The Tame Impala show at Stubb’s in Austin, TX on Febuary 26, 2013 was sold out and rightfully so! I got there early with my fiancé to catch the opening act The Growl, who, like Tame Impala, are also from Australia. I wasn’t as blown away by them as others around me seemed to have been.I would like one song, but not the next one, and so on. I found myself wanting them to finish so Tame Impala would come on stage. They were not for me, but to each his own.

The place kept getting more and more crowded as the night went on and I started to get sandwiched between giant people, as it always seems to be for me. Once Tame Impala took the stage, the energy at Stubb’s changed from anticipation to captivation along with a psychedelic light show. Everyone around me just mellowed out and started to sway to the music. There was one concertgoer that was woo hoo-ing and singing every word as loud as he could, and who eventually spilled his drink on my friend’s head from said rocking.  He apologized profusely to my friend about the drink, drunkenly, and you know, he was feeling it so we got used to him.

The set was an even mix of their two albums Lonerism and Innerspeaker, with recent hits like “Feels Like We Only Go Backwards,” “Elephant” and “Mind Mischief” to get the crowd riled up. I would like to say I saw a super energetic band play along to their show, but since I am 5’1, I didn’t really see anything except the drummer occasionally flailing around like Animal. My considerably taller fiancé took a few pictures of the band for me to look at later.

Tame Impala

Overall, I thought the show was awesome and the live sound was even more exciting than listening to the records. The show was even more special to me because I was able to see it with my good friend Jen Quinonez before she left Austin for a new adventure in New York City. I left feeling rocked, tired and with a rad new poster.

Tame Impala

– Submitted by Mandi LeBlanc, Music Design