If you’ve never seen Palm Palm, a local rock supergroup of sorts, a four-week “spread” at the Camel should give you plenty of chances. Led by energetic and gritty live performer, J. Roddy Walston on piano and vocals, and featuring Richmond’s own Jimmy Page, Charlie Glenn on guitar, Andrew Carper (The Southern Belles) on bass, Raphael Katchinoff (The Congress) on drums, this is a band that knows how to jam with a sense of purpose. With his other well-traveled band, the Business, Walston often got labeled with a swampy Southern rock vibe, but this new outfit seems geared toward wiping that away with a funky unpredictability that could take inspiration in everything from glam rock to poppy synth sweetness; check out their catchy new track “Automatic Attraction” on bandcamp for an example of a fruitful new direction.
Also, don't miss the other band on tonight's solid bill. Charlottesville’s Shagwüf brings the raw, bluesy garage rock with a social justice vibe, so you can responsibly rock. As Nick Rubin of wrote of them for Cville Weekly in 2016: “bashy blues-rock with unmistakable mirth. Erstwhile solo artists Sally Rose and Sweet Pete Stallings trade lead vocals and hold down the bass and guitar slots, while … Pablo Olivieri methodically atomizes the drum kit.” Below check out their long, somewhat experimental rock video with Latin flourishes (a little reminiscent of Kid Congo Powers) showing a multi-talented band that also doesn't want to be pigeonholed. Whatever comes out of the speakers at this show, the energy should be there. $10. Proof of vaccination required.