LastNight: Meat Puppets and Built to Spill at the Fillmore

(Photos by Jeff Enlow)

By Melissa Baron

Better Than: Getting laid, finding God and winning the lotto combined.

Download: Everything ever performed by Built to Spill (especially “Cars” or “the Plan”) and the Meat Puppets (especially “Plateau” or “Lake of Fire”).

In the almighty religion of rock and roll few can call themselves saints. This ever important title remains saved for the greats — Elvis, Buddy Holly, the Rolling Stones, Nirvana. Yesterday evening at the Fillmore two godly artists shared their holy craft and blessed us with their almighty talent. The Meat Puppets and Built to Spill shed their light upon the eager crowd and made skeptics believe again. Never in the history of rock has a more perfect show taken place.

Built to Spill look relatively like Jesus. At least the bearded three of the five piece. However, the most virtuous of people often come from the most sin ridden places. In their case, Boise, Idaho (“the City of Trees — and neo cons). In 1992 the band formed under the leadership of Doug Martsch and released their first album Ultimate Alternative Wavers in 1993. In the past fifteen or so years Martsch and his various band mates released seven albums, signed to Warner Brothers Records and gained overwhelming critical acclaim.

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