The band is Built to Spill—let’s hope the venue isn’t. Tonight, the long-standing indie-rock totems float down the Hudson River aboard the Temptress—the flagship vessel of the Rocks Off Concert Cruise. The Northwest legends are partially responsible for our strummy, beardy, imperfect-from-now-on indie-rock universe; thank yous are due from everyone from precious poppers Band of Horses up to the muscular rawkers in Black Mountain. Over seven records, BTS has remained a reliable place, where earnest meets wry and where pop meets psyched-out jamming. Their latest, There Is No Enemy, is certainly no exception, packed wall to wall with twang, shimmer, and slouch. When they come through town, they usually hit up places like Music Hall of Williamsburg or Webster Hall, so it’s a rare treat to catch them in a relatively intimate 500-capacity venue—let alone one that floats! Bonus: Frontman Doug Martsch will be DJing the whole night, too (warning: dude likes MGMT).
Thu., Sept. 2, 7 p.m., 2010