The ACL Top Ten
We decided to take a different route in reviewing the events of ACL and we thought a Top 10 List would be the way to go. This isn’t just a list of our favorite bands, rather a list of the best things, moments, memories or any other tasty randomness we could come up with that went down over the weekend. We obviously would love to hear what else we maybe missed from our list. This isn’t just our opinion, it’s what we heard from you good peoples that attended this year’s ACL. List is after the jump.
1. Manu Chao
The general consensus around town is that this was THE show to see. Being in attendance, I have to agree with everyone else. Manu’s excitement about the festival & failure to stop for a breather, made this the most energy packed show of the festival. AAAAYYYOOOOO AYYYYOYOYO
What we like to call a surprise of the festival. Not exactly one of those bands you were going crazy about seeing but rocked you out none the less. A few festival goers gave them “Next Big Thing” tag.
3. New wristbands
I’m not sure why the people at C3 didn’t think of this one earlier. The new cloth wristbands provided more comfort and look a lot nicer in your ACL scrapbook.
4. Bands that are grateful to be where they are…
I think we can all agree that making it in the music business takes not only great songwriting and talent but some element of luck. You can’t help but rooting for bands like Fleet Foxes, Bands of Horses, Manu Chao and even the mighty Foo Fighters. These guys joke around with the crowd and can’t say thank you enough for allowing them to play the festival. The whole rockstar “I’m too cool for school” attitude died with Axl Rose …
5. Austin Bands
I know ACL tends to score a lot of Austin bands, but this year seemed to mix some of the already established acts with some of the newer up and comers. Octopus Project, The Black and White Years, Okkervil River, White Denim and a few others really showed that Austin is still the reigning live music capitol of the world.
Count me in as one of the doubters about this band’s ability to translate their sound to the live setting. You can also count me in as one of the many who had their face shredded by CSS. The overal energy and desire of the Brazlian wonders rivaled even the biggest names at ACL.
7. Colour Revolt
We can’t say enough about this band. We did a preview of them during the week leading up to ACL and boy did they deliver. Not many people around for the set…. boy did you miss out.
8. Jenny Lewis
We also did a preview on Jenny and she also failed to disapoint. Her backing band brings out the jams while she struts her stuff out front. She may not be considered the best singer around, but I dare you to find a better leading lady…. I dare you.
9. Flying Objects
Whether it be glowsticks at Beck or roses at Stars, objects flying in the crowd keeps things interesting in a really simple way. When you think the crowd is getting bored, throw some water on ’em or throw that broken guitar pick into the crowd.
10. Finding your friends
Yes, we close our top ten with something sappy… but honestly, what feeling could be better? You’re lost, you’re getting text messages delayed by an hour, you’re tired as hell and then…. you see that familiar face you’ve been looking for and all seems right in the world. Even the greatest band can’t recreate that feeling of tranquility when you find your amigos after a day of wandering around by yourself.
What did we miss? What band should’ve made the list or shouldn’t be on the list? We couldn’t possibly agree on everything so let us know what you think of our ACL Top 10. Tomorrow we bring you the 5 worst moments at ACL and a couple interviews. Oh no!
Our picture in the post features The Black and White Years out of Austin, TX. Thanks for the hospitality gents.
All other pictures are used with permission from photographer Eric Uhlir. We also appreciate his willingness to let us use some of his amazing shots. He has many more on his Flickr page. We recommend checking them out.