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Guitar-Shredding on the High Seas

Built to Spill and the Decemberists offer alternate takes on alt-rock

To be fair, the band has shown steady development. The folky, at times even Belle and Sebastian-like sound of the earlier CDs gave way to the near-prog of their 2004 seafaring mini-rock-opera, The Tain, and has found even further expansion on the recent Picaresque CD. Indeed, tunes like "The Infanta" and the epic, darkly comic "Mariner's Revenge Song" fairly bristle with sonic and lyrical power, which can only be expected to gain in drama and excitement in a live setting.

Three out of five members of Built to Spill recommend 
Trident.
Three out of five members of Built to Spill recommend Trident.

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Built to Spill, the Decemberists, Sons and Daughters, and Mike Johnson appear Friday, September 23. For more information, call 713-654-7846.
Engine Room, 1515 Pease.

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"We actually have been toying around with a theatrical element," says Meloy. "We even had outfits that we wore on stage for the last tour. But I think when people come to see us they ultimately expect a rock show, so we're pulling back on that aspect a bit. We do play in front of a backdrop, though."

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