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80’s vs. 90’s Music Video Bracket: Final Four

When: Saturday, October 7th. Show at 9:00 p.m.
Where: The Blue Note
Tickets: $5

We’re getting close to crowning a champion for the 80’s vs. 90’s Music Video Battle of the Decades. It’s come down to the final four videos of the tournament, and at the end of the day, we will have a winner from each decade before they square off in a final battle to declare the champion!

Check out the final four and cast your votes below, and be sure to come out to The Blue Note on Saturday night for the 80’s vs. 90’s Music Video Battle of the Decades with DJ Requiem!







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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.

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Reasons to come early: Strand of Oaks

It’s no secret that Drive-By Truckers put on a killer show. However, if you plan on coming out to The Blue Note on Tuesday night, make sure you plan on showing up early to catch Strand of Oaks.

The project is the brainchild of Timothy Showalter and its sound is the perfect blend of Americana and Rock. His latest release, Hard Love, speaks on touring experiences, challenges in his marriage and the near death of his brother. 

On a personal note, it’s one of my favorite albums of the year. Songs “Radio Kids” and “Rest of It” drive the album with soaring guitar and sing-along vocals, while “On the Hill” and “Taking Acid and Talking to My Brother” have a more psychedelic feel.

Strand of Oaks’ infectious energy will set the tone for the Truckers’ headlining set. You don’t want to miss it.