New Music: Painted Palms - Refractor

Monday, August 17, 2015 at 6:00 AM
Melissa Bobbitt

  News If Depeche Mode and Of Montreal had an epic dance-off, it would sound like “Refractor.” The lead single off Painted Palms’ sophomore effort, Horizons, sets the pace for a less spacey, more cheery album than their 2014 standout, Forever.   With Eric Broucek (LCD Soundsystem) handling the mix, Chris Prudhomme and Reese Donohue broke out of their email routine and headed to the studio for Horizons. This record promises a fuller sound than the vulnerable bedroom audio... READ MORE

10 Not To Miss at SXSW

Monday, March 10, 2014 at 12:58 PM
Melissa Bobbitt

  Concerts It's that time of year again when thousands descend upon an unsuspecting Austin for good tunes, great BBQ and bats. It's South By Southwest, the biggest and most gleeful cluster of live music in all of winter. The festival can make or break bands, and it can also break your wallet if you don't come prepared (or come as media. "Citizen" wristbands will run you $795, and that doesn't even include the expanded film festival... READ MORE

What We're Digging Right Now - Painted Palms

Sunday, February 2, 2014 at 6:58 PM
Melissa Bobbitt

  Music Simultaneously looking forward and back, Painted Palms' Forever encompasses the best of pop-rock past, present and future. With jangly guitars, whirling synths and the faraway vocals of Christopher Prudhomme, the album lifts the soul and the synapses. There's something vaguely Brian Wilson-esque about these gossamer compositions. Listen to the bedroom starkness of "Angels," and it's not hard to imagine the Beach Boy humming this along with "Don't Worry Baby." Prudhomme and his cousin Reese Donohue... READ MORE