Zach Baron, at our sister paper the Village Voice, called Surfer Blood's million-show spate at this past fall's CMJ a "coronation." By now, with the glowing reviews for Astro Coast, and rumors it's entered both the Billboard Heatseekers and Top 200 charts, that seems pretty much sealed. The band's appearances at SXSW in March, which will likely be numerous, will just further cement Surfer Blood's position as heirs to the zeitgeist-y indie rock throne. (In a world where Vampire Weekend's Contra is actually number one on the charts, the possibilities for original, creative rock music finally seem bright.)
But to straight-up toot the New Times parent company's horn, the Village Voice Media showcase at SXSW will be one of the best places to catch the band. Surfer Blood gets to share the stage with two of the other best new bands to emerge last year: the xx and the Pains of Being Pure at Heart.... And another little band called f'in Superchunk.
If you're headed to Austin this spring, do it. The showcase is Friday, March 19 at La Zona Rosa, from noon to 5 p.m. It's free and open to the public, no badge required.