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.