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by Andrew Sacher

photo: Nada Surf at Webster Hall in 2012 (more by Eric Townsend)
Nada Surf

After sharing "Believe You're Mine," off their upcoming album You Know Who You Are, Nada Surf have now premiered its opening track, "Cold to See Clear." It's the kind of expertly-crafted pop song we expect from Nada Surf; driving but warmly produced, with instantly memorable melodies from Matthew Caws leading the way. Seven albums and twenty years in, and they've still got an arsenal of hooks. Check it out below (via Wall Street Journal).

As previously mentioned, the band has many tour dates coming up, including two NYC shows: an acoustic show on March 7 at City Winery (tickets) and a full-band show on March 8 at Bowery Ballroom (tickets). All dates are listed below.

You Know Who You Are drops March 4 via Barsuk.

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photo: Nada Surf at Webster Hall in 2012 (more by Dana [distortion] Yavin)

Nada Surf upcoming album, You Know Who You Are, out on March 4 via Barsuk, is coming up soon, as is their spring tour. That tour includes a NYC show at Bowery Ballroom on March 8, and now they've added an acoustic show at City Winery on March 7. Tickets for the City Winery acoustic show are on sale now. Tickets for their show at Bowery Ballroom are still available, too. All updated tour dates are listed below.

In other Nada Surf news, they recently covered Eagles of Death Metal's "I Love You All The Time" for their Play It Forward Initiative campaign, which funds families of those affected by the Paris attacks.

Listen to their cover via Spotify below...

Continue reading "Nada Surf share Eagles of Death Metal cover, expand tour, add acoustic NYC show (updated dates)"

photo: Matthew Caws in Philly on Saturday (more by Mimi Hong)
Matthew Caws

Nada Surf frontman Matthew Caws just played three shows with Kevin Devine over the weekend (check out pics from Brooklyn and Philly), and now the full band tacked a NYC show onto their previously announced 2016 tour. It happens before they leave for Europe, and acts as a release show for their new album You Know Who You Are.

The album drops March 4 via Barsuk, and the show happens four days later at Bowery Ballroom (3/8). Tickets go on sale Friday (12/18) at noon.

Updated dates are listed, with a stream of the album's very good lead single "Believe You're Mine," below...

Continue reading "Nada Surf add NYC album release show to 2016 tour"

photos by Mimi Hong

KD & Matthew Caws / KD & Meredith Graves / Tigers Jaw / Owen
Devinyl Split Series 1
Devinyl Split Series 1
Devinyl Split Series 1
Devinyl Split Series 1

We already posted pictures and a review from the Brooklyn date of Kevin Devine's BV-presented Devinyl Splits, and now we've got pictures of the Philly show -- Saturday (12/12) at The TLA. Pictures of Kevin, Cymbals Eat Guitars and Brand New singer Jesse Lacey (who all collaborated together) are HERE, and pictures of Tigers Jaw, Owen (aka Mike Kinsella), Nada Surf singer Matthew Caws, and Perfect Pussy singer Meredith Graves are in this post.

Like in Brooklyn, Joe from Cymbals and KD&GDB backed Meredith on her solo songs, Matthew and Kevin collaborated on each other's songs, and Tigers Jaw and Kevin did too (and covered The Cure). Watch a video of Meredith, Joe and KD in Brooklyn here.

The third and final show happened in Cambridge on Sunday. More pictures from Philly (including one of the setlist) below...

Continue reading "Kevin Devine, Meredith Graves, Matthew Caws, Owen and Tigers Jaw @ The TLA in Philly (pics)"

PLUS: Watch Meredith play a new solo song backed by Joe from Cymbals Eat Guitars and Kevin Devine & the Goddamn Band

photos by Amanda Hatfield, words by Andrew Sacher

Meredith/Kevin/Joe, Kevin/Matthew, Kevin/Tigers Jaw
DeVinyl Split Series 1
DeVinyl Split Series 1
DeVinyl Split Series 1

Kevin Devine was telling a story on stage at The Bell House last night (12/11) about instantly loving Tigers Jaw's music after Jon Simmons from Balance & Composure showed it to him in a car ride on tour. Talking about them, he said something to the effect of there being good and bad sides to being part of a scene. It was just a quick side note, but it resonated with me throughout the entire night because the show itself broke down barriers of several scenes. It was the first of three BV-presented release shows for Kevin's new Devinyl Splits series, and each artist he worked with was coming from a distinctly different "scene" but the whole show was one cohesive thing. It wasn't like Kevin just having a few bands he likes open for him either. It was set up like a variety show, with Kevin both opening and closing, and bringing a new guest out every few songs (sometimes more than one at a time). It kept the place packed from start to finish.

