Review & Photos | Outside Lands | Sunday

Keep reading Eric's review after the gallery.

3. Spoon | 4:40-5:40 | Lands End Stage

Having never really listened to Spoon before this set, I went into it with no expectations, and was pleasantly surprised with the band's raw, sparse delivery and no-frills, guitar-driven, old-fashioned rock tunes. Front man Britt Daniel led the band through each short-and-sweet, succinct song, as his grungy guitar and unglamorous vocals delivered grandiose tunes like “Don't You Evah” and “The Beast and Dragon, Adored” with an unhurried, casual- yet-heavy feel. The band arrangements were sparse and guitar-driven for the most part, keeping the emphasis on the lyrics. “You Got Yr. Cherry Bomb” got the crowd really going, and “I Turn My Camera On” kept a steady, minimal rock groove going throughout the whole song to maximum effect. The dance party really got going at the end of the set with the infectiously poppy “The Underdog,” which built to a glorious peak aided by some nice organ and tambourine. By the end of this set, my faith in honest-to-god, unadorned rock 'n roll was renewed. I've certainly got some catching up to do with Spoon's back catalog...

[Published on: 8/15/14]

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