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A nod to the opener

It’s 9:42 on Saturday morning, and I’m trying to go back to sleep.  A small headache – thanks to some tequila, some beers, and definitely no waters – pulses to the beat of Rufus. The set they played last night was incredible, lighting up the feet of a sold out crowd.

If you follow this site, you don’t need a reminder of the greatness of Rufus. No, there’s something else entering my groggy memory: the opening act.

The Kite String Tangle is a fellow Aussie following Rufus’ current tour with good reason. He absolutely crushed the role of an opener,  with a healthy dose of throbbing dance beats getting everyone hyped for Rufus to step on.

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RÜFÜS & Roosevelt – Reinventing Pop

Pop is a bit of a dirty word in music, isn’t it? Pop. It conjures up tired 90’s imagery – Britney’s Spear’s in a school girl’s outfit, Michael Jackson sweeping the ground with thrilling dance moves or Taylor Swift blowing a kiss to the boy next door. Pop is what mainstream radio stations churn out until your ears bleed. Pop transports you back to awkward High School dances and corny mix tapes. What about modern Pop? Contemporary Pop? Ahhh not much better – that’s teeny boppers crying at a Beebs show.

What’s my point? It’s a damn shame Pop has grown a reputation for pure corniness because when it’s done right, it can be killer. Case in point: RÜFÜS and Roosevelt, two European bands hell-bent on redefining what it means to play Pop. Take a listen to their new releases.

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I’m stoked. Outside lands is this coming weekend. That means Flume, Disclosure, Tycho, Chromeo and many more. But that’s not what has me giddy.

I just bought tickets to see RÜFÜS DU SOL at the last stop of their North American tour. Months ago, Mr. Caracciolo posted Foals Over Booka Shade. As usual, the kid is ahead of his time. RÜFÜS / RÜFÜS DO SOL pack a serious punch. They’re poppy, trancy, housy – all at once.

*Apparently, before RÜFÜS started touring in the US, they were forced to change their name to RÜFÜS DU SOL because of a US trademark on the name Rufus.

RÜFÜS addressed the controversy in  a Facebook post:

“We’re going to be known as RÜFÜS DU SOL in North America only… because trademark is a serious bitch”.

Well said.

Check out their North American tour schedule here.