Arts Desk

Can I Ride?


Back in the mid-'90s, I briefly worked at the Library of Congress, where Polvo guitarist Dave Brylawski's uncle was one of my supervisors. At the time, his nephew's North Carolina alt-rock outfit was one of my favorite bands.

(I spent a week last month listening to Polvo's entire catalogue–every skronky aside, every Dinosaur Jr.-worthy hook, every Indian-sounding riff–going to and from work. Know what? It sounds every bit as great as it did back in the band's early-to-late-'90s heyday.)

So, when I discovered that the Brylawski I worked for was related to the Brylawski in Polvo, I began a regular ritual of asking the uncle for news about the band. I remember, at one point, getting kinda PO'd when I saw a new EP, 1995's This Eclipse, at Vinyl Ink in Silver Spring. Why didn't the uncle tell me about this?!?

Anyway, I used to go see Polvo whenever they would come to the Black Cat, which, according to Pitchfork, is where the band is scheduled to play its first show on an All Tomorrow's Parties-inspired reunion tour.

If it's anything like the show or two I saw during my Library of Congress stint, the May 9th set will involve equipment malfunctions, tuning problems, and a sleepy-looking Ash Bowie. Can't wait.

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