Summer festivals not only create gaping holes in our pockets, but they also bring the small-format concert agenda to a complete halt. Now that we are headed towards autumn, I am delighted to declare the urban concert season open for business again.
Let’s start with Nada Surf in Sala Upload on the 12th. The New York trio is famous for their hazy college rock, and even though their uni days are long gone –Let Go turns 16 this year– their songs about heartaches and popularity quests ring true still. Beyond the classics, we hope to hear the latest release, a stand-alone single called “Song for Congress,” where front man Matthew Caws gets political and criticizes the separation of families at the US-Mexico border. The signature combo of melodic guitars with melancholic vocals brought them to Seattle-based Barsuk Records, one of my favorite American labels, like, ever. Check it out!