Beck and Cage the Elephant
Austin360 Amphitheater, July 26
by Holly Cowart
Photograph by Neil Krug and Citizen Kane Wayne
Mark your calendars, Austin. Trailblazing alternative groups and Austin City Limits alumni Beck and Cage the Elephant have united for a two-headliner-in-one kind of tour.
Cage the Elephant, whose self-titled debut arrived in 2008, have an instantly recognizable sound. They represent modern-day rock at its best, thanks in part to the authenticity they strive for within their music and lead singer Matt Shultz’s emotionally raw renditions. Although they have faced growing pains and tumultuous times, they have continually found ways to reinvent themselves, expanding the boundaries of what defines them. They recently returned to the scene with “Social Cues” in April, with one track featuring none other than tourmate Beck.
Beck is the multigenre, multiplatinum artist whose critically acclaimed sound has for decades put him at the forefront of a category all his own. Like a kaleidoscope, his songs are a fusion of styles, whimsically shifting into an imaginative musical collage. He holds an extensive list of both instrumental abilities and guest features that have amounted to an impressive body of work spanning 13 studio albums. The cherry on top? He also puts on one hell of a show.
On July 26, catch them together on the Austin360 Amphitheater stage at Circuit of the Americas for a night well spent under the stars. As if the lineup couldn’t get any better, they’ll be joined by rising sibling duo Wild Belle and Austin’s own, Spoon.