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.

We unearthed three stripped-down Surfer Blood tracks recorded in Denver

[caption id="attachment_103587" align="alignnone" width="800"] Surfer Blood performs at the Larimer Lounge October 16, 2013 in Denver. (Photo by John Leyba/The Denver Post)[/caption] We came across some hidden gems in our vault of Mile Marker recordings, and for the next few months we'll be offering exclusive downloads of songs recorded in Denver's Uneven Studio.

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.