Not Quite Ga Ga For Spoon

"Spoon aren't much musicians but they're songwriters." That's what one guy said to his friend before the Austin, Tex., indie-rock quartet hit the mainstage. He's right, too. Spoon has one of the best discographies of the past decade, with the crown jewel being this year's "Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga." The songs are full of intricate twists and turns, and succeed because of their subtlety and precision.

Subtlety and precision aren't exactly the hallmark of a great festival performance, though, and that's what made Spoon's set a bit of a letdown. Early technical problems didn't help much -- frontman Britt Daniel didn't even play his guitar during "You Got Yr. Cherry Bomb" because he couldn't get it in tune. "That's the problem with daytime shows, I can't see what my tuner's telling me," he said.

When the band filled out its sound on "Black Like Me" and "The Beast and Dragon Adored" they sounded as vital as they do on record. But for the most part, there seemed to be something missing. I'll be talking with Daniel later this afternoon and will report back with his thoughts on how things went.

-- David Malitz

By Jen Chaney |  August 5, 2007; 3:30 PM ET  | Category:  Sunday's Festival
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Bummer about Spoon. But hey, even half a set without any problems makes them worth seeing.

Posted by: Jack | August 5, 2007 04:04 PM

That's too bad. I skipped today but got to hear their Lollapalooza set on XM while driving home from Day 1, and thought they were pretty good. (I'm amazed at the number of acts appearing at Lollapalooza on one day and V-Fest the next -- for both days. Good thing for them it's a relatively short trip from Chicago to Baltimore. Do you happen to know which festival was scheduled first?)

Posted by: jane | August 5, 2007 09:43 PM

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