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Tame Impala :: Crystal Ballroom :: 11.04.13

While December may still be a few weeks off, on Monday night it became a "November 2 Remember" as Tame Impala rocked the Crystal Ballroom for the first show of this year's December to Remember concert series. Although they were originally scheduled to open for Vampire Weekend during Dec2Rem, a scheduling conflict forced the Australian psych-rockers to push up their show by a month. This proved to be a blessing in disguise, as we got to enjoy a longer set from them - for the last gig of their American tour, the band played a marathon show with no opener that lasted close to 90 minutes.

Tame Impala has played two sold-out shows in Portland this year, and both times have been have been wild sprees of pure psychedelic rock goodness, complete with a light show that would make even Pink Floyd fans jealous. While many people are probably familiar with the gnarly blues riffs of the band's breakout single, "Elephant", most of their repertoire has the lush, ethereal sound of songs like "Feels Like We Only Go Backwards." During some of the more trippy instrumental interludes, front man Kevin Parker frequently would turn and play with his back to the crowd, as though he was lost in the music.

Although there were a few moments where the vocals were washed out and a couple of the guitar solos bordered on self-indulgent (hey - it wouldn't be pysch-rock if they didn't, right?), Tame Impala played an amazing set that proves that the legacy of psychedelic rock is alive and well. And if this is any indication of what's to come, this may very well be the best December 2 Remember, yet!

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11/05/2013 9:24AM
Tame Impala :: Crystal Ballroom :: 11.04.13
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