Posts Tagged ‘Coldplay’

Robyn: a 90s Throwback

Posted by    |    June 25th, 2012 at 11:29 am

Robyn at American Airlines Center

I was waiting patiently in my seat at American Airlines for Coldplay to come on stage and rock my world forever, when I was struck by the voice of the very Swedish opening act, Robyn. Yes, I knew her most current hit, Dancing On My Own, but all I could think about was the song my mom and I would listen to on the radio as she chauffeured my seven-year-old self around.

Robyn, a Swedish pop star with the most wild hair cut I have ever seen, released her first album in 1996 (I was 6) and on that record was one of the most memorable and karaoke-able songs of my childhood: ‘Show Me Love’.

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Coldplay Draws the Bigger Crowd, Kanye is Still Saying Weird Things, and Day One of ACL

Posted by    |    September 17th, 2011 at 1:42 pm

Early on Friday afternoon, ACL seemed as though it would suffer the same fate as this year’s Lollapalooza as the sky broke open and poured heavy rain. Festivalgoers ran down Barton Springs toward Zilker Park in white tanks and neon shorts, mud splashing up on their calves.

The 10th anniversary of the ACL Festival has brought headliners Arcade Fire, Stevie Wonder, My Morning Jacket, Coldplay and Kanye West, the latter two who will play tonight.

Today, Foster The People took to the Google+ stage where a hearty portion of festivalgoers gathered to see what these “Pumped Up Kicks” people were all about. Not sure this was the best stage for their performance; when FTP were first added to the ACL lineup, they were beginning their popularity ascent. Now that the band’s name is as recognizable as other acts at higher billing, the Northwest area of the park was crammed with an inane amount of sweaty, cheerful people, unknowingly dancing to a song about a trigger-happy outcast.

As night fell on the Austin Ventures stage, soulful Sara Bareilles recalled a conversation she had with a police officer earlier in the day, noting that people never fight at ACL, and promptly requested the audience to get in a fight. It didn’t go over too well, so she launched into a peppy cover of Mumford & Sons’  “Little Lion Man.”

“Is there anybody out there? Did we make it to Austin City Limits?” Chris Martin asked the massive crowd gathered at the AMD stage before singing famed hit “Yellow” and a slow-paced version of “In My Place.”

10 minutes to Kanye West’s set, a bridge of people stood between the AMD and Bud Light stages, trying to get the best of both headliners’ sets. People walked to Kanye humming Coldplay songs, and vice versa. (more…)