The Pixies learned early on that a catchy tune will cover up a multitude of transgressions, namely the twisted lyrics and whacked-out riffs flowing almost nonstop from singer Black Francis and guitarist Joey Santiago, respectively. Drummer David Lovering, meanwhile, keeps the band firmly rooted in both reality and rock and roll. From the mid-’80s on, the Pixies have influenced pretty much every band to pick up a couple of guitars, practically trademarking the kind of sullen yet sprightly energy that even they couldn’t sustain at times; hence the decade-long split before their 2004 reunion. More recently, they’ve had to process the departure of founding bassist and fan favorite Kim Deal, whose springy bass lines and come-hither vocals gave the band much of their pop appeal. Almost miraculously, though, Deal’s replacement, Paz Lenchantin (A Perfect Circle, Zwan), failed to upset the Pixies’ delicate chemistry on their most recent album, 2015’s Head Carrier, suggesting they made the right choice.