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Malcolm Todd Delivers Unforgettable ‘Sweet Boy’ Experience to Austin

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  • At the concert’s close, Malcolm Todd performs his fan-favorite track ‘Roommates’ in harmony with guitarist Luke Tyler Shelton.

  • With flashing lights, DJ Charlie Addis plays a mix of pop songs and some of Todd’s tracks that are not on the setlist. Addis’ performance ensured all fans were hyped up before Todd appeared onstage.

  • Malcolm Todd reflects on his musical journey with fans while performing ‘Out of Bounds,’ one of his earliest songs from the album ‘Demos Before Prom,’ released in 2022.

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In the vibrant heart of downtown Austin, the electrifying sounds of Malcolm Todd echoed through the walls of Emo’s. On Saturday, April 20 Todd marked his fourth show in his first-ever tour, titled Sweet Boy.

Despite the unforeseen rainy weather and a last-minute venue change, excited fans rapidly filled up the venue as they eagerly awaited Todd’s performance. Fans were able to purchase his merchandise, including shirts, hats, and posters prior to the show.

To mark the start of the show, opener DJ Charlie Addis performed a remix of Todd’s favorite songs to uplift the atmosphere before Todd entered the show. Fans sang along to some of Todd’s songs that were not included in the setlist, waiting for his appearance on stage.

After an hour of Addis’ performance, Todd’s band members (including drummer Charlie Ziman, guitarist Luke Tyler Shelton, bassist Asher Kartman, and keyboardist Jonah Cochran) slowly made their way to the stage and performed his first track of the show: Art House. Throughout the concert, Todd performed songs from his newest album Sweet Boy, including Earrings, 4Me 4Me, Ladygirl, and Rockstar Boyfriend.

With a mix of the live band and Todd’s raw vocals, fans were able to truly experience his music coming to life. The live renditions of the songs perfectly filled the venue, transforming the atmosphere with authenticity and depth that is incomparable with the recorded versions of the tracks.

The highlight of the evening was undoubtedly when Todd performed his two most beloved tracks, Hot in NY and Mr. Incorrect. After a brief intermission, Todd continued his performance, acknowledging the weather conditions and engaging with the audience. “It was raining today, I’m sorry about that, that really sucks. It’s a little chilly out here in Austin, but you know… It’s hot in New York,” Todd quipped, garnering laughter and applause from the crowd.

What truly set this concert apart was Todd’s unique setlist, which included covers of songs by some of his favorite artists who inspired his music. The stage came alive with Todd’s renditions of Dominic Fike’s Babydoll and Vehicle by The Ides of March.

Following the enchanting performance, Todd hosted a post-show meet and greet session for a select group of fans who had purchased additional tickets. This gathering provided fans with the opportunity to interact with Todd and his band members, in addition to taking photos together. Making sure each fan left with a cherished memory, Todd provided an autographed concert poster to end the night.

Todd’s Sweet Boy tour journey truly highlighted his growth and potential as a musician, showcasing his neverending appreciation for his fans and his synergy with his band, culminating in an unforgettable night for Austin.

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    R CaudleMay 20, 2024 at 9:24 am

    I’ve never heard of this guy before, but I might listen to him because of this. It’s cool that he played in Austin.