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Pixies kicked off the European leg of their latest tour in the sleepy retirement town of Bexhill-On-Sea. On the East Sussex coast, in the Art-Deco magnificence of The De La Warr Pavilion, Pixies took to the stage to begin an extensive tour in support of their latest album 'Beneath The Eyrie'. With Pixies seventh studio album about to drop only hours later, it was a chance to see the middle-aged Bostonians perform some of their latest, and greatest, songs in a unique venue.
Before the gig, Black Francis (a.k.a Frank Black/Charles Thompson) strode imperiously across the roof of the 1930s Modernist masterpiece, surveying the squally sea before him. There was an early start, 8pm, as there was no support act; just the four Pixies and a sell-out crowd eager to see the seminal band.
Pixies, it seemed to me, are one of those bands that you should endeavour to see at least once in your lifetime. Despite a claim to the contrary from Scroobius Pip, Pixies are not 'just a band'; they were, and still are to a lesser degree, a very important, influential and inspirational group. Aside from the band's ten year hiatus, in which they were all individually creative, Pixies have always been seen as a band that lead rather than follow, that push their sound further forward and are forever exploring their sonic boundaries.
Continue reading: Pixies - De La Warr Pavillion, Bexhill-On-Sea 12/09/2019 Live Review
'Come On Pilgrim... It's Surfer Rosa' will be released on September 28th to mark their 30th anniversaries.
Pixies have announced a new box set to mark the 30th anniversary of their first two official releases, Come On Pilgrim and Surfer Rosa, to be released later this year.
Come On Pilgrim… It’s Surfer Rosa will be released as a triple gold-vinyl and triple CD collection, including re-issues of their 1987 mini-album Come On Pilgrim and 1988’s debut full-length album Surfer Rosa. The set will also include a 1986 live show Live From The Fallout Shelter, a set of tracks originally broadcast in 1986 on WJUL-FM in Lowell, Massachusetts.
There’s also set to be a limited deluxe edition of the 3xLP on clear vinyl, packaged as a ‘clothbound hardbook’ that features lyrics and additional artwork from Pixies’ original graphic designer Vaughan Oliver, whose has re-imagined his designs.
Continue reading: Pixies Announce Box Set Re-Issue Of 'Come On Pilgrim' And 'Surfer Rosa'
Weezer and Pixies will be touring together next summer!
The two bands will link up in late June for a seven-week stint, taking in 29 dates, until mid-August next year. The joint tour begins on June 23rd at Tampa’s MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre, winding up at the AK-Chin Pavilion in Phoenix on August 12th.
English indie-pop act The Wombats will additionally join the tour, opening on the dates through until July 15th. Tickets are on sale next Friday, November 10th – but fans can sign up for Weezer's fanclub to get pre-sale access on Monday 6th.
Continue reading: Weezer And Pixies Announce Joint Summer Tour In 2018
Head to the continent for a festival experience of a lifetime with Spain's Primavera Sound, Denmark's Roskilde Festival and France's Rock En Seine to name a few.
We've been seriously pushing US and UK music festivals this year but, it has to be said, there's nowhere quite like Europe.
The continent is home to some of the most unique music events in the world and, looking at what's on offer this year, it seems that the festival season is the best time to experience cultural diversity to the nth degree. Whether its sun or snow you're after, rock or dance music, indoor or outdoor, Europe has it all and with the summer quickly approaching, it's time to get on a plane and take the best vacation of your lives as we guide you to the most exciting countries you can hope to visit this year.
- Pukkelpop (August 14th - 16th): This Belgian weekend remains seriously cool having first began in 1985 and always playing host to some of the world's best alternative music with early performers including Ramones, The Jesus And Mary Chain and Iggy Pop. Nearly 30 years on, Pukkelpop maintains its excellence with 2014 seeing the likes of Clean Bandit, Gogol Bordello and Die Antwoord on the bill.
- Tomorrowland (July 18th - 20th and July 25th - 27th): If you want to feel like you've entered a fantasy world for a weekend (or two), Tomorrowland is definitely for you. Taking place in the town of Boom, you'll be rocking out against a backdrop of incredible art installations of gargantuan proportions - it really isn't a sight to be missed.
Continue reading: Head To Europe This Year For The Best Summer Festival Experiences!
"No Kim, no Deal" was my initial assessment of the new Pixies material that started to emerge in 2013. Indeed, Kim Deal was such an integral part of the outfit that had been on a recording hiatus since 1991's 'Trompe Le Monde', it was hard to imagine any new Pixies music not veering into a continuation of Black Francis' solo material under a more familiar moniker. However, despite my reservations, their new album 'Indie Cindy', which compiles the band's recent EPs, goes some way towards allaying those fears.
Bar Deal's bass - which is more than adequately covered by Simon Archer - and her distinctive harmony vocals, all the essential Pixies elements are present and correct here. Lovering's drums are like a kick to the gut, Santiago's guitars are like a slap around the face and Francis' punk preacher persona spitting street poetry is in full effect. Opening cut 'What Goes Boom' is a full-on aural assault with some of the grungiest material on the record; it's a statement of intent and announces that this isn't a trip down memory lane, rather picking up the baton wherever it was dropped. That's the surprising thing about Indie Cindy as a record; while the three preceding EPs felt like The Pixies slowly finding their feet, by compiling the material and changing the running order, it all starts to make more sense.
