Page 2 of 2The band exits the stage at 11:03 p.m. but returns a minute later for the encore, which begins with Happy Hollow favorite, "Dorothy At Forty," with Kasher fist-pumping the air, smiling at the crowd admiration and recognition. "Sink to the Beat" comes next, Kasher's arms now pin-wheeling as he's joined on stage by Conduits' bassist, who screams and sings along with Kasher to close to song, then jumps back into the crowd as hand-clapper "Art is Hard" charges ahead, with Kasher pacing the stage, looming behind the drum kit, then the music fades as he approaches the microphone to introduce a weird cover choice, "I have a story I want to tell about a pretty cool guy...he looks a lot like Guy Fieri, it's long and catchy and awesome..." He begins strumming Smash Mouth's ultra-recognizable "All Star" with more passion and valor than its originator Steve Harwell could ever muster.
The last song of the evening begins with Kasher squatting low on the stage, taking swigs out of a coffee thermos (Water? Whiskey? Um, Coffee?), then retreating to the back of the stage to jump atop an amp while thrusting into "Eulogy For No Name," the last track on the latest album. One more burst of raging noise sparks on stage and at 11:28 p.m. the lights come down.
Critic's Notebook: Personal Bias: Before tonight I've never seen Cursive live, but I was a fan years ago, when I listened to anything pressed by Saddle Creek Records. Random Detail: The crowd is younger than I imagined it would be and less filled with thirtysomething hipster dads. Overheard: Between Cymbals Eat Guitars and Cursive the three drunken women standing next to me in the second row jeer at the people in the front row. One exclaims, "I hate this band...fucking crybabies," making it unclear if she wants to be in the front row to jeer more or just because she's wasted and ambitious.
Setlist: This House Alive Big Bang A Gentleman Caller The Cat and Mouse Retreat! A Red So Deep The Sun and Moon Driftwood: A Fairy Tale We're Going To Hell Twin Dragon/Hello Skeleton I Couldn't Love You Some Red Handed Sleight of Hand Wowowow From the Hips
Encore: Dorothy at Forty Sink to the Beat Art is Hard All Star (Smash Mouth cover) Eulogy For No Name
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