Since the Summerfest 2010 announcement in February, Houston has been abuzz about the festival's line-up, heading up the Flaming Lips and Girl Talk. Word came down last night that another name has been added to the list of headliners. Let's just say that you summer babes may have to cut your hair before June, if you get our drift. Last night Rocks Off was at Mangos taking in another night of stellar country from Robert Ellis & the Boys when we began chatting with one of the Summerfest organizers, Omar Afra. He had been furiously typing on his iPhone most of the night, so we didn't approach him until he was off the phone. Afra and Rocks Off were talking about upcoming concerts in general and what we were looking forward to, including June's Summerfest, when he became flustered and kept asking if he was "on the record." We have begun getting this a lot around town, at bars and at shows, so we are used to it by now. Soon Afra let the proverbial cat out of the bag. Closing out the last of the two nights of Summerfest 2010 will be newly reunited indie-rock gods Pavement. The band, led by Stephen Malkmus, just recently hooked back up for a line of shows and festival dates. Afra had approached the band's management and booking people around the time they finally sealed the deal with headliners the Flaming Lips, as a sort of "safety band" in case Wayne Coyne and his famous bubble backed out of the Eleanor Tinsley Park throwdown.
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Pavement just came out with their very first greatest hits package, Quarantine the Past: The Best of Pavement, and are enchanting old-school indie-folks at every date so far. YouTube is awash in clips of varying quality if you feel like seeing how the band sounds after a decade-long hiatus. We think they are doing solid, by the way. Pavement hasn't been in Houston since a Fitzgerald's date on September 30, 1999. Malkmus himself has been through a few times with his varying bands and projects. The band is a virtual lock for a slot at the Austin City Limits Music Festival in October as well. We sort of feel bad now about releasing a fake tweet on @hprocksoff the other day boasting about a fake Pavement date. Apologies if you were "Biebered" by us. Rocks Off and Afra reminisced about our first Pavement experiences for a few minutes until he had to head home for the night. All he could muster as he walked off was "Pavement, man. Fuck." We feel the same way, Omar, and we can't wait to be living that "Range Life" in June. See the next page for updated Summerfest ticket info.