May 26 & 27
Pixies @ the Beacon Theatre
74th Street & Broadway. 8 p.m. $79.50, $69.50, $59.50. 866-858-0008
Ever since the Pixies reconvened in 2004, fans too young to see them the first time ‘round got to cross the band off its wish list with the excitement over this long-awaited reunion being further stoked by whether or not this influential quartet would record any new material, (so far it’s only been the ’04 iTunes single “Bam Thwok” and a Warren Zevon cover for a tribute album.) So while the band teased that the alt-rock icons might address this dearth of new songs by heading into the studio, apparently it wasn’t wishful thinking as the Pixies released EP1 in September 2013. It did come at the expense of Kim Deal, who left the band and was subsequently replaced by Kim Shattuck of The Muffs. Shattuck’s membership was short-lived as she was dismissed shortly after almost three months later. The services of touring bassist Paz Lenchantin and the trio of Black Francis, Joey Santiago and David Lovering have subsequently released EP2 and EP3 before combining them into a LP called Indie Cindy that was put out in April 2014. (Also appearing on May 28 at Kings Theatre, 1027 Flatbush Ave. Brooklyn. 929-210-8419. www.kingstheatre.com.) With John Grant.
Ivan & Alyosha @ the Music Hall of Williamsburg
66 N. Sixth St. 9 p.m. $15. 212-486-5400
Forget the fact that Ivan & Alyosha are from Seattle. This is not your older brother’s third-rate grunge band. Instead, this quintet that started out as the duo of Tim Wilson and Ryan Carbary have somehow managed to fuse together elements of jangly, ‘60s-flavored riffs, ‘80s power popcraft and just a touch of honky-tonky and surf rock nuance. With the release of I&A’s sophomore bow It’s All Just Pretend, there’s a definite heightening of classic rock nods without this Pacific Northwest outfit coming off as sounding unapologetically derivative. With Kris Orlowski.
The Who @ Barclays Center
620 Atlantic Ave. 7:30 p.m. $154.50, $92.50, $62.50, $49.50. 917-618-6700
Many fans feel The Who should have packed it in after wildman drummer Keith Moon died from a prescription drug overdose in 1977 and was subsequently replaced by Small Faces/Faces timekeeper Kenney Jones. After recording It’s Hard with Jones, Pete Townshend declared the band would embark on a farewell tour before becoming a studio-only entity. By the end of ’83, Townshend quit the band entirely. In that time, The Who reunited for Live Aid in 1985, staged a Kids Are Alright 25th Anniversary Tour in 1989, performed Quadrophenia for a mid-‘90s tour and subsequently played halftime at Super Bowl XLIV. So here we are for the group (now founding members Townshend and frontman Roger Daltrey adeptly rounded out by bassist Pino Palladino and drummer Zak Starkey) touring behind The Who Hits 50! By all accounts, The Who are hitting and all cylinders and have promised to pack it in when the band cannot put on a quality show. Early reports are that this isn’t the case and while the swing through Nassau Coliseum stirred up an incident where Daltrey threatened to walk off stage after he caught a whiff of some concertgoers smoking weed, the set and subsequent shows have been a tightly played walk through this legendary group’s storied canon. (Also appearing on May 30 at Forest Hills Stadium, 1 Tennis Place. Forest Hills. www.foresthillsstadium.com.) With Joan Jett & the Blackhearts.