by J.D. Reager
Monday night, alt-rock icons The Pixies delivered a tight and surprisingly energetic set to a nearly packed house at the Orpheum Theatre.
As promised, the band rolled through every song (including lesser-known b-sides) from the classic 1989 album Doolittle, with each song being accompanied by a visual presentation on a massive, stage-length video screen.
("This is the biggest production we've ever had in terms of lighting and visuals," said Pixies drummer David Lovering in a telephone interview conducted before the tour started. "Each song has a video by a different director that syncs up with us as we play. It really makes the show.")
For those who were not able to attend, the magic of the internet has stepped up and provided YouTube clips galore from Monday's show. I would say more about it myself, but I'm afraid my intense fandom precludes any further objectivity on the subject. I'll just let the videos speak for themselves:
Intro/"Dancing the Manta Ray"
"Wave of Mutilation (UK Surf)"/"Into the White"/"Caribou"/"Vamos"/"Where is My Mind?"