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No Surf Music was founded in Cleveland in 2011 on the principles that great music deserves serious analysis and that music journalism can and should be art in itself. We’re still based in Cleveland, but these days we’re crisscrossing America from the redwood forests to the Gulf Stream waters in a Chevy camper van named My Stately Manor, searching every theater, club, and dive bar for the kind of music that deserves to be heard, whether it comes from a name you know or one of the thousands of independent musicians laboring in obscurity across the nation. Their voices may not be as loud as those sandwiched between the fast-food ads on your morning commute, but they put everything into their art because they love real music, because they’ve got something to say, and because they want you to hear it. At No Surf, we work to highlight those artists for the same reasons.

The No Surf Review is where you’ll find evaluations of the best new albums we discover. An all-new Featured Review is published the first Tuesday of every month, followed two weeks later by a brand new Bonus Feature or a few Reviews in Brief. The Burning River Fireside Chats podcast series is currently on hiatus, but will return with regularly scheduled monthly instalments in the near future. Our North Coast Nights series showcases original photos and videos of live performances from across the country.

Check out the latest additions here on our homepage or click on a banner below to see all the articles in that series.





April Featured Review:

Sarah Shook & the Disarmers
Review Date: April 10, 2018

With a twangy rock sound and punk attitude, Sarah Shook & the Disarmers step up to the bar and raise it, too, in new album Years

Sarah Shook & the Disarmers, Years album cover


March Featured Review:

White Buffalo Woman
Foolish Hearts
Review Date: March 5, 2018

White Buffalo Woman's Foolish Hearts is a hard-hitting throwback to the golden age of rock ‘n’ roll

White Buffalo Woman, Foolish Hearts album cover





Glen Phillips performs at Music Box Supper Club


Diana Chittester performs at The Beachland Tavern


Sarah Shook & the Disarmers perform at Ace of Cups



White Buffalo Woman, The Vindys, and Demos Papadimas & His Band
The Rialto Theatre, April 6, 2018

A trio of Ohio’s most dynamic musical performers—White Buffalo Woman, The Vindys, and Demos Papadimas—combined forces in a must-see experience

The Vindys perform at Buzzbin






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