Robert Pollard of Guided By Voices at Bluebird, St. Louis, 10/10/08

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By Annie Zaleski

For a man of 50, Bob Pollard still has some rock star moves.

Read a recap of Pollard's show at A to Z

One can always count on a few things happening at a Robert Pollard show. First, everyone in attendance will consume an obscene amount of cheap booze. Second, Pollard and whatever band he's fronting will pack a staggering number of punchy, no-frills indie rock songs into a marathon-paced set. And finally, in attendance will be a core group of rabid followers who know the words to each and every one of Pollard's 1,000-plus songs.