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Built To Spill’s Doug Martsch released one solo album, Now You Know, in 2002. It’s not that different from a Built To Spill record — his soaring vocals are still present, that sort of abstract, knotty lyrical wisdom is still very much in the mix, as is some of the virtuoso guitar playing that is… More »

The strangest musical moment of my adult life came when I discovered that a lot of my friends were jam band people. It’s not like they kept it a secret, but they didn’t really make a point of talking about it either. More »

All Built To Spill songs exist on a continuum between two poles: snappy, twee-inflected pop songs and vast, mind-altering classic rock soundscapes. I’ve never been to Idaho, but I can’t help wondering if this reflects the topography there, the concrete quadrants of a busy Boise business district giving way to resplendent unmarred mountain ranges and… More »

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Artist Portraits From Shaky Knees 2015

Shaky Knees Festival went down in Atlanta this weekend, and we sent two photographers to capture portraits and live shots of some of the performers…
Stereogum | May 11, 2015 - 11:46 am

Built To Spill – “Never Be The Same” Video

The triumphant Idaho guitar-manglers Built To Spill return tomorrow with their new album Untethered Moon, and while the album itself is prime slow-swelling indie rock,…
Tom Breihan | April 20, 2015 - 10:35 am

Stream Built To Spill Untethered Moon

Built To Spill will release their first album in five years next Tuesday, but the Boise-based band has offered up a preliminary stream just over…
Gabriela Tully Claymore | April 13, 2015 - 10:30 am

Built To Spill – “Living Zoo” Video

About a month ago Built To Spill announced their first album in six years, Untethered Moon, and shared lead single "Living Zoo." Today, they've premiered…
Caitlin White | March 26, 2015 - 11:35 am

Built To Spill – “Never Be The Same”

It's been six long years since grizzled, expansive Idaho guitar auteurs Built To Spill released There Is No Enemy, their last album. They'll finally break…
Tom Breihan | March 23, 2015 - 9:20 am

Built To Spill – “Living Zoo”

Built To Spill haven't released an album since 2009's There Is No Enemy: a great record, IMO, one of my favorites of that year. They…
Michael Nelson | February 24, 2015 - 9:59 am

Built To Spill Announce New Album Untethered Moon

Built To Spill are gearing up to release their eighth studio album this spring. Warner Bros. confirm to Stereogum that the new album will be…
Caitlin White | February 5, 2015 - 2:30 pm

Photos: Project Pabst 2014

It’s just about the end of festival season, but Portland gave us one more this past weekend: Project Pabst, the Milwaukee beer company’s music festival.
Miles Bowe | September 29, 2014 - 2:14 pm

Built To Spill – “Jokerman” (Bob Dylan Cover)

In a couple of months, the compilation Bob Dylan In The 80s: Volume One will pay tribute to the most neglected period in Robert Zimmerman's…
Tom Breihan | January 22, 2014 - 8:51 am

Let’s All Imagine A World Where J Mascis Joined Nirvana

Shaggy Dinosaur Jr. guitar wizard J Mascis is a notoriously flaky and reticent interview subject, so maybe that explains why he's kept a deeply fascinating…
Tom Breihan | October 4, 2012 - 11:59 am

Stream The Electronic Anthology Project of Dinosaur Jr. (Stereogum Exclusive)

A couple years ago, Built To Spill bassist Brett Nelson launched the Electronic Anthology Project, a passion project that reimagined Built To Spill's songs through…
Corban Goble | April 16, 2012 - 10:24 am

Area Codes: 208 – Boise, ID

Today, we're introducing a new series called Area Codes, and the focus of this biweekly feature is local music scenes across the United States and…
Corban Goble | October 13, 2011 - 12:44 pm

Band of Horses, Brett Netson and the Hungry Ghost @ The Wiltern, Los Angeles 9/8/11

Fresh off their appearance on Conan, Band of Horses stopped by the Wiltern in Los Angeles for their own headlining show in the wake of…
Andrew Youssef | September 9, 2011 - 1:05 pm

Built To Spill – “Hindsight” Video

Built To Spill's been around for a long (long) time. If you'd told me in the early '90s -- when my brother had Ultimate Alternative
brandon | September 1, 2010 - 9:39 am

Built To Spill Love The ’80s

The Electronic Anthology Project is Built To Spill's Doug Martsch and Brett Nelson, redoing their own songs with '80s synths and drum machines. It doesn't…
jessica | August 2, 2010 - 10:12 am

ATP 2010: Curated By Matt Groening @ Butlin’s Holiday Centre, Minehead, UK

This past weekend was the Matt Groening-curated ATP, which went down in Butlins, Minehead, UK. Iggy Pop and Toumani Diabate were the highlights of the…
jessica | May 10, 2010 - 6:07 pm

Built To Spill Bring “Oh Yeah” To Letterman

Last night Built To Spill capped a sold-out four-show run in NYC -- two at Webster, followed by a more intimate pair at the Music…
Amrit Singh | October 16, 2009 - 1:45 pm