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5 Things to do before seeing Tennis

Retro indie pop duo Tennis composed of husband and wife Patrick Riley and Alaina Moore, are coming to Rose Music Hall this Saturday and I couldn’t be more excited. Riley and Moore met as students in Colorado. A project formed between them when they spent seven months on a sailing expedition. The Denver-based duo put aside their plans for law school and instead got married and took on music full time. Their music reflects the happy-go-lucky nature of their story and the breezy sights of the East Atlantic Seaboard. Tennis has something to offer to a plethora of music fans. Their style spans from old-school twee pop to surf rock and even playful psychedelia. If you were a fan of STRFKR earlier this year, Tennis is right up your alley.

1. Listen to their new album, Yours Conditionally

“Ladies Don’t Play Guitar” and “In The Morning I’ll Be Better” are my personal favorites off the album. The former shines because of its smooth baseline, clean harmonies and inherent irony. The latter for its sublime aesthetic and honesty.

2. Listen to their singles

“Origins” and “Needle and a Knife” are probably the most popular Tennis songs, and for good reason. “Origins” integrates the medley of influences that make a great Tennis song: simple song structure, a hint of psychedelic soloing and upbeat vibes. “Needle and a Knife” explores the push and pull of a long-term relationship — something Tennis can attest to — while juxtaposing its biting lyrics with a sound that emanate positivity.

3. Don’t sleep on the deep cuts

Not all of the best Tennis songs are album centerpieces. “Marathon” starts with a catchy groove that’s driven by nothing more than a snap of the fingers and a simple melody before bursting into blissful yacht rock. “Mean Streets” flirts with indie rock without straying from the delicate production and naiveté that makes their music so charming.

4. Check out their website

Whoever designed their website is a genius. It looks like an old PC screen and it’s glorious. Please, see it for yourself.

5. Come early

This weekend is going to be in the 70s and 80s which means Rose will be open all day Saturday. Don’t miss out on a beautiful afternoon in the park. Also, I wouldn’t be surprised if this show sold out so get on it!

This post was written by Ben Kane, contributing writer for The Blue Note and Rose blog.


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Live tonight! St. Lucia

Where: The Blue Note

When: Monday, Oct. 17. Doors at 7:30 p.m., show at 8:30 p.m.

Ticket Cost: $20 General Admission

Opener: Baio

St. Lucia. If you aren’t already familiar with them, let me get you caught up. There’s a good chance you’ve jammed out to their bright, high-energy hit singles, Elevate and Dancing on Glass. In their bio, lead singer, Jean-Phillip Grobler, explains that Dancing on Glass is “about having the faith to chase what makes you happy, even if logic and practicality tell you it’s bound to fall apart.” With over million listeners on Spotify, this electro-pop band knows how to get people in a feel good mood that keeps them coming back for more.

I discovered the band when Spotify featured St. Lucia in their “Ready For The Day” and “Morning Commute” playlists. I’m not a morning person, but on one brisk morning with caffeine in hand, I started boppin’ my head to “Elevate” as it flowed through speakers and into my life. I was hooked.

When I started listening to the rest of St. Lucia’s most recent album, Matter, I immediately thought to myself, “Am I in the ’80s or am I listening to the future of music?” In a recent interview, Grobler describes St. Lucia’s latest sound as “inspired by the RnB movement and ‘classics’ from the ’70s and ’80s.”

They even have a heart-pounding song called Physical. I’m sure Olivia Newton John is proud!

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During their shows, neon lighting illuminates the crowd as bright synths and vigorous beats move the room into a sweaty, but happy, dance party.

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If any part of your being is connected to young Kevin Bacon’s warehouse power dance moves, then you belong at this show.
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Oh and one other thing. Arrive on time because Baio is opening. This is NOT a drill people. If you’re not familiar, make yourself familiar:

 

Let’s be rebels and party on a week night. See you tonight!

This post was written by Rebekah Northern, contributing writer for the Blue Note and Rose Blog.


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Peace, Love, The Mowgli’s

WhereThe Blue Note
When
September 24, doors at 8:00 p.m., show at 9:00 p.m.
Ticket Cost:
 $15 Advance / $17 Day of Show
Openers
Dreamers, Colony House

Do you ever feel like the only thing that can get you through a hard day, a long drive, an all-nighter or anything for that matter, is music? Not just any music, but the right music. The music that makes you feel. The music that vocalizes everything you’re feeling.

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Or even the music that brings you out of your internal box you’ve put yourself in so that you don’t implode or explode with all the bottled up feelings you’ve been hiding away?

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Yeah, same.

And I think The Mowgli’s get that in all of its entirety. They have a brilliant way of reaching out to everyone’s heart and really touching it. There are certain situations in life where you just want to hear something that matches the way you feel.

For example, with the first round of exams being over, I have this overwhelming feeling of pure happiness and relief. I mean yeah, I’ve got my stuff together, I completed my exams without failing and I only had like two fleeting thoughts of dropping out and traveling the world, so I consider it a success!

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This song totally identifies with that mood. It’s also really catchy so you should give it a listen. I know you want to.

The really cool thing about The Mowgli’s is that they have a song that almost anyone can identify with.

For example, for all of you “independent and perfectly happy with your life, but also open to being with someone but at the same time” kind of people, you’ll love this song. It kind of makes me feel like I’m in a rom-com. (Which I have decided is a cool feeling.)

The vibes I get from The Mowgli’s are undeniable. You can’t help but #feelthelove

Speaking of vibes, the openers for The Mowgli’s are spot on. I’ll give you a quick taste and leave it up to you to explore further.

DREAMERS.

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Their latest album is called This Album Does Not Exist. So hip, so great…like this song. If you liked it as much as I did then click here for more awesomeness.

Colony House

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Their latest album is called When I Was Younger. The vocals are so beautiful and of course the vibe is so chill, relaxed and overall amazing. I can’t sum up their talent in just one song so just trust me on this one and listen to it all!

All the feels, am I right? If you want to hear more then check out the band’s website and stay tuned for their new album which will be out soon.

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If I had to sum up The Mowgli’s and their fabulous openers I would have to say that they all promote happiness. What could be a better message? I think that not only did they achieve happiness with their music, but they also are responsible for giving everyone a little reminder or at least a little taste of what life should feel like.

I experience so many feelings, emotions and warmth when I listen to their music and it’s simply incredible. I mean for a song to have that much power that within the first 3 seconds you start to really FEEL something. That’s a rare talent and I believe that it’s something really unique to The Mowgli’s. They are looking to promote positivity, acceptance and love and they do it through one of the most powerful and popular mediums; music.

This post was written by Erin Curry, contributing writer for The Blue Note and Rose.