Indie four-piece Palm recently debuted their new “candy-coated dissonance” of an EP, titled Shadow Expert. With wonderfully erratic rhythms, these new tunes are a refreshing beauty to behold. And tonight they’ll be bringing this perfect deconstruction of sound to PhilaMOCA. Find more info on the show here, and stream Shadow Expert below. Continue reading →
You’re in for a real treat on tonight’s Indie Rock Hit Parade. In fact, we all are! Listen at 11pm ET on XPN for a full two-hour show that’ll kick off with our latest IRHP Live Session. Joining us in the studio this time around is the Montreal duo She-Devils, whose self-titled debut came out earlier this year on Secretly Canadian. They’ll play selections from the album in our studio in new, amorphous arrangements.
Also in store tonight are a couple of spotlights on new releases, including the latest EP from recent studio guestsPalm and Free at Noon alumKevin Morby. New tracks in the mix as well, so preview them below:
Fearless, wild, weird and wonderful, Philly four-piece Palm has a new record out today called Shadow Expert. It’s a collection of candy-coated dissonance, six songs of mind-bendy arrangements and interlocking instrumental complexity that stand alongside inviting tones and playful melodies, the sweetest shreddery you’ll ever hear.
As a live band, Palm is no joke — of course they’re not, being able to make records like this means being actually able to play music like this — and we heard that firsthand a couple weeks ago when it performed in XPN studios for a joint session with The Key and the Indie Rock Hit Parade. Continue reading →
I’m a fairly awkward person, which means I am also a fairly awkward dancer. To counteract this dilemma, I strive to be a top-notch head-nodder and/or foot-tapper. Usually it’s pretty simple to keep up with the constant, predictable beats of standard rock formula. But sometimes this equation is thrown out the window and my plan to look hip and cool is foiled. Palm’s new EP Shadow Expert is one of those times. Continue reading →
Tonight’s Indie Rock Hit Parade is packed to the gills with brand new tracks from beloved bands and up-and-comers alike! Tune in to XPN at 11pm ET for a full two-hour show that’ll also serve as the chaser for this month’s What’s The Frequency??? with John Vettese. In the hopper, we’ve got a live session that John and I recorded together with the now-Philly based experimental pop band Palm. The quartet has a new EP, Shadow Expert, coming this month, and we’ll hear them perform tracks from it live in the studio. Also, since it was just released this week, we’ll spotlight the new full-length from Big Thief, Capacity. Be on the lookout for new singles from Superchunk, Alvvays and Ariel Pink, too!
There’s something about artists with origin stories in upstate New York university towns — they seem to run fearlessly against the grain, generally unconventional and all the awesomer for it. I’m picturing quiet seclusion in an area with a modest amount of commerce, a copious canopy of trees and a lack of excess pressure to be a dozen places at once. A place where you can take time to yourself to find yourself, focus inward and develop your art into something striking and unique. The experimental pop four-piece Palm got its start in 2011 in Hudson, New York, and by the time it moved to Philadelphia two years ago, its sound was out of this world. Continue reading →
East coast experimentalists Palm took up partial residence in Philly a while back, and are gearing up to release their latest collection, the Shadow Expert EP. It’s fast-paced and cerebral, with the singles we’ve heard from it so far being very reminiscent of cult faves Deerhoof and The Raincoats — intertwining guitar leads and frantic rhythms that break beyond the standard rock and roll 4/4, with unusual tones and textures at play. Continue reading →
Palm’s music is something to behold. Like opening up the back of an iPhone, all you see is a mess of inter-working parts coming together to produce something important. And the local’s new song “Walkie Talkie” follows that in step.
Local electro-pop duo Camp Candle headline Boot & Saddle tonight. The band released its debut EP EREthis past summer, sharing a collection of atmospheric, synth-driven songs that highlight Hetepsa and Nu Ra’s sonic chemistry. Watch a video for the more recent “One Day, My Friend” below and pick up tickets for the 21+ show here.