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
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
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
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.