Tonight: Alt-rock pioneers Pixies make rare Reno stop

Pixies have special one-off date in Reno on Thursday while they continue their co-headlining tour with Weezer.

The 8 p.m. show at the Grand Sierra Resort will likely be the first chance to hear some of the new material Pixies are working on live from an album forthcoming later this year. The legendary band changes their set list every night, pulling from the vast catalog, with set list decisions made onstage so it always promises to be a special show.

While Pixies have been acclaimed as the most influential, pioneering band of the late ’80s alt/rock movement, having blazed the trail for artists from Nirvana to Radiohead to Pearl Jam, today, a whole new generation of music fans are discovering their iconic “loudquietloud” signature sound.

After five genre-defining studio albums, Pixies disbanded in 1993, and then launched their reunion tour in April 2004, playing to sell-out crowds all over the globe for seven years, a longer period of time than they were a band originally.

PixiesWhen founding bassist Kim Deal decided to leave the band, Black Francis, Joey Santiago and David Lovering made the decision to carry on, working with a variety of touring bassists, something they’d never done. In late 2016, Pixies officially welcomed bassist Pax Lenchantin (who had been the touring bassist since January 2014 and was formerly in acts A Perfect Circle and Zwan) as a permanent member.

Together, they released their latest work, “Head Carrier,” in which Paz co-wrote the track “All I Think About Now” as a thank-you letter to Kim Deal. NPR called the album “a reaffirmation of all the spark, wit and weirdness” of the band. On this tour, you can expect a different set list every night with tracks from “Head Carrier” and Pixies’ five other album opuses (likely including 30th anniversary material from “Surfer Rosa” and “Doolittle”), but it will also be a chance to hear some of the fresh new tracks from an album to be released in September.

In celebration, Pixies have announced a new podcast series, “Past Is Prologue” that gives an intense inside view at the recording sessions

Basement, a band from the United Kingdom that is also touring with Weezer, will open the Reno show.

  • Pixies
    Opener: Basemen
    When: 8 p.m. Thursday, April 11
    Where: Reno’s Grand Sierra Resort, Grand Theater
    Tickets: $47 for orchestra and general admission, $37 for mezzanine
    Purchase tickets: LINK

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