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Built to Spill, July 4, The Olympic


Built to Spill has been one of Idaho's proudest exports for more than two decades, in part because the band became an arbiter for guitar-driven indie-rock. In the same way frontman Doug Martsch cites J Mascis as an influence, Martsch likely tops many young guitarists' "Musicians I Want To Play Like" list. Through recording, touring and nonpareil musicianship, Martsch and Built to Spill have garnered a great deal of acclaim worldwide, yet are still a valuable part of the Boise community. When many people will be heading to the park to watch Fourth of July fireworks, Built to Spill—currently touring as a trio with Martsch, Jason Albertini (bass) and Steve Gere—will be plugging in for a show to benefit Boise Hive, a nonprofit that provides rehearsal space, support and resources for musicians.

With locals The Hand and Toy Zoo opening, it promises to be an incredible show in a beautiful space for a worthy cause. Now that's a happy holiday.