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Monday, February 27, 2012

Tonight in Music: Susan and the Surftones

Posted by Ned Lannamann on Mon, Feb 27, 2012 at 1:11 PM

(Duff's Garage, 1635 SE 7th) Susan SurfTone's backstory is easily as interesting as her richly paced surf-rock revivalism. Weaned on the fertile beachside pop of the Ventures, SurfTone abandoned careers in law and with the FBI to focus on her love of cresting melodies and fluid surf-core jams. With an impressive number of albums and worldwide tours on her rÉsumÉ, SurfTone is playing live again for the first time in a very long time, on the weight of her excellent 2011 album Shore, a collection of bouncy, instrumental surf tunes that are notable for their wholly unironic qualities as much as their sturdiness. SurfTone's album release will enjoy the benefits of an incarnation of her band the Surftones, with warm organs and tight drumming softening the hard edge of SurfTone's lead guitar. RYAN J. PRADO


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