Opening with “I Love You, Honeybear,” the title track to his most recent disc, he took the stage gyrating and sashaying like a grizzly Mick Jagger in H&M dress pants. This was not the preciously reverent folkie I was expecting. He removes his sunglasses to stare down the jumbotron camera with a smoldering look. “I’d like to become inappropriately intimate with all of you,” he tells the crowd— something that definitely wouldn’t have happened at a Lumineers show, or even his former band, the Fleet Foxes.
Sure, the guitar tossing and his Roger Daltrey mic-swings might be gimmicks, but the effect is electrifying to me, as well as the lace-and-flannel-wearing crowd do-si-do-ing around me. Many of the festival-goers are busy fist pumping to Skrillex at this same moment, but it’s clear that the electric folk crowd have found their new rock star.
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