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Shadow Experts: Palm play LIVE plus new Big Thief, Superchunk and Alvvays on the Indie Rock Hit Parade!

Palm | Photo courtesy of the artist

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!

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The Key Studio Sessions: Palm

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 →

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Listen to Palm’s weird and wild new single “Shadow Expert”

Palm | photo via facebook.com/palmmlap

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 →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Camp Candle at Boot & Saddle, Joseph at World Cafe Live, Palm at Johnny Brenda’s and more…

Camp Candle | Photo by Joe Del Tufo | courtesy of the artist
Camp Candle | Photo by Joe Del Tufo | courtesy of the artist

Local electro-pop duo Camp Candle headline Boot & Saddle tonight. The band released its debut EP ERE this 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.

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Watch Palm’s bizarre, yet mesmerizing new video for “Ankles”

 

Photo via facebook.com/palmnewyork
Photo via facebook.com/palmnewyork

Palm are a band who split their time between in Philly and Brooklyn and – just like their geographic location – their music is tricky, if not impossible to pin down. “Art rock” may be the best qualifier, but their main goal seems to be to create the unexpected in a way that can be both harsh and inexplicably enjoyable at the same time. Last week Palm released the video for “Ankles,” a single off of Trading Basics which came out last month via Inflated Records. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Zydeco Crossroads Weekend at World Cafe Live, Left & Right at Everybody Hits, Laura Palmer at Kung Fu Necktie and more

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Buckwheat Zydeco | Photo by Rachel Del Sordo

If you missed Zydeco Crossroads last night at World Cafe Live, you have another chance to catch it tonight! The festivities – which celebrate Creole music, Cajun food, and Zydeco dancing – will begin this afternoon with a film screening of Zydeco Crossroads: A Tale of Two Cities by filmmaker Robert Mugge, which will be followed by a panel discussion upstairs. Then after dinner, the entertainment will resume with music from Corey Ledet and His Zydeco BandWayne Singleton and Same Ol 2 Step, and Rosie Ledet. You won’t want to miss out on this night! Get tickets and information at the XPN Concert Calendar. Check out Corey Ledet and His Zydeco Band perform “Boudin Man” for KRVS below. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Palma Violets at Johnny Brenda’s, Hound at Boot and Saddle, Sonnder at Union Transfer

Palma Violets | photo via facebook.com/PalmaViolets
Palma Violets | photo via facebook.com/PalmaViolets
Rowdy Brit rockets Palma Violets return to Philly tonight with a new album in tow. Danger in the Club is raw, yet anthemic, and should translate well to the band’s trademark high-energy live show. Check out the title track below and get information on the show at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →