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Music, Hear This Pinback: Show Preview

Pinback: Show Preview

Much like Built to Spill and Elliott Smith before them, if there's one thing Pinback is exceptionally skilled at, it's being able to bum you out with poetic precision. Since launching the band in the late 1990s — the name…
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Music, All Shook Down Live Review, 2/23/12: Built to Spill at the Fillmore: Beloved, Virtuosic, and Shy

Live Review, 2/23/12: Built to Spill at the Fillmore: Beloved, Virtuosic, and Shy

Built to Spill Sister Crayon Feb. 23, 2012 The Fillmore Better than: Headbanging and singing along with the guitar solos on Perfect From Now On by yourself in a car with shitty speakers. At the intersection of "excruciatingly shy"…
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Music, All Shook Down Noise Pop Announces 2012 Lineup: Built to Spill, Die Antwoord, Surfer Blood, Archers of Loaf, Craig Finn, and More

Noise Pop Announces 2012 Lineup: Built to Spill, Die Antwoord, Surfer Blood, Archers of Loaf, Craig Finn, and More

Next year is the 20th Anniversary of Noise Pop, San Francisco's premier club-based indie music festival, and today, we get our first peek at the lineup for 2012. Big names include Die Antwoord, Craig Finn, Archers of Loaf, and…
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Music, All Shook Down Built to Spill and Fauxbois at Slim's

Built to Spill and Fauxbois at Slim's

Built to SpillSlim'sJuly 15, 2010Better than: if Paul McCartney went indie (yup. I went there)When Doug Martsch sings, it's unclear whether he wants to woo the mic or eat the mic. Either way is fine with his fans -- as…
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Calendar, Night&Day The Prids Are All Right

The Prids Are All Right

If you make an indie-rock album and Built to Spill's Doug Martsch shows up, the battle is half-won right there. Martsch sings and plays guitar on "In the Fall" from the Prids' new album, Chronosynclastic, and his BTS bandmate Brett…
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Music, Built to Spill’s struggles to capture its signature sound

Built to Spill’s struggles to capture its signature sound

For any musician, trying to come up with a foolproof formula for success is folly. Pick up your guitar one day, and everything flows effortlessly. The following day, nothing sounds right, no matter what you do. One album might utterly…
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Calendar, Night&Day Boom Riggins

Boom Riggins

Based in the same Idaho stomping grounds that spawned Built to Spill, boy-girl-girl trio Finn Riggins has been invited to join that band on tour next month. It’s a huge opportunity for a group that has stuck to the underground…
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Music, Hear This A <i>Perfect</i> Performance

A Perfect Performance

The recent trend of bands performing classic albums in their entirety generates mixed feelings. The concept can be a gimmicky nostalgia trip, smacking of artists conceding that their best work is behind them. Then again, you could do a whole…
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Music, All Shook Down

WonderCon, Built to Spill, Too $hort: Your Monday Morning Hangover

Welcome to the working week, true believers! Hearing that is downright painful to the fanboys and girls who attended WonderCon and ditched reality for a three-day festival of imagination and action figures. This is your Monday Morning Hangover. What…
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Music, All Shook Down LastNight: Meat Puppets and Built to Spill at the Fillmore

LastNight: Meat Puppets and Built to Spill at the Fillmore

(Photos by Jeff Enlow) By Melissa Baron Better Than: Getting laid, finding God and winning the lotto combined. Download: Everything ever performed by Built to Spill (especially "Cars" or "the Plan") and the Meat Puppets (especially "Plateau" or "Lake…
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Music, All Shook Down Built to Spill Plays Fillmore in Feb.

Built to Spill Plays Fillmore in Feb.

BTS's live sound is so crisp and clean that it'll make you lean towards one side. I know it doesn't make sense right now, but that's because you haven't seen them live yet. Take it from me. I've seen…
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Music, All Shook Down LastNight: Modest Mouse, Spoon and Thievery Corp at Treasure Island Music Festival

LastNight: Modest Mouse, Spoon and Thievery Corp at Treasure Island Music Festival

Treasure Island Music Festival September 15 and 16, 2007 Treasure Island, CA. Better than: Pirates vs. Ninjas in steel cage Download: Some TIMF photos By David Downs Thousand of Bay Areans enjoyed a nice day in the park over…
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Music, All Shook Down LastNight: Battles at Slim's. And Mike Patton!

LastNight: Battles at Slim's. And Mike Patton!

(Photo "The Cute Fanboys Lack Focus" by Ben Rosenberg) Battles at Slim's Better than: The AP Calculus exam I've never been good at pretending to be important, so I wasn't quite sure what to do last night at the…
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Music, On the Rebound

On the Rebound

Who would've imagined that a poke in the eye would have such a profound effect on a music career? Built to Spill frontman Doug Martsch didn't think much of it when he first sustained the injury during a basketball game…
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Music, From Here to Eternity

From Here to Eternity

The first time I went apeshit crazy was, as the cliché goes, during my freshmen year of college at UCLA. There was a girl involved, drugs, alcohol, accusations, innuendoes, severed ties. Inevitably my folks had to come rescue me from…
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Music, Reviewed Pretty Girls Make Graves

Pretty Girls Make Graves

They lay it out for you right there in the name: Pretty girls, with their sneaky charm and eyelash-batting, boast an ever-growing score card of broken hearts, leaving their suitors suited and 6 feet under. The boys know the chaos…
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Music, Hear This Hear This

Hear This

Pity the EP. Overshadowed by the LP, this diminutive format has become the musical equivalent of a novella -- an art form defined by what it lacks. The EP's rep isn't helped by the fact that labels and bands routinely…
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Hear This

Built to Spill Two-and-a-half years ago, Built to Spill's Doug Martsch, touring behind his pop masterpiece There's Nothing Wrong With Love, fretted about two things: being unfairly pegged as an alternative band and making enough money to provide for his…
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Recordings

Built to Spill Perfect From Now On (Warner Bros.) Built to Spill, who are good at many things, seem to be better at nothing than their ability to layer. And by that I don't mean producing some studio-phonic deluge as…
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