Concert Reviews

KXT's Summer Cut at Gexa Suffered from the Same Problems as the Station Itself

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Then came the headliners, Death Cab for Cutie. Earlier in the week it was announced that after a 17-year partnership with the band lead guitarist and producer Chris Walla would be leaving. This added an air of importance to the band's set, so much so that it felt as if the crowd tripled in size for it.

During their set, lead singer Ben Gibbard quipped that the show "kind of fells like the 'indie rock reunion, class of 2003,'" which the crowd whole-heartedly agreed with. Death Cab made it a point to stick to their most well-known material, starting with "I Will Posses Your Heart" from Narrow Stairs, and then slowly working their way through Plans, We Have the Facts and We're Voting Yes! and Transatlanticism. A highlight of the night was a friend of mine shouting "I used to have sex to this song in college!" when "I Will Follow You Into the Dark" was played, causing me to shout back "We all had sex to this song in college." Nostalgia is a hell of a thing.

As if exhausted from the media blitz from Walla's announcement, Death Cab seemed almost restrained on stage, playing a shorter set, and ending the night around 11. It's as if Gibbard's intro to one of the songs -- "This is a song about two artists living together and failing" -- was more autobiographical than intended.

Making my way out from Gexa, I paused to take in my surroundings and noticed how different they are than my surroundings earlier in the night at the MLK Center. Here the crowd is mostly caucasian, with a limited number of minorities sprinkled in. But the biggest take away from Summer Cut is this: With sparse attendance, listeners should be ready for a looooong membership drive this fall. And unless the station finally embraces the diversity of its city and audience, they won't see a penny from me.

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Jaime-Paul Falcon

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