Pixies Want YOU To Design A Poster

The PixiesWith the release of Indie City, their first studio album in over 20 years, Pixies (officially Black Francis, Joey Santiago, and David Lovering) are tapping their fan base for some creative contributions. Specifically, the revered alt rock pioneers are looking for a poster design, measuring 11×17 and including the Pixies logo and the album title. One design will be selected by the band to be used as “a limited-edition, commemorative lithograph print that will be offered as a bonus item with the purchase of the band’s new album at independent music stores.” The winner will get $500 and an autographed copy of the poster.

Get your design in by April 10th. Look here.

Indie City will be out in time for Record Store Day on April 19th (official release date is a week later) and compiles material from two recent EPs plus three new songs.

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Primavera Sound Festival Announces Arcade Fire, Nine Inch Nails, Pixies, And More

Primavera soundPrimavera Sound Festival has revealed its 2014 lineup, which boasts over 15 headliners including Arcade Fire, Neutral Milk Hotel, The Pixies, Queens of the Stone Age, and Kendrick Lamar. Taking place May 29th to 31st in Barcelona, the lineup will also include Chvrches, Haim, and Nine Inch Nails, in what is sure to be one of the city’s loudest nights. Check out the full lineup below.

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The Pixies Release Another Surprise EP

pixiesEveryone’s favorite reunited-for-the-money-but-who-cares-they’re-awesome rockers The Pixies have certainly learned something about staying in the news. In remarkably well-timed intervals, the OG college rockers lost their founding bassist, replaced the bassist, released a surprise EP, fired the replacement, hired a re-replacement, and have now released another surprise EP.

EP2 is another four-song set, featuring the titles Blue-Eyed Hexe, Magdalena, Greens and Blues, and Snakes. Like its predecessor, it’s available via download from the band’s website as well as a limited vinyl edition.

Frontman Frank Black suggests that the track Greens and Blues is a spiritual successor to the band’s classic Gigantic, a song sung by ex-bassist Kim Deal: It was my attempt to come up with another song that would “ musically, emotionally and psychologically “ sit in the same place that ˜Gigantic’ has sat, he says. Not that I could ever replace that song: you write songs and they come out the way they come out. So perhaps it can be said that this song fills the emotional niche that ˜Gigantic’ occupied, another show-closer. I think the lyric alludes to that, the fact that it’s the end of the night, the end of something. And a separation if you will, between the band and the audience. So I guess it’s kind of a goodbye song, or really more of a ˜good night’ song.

Check out “Blue-Eyed Hexe” below:
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Kim Shattuck Opens Up About Firing From The Pixies

Everyone still in the Pixies, please take one step back.

Everyone still in the Pixies, please take one step back.

In a new interview with the NME, Kim Shattuck, who was hired and fired from the Pixies in the span of a few months, reveals more about getting axed by the band’s manager just a day after returning from a European tour.

“I was surprised. Everything had gone well, the reviews were all good and the fans were super-nice about everything. They were like, ‘We love you, New Kim!’,” she says. “We said goodbye at the airport and the following morning the manager called me and said: ‘The band has made the decision to go with another bass player.’ I was shocked.”
She goes on to speculate that her extroverted nature clashed too much with the notoriously reserved Pixies, known for their zero tolerance stage banter policy, aside from the occasional “thanks a lot.” Shattuck cited one show during which she got excited and jumped into the crowd, and was admonished afterward that “…the Pixies don’t do that.”
However, Shattuck does not bear a grudge toward Frank Black and his band mates: “I would have preferred it if they told me face to face as a group, but they’re nice people. I’m still a fan of the Pixies!”
As we told you recently, the band has hired a new bassist, Paz Lenchatin, and will be embarking on a pretty huge tour in 2014. Shattuck has said that she’s looking forward to working on a new Muffs album.

Riot Fest Chicago Adds The Pixies, Andrew WK, and More

Riot Fest Chicago, otherwise known as the most exciting fall festival in the midwest, has added a slew of new bands to their already exciting lineup.

Released along with a new, more complete poster, the latest additions to Riot Fest Chicago include Pixies, Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, Suicidal Tendencies, Andrew W.K., Hatebreed, T.S.O.L., Off With Their Heads, The Flatliners, Nativ, Hostage Calm, The Interrupters, New Beat Fund and Pet Symmetry.

Regrettably, due to unforeseen circumstances, Motí¶rhead, Bad Brains, and Attack Attack! had to cancel their performances. Motí¶rhead has postponed their 2013 touring till 2014, so look for them back and rocking Chicago then.

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Shake & Quake

MSF

MSF hails from Boston, so it’s not surprising one of their biggest influences is the seminal post-punk Beantown band, the Pixies. You can hear that influence best in their dark and cheeky track, Oven Head. Over piercing guitars that sound like they were recorded in a silo, David Michaels intones, That’s all I want, to die. Like the Pixies, the music is galvanizing, fitful and manic, but Michaels’ adenoidal croon brings an element of Elvis Costello to the mix. Oven Head is the sound of unraveling, but on the catchy Walking Jealousy frothy guitars and galloping, polyrhythmic drums lighten the mood. Who cares if you can’t decipher what the chorus is (We haven’t got our keys? We’ve all forgot our drinks?)? Your body will move regardless of what your brain understands.