At Palmer, AK's initial show at the Crocodile back in early December,
band mastermind Eric Howk blew his audienceof friends, family, former
and current bandmates, and anyone else who was fortunate enough to
catch the live debutaway. Backed up by a good portion of Seattle band
Ships (Jacob Hoffman, who also joins Howk in the Lashes, on keys and
the lovely Laurie Kearney on bass) as well as Kay Kay and his
Weathered Underground's Phil Peterson, Howk's solo material was
beautifully executed and full of pop sensibility, melodic hooks, and
harmonies over solid walls of rhythmic acoustic guitar. With even more
time to fine-tune it since then, and opener Strong Killings (boasting
Howk's other Lashes mate, Nate Mooter), tonight should be another
feel-good experience for all. With Royal Brougham.
Listen to a sample of Palmer, Ak's "Same Rain or Noelly."
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Sun., Feb. 24, 8 p.m., 2008