Friday, August 6, 2010

Built to Spill and Chikita Violenta at Toad's

Built to Spill are probably one of the oldest indie rock bands that are still touring, and definitely one of the most influential. Since they were formed in 1992, they've released a staggering 7 albums, and have been on tour almost nonstop. They are absolutely legends in their own time. Doug Martsch is literally one of my heroes. You can't really deny the staying power or the longevity of Built to Spill, or the fact that they're continually creating great new music. Their last album There Is No Enemy was released after three and a half years in the making, and shows that they've still got it. Combine that with the fact that their live shows are notoriously top-notch, and you know it's going to be one hell of a show.

I first heard about Mexico City's own Chikita Violenta years ago, when one of my friends from Mexico actually sent me their album, telling me they were total BSS ripoff artists. Well, I might be inclined to agree to an extent, but there's a reason for that. Their second album, The Stars and Suns Sessions was produced by David Newfeld (Broken Social Scene, Apostle of Hustle, Super Furry Animals) and was recorded in Toronto's Stars & Suns studio, the same place where BSS records. What's wrong with sounding like BSS anyway? It's damn good. Since then, they've gotten signed to Arts & Crafts and become the flagship band for the new Mexican indie wave that's hitting pretty hard down there. After hearing a leak (shame on me) of their upcoming third album, I can say that you guys should really be at this show. You can download the singles from their upcoming album TRE3S below:

Friday, September 3, 2010
Toad's Place and Manic Productions Presents....

Built to Spill
Chikita Violenta

$25 ($20 adv) - 8:00PM - All Ages
Toad's Place, New Haven, CT
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