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Pixies return to Houston for outdoor concert at controversial venue

Pixies return to Houston for outdoor concert at controversial venue

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Pixies will play at the White Oak Music Hall on April 30. Photo by Michael Halsband

Influential alt/rock band Pixies will make their first appearance in Houston in three years when they play at the White Oak Music Hall on April 30, as part of a five-week North American tour.

The tour will kick off in Pomona, California, on April 21, and is scheduled to play 21 dates in 19 different cities, including stops in Dallas on April 29 and Austin on May 1. Pixies will be joined by opening act Public Access TV for all three Texas dates.

The concert is just one of two outdoor concerts at White Oak Music Hall this spring. In late January, residents who live near the new northside venue who have objected to excessive noise won a temporary injunction order against outdoor performances there. But the two outdoor shows already scheduled, Pixies and Randy Rogers, were allowed to proceed. The case will go to trial on May 15, the Houston Chronicle reports.

Pixies' signature aural mix of psychedelia, dissonance, surf-rock, and loud-quiet-loud will be on display during the tour. As is the norm, there will be no firm setlist for the shows — their sets, while pulled from nearly 90 songs that the band has rehearsed and is prepared to play, will change somewhat from night to night, with every number determined just before it’s performed. 

Fans can expect a a mix of classics and catalogue rarities, as well as newer songs from Indie Cindy and the band’s latest album, Head Carrier, which was released in September 2016.

CultureMap editor-in-chief Clifford Pugh contributed to this report.