It was a night to remember for indie-rock fans in the Lowcountry.
The Pixies played a short yet ferocious set Friday night at the North Charleston Performing Arts Center.
In the late 1980s and early '90s, the Pixies were the darlings of the underground rock scene, thanks to smart, guitar-laden albums such as "Come On Pilgrim" and "Surfer Rosa." The band broke up in 1993, just as the alternative music scene was exploding, but the Pixies' influence could still be found in almost every rock band that came out of the Seattle scene in that decade.
Reunited in 2004, the Pixies have been touring on and off for the past seven years, dedicating a big chunk of their show to their best-known album, "Doolittle," which the band plays in order from beginning to end.
Before digging into that classic album Friday, lead singer and guitarist Black Francis, guitarist Joey Santiago, drummer David Lovering, and bassist Kim Deal ran through a few of the band's more obscure b-sides.
Playing in front of a huge video screen and under a group of giant paper lanterns, the Pixies plunged into tunes such as "Dance the Manta Ray," "Weird at My School" and "Bailey's Walk," before beginning the "Doolittle" album.
That part of the show proved to be the most popular with the audience of about 2,000, which danced and shimmied to songs such as "Here Comes Your Man," "Monkey Gone to Heaven" and Crackity Jones."
Halfway through the Doolittle portion of the show, just before singing lead on "La La Love You," Lovering was asked by Deal if he wanted to dedicate the tune to anyone. Lovering thought for a moment, then sent the song out, "to all the lovely ladies of Charlottesville."
Black and Santiago quickly conferred at the side of the stage, then informed Lovering of his error. To Lovering's credit, he never missed a drumbeat as he sheepishly said, "I meant Charleston," before adding with a grin, "My hometown!"
The band finished "Doolittle," then after a short break returned to the stage to play a couple of more b-sides, including "Slow Wave" and "Into the White." The band then returned to the stage for a second encore that included the crowd favorite "Nimrods Son" and "Gigantic."
Before the Pixies unleashed their wall of sound on the crowd, the West Palm Beach indie band Surfer Blood played an impressive set of guitar rock that served as a great musical appetizer to the evening's main course.
"We've never played in South Carolina before," said lead singer John Paul Pitts, as the band ripped through an impressive set of original music, including songs from its full-length debut, "Astro Coast."
One of the set's highlights was "Swim," which showcased a heady mix of Pitts vocals and the double onslaught of his and Thomas Fekete's guitars.