Local darlings Hippo Campus will be performing two nights in a row at The Palace Theatre on Friday, November 23rd and Saturday, November 24th. Hippo Campus is a band from St. Paul, Minnesota. Formed in 2013, prior to graduating from performing arts high school, the band started on a break out trajectory following a series of talked-about performances at SXSW. This was immediately followed by their network television debut on Conan. They’ve since risen to the forefront of their genre on the backs of relentless touring and the strength of their debut album, landmark.
In October 2017, the band released their self-produced EP warm glow as an ode to loyalty and self-preservation. “We had tunes that didn’t fit on landmark but took on a life of their own. The project became about the support we couldn’t find as individuals but discovered as an entity.” The band’s sophomore release, Bambi, came out on September 28, 2018.
Another local favorite, Now, Now will be kicking both nights off. The title of Now, Now’s first new album in half a decade begs the obvious question… Saved from what? They certainly didn’t seem like a band that needed saving after the release of their 2012 LP Threads. When the world last heard from Now, Now, they had made their late night TV debut with Jimmy Fallon, and landed tours and shows with bands including Fun. and Bob Mould, among others. For better or worse, the usual path for any band that seems like they’re on the cusp of a break through is to strike while the iron is hot. That is, to hurry back to the studio to work with a proven producer known for having a hand in a few big records. Bands and artists that find themselves in this situation are compelled to “go big, or go home,” and in Now, Now’s case they did just that, they went home.
The Saturday night show is sold out but there are still a few tickets left for Friday night’s performance and they are moving fast so make sure to snag them before they are gone! You can get them here.