Indie Music Forever
Quintessential indie band Pixies have announced a 33-city North American tour in early 2014, and it's coming to Texas. Whoo-hoo. The tour stops at South Side Ballroom in Dallas on February 28, before closing in Austin on March 1 at Austin Music Hall. (They'll also hit Houston on February 27 at Bayou Music Center.) Opening act is Best Coast.
Tickets go on sale Friday, October 11, at 10 am; log on to pixiesmusic.com for purchasing information.
The announcement of the tour opens with this unintentionally sad note from Guardian UK that "there's no denying Pixies' superlative live impact. Deal or no Deal." It's a reference to the fact that the quartet will tour without bassist Kim Deal, who left the band in June.
The other three original Pixies — singer Black Francis, guitarist Joey Santiago and drummer David Lovering — will be joined by touring bassist Kim Shattuck. They're plugging an EP's worth of new material, their first in more than 20 years. They released a single, "Bagboy," on June 28 and a four-track EP-1 on September 3. The tour features a new stage set and production, and it will include new songs and old.
The Pixies disbanded in 1993 and launched a reunion tour in 2004. Francis insists that Deal's abrupt departure in June was amicable, but her sister Kelley cited "musical differences." Luckily for Pixies, they were able to find another female bassist named Kim; Shattuck fronted the even more obscure band The Muffs.