Last Night: Belle and Sebastian at ACL Live

We can officially thank Belle and Sebastian for the reprieve from the summer heat. The lads from Scotland are officially taking responsibility for the uncharacteristic July rains. “These rain clouds have been following us around,” proclaimed front man Stuart Murdoch during one of his many addresses to the audience. Not that he needed to bribe the 2,700 attendees at the sold out show. The crowd was more than welcoming towards the band despite (or, because of) their 7 year Texas hiatus. The love went both ways as Stuart and Co. continuously engaged with the audience. From spotlighting the different venue sections, to holding hands with a fan, to joining the general admission assembly for a dance-along, audience participation was highly encouraged. By the time “The Boy With the Arab Strap” was performed, The Moody Theater had become a massive dance party, with a few people joining the band on stage.

The band covered their back catalogue pretty evenly. The set list included early favorites “If You’re Feeling Sinister," “The State I Am In,” and “Judy and the Dream Horses”; mid-career gems “If She Wants Me” and “Piazza, New York Catcher”; and later recordings  “I Want the World to Stop” and “To Be Myself Completely.”

After returning to the stage following a particularly loud encore call (The Moody really does have great acoustics!), the band closed out the set with “The Blues are Still Blue” and “Get Me Away From Here, I’m Dying.”