Black's penchant for the absurd - and downright silly - has been part of his complicated appeal ever since he sang "Nimrod's Son" on the Pixies' 1987 debut EP, Come on Pilgrim. But on his first three solo albums, tossed-off whimsy like "Whatever Happened to Pong?" diluted the impact of pop gems like "Two Spaces" and "Headache."
Black himself seemed to recognize the problem, and since 1998, he has stripped away all the excess
| FRANK BLACK & THE CATHOLICS |
8pm, Tuesday, March 4
2410 N. St. Mary's
Black's hit an elder-statesman sense of grace, his band is razor sharp, and if you don't go to White Rabbit expecting a truckload of Pixies songs (he'll usually deign to play a couple), you won't be disappointed.
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