Along with Kevin and Tigers Jaw, the show had Brooklyn's folky, punky singer/songwriter Laura Stevenson (in solo acoustic folk mode last night), Meredith Graves from the hardcore band Perfect Pussy trying out some shoegazier material, the consistently solid indie rock band Cymbals Eat Guitars, and two veterans with notably different histories. There was Matthew Caws of Nada Surf, who were mainstream for a second in the mid-'90s but then started a fruitful indie career instead. And Mike Kinsella (aka Owen), who probably had way less fans in the mid-'90s but became legendary over time, and never stopped writing great music across several projects.

The first guest was Laura Stevenson, whose whole set was solo and included a cover of Elliott Smith's "Angel in the Snow." Then the next was Brianna Collins of Tigers Jaw, who sang harmonies with Kevin on his song "For Eugene." After that, her bandmate Ben Walsh came out and the two of them did "Teen Rocket" and "I Saw Water" acoustic. Then Kevin Devine & the Goddamn Band joined as their backing band for a cover of The Cure's "In Between Days" and a version of Tigers Jaw's "Cool" where Kevin sang lead on the last verse. (He released a cover of the song last month.) That Cure cover is the song Tigers Jaw contributed to their split with Kevin. His contribution was a cover of "Lovesong," which he played after Ben and Brianna left the stage.

Cymbals Eat Guitars
DeVinyl Split Series 1

After an intermission, Cymbals Eat Guitars took the stage on their own for "Aerobed" off their split with Kevin, and two songs off last year's excellent LOSE. Theirs was the most like seeing a regular Cymbals Eat Guitar set (and great as always), even if it was just three songs. It wouldn't be the last time their singer Joe D'Agostino would be on stage, but more on that in a bit.

Another KD set followed, and then Kevin began telling a story of how great Mike Kinsella is and how when they toured together with Andy Hull in 2007, Mike didn't give a shit about a lot of the things musicians in his place normally would. (Unbeknownst to Kevin for the first half of the story, Mike was watching him say all this from backstage.) As anyone who's seen Owen knows, one thing he doesn't give a shit about is messing up his songs every now and then, which he did a few times last night. But it's always charming and never frustrating. Probably because, like last night, his sets are always gorgeous.

Up next was Perfect Pussy singer Meredith Graves. She was known mostly for short blasts of noise punk before her shoegazy solo song on her split with Kevin. She played that, and a new one that I thought sounded even better. She was belting her voice on that one more than I'd ever heard her do before, and it turns out she's a good singer! For both songs, she was backed by Kevin Devine & the Goddamn Band and Joe from Cymbal Eat Guitars, who created exactly the kind of wall of noise Meredith sounds best with.

Meredith and Joe left and KD&GDB stayed, eventually bringing out Kevin's wife Carey Brandenburg for "Lonesome Town" and then Nada Surf frontman Matthew Caws to duet with him on "Brooklyn Boy." Matthew then did Nada Surf's "Blizzard of '77" solo, and then played his cover of Kevin's "Fiscal Cliff" (that he recorded for their split). He told us how he was singing it to himself in the cab on the way to the show, and the driver was apparently moved by the lyrics. He wrapped up with Nada Surf's "Inside of Love" and "See These Bones," with Kevin joining him again.

Then to end the show, just like it started, was another set from Kevin Devine & the Goddamn Band. They gave us a ton of favorites from throughout Kevin's career over the course of the night -- "Ballgame," "Cotton Crush," "Another Bag of Bones," "Brother's Blood," etc -- and played a good amount off his newest album too. The guests made the night extra special, but it was also clear that it was Kevin's show and Kevin's crowd. Several songs had the crowd singing every single word in unison louder than Kevin even was.

The Devinyl Splits shows continue in Philly tonight (12/12) with Brand New's Jesse Lacey replacing Laura Stevenson, and then Cambridge on Sunday (12/13) with The Front Bottoms' Brian Sella. Cymbals Eat Guitars and Laura Stevenson play Brooklyn together again on Monday (12/14).

A video of Meredith's new song (with KD&GDB and Joe from CEG), some other clips from throughout the night, more pictures and the setlist, below...

