Posts tagged ‘Nada Surf’

November 28, 2014

We’re Thankful For… Bumbershoot [In Photos]

Not to get too sentimental, but sometimes it is important to take a step back and admire all the wonderful things about life. Whether it’s family, friends, trips, pets, health or living down the block from your favorite coffee shop, we can all find something in life to be grateful for.

The SLM team has a lot to be thankful for this year. We have been able to attend some amazing concerts and talk to some incredible musicians. Anyone who claims “music isn’t as good as it used to be” just hasn’t been looking in the right places  – we’re grateful to be able to find new music we’re excited to share with our friends and readers every week.

One of the experiences we’re thankful for every year continues to be Bumbershoot. Hopefully you took us up on some of our recommended performances for Day 1, Day 2 and Day 3, and even more importantly, hopefully you were glad you did.

Here’s to another great Bumbershoot at Seattle Center this past September and some of the scenes we love looking back on from the festival.

September 1, 2014

Bumbershoot Day 3: Top Picks


Adapting to festival life isn’t so hard. Our brains have already adjusted to thinking, “Oh, this is our life now. We rush around Seattle Center all day listening to amazing music. I guess we live here now.” But alas, silly brains. That is not the case. For today is the final day of Bumbershoot (queue gentle weeping and cries of “NOOOOO!!!”).

Maybe we should save the weeping for tomorrow morning when it’s back to work and “normal” life, whatever that is. So for now, let’s rejoice and revel in the fact that today boasts another amazing lineup of music! Hurrah!


La Luz – 12:30 PM, Fountain Lawn Stage

Sweet vocals over strong surf undertones from the Emerald City.

Smokey Brights – 1:45 PM, Pavilion Stage

Country-tinged rock with a PacNW twist.

Rose Windows – 3:30 PM, Fountain Lawn Stage

Hometown, female-fronted ethereal retro-rock that keeps it sludgy yet buoyant. 

Julianna Barwick – 5:30 PM, Pavilion Stage

Atmospheric and echoy Iceland-inspired melodies from a Brooklyn-based vocalist.

Hurray for the Riff Raff – 6:15 PM, Starbucks Stage

Knee-slapping Appalachian mountain music from a Puerto Rican virtuoso.

Nada Surf – 7:00 PM, Fountain Lawn Stage

Legendary Brooklyn indie-rockers with a penchant for intertwining the highs and lows of life.

Jacco Gardner – 8:15 PM, End Zone Stage

Cinematic, psychedelic indie-pop from a young, Dutch 60’s enthusiast.

Real Estate – 9:00 PM, Fountain Lawn Stage

Pleasantly hazy surf-tinged indie-rock from the Garden State.

March 23, 2012

Thank Our Lucky Stars! Another Night with Nada Surf [Saturday at the Neptune]

As we wrote last month, “Matthew Caws has always been the lyricist who seemingly captures the very same highs and lows we feel by placing them poetically into nearly-prefect expressions of failed dreams often sprinkled with glimmers of hope.”

Way back then, we strongly recommended both Matthew’s solo set at the Sasquatch Launch Party as well as the headlining set with his band at the Tractor later that same evening. This weekend, however, we present with you a much easier option that doesn’t require a cross-town, mid-show scramble to ensure you’re not missing a second of your favorite Nada Surf songs.

Whether you’re a longtime fan or not, do yourself a favor and listen to a track from the band’s newest album The Stars are Indifferent to Astronomy, watch the video for “When I Was Young” below and check out the live experience in the U-District tomorrow night.

Nada Surf – When I Was Young (official video) from City Slang on Vimeo.

3/24 Nada Surf, An Horse @ Neptune Theatre, Doors at 8 p.m., Show at 9 p.m., $25

February 2, 2012

Tonight, We Recommend Spending Time with Nada Surf’s Matthew Caws

Matthew Caws has always been the lyricist who seemingly captures the very same highs and lows we feel by placing them poetically into nearly-prefect expressions of failed dreams often sprinkled with glimmers of hope.

As such, we’re thrilled to learn that Caws will be playing three shows in the very near future. As luck has it, two shows – one solo and one with his band Nada Surf – happen to take place tonight.

While we’d be hard pressed to pick one over the other, we can wholeheartedly recommend that you spend your evening with Matthew Caws one way or the other.

Caws will play the highly anticipated Sasquatch Launch Party tonight and will hit the stage directly before headliner Junip, which features fellow noted lyricist and favorite understated vocalist Jose Gonzalez. Party kicks off at 8:00 p.m. at the University District’s Neptune Theatre.

If you’re more excited about seeing Caws with Nada Surf or perhaps are just more of a Ballard fan, you’ll be happy to know that the Brooklyn veterans of intelligent indie rock will be headlining the Tractor tonight as well. Say Hi will open with a solo set. Doors at 9:00 P.M.

Lastly, if tonight just isn’t going to pan out for you, rest assured at Nada Surf will return again to the Neptune on 3/24 as headliners with An Horse opening.

2/2 Sasquatch! Launch Party with Junip, Matthew Caws and The Physics @ Neptune Theatre :: 8:00 p.m. :: Tickets are $15 :: All Ages

2/2 Nada Surf / Say Hi @ Tractor Tavern :: Doors at 9:00 p.m. :: SOLD OUT :: 21+

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