Welcome to No Surf Music:
Your source for the best in Americana, alt.country, indie rock and more
If there is one person alive upon whose grave I most hope to piss (besides, of course, LeBron James and Dick Cheney), it would have to be Robert Christgau. That’s because the self-proclaimed “Dean of American Rock Critics” has done more damage to music than just about any other writer. At the height of his career, the man listened to dozens of albums a day, scribbling out curt, virtually thoughtless “reviews” based only on those first cursory impressions. But those reviews were popular, if only because nobody else was covering rock ’n roll at the time, and so that model was copied over and over again, strangling popular music criticism in its cradle.
Music reviews don’t have to be like that. At No Surf Music, we believe art criticism and analysis can be an art in itself, and that’s what we strive for. Here, you won’t find 30- or even 300-word reviews that barely mention the music. You’ll find well-considered pieces that seek the essence of the works and strive to give true audiophiles the tools they need to discover their new favorites. We don’t publish fifty articles a week—sometimes we don’t even publish one—but we feel that what we do publish represents the highest quality music journalism produced today.
We review the best (and worst) new albums in The No Surf Review, interview the artists you need to know in Burning River Fireside Chats, and recount the most engaging live performances in North Coast Nights.
Check out the latest additions here on our homepage or click on a banner below to see all the articles in that series.
January Featured Review:
Hard Working Americans
Hard Working Americans
Review Date: January 21, 2013
The Todd Snider-led supergroup combines Americana songwriting & jam band musicality to synthesize more than your average cover songs. But will their hard work have you pledging allegiance or seceding?
December Featured Review:
A Thousand Miles From Home
Review Date: December 3, 2013
November Featured Review:
Blur the Line
Review Date: November 7, 2013
Those Darlins’ last album propelled them toward capturing several Surfy awards. Now they're back with a more ambitious, mature project. But will Blur the Line leave your vision foggy with joy or rage?
Brand Spankin' New Review:
Tales From Jackson Bridge
Review Date: October 29, 2013
Smokin' Hot Interview:
#26 Billy Joe Shaver
Interview Date: September 25, 2013
#25 Ha Ha Tonka
Interview Date: November 9, 2013
#24 Alice Wallace
Interview Date: September 21, 2013
The Womack Family Band
with Nate Jones Band and Demos Papadimasbr /> Mahall's 20 Lanes, July 27, 2013
Townes Van Zandt Tribute
featuring G.S. Harper, Mary Cutrufello & Brent Kirby
The Beachland Tavern, May 14, 2013
Even No Surf isn't entirely immune to end-of-the-year hoopla, so here's our list of 2012's best albums, songs and live performances, as well as our picks for Best Artist, Best Emerging Artist and Best Debut Artist. All of them win a web-based virtual statue conservatively valued at $2.76 million!