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Toad The Wet Sprocket @ The Fillmore 

Wednesday, Jul 20 2016

If you were under the age of 25 and owned a TV in the '90s, then surely you know Toad The Wet Sprocket. (And if you fall in that age category and owned a TV but still don't recognize the band, then the jokes on you: Either you never watched TV or your memory is shit.) Though formed in the mid-'80s, Toad The Wet Sprocket didn't reach critical mass until the '90s when the band's mopey, alt-rock songs started popping up in many of the decade's most iconic film and TV shows, like Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Empire Records, My So-Called Life, and I Know What You Did Last Summer. A cross between the Gin Blossoms and Counting Crows, Toad The Wet Sprocket excels in heartfelt, guitar-driven ballads punctuated by singer-guitarist Glen Phillips' plaintive alto. After releasing six albums, the band broke up in 1998 due to "creative differences," but that was short-lived and they re-formed in 2002. Since then, they've recorded new material, released in the form of two albums in 2013 and 2015. Architect of the Ruin, their 2015 record, sounds pretty similar to their old stuff, albeit less alternative and more traditionally rock, with a crisper, tighter sound — a perfect pairing of old and new.


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