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Spoon

  • Orpheum 216 State Street Madison, WI, 53703 United States (map)
Photo by Zackery Michael.

Photo by Zackery Michael.

As popular and respected as Spoon is, the Austin, Texas band still deserves a bit more credit for its versatility. Spoon knows how to craft mainstream hits—like "Do You" and "I Turn My Camera On"—but also knows how to stretch out and experiment within its own prim parameters, as on the subtle textural variations of "The Mystery Zone," from 2010's Transference. They're not notably prolific, but releasing nine albums of consistent quality over the 21 years is impressive in of itself. They don't rely on gimmicks or experimentation for its own sake to prolong their longevity (looking at you, Flaming Lips). The band's new album, Hot Thoughts, benefits from a nice upgrade by way of electronic instrumentation. There is still the guitar-driven indie rock of old, but sometimes it yields the steering wheel to a chrome-sound synth, giving tracks like "WhisperI'lllistentohearit" a kind of industrial, almost dystopian, sense of anxiety. —Henry Solotaroff-Webber

Earlier Event: September 12
Jay Som, Stef Chura, Soccer Mommy (free)
Later Event: September 14
Juiceboxxx, Time, Cop Circles