Free Music Friday! Sweeping, epic modern rock from Nada Surf

Nada Surf made a splash way back 1996 with the radio/MTV hit "Popular." While the band hasn't found a hit since then, it's been steadily cranking out well-regarded rock records.

The band will release its seventh album "The Stars Are Indifferent to Astronomy" in January, but it's already unveiled a first single from the disc. That tune, "When I Was Young," is yours for the meager price of an e-mail address.

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Here's a press release about the band's plans:




Barsuk Records and Nada Surf are excited to announce Spring 2012 tour dates. The national tour will kick off March 20th in Los Angeles, CA and see the band roll cross-country, wrapping up in Washington, DC on April 10th. The dates in support of Nada Surf's new album - The Stars Are Indifferent To Astronomy (Barsuk) - follow select east and west coast gigs in late January, including a home town show at Bowery Ballroom on the day of album release January 24, 2012. A Pre-Sale for fans will begin Wednesday, November 9th with tickets available at, and regular on sale for all other dates will begin Friday, November 11th.

Nada Surf recently unveiled the track "When I was Young" as a first glimpse of the forthcoming album, which has already been heralded by NPR as "tremendous - full of big, booming rock that practically glows with generosity." Fader lauded the track itself as "delightfully earnest," while Stereogum positively described "When I Was Young" as starting out with a "delicate acoustic flutter" that "gradually builds into a more muscular crash-rock song." ...

Stars is Nada Surf's seventh record, and fourth for Seattle indie Barsuk, following the successful and critically lauded Let Go (2003), The Weight is a Gift (2005), Lucky (2007) and their self-released covers record if i had a hifi (2010). This is their first album of new material in four years, and unlike all of the other Nada Surf records, Stars was made with a distinct attempt to capture their live sound. "We've always played faster and a little harder live," says Vocalist/Guitarist Matthew Caws, "but we'd play so carefully in the studio. So with this album, we made a conscious decision to preserve what it felt like in the practice room, when you play with that new-song energy.

Nada Surf's lineup for 15 years has been and still is Matthew Caws (vocals, guitar), Daniel Lorca (bass) and Ira Elliot (drums), though this time, as on if i had a hifi and the tour that followed, they invited guitarist Doug Gillard (Guided by Voices, Death of Samantha) to join in the proceedings. Chris Shaw (Wilco, Brendan Benson, Elvis Perkins in Dearland and Super Furry Animals) was brought in to produce and record.



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