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Eagles Ballroom
Milwaukee, WI
April 23, 2011
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Story by Brett Taylor
Photos by Gypsy Davey

Frank Black has stated that when it comes to the Pixies, he is no longer interested in releasing or trying anything new. Therefore the group continues to tour behind the back catalog, this time performing their seminal record Doolittle front to back, while including B-sides from that era as well.

This hardly mattered to the near sellout crowd at the Eagles Ballroom on Saturday night. It seemed that every hipster doofus in the tri state area packed into the cavernous room to bathe in the nostalgia.

The band entered the stage with the French surrealist film "Un Chien Andalou" by director Luis Bunuel and Salvador Dali casting its eerie shadow in the background. The film's disturbing images of eyes being sliced open with a straight razor and ants emerging from a wounded hand held the audience captivated before the music began. Once the Pixies took the smoke filled stage, they continued to hold the crowds' attention. As bassist Kim Deal MC'd the show, they began with some B-Sides from the Doolittle era. Deal even remarked that the band had to go back and listen to some of these forgotten tracks to re-learn the material. The band then moved to the main course of the night, serving up Doolittle proper.

The stage show kept the familiar music interesting by offering up full audio visual presentations tailored to every song. Smoke, lighting and video presentation highlighted the artistic and avant-garde songs that make up their performances. Especially satisfying was the soulful "Hey" which featured Black's tortured vocals that were backed up with the lyrics broadcast on the giant video projection.

The band followed up the Doolittle portion of the show with encores that offered up "Caribou" and the crowd pleasing first single "Gigantic." Although they continue to tour without showing signs of releasing new material, the Pixies presentation still felt fresh and interesting.

Milwaukee Setlist:
Dancing at the Manta Ray
Weird at My School
Bailey's Walk
Manta Ray
Wave of Mutilation
I Bleed
Here Comes Your Man
Monkey Gone To Heaven
Mr. Grieves
Crackity Jones
La La Love You
No. 13 Baby
There Goes My Gun
Gouge Away

Wave of Mutilation (UK Surf)
Into the White

Bone Machine
The Holiday Song
Nimrod's Son
Where is My Mind

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