Sunday ACL Fest 2018 Record Reviews

Parquet Courts

Wide Awake! (Rough Trade)

Sunday ACL Fest 2018 Record Reviews

On Wide Awake!, Parquet Courts uses punk mood swings and Gang of Four-style vocal barking to camouflage some of the prettiest songwriting of their career. Born in Denton in 2009, they traded North Texas for NYC long ago, but still sing with underdog hunger and freshman humor (see "Freebird II"). Had Talking Heads stuck to art school bedrooms rather than exploring world beats, it might sound something like "Mardi Gras Beads." The title track is the standout and could pass for a 2005-era DFA dance punk banger, earning it the rare honor of a remix by disco legend Danny Krivit. (3pm, Barton Springs stage)

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