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Palm, Palberta

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Mississippi Studios North
Wed., July 12, 9 p.m. 2017 21+

$10-12

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Each note of Palm’s new EP, Shadow Expert, sounds calculated for maximum impact. The Philadelphia band’s songs play like sharp conversations between Eve Alpert and Kasra Kurt’s guitars, which bristle, shriek, and chatter alongside the percussive punctuations of bassist Gerasimos Livitsanos and drummer Hugo Stanley (especially on “Two Toes”). The subdued vocals—particularly Alpert’s—are a welcome salve in this sometimes unforgiving sonic terrain. There’s chaos and conflict, and most of it comes from the band’s inhuman voices, these guitars with so much to say. Songs like “Walkie Talkie” smooth out any roughness, twisting and bending erratic sounds into melody like soft metal. Fans of unpretentious, mathy rock—like that of Cate Le Bon or Portland’s own Lithics—will enjoy the strange language of Palm. CIARA DOLAN

Mississippi Studios

3939 N Mississippi, Portland, OR 97227
288-3895
http://www.mississippistudios.com/

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