This week’s opening act is Mille Palmer, a college-age singer/songwriter with strong pop leanings. The Asheville-based performer is also noteworthy for giving her faith equal billing with her talent. She’s even gone so far as to claim that her songs have a “Christian message behind them.” But faith isn’t Palmer’s only inspiration; on certain songs she’s also very obviously influenced by the music if Stephanie’s Id, particularly on songs like “Do I.” We suggest starting with “Storm,” available on her MySpace page.
In the wrong hands, it can be a horrible mistake to mix-and-match elements from indie rock, garage, post-grunge and alt-country. It can result in a formless glop of a song, with all the characteristic blind groping of a half-hearted jam session. In the right hands, however, it can come out sounding much like PAN. Without coming across as fragmented or aimless, the duo of Jimmy Tutterow and Jon Darconte manages to recombine these various elements into tunes that have something approaching a pop-song’s immediacy to them. We suggest starting with “don’t spit your teeth at me.”
Closing out this week’s Listening Party, we have Talk Show Hosts. While the group seems to be following the trend of slightly mopey, New Wave-inspired rock, there’s a bit more to their sound than just the cliches. We suggest starting with the song “Telepathic,” which you can find on their MySpace page.
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— Steve Shanafelt, A&E editor