ACL Fest: Prinze George proves a popular pick with chill indie-pop

The band Prinze George performs on the first day of the 2016 Austin City Limits Festival at Zilker Park Sept. 30. 09/30/16 Tom McCarthy Jr. for AMERICAN-STATESMAN

The band Prinze George performs on the first day of the 2016 Austin City Limits Festival at Zilker Park Sept. 30. 09/30/16 Tom McCarthy Jr. for AMERICAN-STATESMAN

Brooklyn-based indie-pop trio Prinze George, no relation to the UK-based royal toddler, played to a packed tent Friday afternoon at the Tito’s Stage. (Technically it’s the “Tito’s Handmade Vodka Stage,” but no way am I going to type out all that marketing nonsense. Wait… No!) While it seemed many were posted up solely for a chance to sit and soak up some shade, as the set ended the masses dispersed, so these up-and-comers seem to have a solid pull for a group fest newbies — and rightfully so.

Singer Naomi Almquist will be hard to top as best dressed at the fest, platinum-haired in a pearly pink dress and towering high heels. Her voice is porcelain and smoldering, somewhere between Stevie Nicks and Lana Del Rey. That voice paired with “Stranger Things” retro synths and live drum and guitar made for a chill, swaying soundtrack this cool Austin afternoon.

Isabelle De Leon deserves a nod as most likable drummer of the day: bright blue-haired and all smiles, she was clearly having a blast behind a massive honey-colored kit. (There’s just something satisfying seeing a performer having as much fun as the crowd.)

If you can’t wait for ACL Fest weekend two to see them, Prinze George plays Tuesday night with Cold War Kids at Emo’s.


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