So it’s come down to this. The major conflict we see on Sunday at 7:30 has got to be Sub Pop boys Band of Horses playing against sister duo Tegan & Sara. Let’s just call this one the ATH Battle Royal. You have a choice between reverb laden rock n’ roll or creators of probably the best pop song to come out in several years “Back in Your Head”. What’s it gonna be? You have a difficult decision ahead of you. We hope you make the right one. Check out two of the greatest tunes of last year:
Download: Band of Horses – Is There a Ghost [MP3]
Download: Tegan & Sara – Back in Your Head [MP3]
So here’s what should be a very interesting battle: intense expiremental blues rock of The Black Keys vs. the intimate folk rock of Iron & Wine. Some people may not see the contradiction here with the bands having such starkley different sounds. I agree that the bands sound nothing alike but I’m finding this to be one of the huge conflicts of the festival. Both bands are playing at 7:30 on Saturday. Which stage will you be at? Recent singles from both bands are below to make this decision easier…. or harder?
Download: The Black Keys – Strange Times [MP3]
Download: Iron & Wine – Boy With a Coin [MP3]
If your wallet is a little tight and you can’t afford ACL, here are two more free by RSVP shows to check out. Our first show is being put on by Antics and features a DJ set by CSS with several other special guests. This even goes down on Friday night around 10pm and you can RSVP now.
Second show also goes down on Friday with headliners Cool Kids leading the way and Voxtrot joining in on the fun. This event is being put on by Rolling Stone with doors opening at 8pm. RSVP for this one before time runs out. Both shows are rumored to have free drinks…. oh schnaps!
Another week, another free by RSVP show. Before heading out to the ACL festival this weekend, Paste Magazine has joined up with BMI to give you a pretty nice show at Emo’s on Thursday night. Lineup includes Mates of State, What Made Milwaukee Famous, Bobby Bare Jr., and several others. A full list of performers can be read on the fancy show flier. RSVP now and put ATH as your company to help us get the word out. Spread the love!
Round two of our ACL battles pits Brazilian dance/pop band CSS vs. Philly artist Man Man. This is our earliest battle of the festival weekend with both bands playing at 3:30 on Saturday. CSS will be gettin’ it down on the AT&T Blue Room stage while Man Man plays on the Dell stage. So the question is simple: Power pop goodness from the ipod commercial makin’ CSS or get a little more intense with war paint wearin’ Man Man? Tell us who you’re seeing and why. Both bands most recent singles are below:
Download: CSS – Rat is Dead (Rage) [MP3]
Download: Man Man – Big Trouble [MP3]
How could we resist doing a feature on the amazing Jenny Lewis? I’m sure many of you out there in the internet world are familiar with Ms. Lewis, but we rarely pass on a chance to bring up our obsession with the famed singer. Follow the jump to read more.
Stereolab, now working on 18 years of existence, will be playing at La Zona Rosa on Wednesday evening. The show may be one of the only legit shows going down this week that has nothing to do with ACL. Tickets for the show are $25 and can be bought from Gettix. Below is a song from the band’s 2008 album Chemical Chords entitled “Three Women”.
Download: Stereolab – Three Women [MP3]
Okay, so I personally think this may be the toughest choice to make of the festival. On one side, you’ve got a very young band in MGMT who have only had major success since the release of their superb second album Oracular Spectacular in 2007. On the other hand, Spiritualized are coming up on twenty years of existence and have been seeing success since before members of MGMT were in middle school. Both bands will be playing at 5:30 on Saturday on the AT&T Blue Room stage and the Dell stage respectively. You have a choice between the psych-pop of MGMT or the space rock of Spiritualized. What’s it gonna be?
Download: MGMT – Electric Feel [MP3]
Download: Spiritualized – Soul on Fire [MP3]
Town Hall ACL Battles is another feature we will be bringing you everyday leading up to the festival this weekend. The idea is fairly simple: two bands, same time slot, same day, who ya gonna pick? Feel free to leave comments on why you should or shouldn’t see each band represented in our “battles”. Now obviously we can’t hit every single conflict over 5 days so don’t be offended if we miss something. These are “the big ones”. Our first battle pits Manu Chao vs. Mars Volta both headlining around 8:30 on Friday. The schedule does have Mars Volta ending at 9:30 and Manu ending at 10 but were talking about opposite ends of the park (AMD and AT&T stages). It might take you 30 minutes just to get from one side to the other this late in the day. So, Sunday at 8:30, where ya gonna be? Getting your face melted by the prog-rock of Mars Volta? Or jammin’ to the world sounds of Manu Chao? If you need a little assistance, we have the most recent singles of both bands. Ding Ding.
Download: Manu Chao – Politik Kills[MP3]
Download: Mars Volta – Wax Simulacra [MP3]
One of the hippest bands around, Ra Ra Riot, were also recently featured on the Daytrotter website. Listen to a few live songs from the up and coming new act. Go Daytrotter!