The single most critically revered band of the new millennium, Austin’s own Spoon “delivers a pure rush of musical elation, the distillation of rock music, in the way that sea-urchin foam on an avant-garde restaurant’s plate provides a diner with the essential flavor of ocean. Spoon delivers the power of familair songs without actually sounding that much like other rock music at all (The New York Times Magazine). They returned to Austin City Limits for their fourth time on the show to share songs from their hallowed catalog and the album They Want My Soul.
Spoon is Britt Daniel, Jim Eno, Eric Harvey, Rob Pope and Alex Fischel. The band originally formed in late 1993, kicking off a 20-year streak of unerring excellence in the form of albums like Telephono (1996), A Series of Sneaks (1998), Girls Can Tell (2001), Kill the Moonlight (2002), Gimme Fiction (2005), Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga (2007) and Transference (2010).
Following a hiatus of a few years, Spoon has returned with the inimitable feat of celebrating their 20th anniversary with arguably their best album to date, They Want My Soul. Continuing their legacy as “one of the most consistently great bands in indie rock” (Rolling Stone), yet one not necessarily on an indie label or making records that sound particularly “indie,” Spoon continues to defy convention with yet another top 10 charting album and earworms like “Do You?” and “Outlier.” When a band is making records as undeniably classic as They Want My Soul, does the conventional really matter?
EPISODE LISTSpoon / White Denim (Season 40)
Spoon (Season 36)
- Austin City Limits Season 40 pt. 2 starts January 3
- Spoon returns to rock ACL
- Spoon 10/9
- New tapings: Jenny Lewis, Sam Smith, The Avett Brothers and Spoon
- Encore: Spoon