City Paper is not for tourists
Over the course of its nearly 25-year existence, North Carolina’s Superchunk has progressed from tuneful upstarts to the next big buzz band and, gradually, into elder statesmen of indie rock. If its tenure has taught the band anything, it’s the wisdom of a strengths-based approach: Know what you do well and continue to do it. Following a brief foray into sleepy pop in the late ’90s, Superchunk emerged from a lengthy hibernation in 2010 with Majesty Shredding, a set of songs that found the band reenergized and successfully recapturing the big hooks and brisk pace of its earlier work without feeling regressive. I Hate Music, the band’s new album, again finds the Chunk at the height of its powers. Singles “Staying Home” and “Me & You & Jackie Mittoo” provide a familiar jolt of mania, while “What Can We Do” and “Trees of Barcelona” ground the barnburners with a sense of wistful maturity. The band may have left its experimental days in the past, but by not messing with a good thing, it’s guaranteed many more years of rock ’n’ roll glory.
Superchunk performs with Spider Bags at 7 p.m. at 9:30 Club, 815 V St. NW. $20. (202) 265-0930. 930.com.