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Another Spoon Week treat: Surprise gig at the White Horse

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Spoon played a surprise private show at the White Horse on Wednesday, August 24, 2019. [STATESMAN FILE/JAY JANNER]

Celebration of Austin band Spoon's new best-of collection "Everything Hits at Once" hits full gear on Friday when the band plays the Austin360 Amphitheater with Beck and Cage the Elephant, after a 1 p.m. Waterloo Records signing event. But Britt Daniel and company tuned up last night with a special intimate show at East Austin honky-tonk the White Horse.

A private gig sponsored by guitar maker Fender, which reportedly has a signature Britt Daniel model in the works, the show turned up in a Twitter post from the band's label, Matador Records. (Matador exec Gerard Cosloy has lived in Austin for more than a decade.)

Andy Langer of Austin City Limits Radio posted video of the band doing the 2007 song "Don't You Evah," which appears on the new best-of collection, to Facebook on Thursday morning:

White Horse co-owner Marshall McHone was in attendance and noted via message, "It was great having Austin’s own prolific Spoon on stage hosted by Fender last night. Their music was a refreshing change of pace for us and as welcome as this amazing weather!"

Surprise Spoon shows in Austin clubs have happened many times over the years, long after the band rose up from that same club scene in the 1990s to become one of the biggest indie bands of their generation. We caught them at Antone's two years ago, workshopping songs from their 2017 album "Hot Thoughts." The band played a similar show at Hotel Vegas in 2014 shortly before the release of "They Want My Soul."

"Everything Hits at Once," by the way, is already available on vinyl and CD at Waterloo, ahead of the official release date. Those who buy it now will receive a guaranteed-admission wristband to Friday's signing event.


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Our 2014 interview with Britt Daniel