Album Review

The Secret History Vol. 1

August 12, 2015

Nearly a quarter-century after it was released, Pavement's 1992 debut, Slanted and Enchanted, is still arguably the greatest indie-rock LP of all time — an offhand masterwork of magic-hour guitar static, thrift-shop melodic charm and singer-guitarist...


Pavement Throw Open Their Vault: Inside 'The Secret History'

August 3, 2015

"Whoa!" Stephen Malkmus stops short mid-sentence. There's a brief pause, then he starts to laugh. "I was in this hammock, and it just broke!" he explains. "I'm OK. But I feel bad that the kids can't swing in it anymore." Malkmus is calling from...


The Playlist: Miguel, Rod Stewart & a Sweet Pavement Rarity

July 10, 2015

1. Miguel feat. Lenny Kravitz, "Face the Sun"Miguel's new Wildheart is a sexy whirlwind of future-soul vibes. This standout track adds a nicely rocking edge to the mix via Lenny's reverbed-out guitar part. Are we gonna go Miguel's way?...


Pavement to Kick Off Vinyl Series of Rarities Comps

June 17, 2015

In addition to their five full-length records, indie-rock firebrands Pavement often recorded several non-album songs and live sessions that came out in dribs and drabs around each album. Now the band's label, Matador, is giving these rarities, B-sides,...



Watch a '90s Alt-Rock Vocal Hook Supercut

May 6, 2014

As the Nineties nostalgia train rolls on in a super fuzzed haze of flannel shirts, shaggy hair and guitars blasted through Big Muff pedals, the fine folks over at CBC Music have compiled a supercut of one of alternative nation's trademark musical tics:...


Pavement's 'Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain' Turns 20

February 14, 2014

Happy 20th birthday to Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain, Pavement's most beloved, most surprising, most perfect album. Even devout Pavement fans were caught off guard by the lush weirdness of it — so devoid of feedback, so not lo-fi, so rock & roll,...


When Did 'Wowee Zowee' Become a Masterpiece?

April 11, 2014

On April 11th, 1995, Pavement released their third album, Wowee Zowee, and everybody hated it. Everybody. Pavement fans around the country were on the phone telling each other, "We're gonna get through this. Don't panic. The next album will be great."...


Stephen Malkmus on the Nineties Mystique

January 3, 2014

As the frontman of Pavement, Stephen Malkmus was always the Nineties indie rock god who loved mocking his era's pretensions – he was singing "Fight This Generation" at the height of Gen X. Yet he turned out to be the guy who lived up to those Nineties...



Stephen Malkmus, 'Cinnamon and Lesbians'

December 10, 2013

Stephen Malkmus has never been one for lyrics with concrete meanings, so director Jay Winebrenner has his work cut out for him in making Malkmus' abstractions come to life in the new video for "Cinnamon and Lesbians," from Malkmus' upcoming album with...


Parquet Courts: So Stoned, So Starving

October 10, 2013

You ever have a favorite band so geared to your tastes, so blatantly aimed at your pleasure zone, you wonder if they're kidding? Or if you're just weak and gullible and easy? Parquet Courts are that band for me. They have a new EP out this week, Tally...


Best Summer Songs of All Time

July 1, 2013

The summer song is one of rock's truest pleasures, be it a dance jam that dominates every backyard cookout or a sweet ode to cars, girls and partying at the beach. Here are our picks for the most sizzling summer jams ever – from unshakeable oldies...


Stephen Malkmus Wants to Dominate 2014

November 12, 2013

After a few years off and a move to Berlin, Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks are planning for a huge 2014 with their new album, Wig Out at Jagbags. "When you do an album, you go down a rabbit hole of you don't know where you're going," Malkmus tells Rolling...


Yuck Bandmates Soldier On Following Frontman's Departure

August 29, 2013

Yuck aimed to record their second album last fall, but circumstances made those wishes impossible. For the better part of 2012, the London indie rock band's future was in serious limbo, as former frontman and lead singer Daniel Blumberg kept them waiting...



Billy Corgan Says Soundgarden Is 'In it for the Money'

August 16, 2012

Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan has called out Nineties contemporaries including Soundgarden for cashing in with their reunion tours, reports.  "There are those bands that are essentially coming back only to make money...



Pavement May Reunite Again But Will Not Write New Material

January 28, 2011

Pavement multi-instrumentalist and hype man Bob Nastanovich has told Spin that while the group had a good time performing on their reunion tour last year, fans should not expect to hear any new music from the band. "At this point, Stephen [Malkmus] does...



Matador's 'Lost Weekend,' Day One: Sonic Youth and Pavement Set the Bar Fantastically High

October 2, 2010

Welcome to Las Vegas: the first thing you see as you pull up to the Palms Casino Resort is the gigantic neon marquee proclaiming “Palms Welcomes DJ Pauly D!” But on the inside, it’s the Matador “Lost Weekend,” a three-day...


Pavement Talk, Perform on 'The Colbert Report'

September 21, 2010

With Pavement playing their first New York City gigs since 1999 this week, the band stopped by The Colbert Report for the first of two late-night appearances scheduled for their Big Apple stay. Before Pavement took the stage, Malkmus sat down with...


Matador Records Plans Anniversary Box Set

September 9, 2010

Stalwart indie label Matador Records will host a three-day 21st anniversary celebration this October in Las Vegas, with performances by current and former Matador artists like Sonic Youth, Belle & Sebastian, Pavement and the reunited Guided By Voices....


It's Official: Pavement Reunion Exceeds All Expectations

September 28, 2010

After the glow, the scene, the stage, the set, Pavement’s reunion tour begs the question: Is this the greatest reunion ever? Tonight they play Austin, after hitting Atlanta and the Virgin Free Festival over the weekend, plus five nights in New...


Pavement Stage Brilliant '90s Revival in Brooklyn

September 20, 2010

"Sing it if you know it," Pavement's Stephen Malkmus told the crowd Sunday night in Brooklyn, on the Williamsburg Waterfront, as the band prepared to play "Stop Breathing." Then he added, "I tell myself that before every song. 'Sing it like you know...