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?