Staff Picks: Nada Surf at the TLA and Women of the Passion

PLUS: Charlie Phillips' album, What it is.

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Nada Surf

April 9 at the TLA

Now well into their 40s, the enterprising gents from Nada Surf make smart, emotionally evolved music for those of us who aren’t afraid to rock out (discreetly) like someone half our age. Their new CD, The Stars Are Indifferent to Astronomy, takes its title from something lead singer Matthew Caws cribbed from his father, an esteemed philosophy professor at George Washington University in D.C.—which is pretty cool in itself. So it’s a nice bonus that the album’s potent power-pop and refreshingly grown-up perspective make it easily one of the best albums of this young year. Visit —Hobart Rowland

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