Fri., April 26, Built to Spill
Harlow's Restaurant & Nightclub, 9:30 p.m., $25
It's a bit disconcerting to realize I've been listening to Built to Spill for more than a third of my life. But unlike many of its '90s indie-rock brethen, this Boise-born band isn't just a nostalgia act. Singer Doug Martsch—whose voice possesses more than a touch of the Neil Young magic—writes intense songs that are moody, smart and epic. On 2009's There Is No Enemy, the band laid down a cohesive collection of ruminations on loves lost, paths not taken and opportunities missed. The result is reflective yet never maudlin. It's the perfect soundtrack for Gen X listeners wondering how the years slipped away so fast. 2708 J Street, www.builttospill.com.