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Parker Millsap

When Parker Millsap steps on stage, he does so with the excitement of someone who's never been there before — a welcome thing in the sometimes overwhelming procession of SXSW bands. The Oklahoma singer-songwriter opened his Thursday night set at the Continental Club all by himself, cranking through "I Gotta Get to You" with a ping-ponging energy that was never to waver. His band — particularly fiddler Daniel Foulks — kicked things into an extra gear, but the magic was down to Millsap, who maintained a boyish charm even as he delivered biting social and political commentary. J.G. 

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