No Pocky for Kitty, the scorching, Steve Albini–produced indie-punk archetype. Crucially, the Chunk’s singer-guitarist Mac McCaughan and bassist Laura Ballance founded and own evergreen indie imprint Merge Records. Merge has been home to everyone from fellow Chapel Hill, North Carolina, band Archers of Loaf, reissuing their catalog in 2011, to Arcade Fire, who remained loyal to the label until their 2017 flop, Everything Now. In 2010, Superchunk released Majesty Shredding, an exuberant return to form following a nine-year gap between albums. Their new record, What a Time to Be Alive, drops Feb. 16. Also Friday, Feb. 23, at Teragram Ballroom.
One of the cornerstones of indie rock, Superchunk rose to prominence in the early ’90s with a single called “Slack Motherfucker,” a lo-fi anti-anthem for underachievers, and