Swing has changed. The driving jitter-boogie of Royal Crown Revue isn't exactly what grandpa used to play, and the sainted Frank Sinatra was never known to repeatedly grab his crotch on stage. But at the Palace on Thursday, the band somehow made sense of its brand of neo-swing, playing with convincing charm and energy.
Royal Crown Revue isn't new at this. The septet began playing in 1989, long before the current swing fad reached the pop charts. Like others of its ilk, Royal Crown Revue's sound is often a closer cousin to rockabilly than to the visionary likes of Duke Ellington and Benny Goodman. At the Palace, the band made simpler, horn-driven music that was aimed directly at the dance floor.