ACL Top 10 Acts
So we survived the weekend that was the dillo dirt sludge of ACL and we’re ready to provide a bit of reflections from our experience. We’ll start things off with a quick recap of some of our favorite acts from the festival and who impressed us the most. This is only our list and we based it on our time and taste so let us know if you saw something great we forgot about. Follow the jump for our Top 10 acts of ACL.
Keep in mind that these aren’t in any sort of particular order. Or are they…
These folk rockers from North Carolina were a nice surprise to the ATH crew. I’d expect them to be playing a later time slot in the future. Has anyone ever tried fusing punk rock with traditional folk rock?
9. Dirty Projectors
Vocal harmonies can really get no better and no more unique than the ladies and front man Dave Longstreth of this indie rock group. The rhythms can some times get a little crazy but the sounds created by Dirty Projectors were a welcome addition to the muddy Sunday afternoon.
We heard that this band was a live act we wouldn’t want to miss and they truly delivered. Another band sure to be playing later slots in years to come, Suckers just became our favorite new find from the weekend.
One may think that a band with such a simple sound wouldn’t be able to fill the dead air at a festival, but that wasn’t the case. The Dodos entranced us with their simple yet full sound early in the day on Sunday. We even forgot about the sludge between our toes for a few seconds.
Despite some faint popping and general muddiness of the sound on the Dell Stage, Blitzen Trapper managed to power through and kick off our festival right on Friday. The band mixed a few slow jams in with rocking electric guitar driven tunes to create the perfect set. We were also reminded that “Furr” has to be one of the best songs written in the last few years.
Do you believe the hype? Phoenix may have been the most sought after band of the weekend and boy did they prove us all right for believing in them. The new tracks sound great live and the old ones sound as good as ever. We believe the hype.
We honestly weren’t too sure what to expect from Jack White’s new supergroup. Let’s just say that we were happy with what we saw and heard. Incredible bass playing from Jack Lawrence and the overall sexiness of Alisson Mosshart made for an unforgettable set by Dead Weather. Let’s hope this band helps her to rise to new levels of popularity.
We were blown away by the Them Crooked Vultures ACL taping on Wednesday and their set at ACL on Friday night left us in even more awe. Some said you really had to be a Queens of the Stone Age fan to enjoy this band, but how could you not rock along with Dave Grohl on drums and John Paul Jones on bass. Has their ever been a better rhythm section? Can’t wait to hear the recorded material.
Eddie Vedder is still hands down one of the best leading men in the game today. We couldn’t imagine a better headliner to close things down on Sunday night. Well played.
So what’s the verdict and how did we do? As you can see, Friday was hands down the best day of the weekend for musical and also weather related reasons. More to come on the sludge.
Photos used with permission from Eric Uhlir.