The Pixies Bring ‘Head Carrier’ to the States

The Pixies Bring ‘Head Carrier’ to the States
The Pixies at The Theatre at Ace Hotel Downtown LA - Photo by Michael Amico /

For the last several months, the Pixies have been on an intercontinental trek in support of their latest album Head Carrier. After touring through Europe, the UK, Australia and New Zealand, they’ve finally made their way over to the states for the North American leg of their tour.

The quartet had their first string of U.S. shows in Southern California, running through Pomona, San Diego, Anaheim and Los Angeles. Each show featured about 30 of their own songs, with a couple covers of Neil Young and the Jesus and Mary Chain woven into the mix.

Here is their performance of the Jesus and Mary Chain’s “Head On” in Pomona:

In the alternative rock world, the Pixies are a true embodiment of the term ‘iconic’. Few others have been referenced as influences as many times as they have; David Bowie, U2, Nirvana, The Strokes, Weezer and Arcade Fire are only a handful of the many rock artists that have noted the Pixies as inspiration.

Kurt Cobain told The Rolling Stones in 1994, “I was trying to write the ultimate pop song. I was basically trying to rip off the Pixies. I have to admit it [smiles]. When I heard the Pixies for the first time, I connected with that band so heavily I should have been in that band—or at least in a Pixies cover band. We used their sense of dynamics, being soft and quiet and then loud and hard.”

For the remainder of the tour, you can find their upcoming stops right here via Ticketmaster. Many of their shows have already sold out, so move fast if you want to catch the legendary band in action and stay tuned for a special Tour Update with the 80s rockers.

In the mean time, watch this clip of the band performing their songs “Magdalena 318” and “Velouria” in Brisbane: is a free wiki service to collect and share setlists — the list of the songs a band or artist actually played during a concert. Anyone who likes to share their knowledge about setlists is welcome to create an account to add and edit setlists—contribute to our ever-growing collection of nearly 3 million! Follow @setlistfm on Twitter. is a division of Live Nation Entertainment.