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Live at 35: Built to Spill brings 35 Denton music festival to epic close

Live at 35: Built to Spill brings 35 Denton music festival to epic close

March 11
23:22 2012

By Nadia Hill/ Staff Writer

Taking the place of the Jesus and Mary Chain as the closing headliner Sunday night for 35 Denton, Built to Spill packed the house and cranked out some awesome tunes.

Singer Doug Martsch seemed tired at first, weakly strumming his guitar and half wailing his notes. His band followed suit, lethargic and uninspiring, but the audience didn’t seem to notice.

Everyone from middle-school-aged hipsters to curious 60-somethings bobbed their heads to the music, clapping, shouting and dancing.

Halfway through the show, Built to Spill kicked it into high gear by matching the energy of the crowd and proving their 20-year fame.

Martsch’s voice was high pitched and frail on certain songs, but he filled each song with soul to match the band’s bluesy sound.

Built to Spill also took advantage of the 90-minute set, lengthening guitar solos and adding diverse notes here and there.

Martsch didn’t engage the crowd like other bands –going through five songs before even acknowledging the hundreds of people in front of him. It also took the band half of its show to get its tuning and sound levels correct.

All in all, it was a diverse set of songs played by an outstanding group of musicians in front of an enthusiastic crowd – the perfect end to 35 Denton’s fourth year of musical acts.

Photo by Chelsea Stratso / Senior Staff - Singer Doug Martsch of Built To Spill performs with the band on the main stage at 35 Denton on Sunday night. Built To Spill took the place of the Jesus and Mary Chain as the headlining band of the festival.

Photo by Tyler Cleveland / Visuals Editor - Kay “Risky Geek” Catridoh rocks out during Built to Spill’s set at 35 Denton on Sunday. Catridoh offered a girl $50 for a handwritten setlist thrown by lead guitarist and singer Doug Martsch. “Her friend told her that I deserved it because I was rocking out harder than anyone, so she just gave it to me,” she said.

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