If you’re reading this, you probably already know that Pavement is playing Millennium Park tonight at 7 pm; you can check Miles Raymer’s recommendation for openers No Age here.

Mostly I bring this up because one of the people I follow on Twitter mentioned not getting why Pavement is so beloved, which is actually an ongoing question among music fans. On one hand, I don’t think anyone has to “get” Pavement, much as I love them—they’ve got a peculiar sound which either clicks with you or doesn’t. Malkmus’s and Kannenberg’s voices just touch something in my lizard brain, but that’s not the case for everyone, which is fine.

On the other, I think Sasha Frere-Jones, writing for the Reader about Brighten the Corners (my gateway to the band), has something here: