Spoon's celebrated indie-rock sound belongs to the less-is-more school of pop. The Texas quartet's terse writing, efficient arrangements, and lurking minimalist tilt don't translate into bare-bones music, however, suggesting another architectural adage: Genius lies in the details. It's the fine touches that make Spoon's latest, Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga, sound like it's probing fresh pop-rock frontiers while tapping some classic elements (specifically, R&B-style horns). If you're keeping score at home, there's also a flamenco guitar, string quartet, koto, and even a chamberlin in action. Still, what comes through is sleek, inventive music that speaks volumes with minimum ado. Take the way "Don't You Evah" builds its intro in layers, while its rhythms constantly shift among themselves and multi-tracked vocals swirl around each other like agitated swallows. Or little touches, like the way the disc's title matches the piano pulses permeating "The Ghost of You Lingers" (so, too, does Spoon's wily music.) Opening will be the Ponys, a Chicago quartet that plays echoey, psychedelic-laced garage rock driven by careening guitars, sounding like a cross between Sonic Youth and the best 1966 underground rock outfit in the neighborhood. 21+ Wednesday; all ages Thursday.
Wed., Oct. 10, 8 p.m.; Thu., Oct. 11, 6 p.m., 2007