Continue reading "Kevin Devine collaborated w/ Meredith Graves, Cymbals Eat Guitars, Matthew of Nada Surf, Tigers Jaw & more @ The Bell House (pics, videos)"

by Bill Pearis

Nada Surf

Nada Surf will release their new album You Know Who You Are, on March 4, 2016 via Barsuk. This is the first album Nada Surf has made as a four-piece, with Doug Gillard (who's played with them live for a while) joining the core trio of singer/guitarist Matthew Caws, bassist Daniel Lorca and drummer Ira Elliot. As mentioned, the record was done and all but released back in January when Caws decided to rework some of the songs and add a few new ones, including two co-penned by Semisonic's Dan Wilson. You can listen to the jangly, anthemic first single "Believe You're Mine" below.

The band just played NYC's Webster Hall a couple weeks ago and have just announced a spring tour. No new NYC date listed yet, so stay tuned. You can catch Matthew Caws performing as part of Kevin Devine's Devinyl Splits show at The Bell House on December 11, which is presented by BrooklynVegan and also features Tigers Jaw, Meredith Graves, Cymbals Eat Guitars, Owen, and Laura Stevenson. Tickets are still on sale.

All Nada Surf dates are listed, along with album art, tracklist and the new song stream, below...

Continue reading "Nada Surf releasing 'You Know Who You Are' in March, share "Believe You're Mine," announce 2016 tour dates"

Kevin Devine

As you may know, Kevin Devine is doing a split 7" single series this year called Devinyl Splits, which so far has included splits with Tigers Jaw, Perfect Pussy's Meredith Graves and Nada Surf's Matthew Caws. The next two will be with Owen (aka Mike Kinsella of American Football, etc) and Cymbals Eat Guitars, and there's one more TBA.

To celebrate the splits, there will be release shows in Brooklyn, Philly and Cambridge with Kevin and all six of his split-mates, which BrooklynVegan is proudly presenting. The shows happen at The Bell House on December 11 in Brooklyn, The TLA on December 12 in Philly, and The Sinclair on December 13 in Cambridge. Tickets for all three are on artist presale now.

Stay tuned for info on that TBA artist and song streams from the Owen and CEG splits. Meanwhile, you can stream the first three below and pick up vinyl copies via Bad Timing Records.

Kevin Devine, Perfect Pussy, Cymbals Eat Guitars, Tigers Jaw and Nada Surf also have other NYC shows coming up soon too.

UPDATE: Kevin Devine has also announced a ton of tour dates which are now also listed below...

Continue reading "BV Presents: Kevin Devine, Cymbals Eat Guitars, Owen, Tigers Jaw, Meredith Graves & Matthew Caws in BK, Philly & Mass"

by Andrew Sacher

Snoop Dogg at Riot Fest Denver 2015 (photo by @shaybird303)
Snoop Dogg

Day 1, Day 2, and then finally Riot Fest Denver 2015 wrapped up with its third and final day on Sunday (8/30). Like the past two days, it was stacked from start to finish with never more than a 15-minute period where there wasn't a good band playing. I only caught partial sets from Explosions in the Sky and The Lawrence Arms due to overlaps with other bands, but what I did see of both sounded great. 7Seconds were terrific (more on them in a second), but after that band into OFF! into Millencolin I was a little burnt out on three-chord punk, so Nada Surf coming on next was a very welcome change of pace. The biggest surprise of the day was how undeniably fun Flogging Molly's set was.

All that and more made Sunday an awesome ending to the festival, but here's the five highlights that stood out most:

7SECONDS: It's an amazing thing how many OG hardcore bands are still going strong, and 7Seconds are no exception. Kevin Seconds, Steve Youth & crew stay true to the mentality they had over three decades ago on "Young 'Til I Die" -- they're loud, fast, and absolutely still young in spirit. Kevin introduced their cover of Sham 69's "If the Kids Are United" by saying "I'm 54 but I'm still a kid... well, sometimes" and even when they played stuff off last year's Leave A Light On they sounded as powerful as their classic era. And we got plenty from that era too. "You Lose," "Not Just Boys Fun," "Here's Your Warning," "Walk Together, Rock Together" and more were played, and they sounded tight as ever. The early crowd who came ready for a 1:45 PM mosh pit would probably agree.

BABES IN TOYLAND: Minneapolis grunge vets Babes In Toyland were one of the reunited bands on Riot Fest this year, and they made a very triumphant return. They're without bassist Maureen Herman, who was just fired mid-tour and they now have a younger bassist who kinda stands off to the side and lets Kat Bjelland and Lori Barbero do their thing, but that didn't hinder their set. Kat and Lori are in killer form in just about every way. As musicians, they're never not pounding away at their instruments, and they can both still scream their heads off. Too many survivors of the early grunge era have lost whatever once made them "alternative," but not Babes In Toyland. Feedback, noise and a genuine punk ferocity were all over this set. Their tour hits NYC in September.

