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PALMA VIOLETS “Best of Friends” [Rough Trade]
After making their stateside debut at the Middle East in Cambridge last week — a few hours before dropping by WFNX.com for a chat, hang out on air, and pick some tunes — it was clear we hadn’t heard the last of Palma Violets. The fast-rising London garage-rock band is validating those pesky early comparisons to the Libertines’ gritty sonic ease, and their stage show last week was engaging and charismatic. The smoky, jangly “Best of Friends” was named the Song of 2012 by the NME, and should serve as just a table-setter for what could be the next great British guitar band. Palma Violets’ debut record, 180, is out later this month.