Photos: Pixies at Riviera Theatre

With their new bassist and fresh material, Frank Black and Pixies return to a sold-out house in Chicago

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  • Photograph: Ashlee Rezin

    Pixies bring new songs and a new bassist to a sold out Riviera Theatre, February 9, 2014.

  • Photograph: Ashlee Rezin

    Pixies bring new songs and a new bassist to a sold out Riviera Theatre, February 9, 2014.

  • Photograph: Ashlee Rezin

    Pixies bring new songs and a new bassist to a sold out Riviera Theatre, February 9, 2014.

  • Photograph: Ashlee Rezin

    Pixies bring new songs and a new bassist to a sold out Riviera Theatre, February 9, 2014.

  • Photograph: Ashlee Rezin

    Pixies bring new songs and a new bassist to a sold out Riviera Theatre, February 9, 2014.

  • Photograph: Ashlee Rezin

    Cults open for Pixies at a sold out Riviera Theatre, February 9, 2014.

  • Photograph: Ashlee Rezin

    Pixies bring new songs and a new bassist to a sold out Riviera Theatre, February 9, 2014.

  • Photograph: Ashlee Rezin

    Pixies bring new songs and a new bassist to a sold out Riviera Theatre, February 9, 2014.

  • Photograph: Ashlee Rezin

    Cults open for Pixies at a sold out Riviera Theatre, February 9, 2014.

  • Photograph: Ashlee Rezin

    Pixies bring new songs and a new bassist to a sold out Riviera Theatre, February 9, 2014.

  • Photograph: Ashlee Rezin

    Pixies bring new songs and a new bassist to a sold out Riviera Theatre, February 9, 2014.

  • Photograph: Ashlee Rezin

    Cults open for Pixies at a sold out Riviera Theatre, February 9, 2014.

  • Photograph: Ashlee Rezin

    Pixies bring new songs and a new bassist to a sold out Riviera Theatre, February 9, 2014.

  • Photograph: Ashlee Rezin

    Pixies bring new songs and a new bassist to a sold out Riviera Theatre, February 9, 2014.

  • Photograph: Ashlee Rezin

    Pixies bring new songs and a new bassist to a sold out Riviera Theatre, February 9, 2014.

  • Photograph: Ashlee Rezin

    Pixies bring new songs and a new bassist to a sold out Riviera Theatre, February 9, 2014.

  • Photograph: Ashlee Rezin

    Cults open for Pixies at a sold out Riviera Theatre, February 9, 2014.

Photograph: Ashlee Rezin

Pixies bring new songs and a new bassist to a sold out Riviera Theatre, February 9, 2014.

Critics have been rough on the Pixies lately. For the last decade, the iconic '80s indie band has hit the reunion circuit, playing all the loud-quiet-loud classics that led to Nirvana. In recent months, beloved bassist Kim Deal leaves the fold, and new material finally surfaces, material that some rock writers, to put it mildly, have defecated upon after a ritual bloodletting. It's rather ridiculous. The songs on EP 1 and EP 2 sound like what the Pixies would have made in the mid-'90s—or actually just like what Frank Black was recording circa Cult of Ray. More power to 'em. You can only play "Debaser" over and over for so long (12 years) before thinking, Hey, maybe we should write something new.


Well, Pixies still bring out "Debaser," of course, but the new tunes slip into the set as well. While Deal is certainly missed, tourist bassist Paz Lenchantin is rad, formerly of Zwan and the Entrance Band.


Columbia Records act Cults opened the night, playing break-up songs from their recent Static.


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