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December 27, 2013 at 11:51 AM

Built to Spill draws fans young and old | Concert review

(Joseph Sutton-Holcomb)

(Joseph Sutton-Holcomb)

By Joseph Sutton-Holcomb
Special to The Seattle Times

If you’re an incredibly lucky musician, you’ll join a band that has the staying power of Built to Spill.

Thursday night marked the first of three consecutive sold-out shows for the ’90s-vintage, Idaho-bred group at Capitol Hill’s Neumos. The Friday and Saturday shows are for patrons 21 and over, but the incredible number of young people at Thursday’s all-ages show was proof of the band’s staying power.


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December 20, 2013 at 5:35 AM

Built to Spill, La Luz play Neumos | Concert preview

(Stephen Gere)

(Stephen Gere)

If you had asked Built to Spill (BTS) founder Doug Martsch what music he was listening to a year ago, when he was DJing a show on community radio in Boise, Idaho, he would have rattled off a list of his favorite music: old soul, reggae, maybe some Delta blues.

But recently he’s been listening to bands like Slam Dunk and The Warm Hair, the latter of which shared a couple of dates with BTS earlier this year.


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May 25, 2013 at 11:39 AM

Sasquatch! 2013: Rock in the gloaming with Built To Spill and Arctic Monkeys

After an afternoon of fervid performances by young Seattle hip-hop talent, the early evening hours listed more toward a rock n’ roll journeymen vibe with a main stage set by Northwest mainstay Built To Spill.

Built To Spill (photo by Christopher Nolan/courtesy of Sasquatch!)

Built To Spill (photo by Christopher Nolan/courtesy of Sasquatch!)

There was a sunshower just as the set began, and thunderclouds wafted down over the wind farm on the ridge behind the stage. In that peculiar light, the band played a solid and heartfelt set. To say it was low-key wouldn’t be exactly it, but it was together and right.


Comments | More in Festivals | Topics: Alex Turner, Arctic Monkeys, Built To Spill