Neon Indian - the band now known for playing one of the most epic Bonnaroo sets of all time, ranking up there with Radiohead's 2006 mind bending show - is currently touring with indie poster boys Phoenix, with stops in Los Angeles, Boston, Las Vegas and several other cities.
If you were one of the 75,000 people who headed down to Manchester, TN this year, I hope you were there for Neon Indian's 9 PM show, described by Rolling Stone as feeling like "a spaceship dance party." The performance wil live on forever in Neon Indian lore as the set in which a group of girls rushed the stage wearing nothing but underwear and Indian headdresses, as well as the largest crowd the group have ever pulled for a live show. It was just the icing on the cake for an unforgettable year for the synth-pop psychedelia brain child of Alan Palomo that was born just over a year ago. Now this tour is acting as somewhat of a victory lap for the impossibly humble man.
Neon Indian was born in the dust and perpetual weirdness of Austin, TX from self described "wiley Mexican" Alan Palomo, and is probably the strangest and best pop music that I have heard since Animal Collective's Strawberry Jam pounded into my ear drums. And other people are taking notice - Palomo has been featured in publications as diverse as the Wall Street Journal and Black Book Magazine.
Even though he has a infinite amount of talent and buzz to boast about, Alan refuses to do so. Asked by the Wall Street Journal how he deals with his new found success, Palomo assures, "I try to divorce myself from that state of mind as much as I can," and goes on to say that he won't even type the words "Neon" or "Indian" into Google. That's good, for now. I pray that all of the people who are inevitably going to fill the clubs to capacity on this current tour won't fuel his currently non-existent ego. And, by the looks of it, it doesn't look like it will. Palomo promises that as soon as the tour is over he is going to get right to work on the follow up to his fantastic debut album, and his music has been remixed dozens of time on YouTube and other places on the net. Palomo should take note and realize that he has quickly become an adored figure on several music scenes. Maybe he can start by heading over to the world's most famous search engine and typing his creative pseudonym into the search box. He should probably even click "I'm Feeling Lucky." After all, if this year has been nothing else, it has been quite a lucky one for Neon Indian.
07-30 Boston, MA House of Blues !
07-31 Montreal, QC Metropolis !
08-14 New York, NY The Beach @ Governor's Island
09-19 Santa Barbara, CA Santa Barbara Bowl *
09-21 San Diego, CA SDSU Open Air Theatre *
09-22 Las Vegas, NV The Pearl Concert Theater *
09-23 Salt Lake City, UT The Rail Event Center *
09-26 Vancouver, BC PNE Forum *
09-27 Seattle, WA Showbox
09-28 Portland, OR Wonder Ballroom
09-29 San Francisco, CA Fillmore
10-01 Los Angeles, CA Henry Fonda
10-02 Tucson, AZ Club Congress
10-05 Dallas, TX Granada Theater
10-09 Athens, GA 40 Watt
10-11 Chicago, IL Metro
10-12 Toronto, ONT Lee's Palace
10-14 Las Vegas, NV House of Blues !
* = w- Phoenix
! = w- Chromeo
# = w- Dam Funk