“You Have Cum in Your Hair and Your Dick Is Hanging Out” is not a song title that anybody's going to be line-dancing to anytime soon, but then, Palace's Will Oldham isn't your typical eager-to-please country artist. A self-styled balladeer with an indie rock orientation — he has cultivated connections with producer Steve Albini and members of Sebadoh and Gastr Del Sol, among others — Oldham writes songs like a shellshocked Confederate soldier with a destructive streak as wide as Sherman's march. Through four albums and a passel of singles and EPs, Palace (aka Palace Songs, aka Palace Brothers) has bestowed upon the world one man's darkest proclivities, spelled out in a quivering tenor that's as uncertain as the person who owns it. Apocalyptic without resorting to thunderingly obvious musical cues, Palace's meager roots music is pretty in the way that images of war dead can be considered art.
— James Sullivan
Palace and the Red Krayola play Wednesday, Nov. 13, at 8 p.m. at Bimbo's 365 Club, 1025 Columbus. Tickets are $10; call 474-0365.