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Palm, Palberta, Melkbelly

  • Frequency 121 West Main Street Madison, WI, 53703 United States (map)

Philadelphia band Palm build their songs on unfailingly off-center and elliptical rhythms, stacking Eve Alpert and Kasra Kurt's chirping back-and-forth guitar figures on top. Yet the recently released Shadow Expert EP turns this oblique songwriting approach into music that happily and resolutely charges forward, largely thanks to drummer Hugo Stanley and bassist Gerasimos Livitsanos, who interpret all that jagged rhythmic structure with a conversational and playfully swinging approach. Alpert and Kurt also both sing, usually in melodies that expand patiently across the busier aspects of the band, giving songs like "Walnut" and "Walkie Talkie" a strange but pleasant cohesion. Chicago band Melkbelly are also a standout on this bill, playing rock that's more burly and distorted, but with a wry charm that should pair well with Palm's twisty pop. —Scott Gordon

Earlier Event: July 7
Paul Dietrich Quintet