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The Pixies embrace polarized fan base

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Nearly 14 months ago the Pixies released "Indie Cindy," the iconic modern rock group's first new album in 23 years. And guitarist Joey Santiago is not at all surprised that opinions about it have been divided.

"It's what I expected. I knew there was going to be polarity," says Santiago, 49, who co-funded the Pixies during 1986 in Boston. "Some people praise it. some people just go, 'Oh. Why?' It's what I expected, definitely."

But after years of fans a) wanting the Pixies to get back together -- which the group did in 2004 after an 11-year hiauts -- b) clamboring for new music, he's not exactly happy about the reception.

"People always have this biased opnion prior to listening to something; that already messes you up right there," explains Santiago, who's started scoring films as well. "I don't get it. It's an artist; they live and breathe and change and grow and do anything BUT stay the same.

"So you just hope that some of the people who had that bias, when they listen to it they go, 'Oops, that was wrong.' But we can't worry about it that much. We have the work to do."

Santiago is confident that the Pixies, which now include Paz Lenchantin on bass after the 2013 departure of co-founder Kim Deal, will be doing more work -- and is, in fact, already "kicking around a bunch" of new songs ideas. Meanwhile, the group is touring regularly, including a spate of dates this spring opening for Led Zeppelin singer Robert Plant.

"It's gonna be a great bill. It's Robert (expletive) Plant, yknow?" Santiago says with a laugh. "I grew up with Led Zeppelin. It's part of the DNA and the language that we use. If we're in the studio, you talk about a Zeppelin kind of riff or doing a Rolling Stonesy kind of riff. So Zeppelin is up there with the language we use, and playing shows with (Plant) should be great."

Robert Plant & the Sensational Space Shifters and the Pixies

7:45 p.m. Tuesday, June 9.

Meadow Brook Music Festival on the campus of Oakland University, Rochester Hills.

Tickets are $39.50-$115 pavilion, $30 lawn.

Call 248-377-0100 or visit www.palacenet.com.

Web Site: www.palacenet.com

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