The sold-out Free at Noon from Pixies brings a warm mix of old and new to World Cafe Live

Photo by John Vettese

Photo by John Vettese

This afternoon alt-rock pioneers Pixies warmed up for their sold-out Electric Factory show with a stripped-down, high-energy Free at Noon performance. The nine-song set beautifully balanced music from the band’s new EP releases alongside hits like “Monkey Gone to Heaven” and “Here Comes Your Man” and deeper cuts like “Nimrod’s Son” and “Caribou.” The band was friendly and engaging with the enthused crowd; Black Francis cracked jokes with the front row, new bassist Paz Lenchatin (playing violin on this afternoon’s arrangements) was cheerful and charming, and guitarist Joey Santiago locked the two into a groove alongside drummer David Lovering; they were tight when they needed to be, and explosive when they needed to be as well. See a gallery of photos from the show and listen to an archive of the performance below; after the jump, check out the setlist.

Setlist
Monkey Gone to Heaven
In Heaven / Andro Queen
Silver Snail
Greens and Blues
Indie Cindy
Nimrod’s Son
Caribou
Here Comes Your Man

  • Pat Bateman

    Unlike the evenings performance @ the Electric Factory where they hardly acknowledged the crowd and then unceremoniously walked off and never came back for an encore. Tweeted by Black Francis yesterday we weren’t enthusiastic enough as a crowd but now deleted. What a douchebag. #howtoloseafanin140charactersorless#

    • http://twitter.com/eli_w_n eli

      I saw them a few years ago, before they fired Kim Deal, and they were the same then, too. You could tell how much they hated each other and could care about nothing but their paycheck.