Built to Spill Brings Cathartic Release, Indie Rock Hits to Portland, OR (SHOW RECAP/PHOTOS)

Thirty years since forming celebrated indie rock band Built to Spill, Doug Martsch is still playing to eager ears, judging from the crowd that came out for a Sunday show at Portland, Oregon’s Wonder Ballroom on January 30th, the second of a two-night run in the Rose City.

Built to Spill is touring as a trio as of late, with drummer Teresa Esguerra (Prism Bitch) and bassist Melanie Radford (Blood Lemon, Mashall Poole) breathing new life into Martsch’s compositions. The Built to Spill set spanned decades, and brought unbridled joy to obvious long-time fans and newbies alike.

Itchy Kitty, a glam/punk band from Spokane, Washington opened the show. Then Prism Bitch, the performance art project turned high energy mom-rock powerhouse hailing from Albuquerque, New Mexico brought their thunder.

Built to Spill tour is continuing down the west coast for several dates, then taking off in the spring for dates all across the U.S. in April and May.

Built to Spill, Wonder Ballroom, Portland, Oregon, 2022-1-30*

Stop the Show, The Plan, Center of the Universe, On the Way, Virginia Reel Around the Fountain (The Halo Benders cover), Wherever You Go, Are You With Me Now? (Cate Le Bon cover), Liar, Else, Tomorrow, So, Randy Described Eternity, Distopian Dream Girl, Carry The Zero

Encore: Goin’ Against Your Mind

*Setlist from setlist.fm

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