Nada Surf hit major-label, post-grunge gold in ’96 with their speak/sing/scream denouncement of high-school jockism, “Popular,” which was produced by no less than the Cars’ Ric Ocasek. Elektra dumped the band during recording of their next record, 1998’s The Proximity Effect. But it wasn’t until 2003’s Let Go that they came into their own as indie-rock sensitivos—older, wiser, and carrying the nostalgic pangs that severe unpopularity brings. From there, they set out on a winning album streak that included 2005’s The Weight is a Gift and 2008’s Lucky, all three of which the band will be playing in their entirety, beginning with Let Go, in separate concerts this week.
Thu., March 25, 8 p.m., 2010
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on March 24, 2010