Rock & Pop

Nada Surf

When: Sat., Feb. 2, 7:30 p.m. 2008

It's not easy to recover from alt-rock one-hit-wonder status. The Flaming Lips commendably overcame "She Don't Use Jelly," but San Antonio's equally strange Butthole Surfers -- a band the Lips idolized and often performed with -- never made it bigger than 1996's "Pepper," a Top 40 smash scored late in their career for which they will forever be remembered. Nada Surf seemed to be doomed to the same fate with its hit that year, "Popular," especially after the follow-up record fell flat. But the band reinvented itself to glorious effect with 2002's Let Go, and hasn't looked back since. Though pop-culture observers may be oblivious to Nada Surf's evolution, fans have been rewarded at every turn. So they will be on Saturday, Feb. 2, when the trio performs an intimate acoustic show at the Swedish American Hall (2170 Market St., San Francisco) in advance of Tuesday's release of album number five, Lucky. Oakland indie-folk act Port O'Brien opens. 7:30 p.m., $20.

Nate Seltenrich

Price: $20

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