Pavement's year-long victory lap has been exhilarating for the band and fans alike -- we know people who haven't stopped grinning since Coachella.
But the faithful who have it in the back of their heads that the pride of Stockton might keep the wheels turning and make another album shouldn't get their hopes up.
In an interview with Las Vegas Weekly to preview the upcoming Matador at 21 festival in Sin City, frontman Stephen Malkmus said the band will go "back to our regular lives" after this tour.
"We're sticking to our guns and what we promised, even though it has been fun. Anyone who bought a ticket to see us, I don't want them to have paid these slightly higher prices to see us and then have us right back there again -- it's just disingenuous. And we want to keep it fun. As soon as it gets to a kind of Pixies you-just-keep-going-because-you-can, it becomes more of a job. We didn't want it to be that way. We just wanted it to be a blast."
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That puts a star on tonight's show at the Hollywood Bowl, which features another influential band playing Matador at 21, Sonic Youth, along with local sensations No Age.
Elsewhere: John Cale, backed by the UCLA Philharmonia and with guests including Ben Gibbard and Mark Lanegan, performs his 1973 album Paris 1919 at UCLA's Royce Hall. ... Spoon, with Cold Cave supporting, plays the Palladium. ... And Jamie Lidell and Twin Shadow hold forth at the Echoplex.
Also: Train at the Greek Theatre; the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion at the Troubadour; Sebastien Tellier and Acid Washed at the El Rey Theatre; Rob Zombie and Alice Cooper at the Gibson Amphitheatre; McCoy Tyner at Catalina's; Benji Hughes at Largo; Mucca Pazza and the Cobra Lillies at Spaceland; Jukebox the Ghost and AB and the Sea at the Echo; High on Fire and Torche at the Glass House; Jesse Malin and Moneybrother the Viper Room; Atari Teenage Riot at the Key Club; the Damon Castillo Band at the Mint; Wheelhouse at 3 Clubs; Biffy Clyro, Seaspin and Empires at the Bootleg Theater; Clovis de la Foret, the Faraway Places and Loch & Key at the Redwood Bar; Endless Hallway, Queen Caveat and Kozmonaut at the Silverlake Lounge; the Dough Rollers at the Hotel Cafe; Kitten at the Central in Santa Monical and the Drums' 6 p.m. in-store at Amoeba.
Note: The Beautiful Girls show at the Roxy has been postponed because singer Mat McHugh is ailing.