Concerts

Aftermath: We Are Not Sorry For Liking LIGHTS And Owl City At Verizon

Friday night at a sold-out Verizon Wireless Theater, LIGHTS and Owl City put on surprisingly solid performances. We use the word 'surprisingly,' because we fall into the category of people who oftentimes dismiss these kinds of artists as sans-substance pawns of the industry without giving them much of a chance.

We're not the biggest fans of electro-pop, and we've heard all the talk of Owl City being a carbon copy of the Postal Service, but we listened, we watched, and overall we were impressed.

The people in attendance were what we expected. As we walked into the venue, we saw about a 60 to 40 percent ratio of kids to parents. The kids were wearing skinny jeans, pearl snap button downs, wool caps (in April!) and constantly checking their smart phones for tweets, texts and calls. For some of them, it looked like more of a nervous tic than a habit.

From the waist down, we couldn't tell the gender of most of the fans. Thanks a lot, skinny jeans. And because we didn't want to end up on To Catch a Predator, we didn't make eye contact with anyone. Long story short, we stuck out like a sore thumb.

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Matt is a regular contributor to the Houston Press’ music section. He graduated from the University of Houston with a degree in print journalism and global business. Matt first began writing for the Press as an intern, having accidentally sent his resume to the publication's music editor instead of the news chief. After half a decade of attending concerts and interviewing musicians, he has credited this fortuitous mistake to divine intervention.
Contact: Matthew Keever