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Built to Spill 

When: Sat., Sept. 8, 8 p.m. 2012
Price: $23, $20 (adv.)
Indie rock's never produced many guitar heroes, which is probably a legacy of its roots in punk. Its most notable shredder is Built to Spill singer/guitarist Doug Martsch. The best thing about Martsch is that his incendiary talents are secondary to his quirky songcraft. Judging from his albums, he's happier crafting a pretty melody than a searing lead. This recalls Richard Thompson's understated manner, but the distinction disappears live, where Martsch sheds any sense of restraint. While based in Boise, Built to Spill evokes the cloudy Northwestern pop sway of acts like Death Cab for Cutie and Modest Mouse, which dovetails with the often wistful tone of Martsch's lyrics. Unlike those acts, Martsch is drawn to art rock and demonstrates a gift for knotty textures and baroque structures that in lesser hands might seem convoluted or windy. But they're so tuneful and tastefully staged that you reach the climax before you know it. Though the band is a collection of awe-inspiring performers, their release pace has slowed considerably. Over the last 20 years, they've made seven LPs, but only two the last decade, the most recent being 2009's There Is No Enemy.
— Chris Parker
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