Moon Taxi Makes Syracuse Shake It Out With Rousing Set At 95X’s Big-X-Cuse Review+Photos: Moon Taxi @ 95X Big-X-Cuse! 6/16/18
SYRCAUSE, NY- Bringing together some of the most popular names in alternative rock out there, Syracuse’s 95X debuted it’s first ever Big-X-Cuse Fest! With a line-up featuring both seasoned veterans and newcomers to the alternative rock scene, 95X’s lineup was very impressive considering it was the radio station’s first year hosting this event.
As the day stretched on, and as the gates continued to flood with a plethora of eager fans waiting to hear some more killer music, it seemed like each act tried to outdo the other with enthusiasm. This became evident to me with the arrival of Moon Taxi.
Moon Taxi was the first band to take the stage that I wouldn’t considered a newcomer to the music scene. Moon Taxi is a three-piece band hailing from Nashville, and I’ve been a fan for a pretty long time. Much like the music that surrounds the city where these musicians are based out of, the way Moon Taxi blends together Southern influences into their indie rock sound has always been something I’ve been about.
Coming out strong and guitars blazing, I was pleasantly surprised by just how heavy Moon Taxi’s live set was. With frontman Trevor Terndrup acting as the main catalyst with his long hair flying around while he shred on his Gibson, the crowd filled up considerably to watch Moon Taxi do their thing. Playing primarily their most popular tracks from their entire discography, nothing was better than watching the boys rip up the main stage.
“Make Your Mind Up” and “All Day and All Night” are personal favorites of mine because of the way they make you just want to shake “it” out. Tie those grooves with an especially rambunctious performance, and Moon Taxi sure made a handful of new fans that day. Closing out their set with “Two High”, arguably their breakout hit off of 2018’s Let the Record Play, the Nashville trio proved to all those in attendance why they should be praised not just down south but across the country in all states.