SXSW: Local legends treat audiences to 15-year catalogue of music


Short but all the more sweet is the best way to describe the Austin-based band Spoon’s performance at Cedar Street Courtyard.

Led by Britt Daniel on vocals and guitar; Rob Pope on bass; Jim Eno on drums; Eric Harvey on keyboard; and newly added member Alex Fischel, Spoon easily made up for the time constraint-induced delay in their set by rocking a courtyard full of loyal fans with both classics and new songs.

Opening with “Rainy Taxi,” fresh off of their latest album “They Want My Soul,” an instant upbeat energy surged from the tune’s grade A combination of piano and notable beat.

Additional songs from the same album released this past summer included the popular favorite “Rent I Pay” and the dreamy, Dr. Dre-inspired jam “Inside Out,” which drew one particular fan to climb, hang and dance from the top of the courtyard’s overhang.

“The lights, the lights,” Daniel requested before a dark red hue fell over the venue, setting the perfect mood for the all-time favorite, “I Turn My Camera On.”

Spoon perfectly encompassed 15 years’ worth of their musical accomplishments within an hour-long set. They closed with a cover of Eddie Current Supression Ring’s “Memory Lane,” but of course adding their own personal twist.