Matador heads west for anniversary party with reunited Guided by Voices

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When well-known indies Sub Pop, Merge and Touch & Go threw anniversary parties, the labels did so in their hometowns. New York’s famed Matador Records, however, is going the twentysomething bachelor party route, celebrating is 21st anniversary with a three-day weekend in October in Las Vegas. The already-reunited Pavement will be joined by the soon-to-be-reunited Guided by Voices, leading a lineup of more than 20 artists on Oct. 1-3.

Masters of the low-fi guitar rock, Guided by Voices split, more or less, in 2004, and Matador promises that the Vegas anniversary gigs will feature the band’s “classic” 1993-96 lineup, which likely means the band that included guitarists Tobin Sprout and Mitch Mitchell. The event is set for the Palms Casino & Resort, and ticket prices and a full lineup will be revealed on July 5.

After missing in action since 1999, alt-rock slacker heroes Pavement have become regulars around the Southwest, having already appeared at the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival and a festival warm-up date, and are currently booked for a Sept. 30 gig at the Hollywood Bowl.

Other artists on the Matador bill include Spoon, who signed with the label outside the U.S., Belle & Sebastian, Yo La Tengo, Cat Power, the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, the New Pornographers, Superchunk, Girls, Cold Cave and Ted Leo and the Pharmacists, among others.


The label promises more acts to be announced. Matador’s anniversary party is being thrown in conjunction with Los Angeles promoters’ FYF Fest.

-- Todd Martens

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