April 4, 1994 |
Pavement's "Cut Your Hair," a scalding commentary on fledgling rock bands from the current Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain, contains one verse that sounds like a classified ad: "No big hair/Chops a must/Songs mean a lot. " It's a bit of mockery, but Saturday at the sold-out Trocadero, the rising stars of independent-label rock made at least part of it ring true: The songs did mean a lot. There were few guitar solos, and fewer moments of musical...
May 12, 1997 |
The famously moody Stephen Malkmus was in chipper spirits Saturday. And when the gangly guitarist decides to be charming, witty and engaged with his material, a Pavement show is something to behold. At the sold-out Trocadero, Malkmus stood stage left in plaid pants, kicking like a nerdy Rockette and addressing his own diffident nature with a mixture of ardor and ironic detachment. "I'm of several minds, I am the worst of my kind," he warbled on "Transport Is Arranged," just one of the brittle, melodically inventive rock songs from Pavement's fourth album, Brighten the Corners (Matador)
May 8, 1997 |
Stephen Malkmus has a cold. It's a bright Manhattan morning, and the skinny, high-cheekboned auteur of the most brilliant and elusive American guitar band of the '90s is having a rough time of it. The previous evening's Pavement show at New York University did what few do anymore: It fell apart. Two-thirds through, as guitarist Scott "Spiral Stairs" Kannberg, bassist Mark Ibold, drummer Steve West and percussionist, keyboardist and screamer Bob Nastanovich waited to see where Malkmus was headed next, the singer and lead guitarist went into gridlock.
July 30, 1986 |
Give a fellow a skateboard, some pavement and a sense of balance and bravery, and there's virtually no end to the summertime fun he can create. Morgan Woods, 17, of Gloucester Township, performed acrobatics on his skateboard Monday amid the cooling spray of the fountain at JFK Plaza in Center City.
September 20, 2010 |
Plotting a pop-culture comeback is a perilous business. Other 1990s entities haven't done so well in 2010: the femme-fest Lilith Fair struggled mightily at the box office over the summer, and rap-rock knuckleheads Limp Bizkit canceled a reunion tour before it began. Pavement, however, timed its return perfectly. In its '90s heyday, the indie rock outfit led by guitarist, singer, and songwriter Stephen Malkmus (with assistance from Scott "Spiral Stairs" Kannberg) was a 1,000-ticket band.
September 17, 2010 |
They were one of the more influential indie-rock bands back when the scenesters still called it "alternative," and two of their albums consistently rank in critical tallies on the best of the '90s. One thing Pavement never quite gained a reputation for, however, was being a solid live act. The quintet from Stockton, Calif., often left fans underwhelmed or even scratching their heads. Since the smart-alecky, slacker-ish rockers openly complained about touring and generally eschewed all things nostalgic and predictable, Pavement's 70-date reunion tour - coming to the Mann Center for the Performing Arts tonight with rising local star Kurt Vile as the opening act - stands out as quite an interesting and perhaps even questionable venture.
February 11, 2001 |
For a while in the '80s and '90s, the American indie-rock world was slacker heaven. It was cool for bands not to care about the details of their music or their Cup-o-Noodles existence. The lazy few with the right blend of rumpled charm and negative ambition ruled a disenfranchised underground, and their primitivist aesthetic, derived from punk, spread like a virus: Those pursuing "cred" couldn't be bothered with growing up, much less anything so banal as getting better on their instruments.
January 22, 1998 |
For the last four years, the commercial district on King Street has been riding a wave of progress and prosperity. Boarded-up storefronts were replaced with quaint shops and a former milk-and-root-beer factory was turned into a design and retail center. The borough's financial health has increased dramatically with the influx of businesses and a rise in property values. Now Borough Council is putting the finishing touches on King Street, completing the revitalization begun a decade ago in the business district known as Olde Towne Malvern.
April 1, 1997 |
The Federal Aviation Administration will start today building a $21 million airport-pavement testing facility here to accommodate a new generation of jumbo-jets that are heavier than ever before, officials announced yesterday. The new center, the first full-scale pavement tester in the world, will help calculate the wear and tear on runways for the new planes, which could weigh more than one million pounds and will use complex landing gear, according to FAA spokesman Les Dorr. "Just like highways, runways wear out," Dorr said.
March 13, 2014 |
If you are sick of dodging the axle-busting, tire-flattening potholes that seem to be everywhere, get over it - the craters are likely here until late spring, experts say. "We are fighting Mother Nature," said Leslie A. McCarthy, a Villanova University engineering professor whose research includes pavement design and construction. This year, pothole season began early, on Jan. 6, when temperatures in the region went from freezing into the 60s and back into the teens, according to state Department of Transportation spokesman Gene Blaum.