In the eyes of many, Boise indie rockers Built to Spill can do no wrong. But the local heroes ran face first into a minor controversy this week after the announcement of two rare local—and small venue—shows: one Monday, Feb. 11, 2013, at Neurolux and the other the following day, Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2013, at The Crux.
So why are Boiseans butt-hurt?
Because the second show at The Crux is an "under 21" show, something the band requested to give its underage fans a chance to see the group play, and something that some of-age fans called exclusionary on the event's Facebook page.
"Why isn't this just an all-ages show," asked Darian Renee.
"I don't know if I feel comfortable going to a show that isn't all ages. You could have had this at The Venue or maybe the Knitting Factory (I don't know how small the clubs are) and you could have brought in more people without dividing people and making me feel uncomfortable," wrote Clyde Webb.
"Please tell me someone associated with this will realize what a lousy fucking precedent is set by dividing the scene in such a way," wrote 23-year-old Jrdn Wbrl. "Shame on everyone involved. Shitty exclusionary tactics make baby Ian Mackaye cry. I don't mean to lay it on too thick, this just offends me ... Will parents be admitted? What if I want to bring my 15-year-old brother along? There's no chance in fuck he would ever go in there alone. What if some 14-year-old can't show ID because he/she is fucking 14?"
Event promoter Eric Gilbert of Duck Club Presents took to the comment boards to beat back criticism.
"This is not meant to be exclusionary, but there are only 100 spots at The Crux show and Doug and I both wanted to make sure that those UNDER 21 got the first chance to get tix," he wrote.
Gilbert also said that he and the band are open to making exceptions. "Parents accompanying their kids is an obvious exception," the Facebook event page reads.
Though the Facebook comment threads ran dozens of responses deep, not all were critical of the move.
"This is wonderful. Stuff like this must happen in Boise for the scene to grow and develop in the ways people who are 21+ often complain about," wrote local musician Clint Vickery of Spondee, who helped open the all-ages venue Colorcube.
Commenter Benjamin Thorne summed it up nicely: "Newsflash: Eric Gilbert and company try to do something awesome, and wieners get all wienery about it."