lowest lows. Between a change in venue, a drastic boost in attendance, and an unfortunate weather-related catastrophe, this year’s festivities tested its attendee’s patience in more ways than one. And yet, in spite of some serious mishaps, Desert Daze amazingly managed to pull through for yet another wild weekend, proving yet again why it’s one of the more unique, all-in-one festival experiences out there today.

For a festival that prides itself on its good vibes, this year’s Desert Daze started out on a pretty harsh note. Day 1 was basically a disaster, with the line just to get into the parking lot taking a solid three and a half hours, and that’s after driving two hours from L.A. to get to the festival’s new home of Moreno Beach in Lake Perris, CA. We didn’t even make it into the campgrounds until around 6 PM, and by the time we had settled into our campsite, we only had time to try and catch Tame Impala’s headlining set that night. Little did we know that the travesties were only beginning; less than 10 minutes into Tame Impala’s set, the band was rushed offstage by a sound guy who informed us that there was a freak lightning storm headed straight in our direction, and that we essentially had to get the fuck out. Cue the pouring rain (as well as a frantic series of text alerts warning us to not take shelter under trees, buildings, or tents — leaving us where exactly?), and Day 1 amounted to one of the most ridiculous series of events that’s happened to me at a music festival.

But from there, the clouds hanging over the weekend surprisingly cleared up. I must admit that I was skeptical of the festival moving from Joshua Tree — one of the most legendary parks in America — to the middle of San Bernardino, but Moreno Beach was an absolute dream. Getting to go for a swim in between sets was lovely and once again proved Desert Daze’s affinity for offering much more to festival-goers than just a series of stages to hustle between before driving back to the hotel for the night. Between all the colorful art installations, the bountiful camping accommodations, and the silly activities in the Mystic Bazaar, Desert Daze is a fun festival to hang out at for three days, to say nothing of their penchant for booking an expansive range of artists stretching from Julia Holter to Slowdive to Earth to Death Grips.

The prices are still more expensive than they should be, but there’s something about going from floating in a lake to basking in the apocalyptic noise of My Bloody Valentine that’s hard to beat. Take a look at our photos from this year, and see if you can catch a vibe or two.

Words by Sam Goldner, Photos by Stephanie Riesco


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A$AP Rocky – “Sundress” (Feat. Tame Impala) Video

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A$AP RockyTame Impala’s Kevin Parker has been steadily collaborating with rap, pop, and R&B stars for a few years now, and he recently teamed up on new music with Theophilus London. Today we get to hear what another New York rap sophisticate sounds like over Parker’s pop psychedelia. More »

Theophilus London – “Only You” (Feat. Tame Impala) Video

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Theophilus-London-Only-You-videoLately, the cosmopolitan New York rapper Theophilus London and the Tame Impala main man Kevin Parker have been putting in a lot of work together. They’re calling their project Theo Impala, and after debuting a few tracks at a secret LA show a couple of weeks ago, they dropped three newMore »