Palma Violets, Public Access T.V., Darren Hanlon tonight…

Category: Blog — Tags: , — @ 1:18 pm May 26, 2015
Palma Violets headline at The Waiting Room tonight...

Palma Violets headline at The Waiting Room tonight…

by Tim McMahan,

I didn’t hit a single damn show this past long weekend. No Built to Spill; no Sons of O’Leaver’s… I blame being partially under the weather. Hey, I’ll try to make up for it this week, (maybe) starting tonight at The Waiting Room where Palma Violets are headlining.

Their latest album, Danger in the Club (Rough Trade, 2015), has been maligned by some online channels, Pitchfork being the worst offender, giving the album a lowly 4.5 rating and calling it “a last-ditch attempt to aestheticize (sic) a sublime lack of inspiration.” Eek.

I’ve been listening to the record for the past couple weeks and will tell you it’s not that bad, in fact it’s not bad at all. The album was produced by John Leckie, who’s worked with Stone Roses, Radiohead and The Fall, among others. The Brits get it. NME rated it an 8 out of 10. I’d put it somewhere in the middle. While the album has some rousing moments (that no doubt will translate well to the stage) there is a propensity to ramble in a Titus Andronicus sort of way. Opening is NYC band Public Access T.V., whose self-titled EP was released by Terrible Records a couple weeks ago and is a (sort of) nod to psychedelic by way of The Strokes. $12, 9 p.m.

Also tonight, Australian singer/songwriter Darren Hanlon headlines at fabulous O’Leaver’s. He’s been opening shows for Courtney Barnett on her current tour. Opening tonight is Grape Soda (members of Well Aimed Arrows) and Nathan Ma. $5, 9:30 p.m.

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