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.
December Freatured Review:
A Thousand Miles From Home
Review Date: December 3, 2013
November Freatured 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
October Freatured Review:
Ha Ha Tonka
Review Date: September 26, 2013
High-energy alt.country envelope pushers Ha Ha Tonka boldly thrust their sound into new territory with their new album. But will Lessons have you eager to learn or just leave you waiting for the bell?
Smokin' Hot Interview:
Ha Ha Tonka
Interview Date: November 9, 2013
Interview Date: September 21, 2013
Interview Date: September 29, 2013
Interview Date: October 22, 2013
No Surf Friends and perennial kick ass rockers Those Darlins join us to discuss their new album Blur the Lines and dig into several of its most intriguing tracks and lucky you, you get to hear it all!
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 from 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!