BEACH SLANG: Beach Slang's debut album on Polyvinyl is imminent, and they continue to prove it's one to look out for. We got two songs from it at their Riot Fest set, lead single "Bad Art + Weirdo Ideas" that most of the crowd already knew every word to (it came out less than a month ago) and another that hasn't been released yet. Both were as anthemic and impossibly tight as Beach Slang's slightly older favorites like "Filthy Luck" and "Dirty Cigarettes." Like they did in Brooklyn last month, they included a cover of Jawbreaker's "Bad Scene, Everyone's Fault," which they pull off super well.

L7: Yet another reunited and still-awesome band on this year's lineup was L7. While Babes In Toyland were noisy and confrontational, L7 were rockstars. They cracked jokes between songs (one of which involved bassist Jennifer Finch giving the crowd her actual phone number), yelled "Hit it, Dee!" before "Fast and Frightening," and made rocker poses as much as Anthrax and Testament did on day one. They looked glad to be back, and the crowd was definitely glad to have them too. Fans were roaring in between and during songs, and the whole middle of the crowd was just a sea of pumping fists. They'll also be in NYC on their tour in September.

SNOOP DOGG: Snoop Dogg was billed to be playing his classic debut Doggystyle in full, and well... he didn't. Kind of a bummer, but he was still an amazing way to end the weekend. He did play some of Doggystyle -- "Gin & Juice," "Lodi Dodi," "Pump Pump," "Serial Killa," "Who Am I? (What's My Name?)," and "Ain't No Fun (If The Homies Can't Have None)" -- and included other classic Dre collaborations "Nothing but a "G" Thang" and "The Next Episode." It was way better than his set at Firefly that I caught earlier this summer, but I still think he has no reason to include things like Katy Perry's "California Gurls," House of Pain's "Jump Around" and Joan Jett/The Arrows' "I Love Rock and Roll" when he could, you know, play Snoop Dogg songs. But all that aside, the amount of classic Snoop we did get at this show was something to be grateful for and he was on fire for all of it.

Recap of Riot Fest Denver Day 1 is HERE and Day 2 is HERE. Check out a few more pictures from day 3 of Riot Fest Denver below...

Continue reading "Riot Fest Denver day 3: Snoop Dogg, L7, Babes In Toyland, Beach Slang, 7Seconds & more"

Live At The Neptune Theatre

on saturday march 24th, 2012, we drove into seattle, washington, one of our favorite cities, to play at the neptune theatre (they spell it brit style). we were in the midst of a US tour in support of the stars are indifferent to astronomy. days before, our longtime friend and frequent producer john goodmanson told us that the venue was wired for recording, with a whole extra set of cables going from the stage down to the basement. did we want him to record the show? our answer: yes!

a few months ago, we asked fans if they'd be interested in a live album. their answer: yes!

Nada Surf's Live At The Neptune Theatre is being released as a 21-track three-LP vinyl set, that also comes with an eight-page four-color photo booklet, four-color 18" x 24" show poster, four-color t-shirt iron-on decal, and Nada Surf B+W 'Anchor' temporary tattoo. The vinyl won't be out till 2016 but pre-orders get an instant digital download of the album, and you can buy a digital copy of the album right now as well. You can stream "Clear Eye Clouded Mind" from Live At The Neptune Theatre below and check out the tracklist and all the stuff it comes with, below.

The band, who have a new album coming out next year as well, will be playing some East Coast shows this fall, including NYC's Webster Hall on November 14 and tickets are on sale now.

Continue reading "Nada Surf releasing 'Live at the Neptune Theatre' (stream "Clear Eye Clouded Mind")"

photo: Nada Surf at Webster Hall in 2012 (more by Eric M. Townsend)
Nada Surf at Webster Hall

Nada Surf are currently finishing up their new album. It was supposed to be done already but "then we wrote some more songs and wanted to add them. Just want it to be as good as possible." So stay tuned. In the meantime, they are playing a few shows, including this month's Riot Fest in Denver. Then in November they'll be playing a few East Coast shows, including NYC at Webster Hall on 11/14. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (8/14) at 10 AM.

All dates are listed below...

Continue reading "Nada Surf playing Riot Fest Denver this month and East Coast shows November (dates)"

photo: Iggy Pop in Austin in 2013 (more by Greg Cristman)
Iggy Pop

The full Riot Fest Denver and Chicago lineups were already announced, and more recently the day-by-day lineups were revealed. Check those out below.

