Singer Matthew Caws explains how rock band nada Surf became popular again, thanks in part to TV. By Bob Mehr

Popularity may be overrated. At least, that's what the band Nada Surf found out when a song off its 1996 debut album High/Low became a surprise hit. Titled "Popular," the successful high-school-is-hard anthem helped the New York City trio - singer/guitarist Matthew Caws, drummer Ira Elliot, and bassist Daniel Lorca - build a youthful following in the United States and Europe.