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Frank Black (right) and Joey Santiago of the Pixies perform at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in 2004, the year the band reunited after more than a decade apart.
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February 3, 2015 Bands like Pixies, Pavement and Sleater-Kinney might reunite for money, unfulfilled glory or a renewed creative spark. But can album sales help us measure how much they have been missed?
May 7, 2014 Black Francis and friends recently swung by KCRW's studio in Santa Monica, Calif., in between surprise performances at Coachella. Watch Pixies perform "Greens & Blues."
The Pixies new album, Indie Cindy, comes out April 29.
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April 21, 2014 As assembled here, the songs on Indie Cindy form a worthwhile, frequently terrific document of a band forever in transition, even in middle age. It's music born out of chaos, same as it ever was.
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February 28, 2014 In the studio today is a rare stripped down performance for an enthusiastic audience. The band talks about how a small joke went viral and led to the band's regrouping and eight-year reunion tour.
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February 3, 2014 This three-song set features a 2014 tune called "Greens and Blues," a song yet to make it onto a Pixies release called "Silver Snail," and 1989's "Monkey Gone to Heaven," which melted hearts and seared minds with a new memory from a time long past.
World premiere video for a brand new Pixies song, "What Goes Boom."
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November 19, 2013 The band originally wanted to recreate a scene from the movie Star Wars. But it was too expensive, so they decided to just explode guitarist Joey Santiago in the desert instead.
Clockwise from upper left: Volcano Choir, Black Francis of Pixies, John Grant, Dessa
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July 3, 2013 This week's episode of All Songs Considered features the return of the classic indie band Pixies, plus songs by Justin Vernon's side project Volcano Choir, the rapper Dessa and a pair of stellar live performers: John Grant and Deafheaven.
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June 28, 2013 An angst-ridden tribute to child rebellion and a bathtub full of Fruit Loops: Watch the new Lamar + Nik video for "Bagboy."
April 15, 2008 Esquire music critic Andy Langer discusses the week's new releases, including albums by The Kooks, Mariah Carey, The Black Angels, and former Pixies singer Black Francis, a.k.a. Frank Black.
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June 22, 2006 Members of Omaha's playful tap-dance pop band Tilly and the Wall talk about their latest CD, Bottoms of Barrels and share some of their favorite recordings. Hear selections from their new album, plus songs and artists that have inspired the band over the years, like the Violent Femmes, The Cure and Elvis Presley.
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