Rock & Pop

The Breeders/Speedy Ortiz

When: Mon., Dec. 16, 8:30 p.m. 2013

It’s been 20 years since the Breeders made a huge splash with Last Splash; the noise-pop group formed when the Pixies Dayton, Ohio-born Kim Deal started writing songs while the Pixies were on a European tour. Deal originally hooked up with Throwing Muses’ Tanya Donelly, but eventually also brought her sister Kelley into the fold for Last Splash, the album that featured the band’s most popular single, “Cannonball.” To mark the album’s twentieth anniversary, the group has reissued the disc as a three-CD package (and seven-disc vinyl box set) and reconvened the original Last Splash line-up for a U.S. tour that started earlier this year in Oberlin. Not quite grunge or riot grrrl, the band occupied a sort of musical middle ground. “We were all kind of not looking for an identity through music,” says Kelley Deal. “We were very Midwest." A tune such as “Divine Hammer” has a great energy behind it. "Kim [Deal] and I started working on that when we were 17,” says Deal. “We had a different version that was not called ‘Divine Hammer.’ I think it was called ‘You Always Hang Around.’ Then, Kim had changed the lyrics and rearranged it a little. It probably would have been pretty decent at any of those stages.” Expect to hear it and a bunch of other tunes from Last Splash at tonight’s show. (Jeff Niesel)

Price: $22 ADV, $25 DOS

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