It's always been hard to believe that Built to Spill is on a major record label. The Boise, Idaho quintet -- lead by fearless, bearded singer and underrated guitar-smith Doug Martsch -- has zero flash, dresses like a bunch of small-town factory workers and apparently has no interest in pandering to its audience in any way whatsoever (i.e., no light show, no pyro, no talking, no bullshit).
But after each mini-band meeting between nearly every song on Tuesday night at the Pageant, Martsch and co. would take a breath, tune up and launch fervently into its next agreed upon number. Most bands would never get away with so much time between tunes -- and some in the crowd most likely felt slighted by the lack of showmanship or momentum. But if one viewed each song as its own little mini-concert, it's hard to argue with the amount of emotion, grit and musicianship that Built to Spill displayed. (And, in fact, the humble nature with which the band carries itself was a breath of fresh air at least to this reviewer.)
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