Monday, June 27, 2022

Tenacious D, Built to Spill, COIN turn up the rock this fall

WILMINGTON — The concert season has officially kicked off in Wilmington as Dropkick Murphys lit up Greenfield Lake Amphitheater Friday night to a sold-out audience.

Come this fall, more rock bands will be headed to town, with ’90s American indie-rock outfit Built to Spill sill take over Greenfield Lake on Sept. 8. The following day, Sept. 9, Tenacious D — consisting of comedic rockers Jack Black and Kyle Gass — will turn Riverfront Park into a metal smash land. A few weeks later, Nashville’s pop-rock outfit COIN will then come to Greenfield Lake on Sept. 28.

Here’s the scoop:

Tenacious D

Having formed in 1994 in L.A., Tenacious D consists of Jack Black and Kyle Gass. They have gained a following over three decades and have been heralded by many musicians — Dave Grohl (who played on their debut album), Kanye West — for their brand of in-your-face rock, which blends full throttle sounds of metal punched up by comedy.

The band won the Grammy in 2015 for Best Metal Performance for the cover of Dio’s “The Last in Line,” which appears on “Ronnie James Dio — This Is Your Life” tribute album. To date, Tenacious D has released four albums, including 2001’s self-titled release, 2006’s “The Pick of Destiny,” 2012’s “Rise of the Fenix,” and 2018’s “Post-Apocalypto.”

Tenacious D tickets are on sale now for $27.50-$562.

Built to Spill

American indie-rock outfit Built to Spill is heading to Greenfield Lake Amphitheater Sept. 8 at 6 p.m. The trio has one founding member, Doug Martsch, who formed the group in the early ’90s with the intention of switching out bandmates. Throughout the years, almost a dozen players have performed as Built to Spill; in 2022, it consists of Martsch, Melanie Radford and Teresa Esguerra.

The band has released nine albums to date, full of fuzzed-out guitar riffs and dreamy alt-pop rhythms (many hail 1997’s “Perfect From Now On” as a flawless indie-rock experiment with longer song structures). The band last released an 11-track album in honor of musical friend Daniel Johnston, who they often opened for on tour. “Built to Spill Plays the Songs of Daniel Johnston” came out in 2020; the band hasn’t released an original album since 2015’s “Untethered Moon.”

The trio is touring in support of a new record slated for this year, as the Idaho-based act signed with Seattle’s Sub Pop Records last fall.

Tickets are on sale now for $27.50.


Hitting the Greenfield Lake Amphitheater stage Sept. 28 will be COIN — an indie pop band from Nashville that got its start in 2012.

The band has released a handful of albums to date, including its self-titled debut in 2015, “How Will You Know If You Never Try” in 2017, “Dreamland” in 2020, and 2021’s “Green-Blue + Indigo-Violet.”

Last year, the band’s single “Chapstick” charted number one on the AAA stations.

Chase Lawrence, Ryan Winnen, Joe Memmel, and Matt Martin are touring in 2022 in support “Uncanny Valley,” a new album scheduled to drop Mar. 25.

Tickets to their Wilmington show go on sale Friday, Mar. 18, 10 a.m.

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Shea Carver
Shea Carver is the editor in chief at Port City Daily. A UNCW alumna, Shea worked in the print media business in Wilmington for 22 years before joining the PCD team in October 2020. She specializes in arts coverage — music, film, literature, theatre — the dining scene, and can often be tapped on where to go, what to do and who to see in Wilmington. When she isn’t hanging with her pup, Shadow Wolf, tending the garden or spinning vinyl, she’s attending concerts and live theater.

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