As one-half of the celebrated U.K. duo Everything But the Girl, Ben Watt helped bring a refined sophistication to the English music scene of the '80s and '90s. The group's intoxicating albums offered an elegant, intellectual twist on the trip-hop of the era. While Watt and vocalist Tracey Thorn haven't performed together since 2000, they both continue to release subtle, stirring music that adds a delicate edge to their legacy. Watt released his new solo record, Fever Dream
, earlier this year. It's his second collaborative album with former Suede guitarist Bernard Butler. The songs are stripped-down, intimate glimpses into Watt's creative process. The pair of U.K. musical heavyweights fluidly merge their creative talents on these spare, eloquent numbers. Watt personally selected the opening acts for this brief U.S. tour. For his Minneapolis show, he brainstormed potential openers with the help of Low's Alan Sparhawk. None worked out, so Sparhawk decided to personally open the gig with a rare solo set.