The gravity-challenged audience members at Valley View Casino Center were every bit as captivating as the bands at 91X’s annual Wrex The Halls. As Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds attacked the Oasis classic “Don’t Look Back In Anger,” a tipsy bromancer in the loge section attempted to hug his friend and wound up tackling three individuals in the process. “If I Had A Gun,” the recent hit bringing Gallagher’s blurry artistic vision back into focus, kept most on their feet and highlighted an intriguing set.
Death Cab for Cutie got off to a rocky start due to technical difficulties, but quickly righted the ship with soaring selections from Codes and Keys such as “Stay Young, Go Dancing.” A young couple swing-danced in the aisles to the band’s rhythms before the gentleman lost his footing and ate shit in glorious fashion. DCFC frontman Ben Gibbard routinely impresses on everything from vocals to guitar to drums. Backed by his intuitive Washingtonian cohorts, Gibbard harnessed the fury of his lumberjack beard into an inspired performance.
Headliner Florence and the Machine took a multifarious holiday festival to new heights with their bright, theatrical compositions. One of the most instantly recognizable voices in modern music tore through “What The Water Gave Me” and “Dog Days Are Over” with face-melting aplomb.
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