Neptune Theatre University District
Sat Aug 4, 9 pm All Ages
Recommended by Kathy Fennessy
Stephen Malkmus’s self-titled solo debut was hardly an about-face, but rather an extension of Pavement’s grad-school ramblings, with all the smart-alecky self-consciousness that it implies. In the 18 years since, he’s experimented with more complicated arrangements and longer instrumental passages, much like a singer-songwriter reincarnated as a prog rocker. If you can get past the awkwardly jaunty song about Freddie Gray (“Bike Lane”), the new Sparkle Hard is another winner from one of the youngest 52-year-olds in the game. Twenty-one-year-old Sophie Allison, aka Soccer Mommy, has released only one album, this year’s Clean, but it’s a killer. This is an inspired pairing.