Otherwise Engaged: Nada Surf @ Black Cat, 3/7/18

It is an unfortunate reality for the serious concertgoer that on occasion, there will be more than one show on any given night that you really, really, REALLY wanna go to. Since the vast majority of us don't own a time machine, nor have the ability to either clone ourselves or split ourselves in half (or thirds or quarters depending on the night in question), this tends to present a problem. Difficult decisions are made based on a variety of variables (perhaps some of you even make lists of pros and cons), and ultimately, a show is chosen. But those other shows are still gonna be killer, and I'd like to give a little face time to the shows that, while I can't go myself, are still highly recommended.

I can't tell you how much it pains me not to be able to see Nada Surf's March 7 show at the Black Cat. Only an already-booked transatlantic vacation is keeping me from seeing them perform Let Go in its entirety. If, for some reason, you're not familiar, Let Go is one of the best records of the past 15 years (and it's one of my favorite all-time records), and if you're in DC there really isn't anything else you should be doing on this particular evening other than reverentially basking in the glow of this impeccable group of songs.

[posted 2.27.18]


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