BUILT TO SPILL
8 p.m. Revolution. $17 adv., $20 day of.
There have certainly been precedents for the marriage of indie rock to classic rock (Exhibit A: Dinosaur Jr., Pavement on occasion). But I'd venture that few if any have bridged that gap as consistently and effortlessly as Built to Spill
Over the course of a couple of decades, band leader Doug Martsch and crew have crafted eight albums of guitar-centric pop-rock sublimity, the peak, in my opinion, being the untouchably brilliant stretch from "Perfect From Now On," "Keep it Like a Secret," "Live" and "Ancient Melodies of the Future." That said, I think "You In Reverse" (2006) is a great, underrated album ("Conventional Wisdom" is a classic!).
I saw them in Fayetteville on that tour and they were incredible. One particularly enthusiastic member of the crowd summed up what we were all thinking, screaming over and over, "We love you Doug!" It was true, we all did. "Thanks," he replied. Then the band closed out with an epic, dubbed-out version of "Mess with Time," and it was freaking incredible, thus cementing my longstanding personal rule: If Built to Spill is playing, you will go see Built to Spill.
Also performing at this all-ages show: Slam Dunk