On sa­fari to stay: Surfer Blood

Pasatiempo - - RANDOM ACTS - — Jen­nifer Levin

Toss Weezer and the Pixies into a mar­tini shaker, add a dash of the Starlight Mints, serve over a fuzzy boot­leg of an an­cient Beach Boys con­cert be­ing played along with a Pave­ment video — and you’ve got Surfer Blood. While Surfer Blood al­ways feels fa­mil­iar, it never feels stale, and the band’s up­beat sen­si­bil­ity is known to lift spir­its, even as it rev­els in the kind of gritty au­then­tic­ity that at­tracted the at­ten­tion of none other than leg­endary alt-rock pro­gen­i­tors the Pixies. Af­ter the two bands met in a New Zealand air­port, the Pixies in­vited Surfer Blood to open for them on their Doolit­tle “Lost Cities” Tour in 2011 — though they did not play with the band when the show came to Santa Fe. Now the much-lauded punk-pop­sters are on tour for their third al­bum,

1000 Palms. They head­line at Sky­light (139 W. San Fran­cisco St.) at 7 p.m. on Sun­day, Jan. 17, with open­ing band Cayu­cas, an in­die-pop out­fit from Santa Mon­ica, Cal­i­for­nia. Tick­ets to the all-ages show are $13; doors open at 6 p.m. Visit www.sky­light­santafe.com.

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