Concert Review: Built to Spill at Musica

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Hello, Akron!
  • Hello, Akron!

Indie rockers Chikita Violenta opened a night of great music at Akron's Musica last night, even if singer Luis Arce didn’t get much of a response when he asked the audience, “Who here speaks Spanish?”

The response to their music was enthusiastic and strong, and that's all that mattered. (Their debut album, Trees, comes out early next year.)

By contrast, headliners Built to Spill are celebrating their 18th year this summer.

Fans certainly liked the material the band played from their most recent album, There Is No Enemy, but most of them were there to hear vintage Built to Spill songs.

“You Were Right” (from the band's best album, 1999's Keep It Like a Secret) and “Three Years Ago Today” got the most response, as frontman Doug Martsch leaned into his microphone during delivery.

Built to Spill's energy was evident, particularly in the small venue. The crowd was already on their side, but after the band acknowledged playing in Devo's hometown, they won over even the most skeptical fans. —Crystal Pirri; photo by Mark Pirri

Were you at the show? Let us know what you thought of it in the comments.

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