You can now officially start arguing with your friends about at which stages you will lose the rest of your friends. The Austin City Limits Festival 2012 Schedule is now broken down with time slots and stage assignments so you can lament your favorite band playing the Google stage. Note for the wife: no strange gap in festival lineup despite the empty few days after a Dallas show on 10/12 in New Order’s tour dates.
War on Drugs or Delta Spirit? Theivery Corporation or M83? Bombay Bicycle or Zola? Polica or Tennis? Better band or better festival band? Start the debate below…
It’s a little late for ACL reviews, but after decompressing from the week I took a moment to write a few of my thoughts. Friday night in Austin during ACL weekend is an interesting one. The energy and presence descended upon Austin by visitors and the music brings a vibe that only SXSW and FFFF can trump. After the first night of the 3-day party at Zilker, a few non-fest goers gathered to catch a glimpse of two of the up and coming acts of this year’s line-up. See more details after the jump. Read more
Somehow I got picked to write the Top 5 that drops on the first day of ACL (who makes these schedules, anyways?). The wonderful writers here at the ATH have already provided an abundance of great recommendations, interviews and previews that are better than anything I could ever do, so I’ll talk about the only thing that hasn’t been covered. Music with a kick of country. If you find yourself wandering near the Austin Ventures stage with some time to kill in-between the Brontosauras Flag and KTTD sets… here are a few recommendations that I promise won’t suck.
I have a feeling that like most of you out there, the headliners for ACL aren’t the real reason for going to the festival. At first glance, this year may be a bit weak, but even early walk-ins will find excellent acts like Cults, Telekinesis, The Head and the Heart, The Antlers, An Horse, and so on. The middle of the lineup is great with Cut Copy, Kurt Vile, Smith Westerns, The Moondoggies, TV on the Radio, The Walkmen, Broken Social Scene, Empire of the Sun – I could go on. The headliners are left with the task of clearing the venue, the triggers for the long walk back to the car, the soundtrack for a mosey. Here are my Top 5 (anticipated) songs from this year’s Headliners to make me head out.
Follow the jump for a list of my Top 5 ACL Headliners of all time.
I know, another festival related post from myself, but it’s that time of year in Austin if you haven’t noticed. Fall. Sure SXSW rules the Spring, but Fall in Austin, Tx can have your head spinning at all of the live music options. Not only do we have ACL and Fun Fun Fun Fest, but the schedule of touring acts this time of year can be ridiculous. The festival known worldwide and sometimes confused with the television show is our kick-off to the end of the year in music for Austin, Tx, and as much as we might shy away from the fact that The Eagles are a headlining act, deep down inside it’s our festival, and a pretty cool one at that.
We were blessed to have 2 photographers at ACL willing to share their moments with us, so today we’re bringing you our second set of ACL photo goodness. Mary Rehak was there all weekend trudging through mud like the rest of us, and we’ve picked out some of our favorite shots. Still not enough? Check out her Day 1, Day 2 and Day 3 photo sets on Flickr.
Breaking news! The supergroup of David Grohl, Josh Homme and John Paul Jones has been added to the ACL lineup, taking the 7:30 spot before the Yeah Yeah Yeahs and Kings of Leon sets!
UPDATE: It looks like the boys will be doing an after-show on October 1st at Stubb’s and an ACL taping as well. Tickets for the ACL pre-show are on sale Saturday at 10am for $45.
Even with Austin City Limits Festival in the forefront of the weekend, many of the major acts found their way to the University of Texas campus to tape an episode of the Austin City Limits television show. One of the groups making their ACL debut in front of the famed Austin backdrop was Gnarls Barkley on Saturday night. Show review and setlist after the jump.
Hope everyone has a fun and safe time at ACL.