KXT’s First Summer Fest is a Cut Above the Rest
The Flaming Lips, St. Vincent, Fitz and the Tantrums, Telegraph Canyon, Smile Smile, and Air Review — we’ve all heard them repeatedly on 91.7 KXT, but never have we witnessed them all at one eclectic concert. The local radio station’s first annual Summer Cut festival last Friday at Gexa Energy Pavilion was a total success!
Early in the day the lineup of local musicians totally kicked ass, but I don’t think I was remotely prepared for the intensity and talent of Annie Clark, aka St. Vincent. This woman is unbelievable with a voice and stage presence that is as haunting as it is classic, like a mixture of Bjork and Karen O. Clark opened her set reminiscing about her younger days of drinking boxed wine, smoking menthol cigarettes and attending concerts at Gexa Energy (back in the day, however, it was called Smirnoff Music Center and Starplex Amphitheatre). The tables turned as she sang her songs to a crowd of younger versions of herself, her honesty seeping through the speakers and intoxicating the audience. In between singing and shredding on her guitar, Clark would shuffle away from the mic to hit some angry chords, and then shuffle back to the mic to regain footing for the next verse. She looked like a twisted angel gliding across the stage.
During her most popular song “Cruel,” people danced all around as she hit her famous high notes. During “Northern Lights,” Clark seemed to morph even more into a rock star, shuffling around the stage and hitting crazy sounding pedals. She definitely proved girls can rock out. During the finale of her set, the lights dropped and the former Dallasite ran to the front of the stage with a mic in her hand, and, with both her hands in the air, she plunged head-first into the audience surfing on a wave of human hands.
Fitz and The Tantrums took the stage along with a whirlwind of funk. The Los Angeles-based band’s most popular song “Don’t Gotta Work it Out” got everybody moving and dancing along. Saxophone player James King really got loose with the tune “Money Grabber,” wailing on his instrument while singer Noelle Scaggs danced around him with a tambourine in a 70s-esque jam session.
The much anticipated Flaming Lips closed out the concert, and as usual, they brought everything to the table. They started off their set with their usual entrance — cascading down and out a slide placed in front of a screen of a woman’s vagina. A fleet of big-breasted Dorothys from the Wizard of Oz danced on the sides of the stage merrily thourghout the entire set. Front man Wayne Coyne crowd surfed in his air filled bubble ball, and balloons and confetti rained over the venue. While this is a typical occurrence at any Flaming Lips show, it is definitely not one to be missed! The band played their famous songs ” Yeah Yeah Yeah,” “Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots,” and closed out their set with “Do You Realize?” What Lips would be complete without a tune from their 2008 cover album of Pink Floyd’s “Dark Side of the Moon”? The whole evening ended with strobe lights and Wayne Coyne taking us into another world.