Surfer Blood Headlines Haiti Benefit Concert at Propaganda Monday, January 18

​As more and more details come out about the widespread devastation and the desperate conditions in Haiti following the earthquake, local venues, promoters, and bands have been teaming up to answer the call for help. One of the quickest to respond in this way is Propaganda's Steve Rullman, who put together an impressive lineup in a hurry. The obvious highlight of Monday's show will be local indie darlings Surfer Blood, who have been riding high on a surge of well-deserved blog love after their epic run at CMJ. If you haven't been keeping up, their single "Swim (To Reach the End)", a irresistible pop nugget that blends Weezer, reverb, and infectious hooks, has garnered praise from all over the internet including Rolling Stone, Pitchfork, among others. Catch them, it'll be the band's last stop here before heading to London for a tour that will end in March in Austin for SXSW.

Openers include another local heavyweight, songcraftman John Ralston, who floats his emotive musings over textured pop, and the beguiling three-piece Sweet Bronco, which at its best, drones melancholic, mitigated only by touches of electronica, guitar crescendoes, and Horgan's vocals that vacillate between uplifting, contemplative, and non-commital poetics. Sweet Bronco is not to be missed. Garage punkers Kill Now?! will also open.

Admission is $10. One hundred percent of door fees, and 10 percent of alcohol sales will go to Doctors Without Borders. Doors open at 8 p.m.

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