Jagwar Ma warm up for Panorama Festival with a bouncy, energetic and trippy Bowery Ballroom set

I recently described Jagwar Ma as similar to Tame Impala, which a disservice to both. The night before Tame Impala headline the second day of Panorama Festival in New York, Jagwar Ma played a day one after party at The Bowery Ballroom, much bouncier, bigger and brighter than their Australian psych-rock counterparts.

Jagwar Ma’s sound pushes the more into dance music than psych-rock, which is what they’re often described as. Their new album, Every Now & Then, and the live versions of it push their sound further into the 1970s, a decade that Tame Impala also knows well, but leans more on the synthesizers than the psychedelics. They’re certainly a trippy band, but they’re also a band that makes you want to dance, rather than daze.

The show pulled in the usual New York City weekend crowd, half there just to drink and dance and half there for the music. Wingtips opening set was a full-on dance party, paralleled by Jagwar Ma’s set that got equal reactions to dance songs like “Uncertainty” and fan-favorites like “Come Save Me.” The set was well-paced and balanced to please both halves of the crowd.

While some of the Every Now & Then tracks had less of a reaction, it’s not because they aren’t just as catchy. When Jagwar Ma sets out on their next full tour of bigger rooms with shows that aren’t billed as after-parties, they’ll probably get the true reaction of daze-y joy they deserve.

Jagwar Ma plays Panorama Saturday afternoon, opening for moody Australian Chet Faker and trippy Australians Tame Impala. Their earlier time slot suggests their following might not be as big, but their sound certainly is and it deserves to be discussed in a category of its own.

The band’s tour dates are here.

Brian Benton

Brian is the founder and editor of Respect Your Youngers. He currently lives in New York City, and previously lived in St. Louis and San Francisco. He enjoys public transportation and coffee, and can be found online at brianfbenton.com

Jagwar Ma warm up for Panorama Festival with a bouncy, energetic and trippy Bowery Ballroom set

I recently described Jagwar Ma as similar to Tame Impala, which a disservice to both. The night before Tame Impala headline the second day of Panorama Festival in New York, Jagwar Ma played a day one after party at The Bowery Ballroom, much bouncier, bigger and brighter than their Australian psych-rock counterparts.

Jagwar Ma’s sound pushes the more into dance music than psych-rock, which is what they’re often described as. Their new album, Every Now & Then, and the live versions of it push their sound further into the 1970s, a decade that Tame Impala also knows well, but leans more on the synthesizers than the psychedelics. They’re certainly a trippy band, but they’re also a band that makes you want to dance, rather than daze.

The show pulled in the usual New York City weekend crowd, half there just to drink and dance and half there for the music. Wingtips opening set was a full-on dance party, paralleled by Jagwar Ma’s set that got equal reactions to dance songs like “Uncertainty” and fan-favorites like “Come Save Me.” The set was well-paced and balanced to please both halves of the crowd.

While some of the Every Now & Then tracks had less of a reaction, it’s not because they aren’t just as catchy. When Jagwar Ma sets out on their next full tour of bigger rooms with shows that aren’t billed as after-parties, they’ll probably get the true reaction of daze-y joy they deserve.

Jagwar Ma plays Panorama Saturday afternoon, opening for moody Australian Chet Faker and trippy Australians Tame Impala. Their earlier time slot suggests their following might not be as big, but their sound certainly is and it deserves to be discussed in a category of its own.

The band’s tour dates are here.

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