Incubus brings trippy visuals, infectious mix of hits and new tunes to San Antonio’s Boeing Center

Incubus set alt-rock fans abuzz when it announced a string of 2023 tour dates, and San Antonio fans clearly shared in that excitement as evidenced by the packed house at Boeing Center at Tech Port Thursday.

Since the California quintet was touring without an opening act, the show hit the ground running with “Nice to Know You,” the first track from its fourth studio album, Morning View. From there, Incubus bobbed and weaved between their greatest hits — including “Drive” and “Megalomaniac” — and later tunes such as 2020’s “Karma, Come Back."

All the while, the band stayed true to form, fusing hard-rocking riffs with pop-inflected melodies. Adding to the dynamics and texture of its approach were keyboards, scratches from an onstage DJ and an energizing drum solo that also drew in participation from singer Brandon Boyd on percussion instruments.

The performance was set against the backdrop of the venue’s massive LED screen, which alternated between colorful, psychedelic graphics and a live feed of the musicians as they performed. Twice during the night, cheeky text flashed across the screen, noting a particularly epic solo from longtime guitarist Mike Einziger and the “doot” sounds at the tail-end of the 1999 hit “Drive.”

“Texas! You guys always makes us feel so much at home, I can’t say it enough,” Boyd told the crowd before introducing the evening’s bassist, Australia-born Tal Wilkenfield. The 36-year-old Wilkenfeld, known as much for her contagious energy as her fretboard wizardry, has performed with legends including Jeff Beck, Prince and Herbie Hancock.

Overall, the show was as no-nonsense as it gets, with little distraction from the band’s difficult-to-categorize style. Even so, some people in the GA section said they'd have liked the venue to turn the sound up a few clicks.

Of course, the lower volume may have been an effort cater to those of us who are — ahem — of a certain age and remember when the band first burst onto the scene in 1995.

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