The heat and glare of the setting sun may have bothered fans at the Barton Springs Stage on the final Sunday of ACL Fest, but for the members of Indiana band Houndmouth, the view must have been epic during their 5 p.m. set. Thousands jammed into the open field despite much of the area not being shaded, with more festgoers sitting beneath trees that lined the periphery.
The scene served as a good wind-down in the final hours of the festival, which Houndmouth first played in 2015. The group was a bit different then; key member Katie Toupin departed a couple of years ago, but the lineup is now expanded to seven musicians, with a horn section that makes a big difference in filling out the band's rootsy pop sound.
The new Warner Bros. album "Golden Age" is the focus of their current tour, but Houndmouth also pulled out a few crowd favorites from previous releases. "Sedona" was the breakthrough hit on 2015's "Little Neon Limelight," and a lot of folks clearly were waiting primarily for that tune, which they played near the end of the set. Guitarist Matt Myers fronts the group, but bassist Zak Appleby and drummer Shane Cody each had turns as lead vocalists as well.
Sets from the Revolution, Shakey Graves, St. Vincent, Arctic Monkeys, Travis Scott and more still awaited those staying in Zilker Park past sundown as the 17th ACL Fest came to a close. But if you were departing the grounds to the sounds of those Houndmouth horns blasting a soulful groove on "Darlin'," well, that proved a good way to go, too.