Incoming: Built to Spill, May 7, Crescent Ballroom

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Built to Spill has been busy adding new tour dates and new photos to its website — and even new members to the band — but there’s still no official word on a new album, which would be the first since 2009′s There Is No Enemy.

If this September interview with frontman Doug Martsch is any indication, though, it might be another year before we hear anything. Says Martsch: “It’s just been going really slowly. I was hoping to get it done by next spring, but I think it’s going to be another half a year after that. Maybe 2014 is when we’ll put it out. It takes me a long time to get things done too because I’m less obsessed with music, and I can work on it less hours of the day than I could when I was younger.”

It gets harder and harder to keep up — I know the feeling — and Martsch seems like a guy more concerned with quality than quantity anyway.

But I’m guessing Built to Spill will road-test new material during its first run of 2013 that includes a May 7 stop at Crescent Ballroom. The band will also have two new members in Steve Gere (drums) and Jason Albertini (bass), who replace departing drummer Scott Plouf and bassist Brett Nelson. (At last, the Brett Netson/Nelson confusion is over.) A press release accompanying the tour dates states: “The shift in lineup is completely amicable. Scott and Brett remain our dear friends and we wish them well on their future ventures.”

I last saw Built to Spill — long one of my favorite bands — in 2010 at the cavernous Marquee Theatre, so I’m eager for the richer confines of Crescent, both in sound and environment.

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