One of our favorite leading men about town, Will Sheff, played the DJ role for NPRs All Songs Considered recently. If you weren’t aware, Sheff fronts local and rising to fame band Okkervil River. His spot on the show features some fairly obscure music from the likes of Lorraine Ellison, Dion, The Penetrators and of course his own band. You can listen to each song or download the entire podcast from NPR website.
Yeah we’re going there ACL. For all the numerous good things that happen during our little festival, there are always a few things people tend to complain about (whiners). We’re keeping this list just a bit short because I think most agree that the positives of the weekend always outweigh the negatives. Things not included on this list are complaints we have every year like: $8 Lonestars, $6 hamburgers that taste like dirt, long bathroom lines, and the like. Those are things we all hate but won’t be changing anytime soon. No, with this list, we hope the good people at C3 hear our cries and makes this festival the one everybody talks about. So without further ado….. The Austin Town Hall Top 5 worst moments at ACL after the jump.
One of our favorite acts in Austin, The Calm Blue Sea, will be putting on a CD release party this Saturday at Emo’s Lounge. If you aren’t familiar with the band, think Explosions in the Sky but a little heavier. Tickets for this show can only be purchased at the door. Check out the Emo’s website for more info.
Before things really got started during Saturday’s ACL Festival events, we got together with Josh, Toto, and Yvonne of the Octopus Project at Austin Java to ask them a few questions about their band (including the upcoming Fun Fun Fun Fest). You can read the interview in its entirety after the jump.
These United States showed up on an encore performance on Daytrotter. We say encore because the band already performed for Daytrotter way back in March of 2007. Check out the band’s latest session on the slick Daytrotter website. Also, check out standout track “Burn This Bridge” from the performance in mp3 format below.
Download: These United States – Burn This Bridge(live) [MP3]
ATH caught up with Tegan & Sara at ACL Festival, and we had the good fortune of asking Sara a few questions about the band. We discuss things like why she hasn’t killed her sister yet, the current state of music in Canada, and a whole slew of other things. Full interview after the jump.
Danielson is offering up more free music by bringing you a new live EP entitled Danielson Alive! The songs can be downloaded indvidually or you can grab the whole thing at emusic (no subscription required). More new music from the New Jersey band will be coming soon enough!
In the week leading up to ACL, we had the pleasure of speaking with lead singer James Hyland of South Austin Jug Band. James and I discuss the departure of founding members of his band, why ACL is still a big deal, and why a Beck cover seemed like a good idea. Read the entire interview after the jump.
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.
Yes ladies and gentlemen, we made it through ACL and we are working on our write-ups, interviews, etc. We will start giving you guys the goods tomorrow and we promise it will be worth your while. The exhaustion, dust, and late nights have taken their toll, but we have some of the best staffers around and the content should be great!