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Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Wednesday To-Do: Nada Surf

Posted By on Wed, Jun 27, 2012 at 9:01 AM

Nada Surf plays at Juanitas Wednesday night.
  • Nada Surf plays at Juanita's Wednesday night.

NADA SURF
8 p.m. Juanita's. $16.

Nada Surf has long been one of the lead practitioners of the type of driving, effervescent power-pop that's never been enormously popular but thankfully never seems to go away. For a smartass shorthand take, I'd be tempted to describe Nada Surf as "The Thinking Man's Weezer," but that really doesn't do justice to the group's consistently satisfying body of work.

So how about this: "Coulda-been-'90s-alt-rock-one-hit-wonder surprises by going the distance and putting out reliably great albums for many years." That's closer, but it still doesn't cover it. Perhaps the band just defies easy or bite-sized classification. After all, since forming about two decades ago, Nada Surf has released more than a half-dozen albums of smart, ultra-catchy rock that pays no heed to blog-of-the-moment trends.

Maybe the best thing to do would be to just dive into any of those records and then go see the band play live. That sounds like a good idea. Of course, odds are better than good that much of the crowd at any given Nada Surf show will be singing along with every number. Local two-dude band Collin Vs. Adam is the opening act.

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