ACL Wrap-Up: The Top Ten Acts
Well, we’ve finally recovered, and we hope your sunburn is peeling and your liver is resting quietly in a tub of water. After a long weekend, filled with good memories, tunes and pretty much anything else we needed, we got down to the nitty-gritty. That’s right folks, after careful collaboration, and tireless hours of discussion, we bring you our Top Ten Acts of Austin City Limits 2010.
Guys looked good, sounded good, but only played for 50 minutes. Not getting you into the top 5 fellas.
Despite backing tracks, this guy got us all going early Saturday morning. And, I’m pretty sure he just waved while listening to Michael Jackson with the rest of us.
The band, well, they sounded tight as usual, as they always do, but they could have brought a touch more of the upbeat grooves our way.
We knew going into this that David drew bad luck, going against LCD Soundsystem. He didn’t care; he just rocked it like he always does–and throwing in old Pedro the Lion hits never hurts anyone.
A barefooted John Darnielle really got us off to a great weekend. He sounded great, not to mention the fact that the barefooted poet has loads of energy for a man packing an acoustic guitar.
They earned their right to play to a bigger audience on the big stage, and they didn’t fail to impress. All those magical pieces that occasionally sound like too much sonic bliss were perfected in the live setting.
In all honesty, we expected Ted to be higher up on the list too, but an early time slot and Eagles squatters made for a slightly slow start. Otherwise, Ted killed it. He always kills it.
What? These guys played for two hours? That’s probably because they have three of the greatest songwriters around, period. That, and we got to see a nice little MMJ flashback with “Golden.”
We debated going here, wondering how they would pull of the magic in an open-air festival, but, to our surprise, they absolutely killed it, cementing the band as one of our favorite acts around in 2010.
Can this band do anything wrong right now? They owned the night, and for us, the festival. Matt haunts the stage, emitting passion like few other performers. To top it off, they don’t need gadgets or giant gerbil balls, only simple lights and a phenomenal set of songs. So good, we’d watch that same set time and time again.
So, who did we miss? Who do you think deserves a spot on this list? Tell us your story.
Photos provided courtesy of ACL Festival & C3.