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Pixies, Damon Albarn, Ben Watt back with mixed results
Pixies, Damon Albarn, Ben Watt back with mixed results

The lead cut on the new Pixies album is called "What Goes Boom?," and one answer to that question is the Pixies' other albums. Formed in Boston in 1986, this smart but savage guitar band did as much as any to invent what became known as alternative rock. Its early records, such as "Surfer Rosa" and "Doolittle," were like a big bang that led to the creation of Smashing Pumpkins and Nirvana, whose Kurt Cobain once described his "Smells Like Teen Spirit" as a rip-off of the Pixies' soft-then-loud sound. INTERACTIVE: Best of 2013 music Now, on Tuesday, the Pixies — who broke up in 1993, then got back together as a touring act in...

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