Indie rock icons Spoon play the Carnegie Library of Homestead Thursday. The band are on tour in support of their new album, They Want My Soul. Here's the lead single from that album, "Rent I Pay," performed live for NPR.
They Want My Soul is Spoon's first album since 2010's Transference. The Austin, Texas-based ensemble was formed, somewhat unbelievably, in 1993. Their first album came out in 1996, but didn't hit a wider public consciousness until about a decade later, with a pair of highly successful albums, 2005's Gimme Fiction and 2007's Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga.
The new album has been beloved by critics. Pitchfork gave it a 8.6 – higher than they gave Fiction or Ga. Spin gave the album an 8/10 and calls it the band's "most eclectic" set of songs yet.
Opening for Spoon is Dan Boeckner's new band, Operators. Boeckner is in the Divine Fits with Spoon's Britt Daniel. (Guitarist/keyboardist Alex Fischel, who is also in the Divine Fits, is now officially the fifth member of Spoon.)
Boeckner may be best known for his work with Wolf Parade, for which he was signed to Sub Pop. After Wolf Parade, Boeckner released three albums with his then-wife, Alexei Perry, under the name Handsome Furs.
Operators has only a single EP out so far. The band has synth-heavy dance-rock vibe that picks up where Handsome Furs left off.
Here's a full performance by the band on KEXP:
Tickets to the show cost between $27.50 and $50, and are available via Ticketfly.
– B. Conway