Palma Violets, Guards, Eidolons

When: Thu., April 25, 8:30 p.m. 2013


When NME named Palma Violets' "Best of Friends" the song of the year for 2012, they were actually onto something. That terrific song—a bright, brash, bashed-out anthem with the kind of hoarse chorus that worms its way into your heart like a wiggly puppy—bested Japandroids at their own holler-along game. What's astonishing, then, is how diverse and incredible the rest of Palma Violet's debut album 180 is, bouncing from smart, moody, Kinks-y pop to cool Walkmen-style organ-and-croon saunters. That's not to mention the ample helping of great, explosive rock tunes, which fully legitimizes every outrageous claim of the band's awesomeness made by the British music-press hype machine. But don't let them give you pause: Palma Violets are really and truly great. Getting the chance to catch the British quartet, barely into their 20s, at their first Portland show following triumphs at SXSW and Coachella should be something to behold. I wouldn't miss it for the world. NED LANNAMANN

Price: $10-12

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