Way to land the plane.
On the Miller Lite stage on Friday, Arlo Parks performed the final concert of her 2022 100-plus engagement tour, she told the Zilker faithful.
Before the penultimate “Hope”, she said she hoped the title of the song would become “the message everyone gets from the show”.
West London born singer-songwriter Anaïs Oluwatoyin Estelle Marinho is at the Austin City Limits Music Festival on the heels of last year’s Grammy-nominated debut album Collapsed In Sunbeams. It’s the kind of post-Dido pop record that featured enough great tunes to spawn seven radio singles and sustained live obligations.
His songs explored the interiority of the true self that we struggle to realize and accept in life. It is therapeutic work.
As a group leader, his directives were experienced and clear. For “Caroline,” she simply asked, “I need you to sing the word ‘Caroline’ and be very, very obvious once you start.”
“I went to everyone to shake my head a bit,” she later asked before “Too Good.”
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Earlier, Miley’s brother Noah Cyrus sang that he got “so stoned” that she “saw Jesus”. The Huston-Tillotson University jazz collective unleashed gripping covers of Fantasia and Tevin Campbell in a hyper-local celebration of R&B. Wet Leg performed funny and pointed odes to wet dreams. Dro Kenji rapped sad love songs about beating Cupid and taking lots of drugs to forget about him for a small but dense crowd that surely drove Zilker Park into VPPs (vapes per boss).
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Georgetown native and TikTok star Conan Gray, promoted from Honda to the American Express scene for weekend two, oozed charisma and sang songs in your head for crushes with precise and specific lyrics. (“I just left the party at Blake’s and it’s Halloween.”)
The blue-haired youngster passionately belted out the idol’s words and proved their experience is as valid as any loving dad “Tommy” had when he was their age. This reporter also rushed over to Zilker to watch the end of another set from Jazmine Sullivan in fine form.
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Arlo Parks took ACL Fest back 15 years to when it was all about bands that could consistently crank out mellow vibes. His “Green Eyes” set-opener ushered in a welcome breeze from Zilker who swung a “Happy St. Patrick’s Day” flag. A middle-aged man with a handkerchief around his neck nodded, smiled.
Later, someone threw bubbles in the air with a rubber gun.
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But maybe the vibrations were too cold?
“Caroline,” mid-tempo and sleepy like Monday morning, inspired a group of friends near the stage for a long chat. People do that behind the sound booth please – you give hard sweets.
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Parks said “Eugene” was his favorite to perform live and was inspired by Radiohead’s 2007 album “In Rainbows,” his “all-time favorite.” You can hear it: swirling, decorative basslines, whispered vocals, space guitar, one note at a time, flourishes without chords.
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Again, Parks enjoyed letting us peek behind the curtain while presenting music. It added useful context and was unassuming in not obscuring his ideas and process.
“Things are improving. Things are changing,” she said before performing the moody track which features elegant but deceptively simple lyrics like, “Let’s go to the corner store and buy some fruit. I would do anything to get you out of your room.