That doesn't necessarily mean that the weaker of the new songs are any better here. The title track 'Indie Cindy' settles into some kind of alt-rock autopilot, and 'Blue Eyed Hexe' is like a less inspired retread of 'U-Mass'. However, when nestled amongst the rest of the tracks, they become somehow less frustrating. Overall though, there's a feeling that despite Francis' at times incoherent ramblings (he seems especially fascinated by snakes, colours and tails here), the Pixies really have made a wise move to release a full-length album over more EPs.
Continue reading: Pixies - Indie Cindy Album Review
Festival fun in London! Highlights include Jabberwocky, Camden Crawl and Wireless...
If you want a unique festival experience this year, London could be the place for you. Featuring a diverse range of events from the independent ethics of Jabberwocky to the mainstream attitude of Wireless, 2014 is not all about the States.
The UK is home to some incredible, highly respected music festivals such as Isle of Wight Festival, Leeds and Reading Festival and, of course, Glastonbury - but just what do we have in store from the nation's capital? London is unquestionably the UK's most vibrant city and, when it comes to music, there's really no denying that. The rest of the world may have SXSW, Coachella, Ultra and Exit (to name but a very small few), but London has a plethora of unique local events with line-ups and atmospheres that really prove their worth - and we're here to share them with you.
Jabberwocky (August 15th-16th)
All Tomorrow's Parties present this brand new festival for 2014, co-hosted by Pitchfork and Primavera Sound and set to take place at The Excel Centre this August. For its inaugural event, Jabberwocky will see headline acts from Neutral Milk Hotel, James Blake, Darkside and Caribou, not to mention support from Kurt Vile & The Violators, Hookworms and Electric Wizard. Like many of the best festivals, it's not all about the music as Jabberwocky will be hosting some film events and, as the name suggests, there'll be plenty of art to enjoy too. Tickets are priced at £38.50 per day.
Continue reading: Keep Calm And Party On! London's Ten Most Exciting Festivals For 2014
What, someone made The Smiths and The Beatles as Lego?
Is there no end to what can be achieved with Lego? It doesn't seem so, as the latest ingenious Lego creation is, well all of our favorite bands!
Foo Fighters as Lego!
Adly Syairi Ramly loves Lego and he also has pretty good taste in music too. After collecting Lego since 2011 he came up with the fantastic idea of combining his two major passions as the results are pretty epic. Nothing else was used to create the models, it’s just simple Lego figures given a rock and roll makeover. The pictures were taken on an iPhone 5 with no desktop editing. Pretty impressive indeed.
Continue reading: Radiohead, The Smiths, Pixies: Your Favorite Bands As Lego!
2013 was a busy year for the Pixies, with the rather unexpected exit of founding member and bassist Kim Deal, followed soon after by a new single and then, before the year was over, a new EP too (not to mention a few re-castings for the bassist role). A few months later and only just missing out on 2013 by a few days, the imaginatively titled 'EP 2' was released, which will soon be followed by 'EP 3 - 5'.
These new releases mark a progression for the band from their late '80s/ early '90s heyday, with the most obvious progression being the exit of Deal, herself a traditionalist in the sense that she wished for The Pixies' near-immaculate legacy to be left alone, bar a few cash-in world tours. Her exit has finally allowed Black Francis, Joey Santiago and Dave Lovering to try out some of Black's new material and hopefully improve upon their enduring legacy.
With 'EP 1', the band brought us fluorescent pop combined with Black's usual surrealist lyrics, with the end result sadly being a wimpy example of a band out of good ideas, sounding more like Parasites than Pixies. For their second EP, the band have grown a pair and the end product is much more aggressive and more fitting to the visceral blueprint of the band. As good a sign this is, it is one that regrettably adds very little to what we heard last year.
Continue reading: Pixies - EP 2 EP Review
Punk enthusiasts gear up for another slamming year at Chicago's raucous Riot Fest!
Taking place in Chicago on September 13th - 15th 2013 at Humboldt Park, Riot Fest is set to be possibly THE hottest punk festival of the year having been staging some of the biggest rock legends since its inception in 2005. It's bigger and better than ever before and there isn't just live music to enjoy either; there's an array of carnival rides and Lucha Libre plus a massive range of meal choices suitable for everyone.
Continue reading: Riot Fest 2013 Brings Classic Punk To Chicago This September
Black Francis, Joey Santiago and David Lovering released a statement on the band's Facebook page saying that the bassist had left the group.
The bassist and co-founder of the popular alt-rock group The Pixies, Kim Deal, has left the group today (June 14), with her decision to walk out on the influential band being announced in a statement posted on the Pixies' official Facebook page. The statement read; "We are sad to say that Kim Deal has decided to leave the Pixies. We are very proud to have worked with her on and off over the last 25 years. Despite her decision to move on, we will always consider her a member of the Pixies, and her place will always be here for her. We wish her all the best."
Deal has most recently been busy touring with her group the Breeders, which she formed during the break up of The Pixies in 1993, with the group touring on the 20th anniversary of their 1993 album Last Splash. Throughout the band's 25 years of existence, Kim has been an integral part to the band and it had seemed that the group were beginning to act more and more like a band following their hiatus during the 90's and earlier 00's, with rumblings of a new album surfacing on and off for the last two years or so after the band's drummer, David Lovering, hinted at it during a Rolling Stone interview in 2011.
Deal became involved in the band when she answered an ad in the Boston Phoenix in 1986, posted by frontman Frank Black/Black Francis. The tensions between the pair ultimately led to their downfall and the band split after four albums in 1993, although the band did reunite in 2004 to tour again and have performed sporadically since, including a long-tour to celebrate the 20th anniversary of their seminal 1989 album Doolittle.
Continue reading: The Pixies Bassist Kim Deal Leaves The Group
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