You can still get tickets to Denver and Chicago, and now Groupon is also offering an exclusive presale on single-day tickets for Chicago.

Continue reading "Riot Fest Denver & Chicago daily lineups & Chicago Groupon"

photo: Death Grips at FYF Fest 2013 (more by Wei Shi)
Death Grips

First Toronto, then Chicago, now here's the 2015 Riot Fest Denver additions: System of a Down, The Prodigy, 88 Fingers Louie, Chef'Special, Input & Broken, and... Death Grips whose current tour surprisingly includes actual shows being played!

The additions join Modest Mouse, Pixies, Snoop Dogg (playing Doggystyle), Ice Cube (playing Straight Outta Compton remix), Rancid (playing ...And Out Come the Wolves), Iggy Pop, Run DMC, Motorhead, Drive Like Jehu, L7, Explosions in The Sky, Thrice, Babes In Toyland, Anthrax, Testament, The Damned, The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, GZA, De La Soul, Desaparecidos, Nada Surf, The Lawrence Arms, The Get Up Kids, The Vandals, American Nightmare, Joyce Manor, 7 Seconds and more.

Riot Fest Denver happens August 28-30 at the Western Rodeo Complex. Tickets are still available. Updated poster and lineup below...

Continue reading "Riot Fest Denver 2015 adds Death Grips, System of a Down, The Prodigy, 88 Fingers Louie & more (updated lineup)"

UPDATE: More artists added.

Riot Fest

We just posted the Riot Fest Toronto lineup, and here's the Riot Fest Denver 2015 lineup: Modest Mouse, Pixies, Snoop Dogg (playing Doggystyle), Iggy Pop, Tenacious D, Ice Cube & special guests (playing Straight Outta Compton remix), Run DMC, Rancid (playing ...And Out Come the Wolves), Motorhead, Drive Like Jehu, L7, Explosions in the Sky, Cypress Hill, Alkaline Trio, Thrice, Babes In Toyland, Anthrax, The Damned, Eagles of Death Metal, The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, GZA, De La Soul, Testament, Desaparecidos, Nada Surf, The Lawrence Arms, Andrew WK, GWAR, The Black Lips, The Dead Milkmen, The Get Up Kids, American Nightmare, Swervedriver, The Vandals, 7 Seconds, Joyce Manor, OFF!, Speedy Ortiz, Beach Slang and many more. A few more bands, including two headliners, TBA.

Tickets are on early bird sale now. This year, the fest happens at the new location of Western Rodeo Complex from August 28-30.

UPDATE: Chicago announced too.

All currently announced Denver bands are listed below...

Continue reading "Riot Fest Denver 2015: Modest Mouse, Pixies, Iggy Pop, Run DMC, L7, Snoop Dogg, American Nightmare, 7Seconds, more"

by Andrew Sacher

So Stressed
So Stressed

Perfect Pussy singer Meredith Graves said in an interview last year that she'd be launching her own label and the first signing would be Sacramento hardcore band So Stressed. Now details have officially been announced. The label's called Honor Press, and it will release So Stressed's new album, The Unlawful Trade of Greco-Roman Art, on May 26. Check out the album artwork, tracklist, and ripping under-two-minute lead single "Merv King and the Phantoms," below.

Meredith also said she'd be putting out a solo album and releasing a split with Kevin Devine this year. Info on those two things is still TBA, but the Kevin Devine split is part of Kevin's six-part split series on Bad Timing Records which begins with a split with Nada Surf frontman Matthew Caws. That one's out now and can be streamed in full below. It has Matthew covering Kevin's "Fiscal Cliff," and Kevin covering Nada Surf's "Inside of Love."

Meanwhile, Perfect Pussy have tour dates coming up, including NYC on March 28 at the Marlin Room at Webster Hall with Deefhoof and Zula (tickets) and April 3 at Baby's All Right (sold out).

UPDATE: That Baby's show is now part of a two-night stand at the venue with various openers, including Meredith's new signees So Stressed.

Kevin Devine is also touring, playing NYC also on March 28, but at Le Poisson Rouge with Dads and Field Mouse (tickets). Kevin's also on board for Asbury Park's Skate & Surf with Cloud Nothings, American Nightmare, Beach Slang and many more.

Continue reading "Meredith Graves details new label, releasing new So Stressed LP; Matthew Caws & Kevin Devine streaming new split"

Nada Surf at Webster Hall in 2012 (more by Eric M. Townsend)
Nada Surf

Nada Surf are about to start work in Brooklyn on their new album, but before that will release B Sides via Barsuk on September 23. As the name implies its a compilation of actual b-sides, acoustic versions and other rarities. You can stream "No Quick Fix" below, which is from the Let Go sessions (and actually appeared on the 2002 French version of the LP before it was released in the US the next year).

