North Carolinaâs Polvo get their reformation on âIâd like to think I play more tastefully,â Polvoâs Ash Bowie told Pitchfork earlier this year, âbut of course thatâs a euphemism for becoming older and more boring.â As to older, thereâs no doubt: Polvo, which formed in 1990 and first split in 1998, have reunited in 2008, nearly 20 years after frontmen Ash Bowie and Dave Brylawski first met in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. But boring? (Not coincidentally, the epithet most frequently lobbed at the scores of post-Slint, mostly instrumental indie-rock actsâPolvo, Mogwai, Trans Am, etc.âthat ruled the second half of the â90s.) My guess is not at all. Polvo, whose shellacked bursts of atonal guitars and drums were the thudding opposite of their peersâ glossy soundtracking, may look their age when they take the Bowery Ballroomâs stage tonight, but the bandâs old off-kilter angles will almost certainly remain askew. Familiar materialâs been promised, of course, but Bowieâs also hinted at an equally interesting possibility: something new. With Birds of Avalon and Artanker Convoy.
Sat., June 21, 8 p.m., 2008