ACL Live Shots
Reviewed by Thomas Fawcett, Fri., Sept. 23, 2011
Theophilus LondonZilker Park, Sept. 16
A branded rapper ripped from the pages of Fader magazine, Theophilus London led the early afternoon crowd in call and response: "I got too much swag for ya!" Damn right. All swag, no substance. The Brooklyn-based electro-popper seared his name into the collective brain of the audience with "Last Name London" from debut Timez Are Weird These Days before introducing the mind-numbing dance trance of "Girls Girls $" as "one of my most provocative songs." Theo, if you have to tell us, you're not doing it right. The audience dug London's club beats and cooler-than-thou persona, and when rain fell from the sky for the first time in forever, London stopped everything. "I've got the perfect fucking song for rain right now," he said before launching into "Love Always," a glitchy remake of Whitney Houston's "I Will Always Love You."