Nada Surf, who just played Bumbershoot in Seattle last weekend, will play a record release show for B Sides at Rough Trade NYC on September 23. Tickets go on sale Friday (9/5) at noon and your purchase comes with a free digital download of B Sides. It's their only current date.

Song stream, B Sides cover art and tracklist below...

Continue reading "Nada Surf releasing 'B Sides' compilation (stream a track), celebrating with show at Rough Trade"

by Andrew Sacher

Nada Surf at Webster Hall in 2012 (more by Eric M. Townsend)
Nada Surf

Last week we posted "9 of the best '90s bands you didn't think were the best '90s bands and the awesome stuff they're doing now," and encouraged you guys to leave comments of who you think we should have included and who we should have left off. There are so many more than 9 bands who could've fit on that list, and we loved everyone's suggestions. A few of them were bands we strongly considered but left off the list for one reason or another. That includes Failure (whose reunion we covered a bunch), Local H (who we also cover a lot), Spacehog, and the band who was suggested the most: Nada Surf. Nada Surf is actually the band that most likely would have been our tenth pick, had we included ten picks, but we decided to leave them off. Here's why.

Nada Surf come very close to fitting the bill. They had a fluke hit ("Popular") off their major label debut, High/Low (1996), an album otherwise filled with overlooked gems like the Thurston Moore-esque "Sleep" and the Pavement-esque "Treehouse." Failure to produce another hit caused their label, Elektra, to drop them. The unsigned band then released 1998's The Proiximity Effect on their own label and eventually hooked up with indie label Barsuk Records (then home to Death Cab for Cutie, Kind of Like Spitting, etc) for 2002's Let Go. Since then, they've released three more albums with Barsuk, as recently as 2012's The Stars Are Indifferent To Astronomy. They continue to tour consistently and singer Matthew Caws does cool things like form the band Minor Alps with fellow '90s musician Juliana Hatfield, show up at cool shows like Rock*A*Teens, play benefits with popular indie comedians like Eugene Mirman and Todd Barry and join Guided by Voices on stage. Nada Suf drummer Ira Elliot is also in the high-concept Beatles cover band Bambi Kino with Doug Gillard (ex-GBV). They're also closely connected with some of the bands that did make our list. Harvey Danger singer Sean Nelson sings on more than one of their records, and they co-headlined a tour with Superdrag during that band's late 2000s reunion. Not to mention, if "Flagpole Sitta" and "Sucked Out" come on back to back on a playlist, nothing feels more right than "Popular" coming next.

They've got quality material on all of their albums, but the main reason we didn't think they belonged on the list is that Nada Surf's post-major label career as a fruitful indie band didn't feel as much like a story in 2014 as most of the bands we included. Nada Surf have been putting out well-received releases on Barsuk since 2002, and when we think about the great music that Barsuk's put out over the past decade-plus, Nada Surf's albums immediately come to mind. When most Burger Records fans think of Burger Records, I don't think their first thought is The Muffs or the Superdrag-related The Lees of Memory, who both signed to the label this year. It's been totally normal to see Nada Surf booked on an indie-leaning music festival like Bumbershoot (more than once), Waterloo's SXSW parties, and Sasquatch for at least six years. And unlike "Flagpole Sitta" or "Sucked Out," which still loom large over Harvey Danger and Superdrag's respective careers, ask a younger music fan about Nada Surf and there's a good chance they're more likely to tell you about Lucky (2008) than "Popular." A scroll through BrooklynVegan's "Nada Surf" tag shows we've consistently covered them over the years, whereas the bands on the list haven't gotten much coverage. We didn't feel that highlighting Nada Surf to BV readers at this point would fit the theme of "band you didn't think were the best '90s bands," because that just seemed like old news.

The main point of the list was to shine a light on deserving bands whose merits often went overlooked. Nada Surf is equally deserving and if this list was written a few years ago, there's no doubt they'd be included. Now, relive some Nada Surf memories below...

Continue reading "Why we left Nada Surf off our list of underrated '90s bands"

Bumbershoot

The annual Bumbershoot Festival returns in 2014 to Seattle's Seattle Center from August 30 to September 1. The lineup was just announced and includes The Replacements, Wu-Tang Clan, Elvis Costello, Schoolboy Q, Afghan Whigs, The Dismemberment Plan, Nada Surf, Bobby Womack, Danny Brown, Mac DeMarco, Twin Shadow, Big Freedia, Jonathan Richman, Mission of Burma, The Dream Syndicate and many more. Full lineup below.

