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Built to Spill

8 p.m. Tuesday, September 29. The Pageant, 6161 Delmar Boulevard.

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Of all the well-respected indie bands that were picked up by major labels in the twilight of the record industry, it was always a little surprising that groups such as Modest Mouse and Built to Spill made the move to the big leagues — and stayed there. As the band's fifth Warner Brothers album, There Is No Enemy, demonstrates, its style of skewed pop and beady-eyed guitar rock has evolved while retaining the basic flavor found on earlier albums such as Perfect From Now On and Keep It Like a Secret. As always, Built to Spill's songs inhabit a space where notes hang like fat crows upon a telephone wire before taking flight, and Doug Martsch allows you to glimpse an entire world through his keyhole voice.

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