The recently reunited Guided By Voices tore through the Steel City last night, touring in support of 2 (!) new albums. The Dayton natives and lo-fi indie champions played to a packed house of die hard fans in a marathon set that spanned their entire career. The crowd was probably 75% male, a total bro-fest with lots of high fives and air guitar enthusiasts. Jolly drunken front-man Robert Pollard let us know early on that he already had a nice buzz going and the beer and whiskey was flowing freely onstage and off.
But, through the feedback and fuzz and drunken shenanigans, the songs just kept on coming. GBV are one of the most prolific bands in modern history, so there's always a ton material to cover. Lucky for us, the classic lineup are nothing if not workmanlike; they always aim to please. Through a set that was somewhere in the area of 40 songs, Pittsburgh was graced with 3 encores, each more raucous then the last.
The early birds who were able to find a parking space during the Millvale Days were lucky enough to catch Chicago's Heavy Times, who played a solid 20 minute warm up set. The band is the first I've seen in decades to actually sell cassette tapes (along with CD's and Vinyl) at their merch booth.