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Pile to play Great Scott 11/17

Listening to Pile is kind of like being in the eye of a storm--there are brief moments of calm, punctuated by the cacophony of the hurricane hurling around you. A lot of what makes the band so engaging to listen to is that while they certainly deliver the head-nod worthy riffs of an indie rock band, they're also explosive and driving--constantly pushing the limits of simple song structures and edging toward blanketing the listener in total noise. The result is an unpredictable sonic experience with expert dynamic play, and gleaming, textbook examples of bridled chaos. If the sky ever cracks open, this may be your soundtrack to the end of the world. Check out Pile 11/17 at Great Scott with Palm and Dust from 1000 Years, and listen to them streaming below.-Olivia Sisinni

 

Last Littler Philly Show (For Now) at Everybody Hits July 23

The lifespan of an indie band is often short-lived in these modern times, and the Philly DIY scene is bracing itself for another little heartbreak, as half the members of four-piece Littler prepare to move across the country. It hurts to see them go, especially as they were starting to receive a bit of national attention. Their bubbly brand of Slumberland-soaked twee-punk and emotion sheathed in prickly fuzz will be sorely missed, and I'll be keeping an eye to the western horizon in hopes of their return. The band's last booked show in Philly will be held tonight at Everybody Hits, with a host of avant acts that will add an interesting contrast to Littler’s unabashed pop devotion. Ursula, a recent transplant to Philadelphia and self-proclaimed no-wave band, will open the night with songs that know structure but no tune. Their decidedly unmelodious, repetitive riffs and harsh vocals hang in tattered shreds from steady, plodding beats, seemingly the only orienting component of the music. Palm, another local favorite, will also be performing their incredibly nuanced, arcane, avant-math-pop, which treads the seam between melody and dissonance, while covering more compositional ground within a single song than many bands cover in an entire album. Everybody Hits, 529 W. Girard Ave, 7pm, $7-$10, All Ages (Photo by Emily Burtner) - Bryce Woodcock

New Video: Audiotree Live Session - Palm

NYC transplants, Palm’s Audiotree Live session, from May 6, 2016, is now available for streaming and/or purchase HERE. The quartet's soothing vocal/instrumental integrations are meshed with unexpected twists and turns. The band’s performance is polished; however, those shifts reveal an array of intriguing possibilities.

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Palm Offering Sonic Refuge Tonight at Goldy's

Gray skies continue to blanket the area, however, this evening’s show at Goldy’s offers a sonic refuge. With a four-pronged experimental psych-rocking arsenal, Palm drifts into the unknown, off the traditional path. The purposefully abrupt deviations develop a sense of anticipatory tension, pushing each song forward to an undisclosed location. Guitars twist in a murky dissonance as the juxtaposing vocals, a ghostly calm, penetrates the periphery. The smattering of backend, meanwhile, provides a steadying hand. Tonight, Palm will joined by the disenchanted daydream of Old Maybe and the introspective experimentation of Microsoft Saint. The innovative exploits of Atlanta’s Hellier Ulysses cap this imaginative evening.  - Goldy's, 723 Chestnut St. - 3FL, $7, 8pm, All Ages – Michael Colavita

Palm is a band that won't let up - live at Slack Fest tomorrow (06.21)

You know those bands that are completely relentless?  Those bands that will keep going and going and won’t stop for anything until they hit their goal, bursting into flames when they do.  Well, Palm is a band that knows how to crank up the inferno that they will inevitably light under your ass until the hairs on your upper thigh start to singe. And we haven't even seen their live show (yet; there is much anticipation for their performance at Slack Fest this weekend), that’s just the feeling we get from listening to their tracks on bandcamp.  Their songs simply won’t let up.  They’ve got the classic slacker-rock vibe that we are oh so familiar with today, but they sprinkle in these bits of feedback noise and rhtyhmic syncopations that culminate to an incredibly forward-thinking and progressive sound.  Our only complaint is that they don’t have more material.  So this is a message to Palm:  We’re watching you... we know what you are up to... and there’s no escape now.  Godspeed!" - Jake Saunders

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