It's fair to say that no band on the St. Louis scene sounds quite like Palace: joyous and collectivist, funky and horn-laced, spiced with Latin textures and fuzzy guitars and keen keys, the band packs a whole lot of indie pop fun into the new track "You Want More?"
This review must begin with a note spelling out to readers that I am at fault for the confusion over Surfer Blood's start time. When I strolled in, I thought Surfer Blood was at the top of its set. In reality, a top-five band of mine had begun to enter its last song ("Drinking Problem") directly into the ears of every rabid fan in the Pageant's pit.
Sun shines fierce on Kansas City's Country Club Plaza. The business district bustles with affluent types and prom-goers.
Oh ye merry music fans, do we have a compilation for you. The second volume of KDHXmas features 17 artists from St. Louis and beyond, all playing brand new and/or familiar songs to make the season bright.
Sure to put more than a little pep in your step, Palace have expanded their realm rapidly throughout the St. Louis scene in the short two years the band has been together.
The latest in the long-running series of KDHX benefits and artist tributes, Back to Rockville: A Tribute to R.E.M. and 88.1 KDHX Benefit brought 10 bands and a few hundred music lovers out to Off Broadway on Friday to celebrate the songs of one of the most influential bands of the past 30 years.
Palace plays like an indie band on their way to Broadway. With post-angst four-part harmonies and themed live shows, the St. Louis locals energetically perform pop somewhere in between Queen and Fun.