Friday, September 28, 2001 Volume 67, Issue 27


Weekend Preview


Built to Spill, a three-piece band from Boise, Idaho is most notable for its considerable talent at blending indie sounds (pretty melodies, understated
rhythms) with the powerful catchiness of classic guitar rock.

It's reminiscent of Neil Young, and the band pays tribute to the "father of grunge" on its 1999 live release with a long but impressive version of one of
Young's best songs, "Cortez the Killer."

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Indie rock trio Built to Spill is touring to support its latest release, Ancient Melodies of the Future. The band will perform at the Engine Room at 8 p.m.

The band's first release, the 1994 EP There's Nothing Wrong with Love, is full of open chords, rough edges and independent sensibilities. 1997's Perfect
from Now On is more refined, as befits any band's major-label debut. Its polished, evocative sound beautifully bridges pop music and rock.

Keep it Like a Secret (1999) is Built to Spill's most acclaimed album to date. Songs like "The Plan" and the uncompromisingly catchy "Carry the Zero" are
more '70s riffs and less '90s self-analysis.

Frontman Doug Marsch's literate, intelligent lyrics and the band's tight, well-put-together sound put Secret high above the average pop-rock offering.

Built to Spill's most recent release, Ancient Melodies of the Future, returns the band to its indie roots a bit. Its sound is denser than Secret and less
immediately catchy, but it's a worthy release nonetheless.

Fans say to truly know Built to Spill you have to see them live. 1999's Live proves the point; besides "Cortez the Killer," the album includes a brilliant
version of "The Plan," along with such favorites as "Car" and "Randy Described Eternity." The excellent way these three musicians come together is even
more impressive live.

Built to Spill performs tonight at the Engine Room, 1515 Pease St. For more information, call (713) 654-7846.


Grab your popcorn and Coke. The weekend movies are here.

The adventure/drama Hearts in Atlantis will open this weekend, featuring Anthony Hopkins of Hannibal fame. The movie revolves around a widowed
mother and her son who change when a mysterious stranger enters their lives. The film is rated PG-13 for violence and thematic elements.

Don't Say a Word, starring Michael Douglas (Traffic), also arrives in theaters this weekend. When the daughter of a psychiatrist (Douglas) is kidnapped,
he's horrified to discover that the abductors' demand is that he break through to a catatonic woman who knows the location of a stolen diamond. The thriller
is rated R for violence, gruesome images and language.

The sole comedy making an appearance will be the Ben Stiller-directed Zoolander. The movie, also starring Stiller (Meet the Parents), follows a clueless
fashion model who is brainwashed to kill the Prime Minister of Malaysia. Owen Wilson (Armageddon) stars with Stiller and Christine Taylor (The Brady
Bunch Movie.) An impressive list of cameos also includes Will Ferrell, David Duchovny, Fabio, Cuba Gooding Jr., Lenny Kravitz, Vince Vaughn and Jon
Voight. Zoolander is rated PG-13 for sexual content and drug references.

The action/drama Extreme Days will also make its debut. The film about four friends who set off on one last road trip adventure before settling down into
adulthood is rated PG for some thematic elements and crude humor.

The movie stars relative unknowns Dante Basco, Ryan Browning, AJ Buckley, Derek Hamilton and Cassidy Rae.



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