Hailing from the once bountiful Omaha, Neb., indie/punk scene and with more than 15 years under their belts, Cursive has amassed a solid following of fans without the use of MTV or a closing credits slot on Gossip Girl. At Monday's show at Radio Radio, lead singer Tim Kasher and company brought the goods. Opening with "Bloody Murderer" from their breakthrough album The Ugly Organ, the five-piece slashed through a near-perfect set of songs from their last nine years of albums. Despite the fact that their earliest albums were neglected on the setlist, the band provided a wide selection of songs in a 90-minute set.
The band's latest album, Mama, I'm Swollen, provided some of the best songs of the night. The excellent "I Couldn't Love You" helped get the night rolling, while the epic "What Have I Done?" brought the set to a monumental end and the psychoanalytic "From The Hips" punctuated a satisfying encore.
From the brutal, self-reflective brutality of 2000's Domestica, from which the punkish "The Martyr" was played, to the epic, conceptual The Ugly Organ, Kasher and Cursive have proven themselves to be ever-evolving organisms.
Live, the diminutive Kasher played with a sincerity that screamed, "I'm not faking a single thing," and paid off well. Overly personal songs like the remorseful "Sierra" were highlighted by Kasher's over-the-top emotionalism and sincerity.