Pavement Goes On The Road For Nightclub Tour

Abstract rockers' outing will take them through most major U.S. markets.

Abstract pop rockers Pavement plan to hit the road in support of their

fifth album, Terror Twilight (June 8), in early June, touring

nightclubs for one month in most major U.S. markets.

With many of the dates open to all ages, the tour will kick off with a

pair of shows at First Avenue in Minneapolis on June 7 and 8. Then it

will wind through Detroit, Toronto, Boston, New York, Philadelphia,

Washington and Atlanta, concluding with a swing of West Coast dates in

early July.

The venues of the Atlanta and West Coast shows will be announced soon,

according to Matador Records spokesperson Deborah Orr.

Terror Twilight was produced by Nigel Godrich (Beck, Radiohead)

and features the languid tune "Spit on a Stranger," with the striking

refrain: "Now I see the long, the short, the middle and what's in between/

I could spit on a stranger, you're a bitter stranger." The atmospheric

"The Hexx" is reminiscent of the band's last album, Brighten the

Corners (1997), which opened with the infectious, anthemic


(RealAudio excerpt).

The new album opens with images of Capistrano, Calif., swallows: "God

installed that radar in your pointy little beak so you'd return," sings

frontman Stephen Malkmus.

Pavement are expected to launch their new official website

( within the week. The site is expected eventually

to include downloadable MP3 files taken from live Pavement bootlegs,

guitarist Scott Kannberg said. The guitarist also said the group may

post live recordings from its upcoming tour while still on the road.

"There's lots of stuff we want to offer eventually," Kannberg said.

"We're going to bring a digital recorder with us on tour. So we were

thinking if there's a good version of some song we play one night, we'll

just download it to the site."

The group -- which also includes drummer Steve West, bassist Mark Ibold

and percussionist Bob Nastanovich -- was born in Stockton, Calif., in

the late '80s and has blazed its own trail over four full-length albums

and several EPs. With a mix of cryptic lyrics, off-kilter time signatures

and untraditional pop structures, Pavement have released a number of

critically acclaimed albums, including their 1992 full-length debut,

Slanted and Enchanted and 1994's Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain,

which featured the radio semi-hit "Cut Your Hair."

The new 11-track album features the songs "Folk Jam," "You Are The Light,"

"Cream of Gold," "Major Leagues," "Platform Blues," "Ann Don't Cry,"

"Billie," "Speak, See, Remember" and " ... and Carrot Rope." The "Spit

On a Stranger" CD single will contain the bonus tracks "Harness Your

Hopes," "Roll At the Wind" and two songs that are still untitled.

Pavement Tour Dates:

June 7-8; Minneapolis, Minn.; First Avenue

June 10-11; Chicago, Ill.; Metro/Smart Bar

June 12; Detroit, Mich.; St. Andrew's Hall

June 13; Toronto, Ontario; The Guvernment

June 15; Boston, Mass.; The Roxy

June 16-17; New York, N.Y.; Irving Plaza

June 18; Philadelphia, Pa.; Trocadero

June 19; Washington, D.C.; 9:30 Club

June 22; Atlanta, Ga.; to be announced

June 23; Atlanta, Ga.; to be announced

July 7-8; Los Angeles, Calif.; to be announced

July 9-10; San Francisco, Calif.; to be announced

July 13; Portland, Ore.; to be announced

July 14; Vancouver, British Columbia; to be announced

(SonicNet Staff Writer Chris Nelson contributed to this report.)