Fans clumsily packed themselves into a crowded Metro (3720 N. Clark St.) Sep. 28 to watch indie pop artist Clairo do what she does best — provide a chill environment and mellow tunes. The show kicked off Clairo’s first headlining tour after she spent time on the road opening for pop artist Khalid.
Coming off the release of her debut album, “Immunity,” in August, the 21-year-old indie artist has garnered abundant success. She sold out her first show on her first tour, even adding another date in Chicago the day after.
The small venue was packed to the brim, but no one seemed to mind. Fans laughed and grabbed drinks at the bar — if they could push their way to the bar, that is — while waiting for Clairo to take the stage, creating a friendly yet hectic atmosphere. The anticipation was high between openers, Doors and Hello Yello, and Clairo’s set.
She took the stage at 8:30 p.m., right on time, and immediately won the crowd over with her soft, melodic voice and peach-colored hair. She had a timid presence on stage and wore what seemed to be a thrifted t-shirt and loose khaki pants — the epitome of “normalcy.”
Most of her set featured songs off “Immunity”— consisting of slow and emotional ballads such as “I Wouldn’t Ask You” and “Alewife.” Fans swayed and held their phone flashlights up as Clairo sat on the stage. The moody, often backlit, lighting complimented her emotional performances.
Clairo stayed true to sharing her new music even though fans begged for her older, upbeat hits, chanting “sing Pretty Girl!” — her most popular song with more than 74 million streams on Spotify. She delivered, ending the night with “Pretty Girl,” “4EVER” and her latest release with Mura Mesa “I Don’t Think I Can Do This Again.” The crowd danced and sang every word with her.
Clairo is available to stream on Spotify and Apple Music.