It's been a pretty great year for classic Seattle rock.
If Pearl Jam getting back together and selling out a show in Seattle in seconds wasn't enough, now Built To Spill has returned.
Born in Boise in 1992, Doug Martsch's gorgeous guitar-driven indie rock has been dazzling fans for decades. BTS took a little hiatus early in the year to break in a new rhythm section and now they're back on a micro-tour that'll stop in town next month.
We saw them play a triumphant set at the super-exclusive Doe Bay festival over the summer and it was out of this world. At one point Martsch was joined by a half-dozen other guitarists all kicking out a joyful, tuneful racket.
And you always get your money's worth. The band is notorious for epic encores that stretch shows to nearly double their announced length.
Their two-night late December residency at Neumos just went on sale, so you've got a solid chance of snagging tickets before the scalpers get to them. Opening acts haven't been announced, which means we're probably in for a pleasant surprise.
These are going to be the last can't-miss shows of 2013. Make sure you're in the audience.