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Polvo, Poison Arrows, Haymarket Riot Recommended Member Picks Early Warnings (Music) Soundboard Critics' Picks

When: Sat., Sept. 5, 9 p.m. 2009

Polvo’s moment was a long time ago: their reign over the indie-rock dominion lasted maybe four years in the mid-90s, peaking with 1996’s Exploded Drawing, with all its punchy riffs and angles and meandering guitar queerness. They repurposed the archness of Sonic Youth and fused it with the languor of southern art-rock, and people loved them for it; then the moment passed and everybody got into remixes, forgetting about post-punk and moving on to post-rock. When Polvo announced their reunion shows last year, at first they seemed like just another zombified 90s band, rising from the grave to come calling, coffers out to reap the payoff of their old fans’ nostalgia. That is, until “Beggar’s Bowl,” the maniacal and deeply satisfying single off their new album, In Prism (due this week on Merge), dropped in June. There’s really only one way to say it: Polvo are back and badder than ever. The Poison Arrows and Haymarket Riot open. —Jessica Hopper

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