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Critically unappreciated and commercially undersold, Nada Surf has carved out a fan base of die-hards and Parisians who haven’t given up worshipping ’90s rock. Banished to bargain-bin purgatory after the Popular fiasco, the trio had a lot to prove on its angsty sophomore LP, The Proximity Effect; despite being held hostage for a while by the band’s record label, the eventual release was all killer and no filler. Let Go found the group, well, letting go of the frustration of being stigmatized; it’s an introspective, hazy record with content ranging from Bob Dylan worship to blizzards. And Nada’s latest effort, The Weight Is a Gift, is full of catchy hooks, sweet harmonies, and occasional Oprah-y earnestness: “To find someone you love, you’ve gotta be someone you love.” Chalk up another solid score from a consistent band, whose last-century alterna-rock contemporaries are now dabbling in rap-rock (Weezer) or have disbanded in the name of Jesus (Superdrag). Nada Surf plays with Say Hi to Your Mom and Army of Me (acoustic set) at 8:30 p.m. on the Black Cat’s Mainstage, 1811 14th St. NW. $13. (202) 667-7960. (Constantine Caloudas)