Pavement with special guest Kurt Vile and the Violators
Check out the article from GQ by Chuck Klosterman on Pavement: Greatest.Indie-est.Band.Ever (PDF download)
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Doors: 6pm, Showtime: 7:30pm / All Ages
After years of speculation, veteran indie rockers Pavement return to the stage with the lineup of Mark Ibold, Scott "Spiral Stairs" Kannberg, Stephen Malkmus, Bob Nastanovich and Steve West reuniting for dates around the world in 2010. A compilation album entitled Quarantine the Past: The Best of Pavement was released earlier this year to coincide with their 2010 tour. Please be advised this tour is not a prelude to additional jaunts and/or a permanent reunion.
Pavement mark the point when post-punk turned into alternative rock. When their first EP, Slay Tracks (1933-1969), was released in 1989, it sparked a back-to-the-garage movement in the American underground. While there were a number of hardcore and punk bands in the U.S. during the late '80s, Pavement brought guitar pop back into the underground lexicon. Combining ringing guitar hooks with mumbled, cryptic lyrics and a D.I.Y. aesthetic borrowed from post-punk, the band simultaneously sounded traditional and modern. Though there were no overt innovations in their music, Pavement had an identity and sense of purpose that transformed the American underground. Throughout the '90s, they worked relentlessly, releasing records every year and touring constantly, playing both theaters and backwoods dives. Along the way, they inspired countless bands, from the legions of jangle pop groups in the mid-'90s to scores of alternative pop groups in the '00s, who admired their slow climb to stardom.
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