Pavement, a cornerstone of Matador in the 90s—and a band one usually either loves, hates, or hasn't heard of—brings their much-awaited reunion tour to their hometown of Stockton this Thursday and to the Greek Theater in Berkeley on Friday. Scott Kannenberg (aka Spiral Stairs) and Stephen Malkmus formed the band in their later-to-be estranged drummer Gary Young's studio in Stockton in 1989. Rumor has it that Young will make at least an appearance at the Stockton show at the Bob Hope Theater and possibly pop up in Berkeley as well. Neither the Stockton show nor the Berkely show have sold out but plenty of people are trying to get rid of Greek Theater tickets on Craigslist if you're looking for a discount.
Are you tired of going out nearly every night and practically forfieiting your wallet to various venues in the City? Nah, me neither. Well, don't expect anything to slow down, the summer's just heating up.
6/2 - Mumford & Sons/The Middle East @ Slim's: Yikes, another sold-out Mumford & Sons show. In fact almost every single stop on their tour is completely sold out. If you're itching to test their brand of British folk revival, then get to searching here on Craigslist.
Pavement may have split up in the late 90s, but that didn’t stop their guitarist/front man/mastermind, Stephen Malkmus, from dominating his set with their iconic melodies. Malkmus strummed along to a sold-out crowd at The Great American Music Hall last night and even among the many mishaps and awkward in-between banter, it may single-handedly be one of the best shows we’ve ever seen.