Show Review: Adrianne Lenker @ Paramount Theatre (6.9)

This past Sunday at the Paramount Theater in Austin, Adrianne Lenker showcased not only the immense depth in her discography by bringing out a multitude of songs from over ten years ago, but she also showcased her ability to seamlessly span across her musical universes and their differing fanbases. The evening opened with Texas folk legend Steve Fisher, rumored to be a huge influence on Lenker.

A mere one-third of the songs Adrianne played were from her most recent album Bright Future, allowing the vastness of her thoughts and creative picking patterns to materialize. From the song “Steamboat,” the beloved solo from Adrianne’s first album Hours Were The Birds, produced at the ripe age of twenty one, to “Vampire Empire,” one of Adrianne’s more recent hits that was first released as a Big Thief solo. With just a guitar, microphone, and the unwavering attention of the crowd, Adrianne created an intimate atmosphere within the Paramount that was unmatched in its authenticity, ultimately displaying how art and writing has been used to heal Adrianne throughout the years, and inversely, how Adrianne’s art has been used to heal her devoted fans. There were grown men clapping during the most niche of songs, fans crying, and an obvious sense that each attendee had their own individual and meaningful experience accompanied by Adrianne’s voice and the downtown Austin Paramount interiors.

Show Preview: Adrianne Lenker @ Paramount Theatre (6.9/6.10)

Adrianne Lenker, lead vocalist, guitarist, and predominant songwriter for the indie folk band Big Thief, diverges her own mysterious, eccentric path once again for her fifth solo studio album Bright Future. Lenker builds seemingly esoteric messages and vocals and their consequent heart-wrenching melodies into an eminently listenable story that seems applicable to all who have experienced love and loss. Lenkers intimate narratives, namely conveyed through lyrics such as You show me/Understanding, patience and pleasure/Time and attention, love without measureThe eleventh dimension, free treasure create a vulnerable environment not dissimilar to the more tangible one you can experience live at the Paramount Theatre on June 9th and 10th, 2024. The opening event will be one of Lenkers inspirations, Steve Fisher.

You can purchase tickets to both nights HERE.

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