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Wednesday, February 26, 2014

What's Crappening? News, Reviews, and Baby Oil

Posted by on Wed, Feb 26, 2014 at 1:30 PM

Ani DiFranco
  • Ani DiFranco

• The Pixies played the Paramount last week, and it was half great. Frank Black and the gang (with a new bassist who is not Kim Deal, but dresses like Wednesday Addams, which must count for something) mixed in too many new (see: not very good) songs for our taste, and even had the nerve to start their encore with a new song (see: horrible). Rude! You know that's not why we're clapping, guys.

• Doom-metal pioneers Pentagram played El Corazón on Saturday night. Frontman (and star of highly recommended music documentary Last Days Here) Bobby Liebling wore a rainbow boatneck sweater small enough for the average third-grader; a bearded man with a projector off to the side of the stage moved bowls of baby oil, rubbing alcohol, and some kind of dye to the music, creating a customized "trippy blobby" backdrop. After the show, Liebling was spotted at the 5 Point Cafe, eating a club sandwich and talking about how much he loves Black Sabbath.

Ani DiFranco kicked off her concert at the Moore on Saturday night with the song "Fuel," whose lyrics make explicit reference to the slave history of Manhattan. It was the only acceptable way to start out, after the singer-songwriter's sorry mistake of failing to apologize for setting a songwriting "retreat" in a former slave plantation. After she leveled some implicit self-criticism, we were able to remember why we'd liked her in the first place.

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