City Paper is not for tourists
Be careful around people 35 and older when they’re driving around D.C. this week—the sight of a Polvo poster could trigger reveries about $1.10 gas, eagerly awaiting the new issue of Grand Royal, and laughing at Lorena Bobbitt jokes. Geezers everywhere could be jumping curbs and slamming into light poles, I tell you! Maybe it’s best to go to the Chapel Hill, N.C., band’s reunion show in some sort of daze—the better to take in Polvo’s sinewy songs, which always seemed to exist in a fog of alternate tunings, seemingly formless noise breakdowns, and bombastic rhythms. You know, the kinds of sounds you thought you’d never hear again after you gave up drinking PBR for good. Should be perfect practice for their September gig as part of All Tomorrow’s Parties in New York, where they’ll play alongside My Bloody Valentine, the Meat Puppets, Built to Spill, and—oh my God, officer, I totally didn’t see that curb coming!
POLVO PERFORMS WITH SIR ARTHUR & HIS ROYAL KNIGHTS AND THE ORANGES BAND AT 9 P.M. FRIDAY, MAY 9, AT THE BLACK CAT, 1811 14TH ST. NW. $13. (202) 667-7960.