Built to Spill plays Variety Playhouse April 30

Doug Martsch delivers ’90s charm while pushing the group's sound further into the future

Built To Spill (1)
Photo credit: Stephen Gere

Though still massively influential, the heyday of ’90s indie rock is long gone. Bands like Pavement and Modest Mouse have either disbanded or lost their angsty appeal to sustained success and middle age. Built to Spill, however, endures after 26 years. The Northwestern trio first garnered acclaim after perfecting a mix of lyrical longing, distorted guitars, and laid-back melodies on records such as There’s Nothing Wrong with Love and Perfect from Now On. While the group's releases from the last decade haven’t achieved the same classic status, original frontman Doug Martsch still brings the same level of ’90s charm with a level of musicianship that pushes Built to Spill's sound further and further.

With the Afghan Whigs and Ed Harcourt. $30-$130. 7 p.m. (doors). Mon., April 30. Variety Playhouse.1099 Euclid Ave. N.E . www.variety-playhouse.com.


More By This Writer


Thursday February 7, 2019 09:28 am EST
Musical director Morris Hayes reflects on his years with the pop legend | more...


Thursday January 17, 2019 11:46 am EST
Haley Dahl’s punk orchestra brings the energy onstage and off | more...


Friday November 9, 2018 04:45 pm EST
The trap-themed haunted house from 13 Stories and 2 Chainz offers cheap freights and profound anxiety | more...


Friday October 12, 2018 02:00 am EDT
N.E.R.D., Kaytranada, Death Grips, and more bring diversity in thought and sound for the two-day block party | more...


Monday July 23, 2018 12:30 am EDT
Doodlebug, Ladybug, and Butterfly refute time and space July 26 | more...
Search for more by Paul DeMerritt