Background/Composition: The worst-kept secret of NXNE was Spoon's secret set at the Horseshoe. The Texas posterboys of indie rock have taken a few years off, so the anticipation was high.
Even if Perfect Pussy's meltdown set had gone as scheduled, Spoon's 1:30am set time was a bit of a pipe dream. It was well after 2 by the time they went on, and they played for much longer than the half hour time slot they were given, including a two-song encore (a semi-rarity at a festival). And the fans couldn't have been happier.
Fan Service: A
All the pieces were in place for this to be a warmup gig: "secret" slot, stage too small for their stature, some cobwebs to shake, new album on the horizon. But this wasn't a laid-back group of festival-goers who happened to be the Horseshoe, these were superfans. And so beyond a few new tracks (the released single "The Rent I Pay" got the biggest ovation), this was a mini-greatest hits set. The fans knew all the words, and Spoon seemed to be playing off their energy.
Local Flavour: A-
Frontman Britt Daniel remarked that this was their fourth time playing the Horseshoe, which he knew because his "favourite promoter" Craig Laskey told him before the show. That's one way to pander to the local crowd, or at least the people that booked the show. They also asked if anyone had any weed and to find them after the show, so, you know, Spoon support local business.
You'd never guess that this is a band that hasn't played in a while. Even on the funkier tunes like "I Turn My Camera On" and "Don't You Evah," the band seemed to have an extra spring in their step. These songs were the best I've ever heard them.
— Chart Attack (@ChartAttack) June 21, 2014