Venue: Bowery Ballroom, New York
Date: Sept. 27
“We’re not here to relive the past, are we?” Superchunk frontman Mac McCaughan asked a packed Bowery Ballroom, making clear that nearly 25 years into their career, the indie pioneers have intentions far beyond being a nostalgia act. With an audience ranging from college students to Sonic Youth’s Kim Gordon, the North Carolina quartet thoroughly delivered on its here-and-now promise, blazing through already fan-favorite songs from new album “I Hate Music,” including “Me & You & Jackie Mittoo,” “Void” and punk jackhammer “Staying Home.” “Digging for Something” (2010) incited a respectable mosh pit, and 1990 work anthem “Slack Motherfucker” was as communally embraced as ever. Fans did have to adjust to the absence of co-founder/bassist Laura Ballance, sitting out the tour due to hyperacusis, but Jason Narducy was a skilled and energetic fill-in.