Tame Impala

Amidst a slew of competition, Australia’s Tame Impala might just be the best band doing the insurgent psychedelic rock thing right now. That’s because although their music is a retro throwback to the psych-jam sound of the 70s, it’s also filtered through their own youthful lenses – it’s swirling and kaleidoscopic, but with a sunny pop flair and accessibility – think the Beatles, jamming with the Jimi Hendrix Experience. (It helps that frontman Kevin Parker’s vocals at times sound spookily like John Lennon’s). The band’s first LP, this year’s heady Innerspeaker, was recorded in a beach shack on the Indian Ocean in Perth and fresh and vintage at the same time. Every song on the record vibrates with spongy, reverb-soaked guitars and drums and hypnotic, solar-powered grooves. With Stardeath and the White Dwarfs. ERIN K. THOMPSON

Fri., Dec. 10, 8 p.m., 2010

 
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