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Pavement and Williamsburg — perfect together

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Pavement fans, your time is now.

The California-born band, which ushered in the age of alternative rock music in the early 1990s, comes to Brooklyn on Sept. 19 with a show on the Williamsburg waterfront.

It’s been 10 years since the band last picked up their instruments together, but they’re back with a bang. In what started out as one show at Central Park quickly ballooned into four, with the Brooklyn show added for good measure. Yeah, people really like this band.

Mainstream commercial success may have eluded Pavement for much of its prime, but the five lo-fi rockers didn’t lack for critical acclaim, with more than a few “Best Band of the ’90s” thrown their way thanks to stellar albums like “Slanted & Enchanted” and “Terror Twilight.”

Loved for its sloppy, quirky lyrics and garage rock sound, Pavement’s guitar pop and laissez-faire attitude have undoubtedly inspired many bands that have followed since — these guys practically invented indie rock.

Just in time for the reunion shows, the band released “Quarantine the Past,” a “best of” compilation comprised of tracks from the band’s five albums. For those who weren’t there, it’s not too late to join the party.

Pavement at the Williamsburg Waterfront (N. Eighth Street and Kent Avenue in Williamsburg, no phone), Sept. 19 at 5:30 pm. Tickets $38.50.

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Joey from Clinton Hills says:
I moved into a South 5th Street loft after a member of Pavement moved out...for a while, his bank statements still went to the building. Someone in the building would open them and post them up. That guy had a lot of money in the bank (I wasn't a fan, but I think it was Steve Malkmus.)

* but I did see them in 1990 at Maxwell's...old guy on drums, no bass player, three guitarists...one of the guitarists was tall with black hair - he was a construction worker and I never see him in any band bio.
Sept. 14, 2010, 10:22 am
Hopper Los S-S from Los S-S says:
What is "a lot" of money? We want Facts!
Sept. 14, 2010, 11:49 am
gimme from herethere says:
also was this just before or during Pavement became successful?
Sept. 14, 2010, 3:22 pm
chester from bushwick says:
Wanna name the real "semianl" Brooklyn band?? It's The So So Glos---hands down, no contest
Sept. 19, 2010, 8:47 am
chester from bushwick says:
pre-caffeine spelling...oops...meant Seminal
Sept. 19, 2010, 8:48 am
Sej from World says:
They didn't INVENT indie rock. Read Our Band Could Be York Life before you make sweeping statements about pop.
Sept. 20, 2010, 4:40 pm
Raven from Manhattan says:
I was at same Maxwell's show as guy at top in 1990. Drummer got pissed and walked off stage and the band stood around for a while trying to figure out what to do. There were probably 20 people there tops. Finally SM said that the drummer was being a jerk and they were going to play without him. So they did. For like 6 songs. Then he snuck back in mid-song (no one in the band noticed) and climbed up on the wall and came crashing down onto his drums mid song and started playing again. Shocked the hell out of the band but they kept on playing. Great show at Rumsey.
Sept. 23, 2010, 9:41 am
Sam Banya from Greenpoint says:
Hey guys, I met this cool Iranian girl at this Pavement concert. She was right up in the front row with me and my sister, Cynthia. I had an absolute blast and knew all the words and she even liked the song Pueblo as much as I did.

Anyway, I was wondering, if anyone knows the name of this art teacher from Baltimore that worked at a private elementary school, lemme know. She was definitely one of the coolest people I have ever met and would love to be friends with her on facebook or something.

Lemme know, my e-mail is samcollege2009@yahoo.com
Sept. 24, 2010, 1:48 am

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