Palma Violets headlining Rickshaw Stop tonight

After a raucous SXSW performance that ended with being dramatically dragged off stage, the UK's Palma Violets are hopefully bringing that reckless attitude back to San Francisco. The South London band are headlining tonight at Rickshaw Stop ahead of the release of their second album, Danger In The Club. The band have been in hiding over the past year where they've been writing and recording more of their garage rock sound. Having been catapulted from obscurity to being on the cover of NME in late 2012, Palma Violets took the UK indie rock scene by storm. Before getting signed by [...]

Review: The 2013 Treasure Island Music Festival

This year's Treasure Island Music Festival attracted a diverse crowd, most of which partied way too hard during the high-energy dance sets of Saturday to attend Sunday's more guitar-oriented lineup. Sunday was also much colder, with lines for coffee often stretching beyond lines for beer. Schools of glowing white jellyfish drifted through the festival grounds on handheld sticks, as music fans wandered back and forth between the two stages. Giraffage kicked things off at noon during Saturday's stretch of the festival after an introduction from Noise Pop/Salty Artist Management's Chad Heimann aka Chad Salty, performing sample-driven dance music for the [...]

Interview: UK's Palma Violets Get Ready to Raid Berkeley, Treasure Island

"The one thing we really want to do is go to a toga party," said Will Doyle. Palma Violets' drummer is lamenting about the college partying experience the young band has forgone to instead tour the world. The London garage rock band, which shot to fame (across the pond, anyway) after the release of their much-buzzed about debut album, 180, are set to play UC Berkeley this Friday, October 18th and the Treasure Island Music Festival on Sunday the 20th. Mayhew was kind enough to speak to me via an evening phone call while they wrapped up time off in [...]

Live This Month: October 2013 — an audio guide through SF concerts this month (Podcast #316) Download: Live This Month: October 2013 — an audio guide through SF concerts this month (Podcast #316) In Live This Month, we sample some of the great local and out-of-town bands performing in the coming month in the San Francisco Bay Area. October brings the return of two of our favorite SF festivals: Hardly Strictly Bluegrass and the Treasure Island Music Festival. Both are local traditions that promise quality music offerings, and while we're including bands from both in this episode, the whole episode could have been devoted to the festivals' prospective highlights. Beyond those two, and TIMF's related [...]

Review & Photos: Palma Violets and Guards @ The Independent 4/23/13

Photos by Katie Kopacz I had been in The Independent for about 7 minutes on Tuesday night, when an eager British guy came up to me and told me to come with him. Perhaps I'm too trusting of strangers, but I followed him anyway. He led me to the merch table and tried to sell me a t-shirt with flattery. He introduced himself as Harry Violent, the unofficial roadie/hypeman of Palma Violets. He told me to get ready for a good time, that the boys of Palma Violets, fresh from two weekends at Coachella, would not disappoint us in San Francisco. [...]

Ticket Giveaway Wednesday: The Men, Metric, Palma Violets and more

To enter this contest submit an email to contest[at] with your full name in the body and the concert you’re entering the contest for in the subject line. You may only submit your name once to only one contest. Winners will be chosen at random and will be awarded one pair of tickets unless otherwise noted. ALL CONTESTS CLOSED Thursday, April 18th Savages, No Bra @ The Independent Two pairs available. To win, be the first or second person to enter. 8pm, $15, 21+. Buy advance tickets here. Thursday, April 18th Metric, Mona @ The Fox 8pm, $29.50, all ages. [...]

Palma Violets prep for show at the Independent, release YoursTruly Video

It would be hard for me to lie and hide my excitement about Palma Violets. Their first single "Best of Friends" off of 180 came out of nowhere late last year -- a stomping, energetic party of a song from four London 20-year-olds. I couldn't help but be completely taken with their earnest sound and freshness. Palma Violets are filling that post-Libertines void in Brit rock, morphing 1960's garage rock into a very British sound. The band formed in 2011 and thanks to house shows that were spread by word-of-mouth, and a wild energy that overtook their short but punchy [...]

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