After a ten year hiatus, Pavement has not only returned to the music scene but is returning to Las Vegas.
The celebrated indie label Matador Records is celebrating their 21st anniversary this fall right here on the Strip with a three-day music festival. Most details surrounding the event are still unknown, but we can tell you that the event is called The Lost Weekend and is sponsored by Goldenvoice and FYF Fest. The event will run from October 1-3 and is sure to be filled with some of the hottest names in alternative and indie music.
The picture in the background of the teaser image on Matador's website suggests it will take place at Pearl in Palms, a theory supported by an inside source who spoke to Spencer Patterson of Las Vegas Weekly. Patterson also states he has confirmation that the previously defunct 90's lo-fi band Pavement is set to headline the event.
As to who else will be rockin' out at Pearl this fall, there's no way to know yet. But after looking at Matador's current roster, there's no doubt that The Lost Weekend is something you'll definitely want to find yourself at.
Matador's Active Acts:
Times New Viking
Matador also has a very impressive roster of former bands. Who's to say one of their former acts won't stop by to join in the celebration? Here are some of their alumni that will hopefully make some cameos.
Matador's Former Acts:
A little bit about Pavement...
Formed in 1989, Pavement experienced mild commercial success until 1999 when the group disbanded. Throughout their years together they gained a significant cult following and are thought to be one of the most influential lo-fi rock bands of the 90s. They released five records and nine EPs during their first decade together. Their single "Cut Your Hair" released in 1994 was briefly popular on alt-rock radio stations as well MTV.
As time wore on, the band began deteriorating. Lead singer Stephen Malkmus was severely unhappy and during Coachella in 1999 refused to sing during the performance. At their final concert later that year in London, Malkmus had handcuffs attached to his microphone and told the crowd that they symbolized what it was like to be in the band. The band members then retired from Pavement announcing that they were going to, "1. Start families 2. Sail around the world 3. Get into the computer industry 4. Dance 5. Get some attention."
Then ten years later, Pavement announced a reunion show at Central Park and then later a world tour which began in New Zealand March 1st. The day before The Lost Weekend begins Pavement will also be playing at the Hollywood Bowl with Sonic Youth and No Age.