Spoon’s skeletal electro-steeze has inspired more modern musicians than the Strokes; just listen to the latest tracks of their touring mates the National and the Arcade Fire. To follow up their smash Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga, Spoon went subliminal this January, snipping off clips and clusters of songs to create an auditory experiment on Transference that sounded like group losing their grip. It doesn’t matter; when you have hooks as razor tight as “I Turn My Camera On” and a singer who hates indie rock but defines it (the band was voted Metacritic’s Artist “of the Decade”), you no longer have to play by the rules. You’ve made them. With Sean Bones.
Mon., Sept. 13, 8:30 p.m., 2010
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on September 1, 2010