Built to Spill
7:30 p.m. October 20 @ The Firebird
w/ Lee Renaldo and the Dust, Slam Dunk – Built to Spill usually spends its summer playing headlining spots at major music festivals like Lollapalooza and Pitchfork, but this Sunday it brings its big, professional indie rock to the Firebird. Though probably not adjusted to playing under such a tiny roof, the Boise band’s crowd-winning songs will impress in any location. Opening up the show is another big name: Lee Ranaldo and the Dust. Ranaldo’s solid solo work after the breakup of his career-defining band has earned him a reputation as the George Harrison of Sonic Youth. Like Harrison, Ranaldo’s solo music is reflective yet experimental. On his latest release, Last Night on Earth, he maintains his signature sound — beautifully warm songs with an undercurrent of teetering uneasiness — and builds on it with layers of avant noise-pop.
— By Jaime Lees
Link: Riverfront Times
Pazz & Jop 2012
40th Annual Village Voice Critics’ Poll
“Pazz & Jop is an annual poll of musical releases compiled by American newspaper The Village Voice. The poll is tabulated from the submitted year-end top ten lists of hundreds of music critics. Pazz & Jop was introduced by The Village Voice in 1974 as an album-only poll, but was expanded to include votes for singles in 1979.”