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February 28, 2006 / jnolen

Nada Surf / Rogue Wave

So I went to my first San Francisco concert on Thrusday night: Nada Surf and Rogue Wave at The Fillmore. It was a great show. I've enjoyed Rogue Wave's latest record (Descend Like Vultures) lately; I would have rated it three/five stars on the Jonathan Nolen Scale. But their performance was a notch better than that, even. The band, who are from Oakland, seemed stoked to be playing at the Fillmore. And they really gave it their all.

Nada Surf put on an equally good show, running through all of my favourite songs from their record, throwing in a cover of "There is a Light that Never Goes Out" and mercifully avoiding their gimicky one hit wonder, "Popular."

All in all, I thought that Rogue Wave slightly exceeded their on-album performance while Nada Surf didn't quite live up to it. Rogue Wave just had more energy and took some more interesting pathways. Lots of harmony vocals that don't really come through on the record popped out to to me. Nada Surf, on the other hand, sounded rougher and more straightforward than they do on their albums.

I'm now trying to figure out my schedule for Noise Pop. They've got a great lineup this year and I'm really looking forward to it. Anyone have suggestions?


  1. Jason / Feb 28 2006 4:45 pm

    If you have nothing better to do, go check out the Silversun Pickups. I got one of their songs (Kissing Families) from itunes after hearing it on a podcast. Very early Hole, but without all of the “whackjob”. If you see them, let me know how they are.
    I recognized maybe 3 other bands on the line-up. Probably a good sign for you.

  2. Zach / Mar 1 2006 4:44 pm

    I would strongly second Jason’s choice, but for a different reason (Two Gallants, a current favorite). Also, I’ve heard a lot of buzz about Heavenly States and Audrye Sessions, and the New Trust are labelmates with Kissing Tigers, so that might be a fun one too. And of course the New Ams are always a good choice.

  3. kristan / Mar 2 2006 8:54 pm

    Aqueduct is fun. Catchy tunes. When we saw them everyone in the audience knew the words because they’re semi-local. Can’t speak too much about how they are lately, since our friend who was the drummer at the time isn’t anymore. I think you’d like a lot of it if you can get past the fact that the one song plays in the Jaguar commercial.

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