Tickets, including 3-day passes, any-day passes, and single-day passes, are on sale now. Check out the full day-by-day lineup, with the announcement video, below...

Continue reading "Bumbershoot 2014 lineup announced (Replacements, Elvis Costello, Wu-Tang, Afghan Whigs, Danny Brown & more)"

Nada Surf at Webster Hall in 2012 (more by Eric M. Townsend)
Nada Surf

Nada Surf haven't released an album or gone on a full tour since 2012, having only done a few shows this past year including the Barsuk Records 15th Anniversary and a Yellow Dogs tribute in Brooklyn, while singer Matthew Caws also kept busy with his Julianna Hatfield collaboration Minor Alps. At the moment, they've got one show scheduled for 2014 too, happening in NYC on February 27 at The Bell House before Matthew does a few solo shows in Europe. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

Nada Surf is also one of the many bands Doug Gillard has been involved in, and as mentioned, he plays NYC on Friday (1/10).

All currently announced dates are listed, along with a video, below...

Continue reading "Nada Surf playing NYC before Matthew's European shows"

Yellow Dogs

In the wake of the Yellow Dogs tragedy earlier this week, on Monday (11/18) at Brooklyn Bowl there will be a "Special Memorial Evening / Fundraiser" featuring performances from Nada Surf, James Chance, Luke Temple, Dirty Fences, Kyp Malone (of TVotR), Helado Negro, Hamish Kilgour (The Clean), Iranian visual artist and activist Shirin Neshat and more; plus DJ sets from Paul Banks (Interpol), Jonathan Toubin, Sinkane, Vito & Druzzi (The Rapture), The Men and more.

Tickets ($15.00 - $30.00) for the benefit go on sale Saturday (11/16) at noon. 100% of the door will be going to the families of the deceased, the hospital bills of Sasan Sadeghpourosko who was wounded in the shooting, and then as well as the two surviving members of Yellow Dogs.

Full line-up and flyer for the benefit concert below...

Continue reading "Yellow Dogs memorial/benefit happening at Brooklyn Bowl on Monday w/ Nada Surf, Luke Temple, James Chance & more"

Minor Alps / Sylvan Esso
Minor Alps
Sylvan Esso

Sylvan Esso, the new duo of Mountain Man's Amelia Meath and Megafaun's Nick Sanborn, recently hit the road with Volcano Choir, and they'll soon head back out with another new duo, Minor Alps (aka Juliana Hatfield and Matthew Caws of Nada Surf). As discussed, that tour hits NYC on November 20 at Bowery Ballroom. TIckets for that show are still available. All dates are listed below.

Minor Alps' debut album, Get There, came out this week (10/29) via Barsuk. You can hear it on Spotify or RDIO. The recently-released video for album track "I Don't Know What To Do With My Hands" can be watched below.

Sylvan Esso's only release so far is the "Hey Mami" b/w "Play It Right" single. You can listen to both of those songs, along with their list of dates, below...

Continue reading "Minor Alps' LP out now; Sylvan Esso opening for them on tour (updated dates & video)"

Barsuk

Seattle label Barsuk began its life as a way for This Busy Monster to put out their 7" singles, but began in earnest in 1998 with the release of Death Cab for Cutie's Something About Airplanes. The label is celebrating 15 years with four nights of special shows in Seattle and a special day at Seattle's Bumbershoot Festival which is Labor Day Weekend.

The Bumbershoot day (Sunday, 9/1) includes Death Cab for Cutie's performance of Transatlanticism in full, plus sets by Ra Ra Riot, Mates of State, David Bazan, and Ramona Falls. Tickets for Bumbershoot are still available.

The four-night Barsuk celebration happens November 8 - 10 at various Seattle venues, and will include performances by Nada Surf (playing Let Go in full), Matthew Caws and Julianna Hatfield's new project Minor Alps, Mates of State, The Long Winters, Cymbals Eat Guitars, David Bazan, DCFC's Chris Walla, Menomena, Jesse Sykes & The Sweet Hereafter, "special guests" and more. Full schedule below.

Cymbals Eat Guitars will be touring back home from the Barsuk anniversary, which concludes with a show at Brooklyn's Knitting Factory on November 23. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (8/16) at 10 AM.

All Cymbals Eat Guitars tour dates are listed, along with the Barsuk 15th Anniversary line-ups, below....

