Surfer Blood, “1000 Palms” review

“1000 Palms” opens with pitch-bent drones, an explosion of thumping toms, squiggly guitars and a lot of promise. Surfer Blood’s third full-length record never quite matches that intensity again, not to mention the energy of “Astro Coast,” the Florida band’s debut.

Live review: Japandroids, Surfer Blood @ the Larimer Lounge

[insertReverbPhoto id="79933" photo="8"] Japandroids -- neither robots nor Japanese. Discuss. Photo by Joe McCabe. From the first time I saw the name of the duo, I envisioned Japandroids as something closer to the hulking, giant mechanoids from late ‘70s Japanimation than a couple of garage-born auteurs from British Columbia.