Pavement, Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain: LA’s Desert Origins

Jon Dolan

By Jon Dolan

on 06.15.11 in Reviews
Indie rock’s little princes come up with their most beguiling tunes.

With the indie boom in full swing, its little princes took a whack at alt-rock, though trying to write bigger tunes just meant they had a wider backdrop for their worries. Songs like "Range Life," "Silence Kit" and "Gold Sounds" turn quarter-life anxiety into classic California sunburn jams, filling in the melodic broad strokes with tired romance. "Say good night to the rock & roll era," Steve Malkmus sings near the end. What's so exciting is that he has no clue what might come next.