If at first you don't succeed, try again: On Tuesday morning, 91x announced its annual holiday show, Wrex the Halls, for Dec. 14 at Valley View Casino Center and they've turned, once again, to Death Cab for Cutie for headlining duties -- the same band that sat atop the marquee (with Beck) of the station's ill-fated 2018 X-Fest show.
Joining the indie-rock group (currently on the touring circuit in support of their recently released studio album "Thank You for Today") at Wrex is semi-charmed, '90s-rock stalwarts Third Eye Blind; electro-pop singer-songwriter Billie Eilish (who also sports her own headlining show at SOMA just a month earlier); atmospheric-folk-rockers Lord Huron; and British blues-rock darling Barns Courtney.
Tickets go on-sale to the general public on Friday, Oct. 12 at 11 a.m. via AXS.com and the Valley View Casino Center box office.
"For this year’s Wrex the Halls, we worked to curate a diverse lineup that represents the true musical breadth of 91x," program director Garett Michaels said in a press release. "Death Cab for Cutie have a great new album and a catalog of hits spanning over a decade, Third Eye Blind will be performing all of the songs we know and love from their seminal debut album, Billie Eilish is the new artist breakthrough story of the year, Lord Huron are incredible live performers with a strong new album and a smash single, and Barns Courtney is one England’s most promising new singer-songwriters. We’re excited and cannot wait until Friday, Dec. 14."
Tuesday's announcement follows ongoing difficulties for the alt-rock radio station's annual premier events. This year's X-Fest, scheduled for Aug. 11, was scrapped altogether on July 12. In a press statement, 91x wrote "After considerable thought and reflection, we feel we are unable to deliver the level of experience the fans expect from X-Fest."
That disappointment followed another misstep: 2017's Wrex the Halls -- which was scheduled as a two-night affair with Run the Jewels, Rise Against, the Used and more last December -- was unexpectedly whittled down to just one night only two weeks beforehand due to "unforseen circumstances."
Here's to hoping 91x can avoid the issues that have plagued its last two big shows -- and that 2018 Wrex the Halls goes off without a hitch.