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Pixies to perform in Israel

An Israeli promoter for the Pixies says the band will perform in Israel next summer — four years after the band canceled a concert following a deadly Israeli raid on a pro-Palestinian Turkish aid flotilla to Gaza.

The Nidar Oz publicity group said Monday the Pixies canceled their 2010 concert because of the “tense security situation.” It did not elaborate why the band has decided to perform in Israel now.

A number of high-profile musicians have refused to perform in Israel due to its policies toward the Palestinians, including British rockers Elvis Costello and Roger Waters.

The Pixies’ website list an appearance with Soundgarden in Tel Aviv on June 17 and 18.

Pixies announce new tour, new music, new bassist in the Muffs' Kim Shattuck

When the Pixies got back together about a decade ago, it was a welcome return—and a lucrative victory lap for a hugely influential alt-rock band who never really got their due during their original run. Following the long reunion tour and a single new song, things went relatively quiet, and the members mostly went back to their lives.

But now the band — minus one crucial member — is back, and they’ve got a whole new batch of everything. This morning, the band announced that bassist Kim Shattuck (formerly of the Pandoras and the deeply underrated pop-punk act the Muffs) will replace the recently departed Kim Deal.

They’ll be putting Shattuck to work pretty quickly; she’s slated to join the band on a tour that will kick off on September 29 in Paris and spin through Europe in October and November. In a press release, frontman Black Francis promises that they’ll be resurrecting cuts from deep in the band’s catalog (including “Brick Is Red,” “Havalina,” and “Sad Punk”), and test-driving new tracks—their first big batch of new stuff since 1991 (which presumably includes the just-released “Bagboy”).

Check out the list of tour dates below, and head over to the Pixies official website for more on the dates and the new music. READ FULL STORY

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