The Breeders @ McCarren Park Pool, July 13 2008 (more by Ryan Muir)

Pixies played their first high-profile UK gig in nearly four years tonight (June 14), performing before Neil Young at the Isle Of Wight Festival.

Opening their Main Stage set with 'U-Mass', the band treated fans to an 80-minute greatest hits set.

Early on in the set, bassist Kim Deal remarked that she found the island "very pretty", before giggling into the microphone. [NME]

The Pixies followed that show with an invite-only release party for their Minotaur boxset the next night in London. (That boxset includes each of the five Pixies studio albums cut onto LP/gold-plated CD/Blu-ray audio/DVD/etc.) Drowned in Sound was there and wrote...

Doubtless you know/saw enough of the last reunion tour to be well aware the Pixies are still very, very good at playing Pixies songs, and a full review would be kind of gratuitous: they were frickin' awesome.

Set lists for both shows are below.

Frank BlackThere's no word on any additional Pixies dates yet, though Frank Black has announced some solo Black Francis shows, and is touring with his Grand Duchy project this summer. That group plays NYC's Siren Fest on July 18th, with a show the night before in Hoboken. Updated tour dates (FB and GD) are below.

The Pixies' Kim Deal has shows this summer too, with The Breeders. They'll be at Sled Island Fest in Calgary this weekend (June 26th). The band's also announced several August tour dates. Those include NYC shows on August 18th and 19th at the Bowery Ballroom. Tickets for both nights go on presale Wednesday, June 24th at noon. General sale starts Friday at 11am.

Kim and Kelley Deal of the Breeders will lso be performing as part of The Long Count, a BAM commissioned project by the National's Bryce and Aaron Dessner. That premieres in Brooklyn in October.

Pixies set lists, with all tour dates, below...

Pixies - Isle of Wight Festival 6/14/09 set list (NME)
'Ed Is Dead'
'Nimrod's Son'
'Bone Machine'
'Dig For Fire'
'Monkey Gone To Heaven'
'In Heaven'
'Here Comes Your Man'
'Head On'
'Wave Of Mutilation'
'Gouge Away'
'Where Is My Mind?'
'Into The White'

Pixies - Village Underground, London 6/15/09 set list (Drowned in Sound)
Where Is My Mind?
Baby 13
Monkey Gone To Heaven
Into The White
Planet Of Sound
Dig For Fire
Bone Machine
Encore: Wave Of Mutilation


Grand Duchy - 2009 Tour Dates
July 6 Edmonton, Starlight, (BF)
July 7 Calgary, The Grand (BF)
July 8 Regina, The Exchange (BF)
July 10 Minneapolis, MN, Triple Rock (BF)
July 11 Madison, WI, High Noon (early show) (BF)
July 14 Pittsburgh, Club Café (BF)
July 15 Easton, MD, Avalon Theatre (BF)
July 16 Washington, DC, Black Cat (GD)
July 17 Hoboken, NJ, Maxwells (GD)
July 18 Coney Island, New York, NY, Siren Festival (GD)
July 19 Cambridge, MA, Middle East (GD)
July 20 Wellfleet, MA , Beachcomber (BF)
July 23 Cleveland, OH, Grog Shop (BF)
July 24 Chicago, IL, Subterranean (GD)
July 25 Chicago, IL, Wicker Park Festival (GD)
July 29 Denver, CO, Walnut Room (BF)
Aug 2 Seattle, WA, Triple Door (BF)
Aug 4 Portland, OR, Aladdin Theatre (BF)

(BF/Black Francis, GD/Grand Duchy)


The Breeders - 2009 Tour Dates
06/26/09 Calgary, AB - Olympic Plaza
08/18/09 New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom
08/19/09 New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom
08/22/09 Pittsburgh, PA - Diesel Club Lounge
08/23/09 Columbus, OH - Newport Music Hall

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