Mac DeMarco – Stubb’s BBQ – Austin, TX 10/20/15 (SHOW REVIEW)

Seeing Mac DeMarco is anything but your average concert experience. DeMarco knows how to rock out and treat his fans like family, making you feel like you’re hanging out at a jam session in his backyard. DeMarco brought his relaxed charm to Stubb’s BBQ Tuesday night, which ultimately accelerated into an energetic night full of endless crowd surfing and mosh pits.

The two opening bands, both composed of Canadians like DeMarco himself, brought a combination of pop, psychedelic, and indie rock tunes to kick off the night. Walter TV began with a lively twenty-minute set, evidently with a similar style to DeMarco’s as they share several of the same band members. Alex Calder, another good friend of DeMarco’s, took the stage shortly thereafter and successfully got the crowd hyped for the rest of the night.

When the time finally came for DeMarco’s set, the young crowd of twenty-somethings were ready to rock out. DeMarco and his band arrived on stage as the upbeat dance track “What is Love” by Haddaway blasted from the speakers. Rather than going straight into playing his hits, DeMarco took time to welcome the crowd and introduce himself and his band mates. He told the crowd to relax and enjoy themselves, and that’s exactly what they did throughout the entirety of his hour and a half set. DeMarco began with “The Way You’d Love Her,” an upbeat track off his latest album Another One. He immediately continued with one of his best-known hits, “Salad Days,” which turned into a giant sing-a-long. Later he slowed the night down with songs like “No Other Heart” before playing faster-paced tracks like “Another One.”

Prior to playing a clear crowd favorite “Ode to Viceroy,” DeMarco shouted “Is Austin here?” and the crowd responded in a roar of excitement.  He continued with a mix of songs from all of his albums, and completed his set with an encore of “Enter Sandman” by Metallica. His encore proved that even calm bands known for performing barefoot and shirtless can jam out just as hard as heavy rock bands.  DeMarco maintained a relaxed vibe through his set, even through the audience’s raucousness. He’s truly one of a kind, and left every crowd member wanting to become his best friend.

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