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by Bill Pearis

Minor Alps

Juliana Hatfield and Nada Surf's Matthew Caws have been friends for a long time, and have sung on each other's records. But now the two have formed a new group, Minor Alps, who will release their debut album, Get There, via Barsuk Records on October 29. Not unlike the quieter moments on the last few Nada Surf Records, the album is appealingly mellow pop, with arpeggiated guitars, gentle electronics, and the occasional melotron. Mostly, though, it's about Caws and Hatfield's voices which sound pretty great together.

No songs have been released from the record yet, but Minor Alps will be touring this fall, including a stop in NYC at Bowery Ballroom on November 20. Tickets go on sale Friday (8/16) at noon with an AmEx presale beginning Wednesday (8/14) at noon. All dates are listed below.

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Eternal Summers at Knitting Factory in June (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Eternal Summers

Roanoke, VA indie pop band Eternal Summers will be heading out later this year as a support act on Nada Surf's tour which comes to NYC on December 14 for a show at Bowery Ballroom. Nada Surf also plays Bowery Ballroom again the next night (12/15) but no opener has been announced for that show. Tickets for both of Nada Surf's Bowery Ballroom shows are on sale now.

Eternal Summers will be in NYC much sooner though, seeing as they're scheduled to play at least three CMJ week shows. First they'll play the Kanine Records/Wild Honey Pie/Etnies/Brooklyn Brewery/BreakThru Radio day party at Cameo Gallery on October 19 with Valleys, Beach Day, Bleeding Rainbow, Zambri, Moon King, Roommates, and DJ sets from Patrick Wimberly (of Chairlift), Thomas Fekete (of Surfer Blood), Allen Blickle (of Baroness), and Xray Eyeballs. The party is free and starts at noon (flier below). Then they'll play the Dirty Laundry & Get Bent party at Pianos on October 20 with Har Mar Superstar, The Sundelles, Fergus & Geronimo, Shark?, Squarehead, Radical Dads, and . Tickets for that show are on sale now and the flier is below.

Eternal Summers will also play our BrooklynVegan day party at Public Assembly on Saturday (10/20) which is totally free. More info on that coming soon. Meanwhile we announced the lineup of our Friday day party at the same venue.

The band released their new album, Correct Behavior, over the summer and already have videos for its tracks, "Millions" and "You Kill." They recently finished up the video shoot for "Good As You," which you'll be seeing in the near future and are also holding a video contest for "I Love You." Entries are due October 31. You can watch those two aforementioned videos below, where you'll also find show flyers and a list of upcoming dates.

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Nada Surf at Webster Hall, April 2012 (more by Eric M. Townsend)Nada Surf

Nada Surf have just announced a December tour of the East Coast and Midwest, ending with a two-night hometown stint in NYC at Bowery Ballroom on 12/14 and 12/15. Tickets for those shows go on sale Friday, July 27 at noon with an AmEx presale on Wednesday (7/25) at noon.

There is also a Nada Surf fan presale on Wednesday that starts at 10AM, though you do need to sign up for their fan community to access it. A list of all upcoming Nada Surf tour dates and the video for recent single "Waiting for Something" are below.

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Webster photos by Eric M. Townsend, Bowery photos by Bryan Bruchman

Nada Surf @ Webster Hall
Nada Surf

Nada Surf @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Nada Surf

Chart Attack: What kind of relationship do you have with [your breakout 1996 single] "Popular" now?

Nada Surf's Matthew Caws: One new thing is it's starting to be a very long time ago. It never had been before. Our relationship with it is relatively simple: It's one of our earlier songs, it got us a lot of attention, it's funny - I still think it's really funny - but it doesn't always sit in the set list comfortably. Not only because it's goofier than everything else but also because the exterior perception of it is kind of loaded. I don't necessarily enjoy playing it at every show. I really like it at festivals, it kind of gets the crowd going.

But it's funny, we can't win. If we don't play it somewhere, somebody in the crowd is going to get huffy. But when we do play it, you'd be surprised at how many indier-than-thou audience members will be like Grumble grumble grumble! Why did you do that? or Don't remind me! or I wanted to hear something else. All in all my relationship with it is very positive, because it gave us an enormous jump-start. Had we not had that song we might've ended up on this kind of label like Barsuk that we really love eventually, it just would've been a different route. And we wouldn't have had the little leg-up of having our name be well known.

Nada Surf recently played NYC shows at Webster Hall (4/7) and Music Hall of Williamsburg (4/8). They didn't play "Popular" at either gig. We have belated sets of pictures from both of those shows in this post. More, with both setlists, below...

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