Tame Impala's fuzzed-out psychedelia embraces you like a warm drink and a bongload, and right now it's being embraced right back. In fact, in a few short weeks the Australian trio has earned its stripes as a buzz band, 2010 style.
The credentials: They toured supporting MGMT. Their album “Innerspeaker” earned Best New Music on Pitchfork. Every blog on the planet rushed to weigh in on barefoot frontman Kevin Parker and crew. Suddenly, Tame Impala's modest tour sprouted wings.
Their initial show tonight at the cozy Silverlake Lounge quickly sold out, so a second early performance was added. It sold out too. Then Tame Impala was added to Monday's Rainbow Arabia residency at the Echo, and the line to get in the joint was a block long.
What fans got was a druggy, languid set of '60s-inspired chops, Sgt. Pepper's as elastic, being stretched from its pop confines into jam band territory. The Wayback Machine will be running at full speed for their 7 and 10:30 p.m. shows tonight.
Elsewhere: Blitzen Trapper is happily all over the map on its fifth album, Detroyer of the Void, and the Portland sextet plays the El Rey Theatre supported by fellow Pacific Northwesterners the Moondoggies, whose sophomore album will be ready this fall. … And the Gracious Few — the new band featuring Kevin Martin and Sean Hennesy of '90s stalwarts Candlebox and Chad Taylor, Patrick Dahlheimer and Chad Gracey of '90s stalwarts Live — previews their forthcoming album (produced by Jerry Harrison and due Aug. 31) at the Troubadour.
Also: Excellent local shows at Spaceland (the Parson Red Heads, Wheelhouse) and the Roxy (Glacier Hiking, the Daylights); Taking Back Sunday at the Wiltern; Jesse Cook at Club Nokia; Johnny O'Donnell's Pratfall Effect and Mack Winston & the Reflections at the Echo; the Gears at the Redwood Bar; Grouplove, Nicole Simon and Sam Bradley at the Hotel Cafe; Miranda Lee Richards at the Bootleg Theater; Gilli Moon at the Mint; and Saint Vitus at the Viper Room.