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Spoon at Kings Theatre (June 16, 2015)

By Will Oliver, August 24th 2015 — with 2 comments

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Back in mid June Spoon made their return to New York for a sold out performance at Kings Theatre, the best large venue in New York City. The performance was one of their few remaining stops of the They Want My Soul tour, and featured an opening set from Brooklyn natives The Antlers.

Although The Antlers are more accustomed to playing more intimate venues, they were actually a pretty perfect fit to play at Kings. Their spacious and haunting sound filled out the place no problem. The tracks off their 2014 album Familiars never sounded better.

The last two times Spoon played in New York, the shows took place outside (Governors Ball and Summerstage, although there was the surprise show at LPR). Frontman Britt Daniel made note of this during the show, and wasn’t shy to slight the less than satisfactory sound at Central Park that night (the talkative crowd didn’t help either).

This show was the complete opposite of Central Park. The sold out crowd was in a trance like state for the entirety of Spoon’s impressive set, which was easily the best performance out of the half a dozen or so times I’ve seen them live now. Not only did they fill out Kings, but they made it look easy. They confidently tore through tracks off They Want My Soul with a simple but effective stage set up and light show accommodating the theme of each offering.

The expansive 23-song set lists featured not just one, but two encores, allowing Spoon to truly give the fans what they wanted. It was as close to a perfect setlist as any Spoon fan could ask for. The final encore of “Black Like Me,” ” You Got Yr. Cherry Bomb,” and “The Underdog” sent everyone home in a blissful state.

When I look back on all the shows I saw this year, this one will surely rank amongst the best.

Find photos of both Spoon and The Antlers below, along with Spoon’s setlist.

Setlist:

1. Rent I Pay
2. Knock Knock Knock
3. Don’t You Evah
4. The Way We Get By
5. Small Stakes
6. My Mathematical Mind
7. The Ghost of You Lingers
8. Satellite
9. The Beast and Dragon, Adored
10. I Turn My Camera On
11. Do You
12. The Fitted Shirt
13. I Summon You
14. Rainy Taxi
15. Inside Out
16. Don’t Make Me a Target
17. Got Nuffin

Encore:

18. Outlier
19. Anything You Want
20. TV Set (The Cramps Cover)

Encore 2:

21. Black Like Me
22. You Got Yr. Cherry Bomb
23. The Underdog

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Spoon at Central Park Summerstage (September 10, 2014)

By Will Oliver, September 11th 2014 — with 1 comment

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Last night Spoon commanded a crowd at Central Park Summerstage for their first offical headlining NYC show while on tour for new album They Want My Soul. Sure they played Governors Ball, and a secret NPR show at Le Poisson Rogue (as well as McKittrick) over the summer, but this was the first headlining show of their own for the general public. They made it count, bringing along a terrific pair of headliners in !!! and Operators.
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Spoon at at Boston Calling 2014

By Will Oliver, September 9th 2014

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Spoon are the sort of band who I will never tire of, a group you can see over and over and still get a major kick out of each performance. They’re the good guys of rock and roll, the sort who you don’t hear from for a while, but when you do, everyone has positive things to say. No tabloid nonsense or drama, just good tunes and good vibes. You know what you’re getting from Spoon each time they come your way; a solid rock show that will leave you perfectly pleased.
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Diarrhea Planet – Spooners

By Will Oliver, September 4th 2014

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Diarrhea Planet are one of the best rock and roll live shows you can see right now. Seriously, if you haven’t seen them live, you’re missing out. They’re loud, full of energy, and let it all hang out. See photos of their performance at Governors Ball this year right here.

This firey spirit lives on in “Spooners”, a new song that the band released as a part of the 2014 Adult Swim Singles Series. It’s a total guitar overload, with plenty of riffage and smart hooks that will melt your face. These guys just do rock music all kinds of right.

Download “Spooners” below.
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Spoon – Do You

By Will Oliver, July 18th 2014

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Spoon will release new album They Want My Soul on August 5 via Loma Vista. Last month we heard first single “Rent I Pay” and the band has since followed that up with the second single, “Do You.”

There’s a cool and breezy nature to the song that is very much Spoon. It has a chill summertime groove to it that is a perfect listen whether your speeding down the highway or hanging back relaxing on a hot summer day. The band sound as confident and assured as ever here.

I can’t wait to get my hands on They Want My Soul. Enjoy “Do You” below.
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[new]: Spoon – Rent I Pay

By Will Oliver, June 25th 2014

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Spoon will release new album They Want My Soul on August 5 via Loma Vista. They played some new material from the album at their Governors Ball set earlier this month, as well as their NPR-hosted show at Le Poison Rogue, where they premiered the album’s single “Rent I Pay.”

The live performance blew me away in person, and the band hit the same highs on the recorded version. It’s the album’s opener and it sets the tone right with sharp riffs, persistent percussion from Jim Eno and some well placed organ bits. It’s available to stream below. You can also find a quote about the album that the band shared on their facebook, as well as the album’s tracklisting and some new tours dates, which include a Central Park show on September 10.
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Spoon at Le Poisson Rogue (June 9, 2014)

By Will Oliver, June 24th 2014 — with 1 comment

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On June 9 Spoon played a intimate show at Le Poisson Rogue that and followed up their set at Governors Ball only a few days before. The show was hosted by NPR Music and was actually an early matinee show that took place at 2 p.m and was RSVP only – which understandably sold out immediately. The time preventing the room from being as packed as it should of been, making it all the more intimate.

The 11-song set was more or less a trimmed version of their Gov Ball set, with the addition of Girls Can Tell’s “Anything You Want.” along with the premiere performance of new single “Rent I Pay” which was then broadcasted online by NPR (the video is posted below). It’s off the band’s upcoming new album They Want My Soul, which will come out on August 5 via Loma Vista.

The performance might have been even sharper than Governors Ball, especially with the premiere of “Rent I Pay”, which sounded terrific along with other new songs “Rainy Taxi” and “Knock Knock Knock.” The addition of Alex Fischel does a lot for them live, as he brings a tremendous amount of energy and can seemingly do it all, whether its rock out on the guitar, add some vocals, or hammer out the keys.

Find the “Rent I Pay” video below, along with the show’s setlist.
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