The Postal Service at Verizon Theatre: "This is Love in the Modern Age, Folks"

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Stephen Masker
The Postal Service
Verizon Theatre at Grand Prairie
June 3, 2013

There are a lot of plaid shirts, some seersucker shorts, some totally appropriate Arrested Development tees. There are waxed mustaches and boat shoes and tattoos and highlights.

Trying to find some common markers in the crowd doesn't work. All they have in common is their age. Except for the odd middle-aged couple, everyone here would have graduated high school around roughly 10 years ago. If you ignore the fact that almost no one here knows each other, this could be a giant high school reunion.

It's been 10 years since Give Up came out. It's the only album The Postal Service ever made. And it became a soundtrack to the make-outs and breakups of pretty much everyone in high school or college in 2003. It was melancholy and bouncy at the same time. If you never heard it, you at least accidentally read the lyrics on a friend's Facebook or defunct instant messenger.

Now The Postal Service, a band made entirely of musicians who already had their own separate projects, is back together and touring, milking millennial nostalgia for all it's worth.

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Stephen Masker

After opening act Ra Ra Riot (who are just so much fun) leaves and the various synth stations set up, all the lights go off and the dark is filled with glowing camera phone screens and the smell of nachos. Being inside the Verizon Theater is like being in a mega-church. There's carpeted stadium seating, giant screens flanking the stage. The foursome walks out -- Ben Gibbard, Jenny Lewis, James Tamborello and newbie Laura Burhenn, who joined for the tour.

"This is love in the modern age, folks," says Gibbard, clearly wanting to be quoted. "It's a goddamn bitch."



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8 comments
MeanGreen
MeanGreen

Ben Gibbard puts on one hell of a show, no matter the venue or band he is playing with - speaking from having seen him multiple times in various places the last decade. Really awesome show.

Ra Ra Riot though...wasn't impressed. It was my 3rd time seeing them open for someone (tokyo police club, the thermals, now postal service) and felt this one was the worst. 

Kathy Reed
Kathy Reed

Beautiful show! So, so happy I got to be there to see them play. Still thinking about it!! I want more live Postal Service!!!

Adelaide Arriaga
Adelaide Arriaga

10 years is a long time. Ecstatic that I could experience it if never again.

Dani Kent
Dani Kent

Seriously mind blowing! It was a borderline spiritual experience for me. Josh wilemon, I think you know my sister, Julie?

Josh Wilemon
Josh Wilemon

Best damn show i've been to in a LONG time!

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