Concert review: Spoon and Guided by Voices at Rock The Garden Walker Arts Center in Minneapolis, MN June 22, 2014

Published by JB.

Seven tracks from Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga delights the Twin Cities crowd

On a surprisingly perfect, breezy spring evening on the busy outskirts of downtown Minneapolis, the sublime band formerly and presently known as Spoon reminded us why they make music, and why we simply listen to it.

With a setlist limited to 75 minutes (city curfew rules) Spoon took the stage at 8:45 and proceeded to pull out 15 tracks spanning their entire career – including tracks for the soon-to-be-released They Want My Soul.   But let there be no mystery as to what album Spoon 20140622_Spoon_RtG_D7K_106holds closest to their hearts.    Playing no less than 70% of their best album, Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga, Spoon ensured us that Spoon they quite self-aware of the place that Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga lies in our current generation’s list of best rock albums.   It’s their seminal work and on this night Spoon played each track as if the album were released yesterday.  It was like going to a Paul McCartney concert and watching him perform 8 tracks from Band on the Run.   For the locals this was refreshing after the practical joke the band Low pulled off in 2013 at this same festival (google it).

Britt Daniels, the talented lead singer for not only Spoon, but also the critically-acclaimed side project The Divine Fits worked at a feverish pace – attempting to squeeze in the setlist before the final buzzer went off.   And Daniels is, at times, rock and roll royalty at its finest.  Spoon songs have a charisma that the Black Keys and the White Stripes could never try and pull off.   With a voice that is at times beautiful and at other times can crack skulls, Daniels is everything you want in your rock and roll hero.   As Jack White and Dan Auerbach/Patrick Carney trade jabs these days, Daniels is delivering undercuts and powerful body shots with his new musical output.   Spoon’s performance was almost a statement, as if to say, don’t forget about us when you want to see the best.   In a year that ironically sees new releases (and excellent ones) from the aformentioned Jack White and Black Keys; Daniels and Spoon may be saving the best one for last.   Spoons new album arrives August 5th.

Setlist:

Knock Knock Knock
Rent I Pay
Don’t You Evah
Who Makes Your Money
The Ghost of You Lingers
Small Stakes
I Turn My Camera On
I Summon You
Don’t Make Me a Target
Rhthm & Soul
The Underdog
Got Nuffin
Encore:
Black Like Me
You Got Yr. Cherry Bomb
Jonathon Fisk

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