Arcade Fire

ACL Live Shots

ACL Live Shots
Photo by Gary Miller

Arcade Fire

Zilker Park, Sept. 18

Only one word can describe Arcade Fire's Sunday night ACL capper: perfect. The Montreal-by-way-of-Houston octet was nothing but pure energy from start to finish with the balletic Will Butler on keyboard, snare, and various stage antics to Régine Chassagne's quirky interpretive dance. The band bolted out of the gates "Ready To Start," frontman Win Butler gushing, "We love Austin and had to beg them to let us play." The set list hit all the right notes from the band's catalog, including most of the "Neighborhood" series and "Haiti" from 2004's Funeral and Neon Bible's bookends of "Keep the Car Running" and "No Cars Go." Yet it was the pensive, soured nostalgia of the current material, including "The Suburbs," "Rococo," and "We Used To Wait," that packed the heaviest emotional wallop. Arcade Fire's set amplified a heart-wrenching tension between remarkable musicianship and sharp-eyed lyrics about being a better person while accepting one's mortality. Perfect.

The 2021-2022 Austin Music Awards Music Poll is underway. Vote now for your favorite bands, venues, and music until January 31.

A note to readers: Bold and uncensored, The Austin Chronicle has been Austin’s independent news source for almost 40 years, expressing the community’s political and environmental concerns and supporting its active cultural scene. Now more than ever, we need your support to continue supplying Austin with independent, free press. If real news is important to you, please consider making a donation of $5, $10 or whatever you can afford, to help keep our journalism on stands.

Support the Chronicle  

READ MORE
More Arcade Fire
Phases and Stages
Arcade Fire
Reflektor (Record Review)

Austin Powell, Nov. 22, 2013

Live Shots
Arcade Fire, Explosions in the Sky

Austin Powell, May 6, 2011

More Music Reviews
Texas Platters
... And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead
X: The Godless Void and Other Stories (Record Review)

Alejandra Ramirez, Feb. 21, 2020

Texas Platters
Daniel Johnston
Chicago 2017 (Record Review)

Raoul Hernandez, Feb. 21, 2020

More by Melanie Haupt
Fire at Texas French Bread Ravages Storefront
Fire at Texas French Bread Ravages Storefront
Beloved restaurant was housed in a building rich with music history

Jan. 25, 2022

Luck Drops Lineup for March Reunion Potluck
Luck Drops Lineup for March Reunion Potluck
Too Many Cooks in the Kitchen to feature local, national chef talent

Jan. 24, 2022

KEYWORDS FOR THIS STORY

Arcade Fire

MORE IN THE ARCHIVES
NEWSLETTERS
One click gets you all the newsletters listed below

Breaking news, arts coverage, and daily events

Can't keep up with happenings around town? We can help.

Austin's queerest news and events

Eric Goodman's Austin FC column, other soccer news

Behind the scenes at The Austin Chronicle

Information is power. Support the free press, so we can support Austin.   Support the Chronicle