Beck at ACL Fest

Beck (L.A. Reno)

Beck opened up his closing set on Saturday night with 1994 watershed hit “Loser,” the song that was his would-be one-hit wonder. That took some cojones, but when you have a catalog as maniacally diverse and innovative as his, it’s a moot point.

As the oppressive sun set and the Zilker air turned a tad more hospitable, Beck opened up a set that was as tight as the snare on a Meters record. From the word go, this set delivered a fiery garage-like intensity, save for the iPhoned-in middle electro interlude. And even then, that was done in a playfully coarse and distorted fashion. Read more.

KEEP THE DALLAS OBSERVER FREE... Since we started the Dallas Observer, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Dallas, and we'd like to keep it that way. With local media under siege, it's more important than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" program, allowing us to keep offering readers access to our incisive coverage of local news, food and culture with no paywalls.
Keith Plocek
Contact: Keith Plocek