Khalid Previews New Songs From ‘Free Spirit’ for SXSW Performance


After trendy meals curated earlier within the wek by Roy Choi and David Change, Uber Eats’ South By Southwest set up in Austin’s glammed-up former La Zona Rosa turned itself over to rooster nuggets, fries and chocolate chip cookies from McDonald’s on Thursday evening. The type on this evening, nonetheless, was offered by Khalid, an El Paso native reveling at being again in house state -- which he celebrated in the course of the present’s second music, “Winter.”

As lengthy traces of hopeful followers waited outdoors the venue, Khalid -- porting a red-and-black soccer jersey and accompanied by a stay guitarist and drummer and loads of recorded tracks -- moved comfortably and confidently across the intimate stage, smiling continuous, singing from his knees and even moving into the pit a few occasions in the course of the present. Three dancers helped him out on a couple of songs, whereas a wealth of  photographs -- together with real-time footage, music movies and graphics -- flashed by on a display behind him.

Coming off a profitable Saturday Night Live efficiency final weekend, Khalid previewed his upcoming sophomore album Free Spirit, due April 5, with the primary live performance efficiency of its first single, “Talk.” The remainder of the present centered on his double-platinum 2017 debut American Teen, opening with “STEEN” and romping by “Winter” and the title monitor earlier than he gentled issues up with “Coaster,” “Another Sad Love Song” and “Saved.” “Young Dumb & Broke” performed to a sea of cell telephones and singalongs, whereas “Better,” which Khalid labeled a private favourite, “Young Dumb & Broke,” “Love Lies” and “Location” (“the actual music that modified my life – lots”) obtained rapturous responses.

“OTW” despatched the gang house on a excessive word, buoyed by the promise of extra Khalid music coming within the not too distant future.