A day of Spooning

Britt and crew looked a bit confused at their noon-time First Act gig yesterday (check back soon for live footage), and after their set, which just barely passed the 15-minute mark, we were confused - we were ready to gorge ourselves on all that glorious Spoon minimalism, in a small space (even better!), but all we got was an appetizer. We wanted more!  Where was audience-artist banter, and the obligatory acoustic renditions of obscure Spoon favs to appease the eager crowd, a la Queens of the Stone Age last week? Maybe it was the early hour, or maybe it was Spoon’s grand plan to rope us hungry fans into last night’s Roxy show. We’re not gonna hate though. If the First Act show was jalapeño poppers, then the Roxy gig was like really good pizza - no fancy tricks, just a 13-year-old Texan indie rock band at it’s best. The hour and a half long set passed by in a satisfying blur of Ga Ga tracks, already fine-tuned and feeling insanely comfortable, like we’ve known these songs for years, not months - and that pretty much sums up both the band and their sixth and latest album: that whole comfortable, confident simplicity thing, not to mention the fact that Britt Daniel just plain old knows how to write a good song. Other highlights: classics like “I Turn My Camera On,” an accelerated version of “Anything You Want;” and an intriguing cover of Destroyer’s “It’s Gonna Take An Airplane,” all bound by that piano-peppered, pounding beat that lies beneath everything the Spoon dudes do, which led to a lot of shaking asses at the Roxy - some good, some hilariously bad.

(This is not from the show. We shoulda taken a photo. Our bad.)

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