Today we found out that Pavement are playing a few more headlining shows on their big reunion tour that everyone is real excited about -- including a stop in Atlanta to play The Tabernacle on Sept. 26. (Yeah, you could still go see them at Pitchfork in Chicago, but now you can take a shorter trip and avoid whatever it is about Pitchfork you'd like to avoid. (Three-day passes are sold out, but you can still buy individual day tickets.)
So. Atlanta. Reasonable drive, etc. But if you look at the Pavement tour itinerary, their route currently goes like this for the final seven shows: Philly, Bawston, a four-night stand in New York, then a day off and a show in Atlanta. End of tour? At the moment, yes, but something tells me Pavement aren't going to cap off their tour by traveling to Atlanta from NYC after four sold-out shows to play one night and then go to their respective homes to roll around naked in cash. Course, I've been wrong before. Fingers crossed?
Incidentally, this Sasha Frere-Jones essay on Pavement from the Chicago Reader is probably the best thing you're going to read in a while, and might go a ways toward explaining why Malkmus is driving an Audi in this GQ story by Chuck Klosterman (which includes a footnote explaining "lo-fi").