The Breeders

The Breeders have undergone several lineup changes over the years, with the only constant being Kim Deal’s membership and her ability to charm and confound in near equal parts. Early on, the Breeders crafted deft, angular pop with spiky, post-punk guitars that churned beneath infectious hooks. The music swayed in a dreamy, half-lidded gait prone to sudden bursts of energy. One such semi-lucid moment produced the ’93 hit “Cannonball,” which was followed by a decade of dissipation for Deal. She finally reconvened the Breeders in ’02 for the disappointing Title TK, following it with the more promising Mountain Battles last year. Much of the Breeders’ post-millennial catalog explores experimental, less-melodic territory where snatches of burbling, narcotized beauty and vocal harmony alternate with moody, minimalistic art-punk and left-field explorations such as the lilting bolero “Regalame Esta Noche.” Definitely arrive early for the catchy, wall-rattling, distortion-drenched garage-psych of Times New Viking.

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