It's been a while. It's been a long while. The last time that Belle and Sebastian played Dallas was even longer ago than the last time Jack White played here — which is saying something. By our count, it's been almost a decade. But that's about to change this August, when KXT rolls out its fourth annual Summer Cut festival at South Side Ballroom.
Of course, that drought isn't necessarily exclusive to Dallas. Stuart Murdoch and his band tour fairly infrequently as a rule, usually only hitting up larger festivals around the country with some other oddball shows thrown in. So it's a big catch for KXT to get Belle and Sebastian on the bill — although leave it to Houston to try stealing some of our thunder, seeing how they just played Free Press Summer Fest at the beginning of the month.
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But whatever. We'll take it. As a headliner, it makes for a step up from Death Cab for Cutie, who headlined last year. (A bit of an awkward affair given that their bassist had just announced his plans to quit. Oops.)
Outside of Belle and Sebastian, the Summer Cut lineup skews pretty heavily on the side of Texas artists. In fact, everyone else on the bill is from the Lone Star State. (How expensive is Belle and Sebastian?) But that should sit just fine with KXT listeners, as the artists they booked, led by Sarah Jaffe, fit right in with the station's playlists. Doug Burr and Jessie Frye are both from Denton, Calhoun is from Fort Worth and Catamaran are from right here in Dallas. Even Israel Nash is from Dripping Springs. The one sort of outlier is Repel the Robot, who got started in Albuquerque, but no matter; they're based in Dallas.
Summer Cut takes place this year on Saturday, August 29, and this year it's changing locations too. Gone are the hot, hot confines of Gexa Energy Pavilion, replaced by the cool, cool air conditioning of South Side Ballroom. Presale tickets go on sale this Thursday, June 18 from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., with general sales opening on Friday at 10 a.m. over at LiveNation.com.