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Pixies / Paz @ Calvin Theatre, 1/13/2014
Pixies
Pixies

Lenchantin, who has played with A Perfect Circle and Billy Corgan's Zwan, occasionally looked like she couldn't believe her luck. She grinned as she swung the neck of her bass on the sardonic "U-Mass," added sweet, high vocals to "Bone Machine" and threw down an overpowering bassline that rattled the entire building on "Bagboy," a song the Pixies released last summer shortly after Deal left.

Black Francis was in fine, energetic form, too. He switched between acoustic and electric guitar throughout the show, singing in an unnervingly pleasant tone over chugging guitar on "Cactus," shrieking on new song "Blue Eyed Hexe," and locking into unison vocals with Lenchantin on "Subbacultcha." - [Rolling Stone]

Pixies got a jumpstart on their 2014 tour near their old Boston stomping grounds with a show at Northampton's Calvin Theatre, marking the first show with new bassist Paz Lenchantin. As Rolling Stone points out above, she fits in well, though as drummer David Lovering points out, nobody can truly replace Kim Deal. Meanwhile, another famed indie rock bassist (and occasional actor) who calls Northampton home was there watching (as was another local indie rocker, J Mascis). You can check out the setlist below and pictures from the show are also in this post.

The Northhampton show was opened by another Boston indie legend, onetime Miracle Legion (and Polaris) frontman Mark Mulcahy who put out a very good solo record last year. Mark plays NYC in March as part of Lincoln Center's American Songwriters Series.

Pixies will hit the NYC-area next later this week, playing  Sunday (1/19) at Capitol Theatre tickets) and  Tuesday, 1/21 at NJPAC with FIDLAR (tickets). More pics from last night's show in Northampton and the setlist below...

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by Andrew Sacher

DOWNLOAD: Speedy Ortiz - "Silver Spring" (MP3)

Speedy Ortiz

As I've said before, new music releases start calming down around mid-December and it's a great time to check out stuff that went overlooked throughout the year. One release that dropped over the summer that I've been spinning a lot this past month is Speedy Ortiz's EP, Sports, which came out via Exploding In Sound Records. They hail from the growing Northampton/Amherst scene (which has also given us California X, Potty Mouth, and other great bands) and play the type of rock that pulls equally from punk and indie rock that's made a great comeback in 2012. Think The Breeders meets The Thermals with some noodley guitar and their own personal attitude thrown in and you've got a pretty good idea. The EP's a quick listen and it's got a very fully realized sound for a band that formed just over a year ago. You can stream the whole thing below and download the track "Silver Spring" for free at the top of this post.

Maybe you caught Speedy Ortiz when they toured through NYC last month? (They played two shows including one with Thurston Moore and John Moloney.) They've got a few shows scheduled for 2013 too including a NYC date which happens on February 23 at Cameo Gallery with Sleeping Bag and Shark?. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

A list of all dates and the EP stream are below...

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photos by Chris La Putt

Neko Case

Neko Case's tour hit The Wellmont Theatre in Montclair, NJ last night (11/15). The show was on the short side, possibly due to some electric shocks Neko got from the microphone earlier in the show. According to Mike Van Den Broek, it was "18 songs, 65 Minutes. Zero Encore. Disappointed to say the least." Joey Burns and John Convertino of Calexico opened the show, and will do so again tonight (11/16) at the Beacon Theatre in NYC.

Neko did play an encore two nights earlier at the Calvin Theatre in Massachusetts...

Case was certainly in excellent form Friday in Northampton, where she and her band played an 80-minute set that focused on songs from her latest album, this year's "Middle Cyclone," and mixed in older tunes, too.

Hers is the sound of vast, twilit skies and distant freight trains, weed-strewn industrial lots and deep sighs. It's enveloping, unknowable and sometimes powerfully lonesome: Her voice, strong and clear, intertwined in harmonies with backup singer Kelly Hogan, the band surrounding them with rippling waves of trebly guitar, dense silver curtains of pedal steel or the low groan of a bowed upright bass.

At times, Case sang as if to herself, musing quietly at the start of "Maybe Sparrow" and mournfully recounting an ill-fated infatuation on "Polar Nettles." Other times, her voice filled the room, ringing with authority on "Deep Red Bells" and spilling over with indignation on "The Tigers Have Spoken." [Courant]

The setlist from that show, and more pictures from NJ, below...

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photos & review by Georgia Kral

Thurston Moore

There are many sides to Thurston Moore and each are represented when he plays- or rather, shreds- his Fender Jazzmaster so hard you can barely catch your breath. Last night (September 19, 2008) he gave the crowd at the Pearl Street Nightclub, in his hometown of Northampton, Mass., the goofy, fun and relaxed Thurston.

I've seen him with Sonic Youth many times- in venerable venues like McCarren Park Pool, Central Park SummerStage and even the tiny Maxwell's in Hoboken. I've seen him play guitar noise in dingy Bushwick lofts and at the tavern at Hampshire College in Amherst. But it was last night that Thurston came alive as a human and not just a rock star.

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