Mondo Cozmo at ACL Fest: This is what not giving up looks like

“I wrote these songs in my bedroom and never thought anyone would hear them,” Joshua Ostrander the artist a.k.a. Mondo Cozmo said near the top of his Austin City Limits Fest set on Saturday.

The Philadelphia music lifer has been kicking around the indie music underground with limited success for the better part of two decades, but with a new album full of soaring rock anthems that split the difference between Bruce Springsteen and U2 and a bonafide hit with the song “Shine,” he’s moved into the mainstream.

Mondo Cozmo at ACL Fest. Sharon Chapman/American-Statesman

At his ACL Fest set, fans sang along to every word of “Shine” and moved and grooved to his upbeat vibes   No one seems more surprised at his newfound success than Ostrander himself. At one point in his set he said he was about to cry.

“This is what never giving up looks like,” he said.


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