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Surfer Blood’s long-awaited return to Rose

When: Monday, October 23rdDoors at 7:00 p.m., show at 8:00 p.m.
Where: Rose Music Hall
Tickets: $14
Opener: Tree House

Surfer Blood returns to Rose Music Hall on Monday night to bring their breezy surf rock back to Columbia. The band will be supporting their newest album, Snowdonia, this time around. Snowdonia is a return to form for a band that struggled over the last few years to match the critical success of Astro Coast — the band’s debut album.

Following the passing of bassist Thomas Fekete in 2016, lead singer John Paul Pitts was writing on his own for the first time without a friend and founding member of the band.

“It was a little lonely at first,” Pitts told KEXP in an interview earlier this year. “I’d grown so used to Tom introducing me to four out of five of all my favorite bands, so his taste was really important to me, and his approval was always something that I was seeking out. My strategy was write a lot and don’t criticize, and do something that Tom would be impressed by.”

Snowdonia is the band’s most complex record to date. Themes of grief and mourning are disguised by the familiar bright guitar tones and upbeat melodies of Surfer Blood’s past.


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Rainbow Kitten Surprise: Don’t be fooled by the name

When: Thursday, October 12. Doors at 8:00 p.m., show at 9:00 p.m.
Where: The Blue Note
Tickets: $15
Opener: Elliot Root

With a name like Rainbow Kitten Surprise, it’s easy to get confused as far as what these guys are all about, but don’t let that stop you from checking them out.

Their unique blend of indie pop and folk rock makes for a smooth sound combined with a light-hearted atmosphere that they bring to the stage for every show. All of that plus their ability to engage an audience with their fun spirit means that this will be a show you won’t soon forget.

Rainbow Kitten Surprise is in the middle of their first solo tour, and have played several other festivals including Bonnaroo, Loufest and Firefly.

I saw them live for the first time this past weekend at Austin City Limits and they blew me away, specifically lead singer Sam Melo. As a vocalist with no instrumental responsibilities, he engaged the crowd with his high energy and got us all through the unbearable Austin heat.

This post was written by Hannah Greteman, contributing writer for The Blue Note & Rose blog.

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Q&A: El Ten Eleven’s Kristian Dunn

Los Angeles based post-rock duo El Ten Eleven is coming out to Rose Music Hall on Thursday, September 28. The band came together in 2002 and have been crafting captivating melodies ever since. Although they are primarily known as an instrumental act, their latest release, Unusable Love, features vocals from Emile Mosseri of The Dig. I interviewed bassist/guitarist Kristian Dunn about tour life and their recent collaboration with Mosseri.

Tickets for the show are $12 in advance and $15 day of show. Doors open at 7 p.m. and show starts at 8 p.m. Be sure to get there early to grab a beer and see supporting act Sego.

How’s the tour going so far?

Fantastic. This is a smaller market tour so the shows are smaller than when we play NYC, Chicago, San Francisco, etc. But our fans are passionate and smart and that’s always a pleasure for us to experience.

After 15 years of instrumental music, what inspired you guys to incorporate vocals in your latest project Unusable Love?

We’ve actually wanted to have guest vocals for years, but nobody seemed to want to do it! It was really surprising to us how many people would express interest and then flake.

What was working with Emile Mosseri like? How did the creative process for Unusable Love compare to previous albums?

It was so great working with him. We were really on the same page 90 percent of the time. I loved almost all of his suggestions, not to mention his lyrics and melodies!

Can listeners expect more collaborations with Mosseri or other vocalists in the future?

Absolutely. We’ve got almost half a dozen different people lined up. Who knows how many of them will make it to the finish line, but we make an effort with everyone.