Glam-rock icon Scott Yoder dazzles and thrilling young Orlando band Spoon Dogs electrify

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Scott Yoder at Will's Pub - JEN CRAY
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THIS LITTLE UNDERGROUND
Scott Yoder and Spoon Dogs, Will’s Pub, Sep. 5

Burger Records artist Scott Yoder has put in his time with long-running Seattle band the Pharmacy, which notably played as Kimya Dawson’s backing band early on. Now he’s out making his own case under the spell of the same muses that sent Bowie and Bolan down the glitter hole and deep into essential rock history. Yoder’s glam rock is such a complete and reverent throwback, in fact, that those very hallowed spirits come back to life at his performances.
Scott Yoder at Will's Pub - JEN CRAY
  • Jen Cray
  • Scott Yoder at Will's Pub
Scott Yoder at Will's Pub - JEN CRAY
  • Jen Cray
  • Scott Yoder at Will's Pub
Scott Yoder at Will's Pub - JEN CRAY
  • Jen Cray
  • Scott Yoder at Will's Pub
Like a live conjuring of one of the most dazzling chapters in rock & roll, Yoder’s show – his second one here this year – is an exercise in both presence and presentation. Gilded in wardrobe and makeup, he and his band exude theater and weave drama. They even come with their own stage lights.
Scott Yoder at Will's Pub - JEN CRAY
  • Jen Cray
  • Scott Yoder at Will's Pub
Scott Yoder at Will's Pub - JEN CRAY
  • Jen Cray
  • Scott Yoder at Will's Pub
Scott Yoder at Will's Pub - JEN CRAY
  • Jen Cray
  • Scott Yoder at Will's Pub
It all culminates in a scene that’s like a garage séance of the ‘70s underground. It’s a bold, diamond-dusted road, and Yoder walks it with faith and flair.
Spoon Dogs at Will's Pub - JEN CRAY
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  • Spoon Dogs at Will's Pub
Yoder may have cast magic but openers Spoon Dogs struck like lightning. With little online presence but some heavy word of mouth, they’re a young Orlando band that rip a punk-licked brand of garage rock that’s wired and warped. Even in an era where the whole garage thing is by now pretty spent, the songs and electricity that these guys kick out are rare and evergreen.
Spoon Dogs at Will's Pub - JEN CRAY
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  • Spoon Dogs at Will's Pub
Spoon Dogs at Will's Pub - JEN CRAY
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  • Spoon Dogs at Will's Pub
Spoon Dogs at Will's Pub - JEN CRAY
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  • Spoon Dogs at Will's Pub
Indisputably the biggest surprise of the night, these kids got the spark and the swagger. With all the heat and combustion they were throwing off, it’s no wonder that the set ended with some explosive destruction.
Spoon Dogs at Will's Pub - JEN CRAY
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  • Spoon Dogs at Will's Pub
Spoon Dogs at Will's Pub - JEN CRAY
  • Jen Cray
  • Spoon Dogs at Will's Pub
Spoon Dogs at Will's Pub - JEN CRAY
  • Jen Cray
  • Spoon Dogs at Will's Pub
Spoon Dogs aren’t just one of the most exciting new locals seen in a while, they’re also one of the most complete, already tearing it up like sharpened daggers. Watch these guys closely. They’re as ready an act as I’ve seen in a long time. And get set because they’re at work on an album with rising Orlando producer Simon Palombi of the Woolly Bushmen.
Spoon Dogs at Will's Pub - JEN CRAY
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  • Spoon Dogs at Will's Pub
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