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This would have been a great bill about five years ago, when Kim Deal was still playing in the Pixies, but tonight's lineup still retains considerable mystery and thrills. Even pushed along by their fluidly propulsive new bassist, Paz Lenchantin, the Pixies sound sort of hollow and bombastic on turgid new songs such as “Silver Snail” and “Bagboy,” and the oldies just feel empty without Deal, but bandleader Frank Black is still an intriguing songsmith. Gogol Bordello likely will steal the show with their frenetic whirlwind of gypsy folk tradition and New York street punk, and not just because they feature exotic dancers riding precariously over the audience atop gigantic drums. Cat Power's power comes from within, through powerful balladry that slowly builds tension and exorcises heartbreak with her soulfully passionate delivery.

Sun., Sept. 28, 7 p.m., 2014
(Expired: 09/28/14)

LA Weekly