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Pavement (Roxy; 400 capacity; $ 15) Presented by Goldenvoice. Band: Steve Malkmus, Steve West, Scott Kannberg, Mark Ibold, Bob Nastanovich. Reviewed Feb. 27, 1997. Stockton, Calif., indie kings Pavement proved at the Roxy --- the final stop on a brief club tour to promote their recently issued fourth album, "Brighten the Corners" (Matador/Capitol) --- that the "next-big-thing" accolades they've reaped since their emergence early in the decade may have been justified after all. Pavement's progressive approach to songwriting is apparently nearing its apex --- a key to the band's current success. Leader Steve Malkmus has turned the group into more of a democracy, and with the band-wide input has come a surprising amount of focus, both in the heart of the songs, which continue to emerge from beneath the band's noisy inclinations, and on a more organized interaction onstage between the members. Opening at the Roxy, the second of two local shows, with "Silence Kit" from 1993's outstanding "Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain" album, Pavement started slowly and tentatively, struggling with uncooperative equipment and just the slightest hint of big-show nerves. But the quintet quickly fell into synch and, for a good portion of the second half of the 17-song program, gave a clinic on the dangerous art of mixing sweet pop and guitar-noise, a trick only Sonic Youth and Nirvana before them have mastered. New songs were the stars of the evening, namely the mesmerizing first single, "Shady Lane," a two-part paean to the labors of love, and "Embassy Row" and "Date With IKEA," which both seek unusual solutions to everyday problems. And it's that ability to merge disparate pieces that begins to explain Pavement's excellence. The seemingly ill-fitting guitar excursions, the broken-arrow vocal cracklings and, especially, Malkmus' bizarre slant on modern struggles all somehow add up to a cutting-edge stew that just may be ready for mass consumption. --- Troy J. Augusto

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Band: Steve Malkmus, Steve West, Scott Kannberg, Mark Ibold, Bob Nastanovich.

Pavement (Roxy; 400 capacity; $ 15) Presented by Goldenvoice. Band: Steve Malkmus, Steve West, Scott Kannberg, Mark Ibold, Bob Nastanovich. Reviewed Feb. 27, 1997. Stockton, Calif., indie kings Pavement proved at the Roxy — the final stop on a brief club tour to promote their recently issued fourth album, “Brighten the Corners” (Matador/Capitol) — that the “next-big-thing” accolades they’ve reaped since their emergence early in the decade may have been justified after all. Pavement’s progressive approach to songwriting is apparently nearing its apex — a key to the band’s current success. Leader Steve Malkmus has turned the group into more of a democracy, and with the band-wide input has come a surprising amount of focus, both in the heart of the songs, which continue to emerge from beneath the band’s noisy inclinations, and on a more organized interaction onstage between the members. Opening at the Roxy, the second of two local shows, with “Silence Kit” from 1993’s outstanding “Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain” album, Pavement started slowly and tentatively, struggling with uncooperative equipment and just the slightest hint of big-show nerves. But the quintet quickly fell into synch and, for a good portion of the second half of the 17-song program, gave a clinic on the dangerous art of mixing sweet pop and guitar-noise, a trick only Sonic Youth and Nirvana before them have mastered. New songs were the stars of the evening, namely the mesmerizing first single, “Shady Lane,” a two-part paean to the labors of love, and “Embassy Row” and “Date With IKEA,” which both seek unusual solutions to everyday problems. And it’s that ability to merge disparate pieces that begins to explain Pavement’s excellence. The seemingly ill-fitting guitar excursions, the broken-arrow vocal cracklings and, especially, Malkmus’ bizarre slant on modern struggles all somehow add up to a cutting-edge stew that just may be ready for mass consumption. — Troy J. Augusto

Pavement

Roxy; 400 capacity; $15

Production: Presented by Goldenvoice.

Crew: Reviewed Feb. 27, 1997.

Cast: Band: Steve Malkmus, Steve West, Scott Kannberg, Mark Ibold, Bob Nastanovich.

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