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South Florida Indie Rockers to Kick Off Santa Monica’s Twilight Concert Series

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By Jorge Casuso

July 11, 2013 -- West Palm Beach fuzz rockers Surfer Blood -- which exploded from the South Florida scene onto the national stage in one quick year -- will headline this year’s first Twilight Concert Series Thursday night on the Santa Monica Pier.

In 2010, the band’s indie debut “Astro Coast” spread the quartet’s catchy, summery sound from the local South Florida indie scene to an appearance on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon and a tour as the opening act for The Pixies.

The album “was chock-full of chill guitar riffs, catchy yet under-the-radar hooks, and mellow, retro atmospheres -- everything needed for hipster gold,” wrote the Miami New Times.

“Astro Coast” landed atop numerous Best of Lists, including Rolling Stone, Pitchfork and Filter. NPR’s Bob Boilen said, “dig into Astro Coast and you’ll hear why, song for song, this may be my favorite album of 2010.”

Last year, the band broke through at the CMJ Music Marathon, playing 13 shows in 7 days and getting write ups in Interview and The New York Times.

After releasing their second album, “Tarot Classics,” in 2011, Surfer Blood chose to record its latest album in California with Pixie producer Gil Norton, who has also turned the knobs for The Foo Fighters and Counting Crows.

The band’s live act incorporates new twists that alter the recorded songs, making each show unique.

“Our live set is always changing,” says John Paul Pitts, the band’s lead vocalist and guitarist. “Subtle things begin to work their way into the songs and before you know it people are coming up to you after shows and telling you that the live show is a completely different experience from the record”.

Opening for Surfer Blood Thursday night is the California alt-rock band Terraplane Sun.

The Thursday night concerts will be emceed by DJs from 89.9 FM KCRW, the media partner for the Twilight Concert Series.

Concertgoers are encouraged to take the Big Blue Bus. Parking will be available in the lot north of the pier at 1550 Pacific Coast Highway, however parking on the Santa Monica Pier deck will be closed.

The City of Santa Monica will provide a free bike valet, stationed on the beach next to the bicycle path on the south side of the pier.

More information about the Twilight Concert Series can be found at

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