Spoon @ Revolution, Ft. Lauderdale 4/16/08

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Our man down in Florida, Drew Gerlach, is back with another review from a Spoon show he saw last month. Drop him some comments if you agree or disagree with his assessments — Spoon live tends to be a topic of discussion with many live music enthusiasts.

I decided to kick off my “Endless” Concert summer a little early with Spoon at Revolution last week. Walking into Revolution, a 1,000 person capacity rock venue, I was transplanted into hipster heaven. Surrounded mostly by black t-shirts and tight jeans, I stuck out like a sore thumb with my white shirt proclaiming “Wilco Now.” But any stereotypes were quickly thrown out the window and I rapidly made friends with my fellow Spoon lovers. The general sentiment seemed to be that people were just happy to get some quality indie bands in our neck of the woods.


Opening for Spoon were the White Rabbits and The Walkman. I missed the White Rabbits but was there when The Walkman took the stage. I was apathetic to their sound, which fluctuated between Spoon, The Killers, Built to Spill, and other indie stalwarts. As soon as they kicked off their set with a painstakingly slow tune, I found my way to the bar and half listened to their detached set. I missed them at Langerado and was bummed, but now I realize it was only fate working her sweet magic.

Spoon stepped onto the stage at 10 o’clock and ripped through a very tight set of songs filled with a heavy sprinkling of their new album, Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga. Lead singer, Britt Daniel spared little time talking to the crowd and focused more on mixing his guitar after each song. This was fine with most because I sensed the crowd wanted to get their fill of his music. For me the highlights included every hipster in house singling along to “You Got Yr. Cherry Bomb”, an amazing acoustic version of “Summon”, and much to my delight not pandering to the crowd and omitting “The Way We Get By” (made famous from the crappy OC). They finished off an hour and forty-five minute set with two encores with “My Japanese Cigareette Case,” “My Mathematical Mind,” “Monseiur Valentine,” and a classic cover of “Hateful” by The Clash.

Overall, a great set played by a tremendous band, and many happy fans just ecstatic to see them make their way down to South Florida. Spoon definitely killed it this evening.

Here’s a set of photos from the show on Flickr.

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  • kevin

    Drew,

    I was at the Spoon show also and noticed you in the Wilco Now shirt. Being a huge Wilco fan myself I started to ponder if there were any other Wilco type fans at the show. I was thinking that true music appreciation in South Florida can have no boundaries since not many live acts come down here. What other shows do you have planned for the summer?

  • kevin

    Drew,

    I was at the Spoon show also and noticed you in the Wilco Now shirt. Being a huge Wilco fan myself I started to ponder if there were any other Wilco type fans at the show. I was thinking that true music appreciation in South Florida can have no boundaries since not many live acts come down here. What other shows do you have planned for the summer?

  • drew

    Hey Kevin,

    Thanks for the comments. I totally agree, I attempt to catch as many shows as my wallet (and wife) allow me.

    I have the following shows on the docket for this summer so far

    -Pearl Jam (WPB)
    -Radiohead (WPB)
    -The Cure or Matt Costa (haven’t decided but have great seats for the cure)
    -DMB sat. night (WPB)
    -Counting Crows/Maroon 5 (WPB)
    -Rock the Mic Tour (WPB)
    -Vampire W/E (miami)
    and
    -Wilco (Jacksonville)

    Hope you enjoyed Spoon.

  • kevin

    I am debating on Wilco Jacksonville, I saw them at the Riviera shows over the winter, but can’t seem to get enough. Did you catch the black crowes at sunfest. It was a pretty good time. i will be at kings of leon/pearl jam, vampire weekend, and maybe dmb. not sure what else yet.

  • kevin

    I am debating on Wilco Jacksonville, I saw them at the Riviera shows over the winter, but can’t seem to get enough. Did you catch the black crowes at sunfest. It was a pretty good time. i will be at kings of leon/pearl jam, vampire weekend, and maybe dmb. not sure what else yet.

  • drew

    Yeah it is a bit far, but I’ve never seen them before plus my wife loves them too. So we’re making a mini trip out of it. Sounds like you have a packed lineup yourself. Enjoy the shows. I may be adding Modest Mouse to the lineup. They jsut added a date down here.

    Unfortunately I missed the Crows, but everyone I know has said they put on a stellar show.

    -Drew

  • drew

    Yeah it is a bit far, but I’ve never seen them before plus my wife loves them too. So we’re making a mini trip out of it. Sounds like you have a packed lineup yourself. Enjoy the shows. I may be adding Modest Mouse to the lineup. They jsut added a date down here.

    Unfortunately I missed the Crows, but everyone I know has said they put on a stellar show.

    -Drew

  • kevin

    I am adding modest mouse, and ended up doing radiohead last night, very last minute choice but very worth it.

  • kevin

    I am adding modest mouse, and ended up doing radiohead last night, very last minute choice but very worth it.

  • drew

    yeah buddy radiohead was sick…plus My Morning Jacket is coming down to the FIllmore too. So I am hitting Modest and MMJ.

    -Drew

  • drew

    yeah buddy radiohead was sick…plus My Morning Jacket is coming down to the FIllmore too. So I am hitting Modest and MMJ.

    -Drew

  • drew

    Hey Kevin,

    Thanks for the comments. I totally agree, I attempt to catch as many shows as my wallet (and wife) allow me.

    I have the following shows on the docket for this summer so far

    -Pearl Jam (WPB)
    -Radiohead (WPB)
    -The Cure or Matt Costa (haven't decided but have great seats for the cure)
    -DMB sat. night (WPB)
    -Counting Crows/Maroon 5 (WPB)
    -Rock the Mic Tour (WPB)
    -Vampire W/E (miami)
    and
    -Wilco (Jacksonville)

    Hope you enjoyed Spoon.