Saturday’s lineup was feeling a bit weak as I rubbed the sleep from my eyes, but I soldiered on and ended up having a great day. Despite being first, I still contend that FIDLAR was the most rock and roll we got in any 45 minute slice at ACL this year. Come at me, I’ll argue it and win. The “Sweater Song” done with meows for the verses? Can’t beat that. It was also home to the most legit beer-throwing. After that, I chased music and photos equally ending the night with a brief amount of deadmau5‘s crazy stage setup in the viewfinder and a stroll through the Waterloo Records tent. My real headliner was TV on the Radio; such a great set and about the best we have seen from the band in years – concise and on point. In between, we have Ryn Weaver, Glass Animals, Houndmouth, locals Sounds Del Mar, a very solid set from Unknown Mortal Orchestra and a revisit of Jose Gonzalez.
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So, let’s start with the photo portion of our ACL coverage. I have a confession; I sold my soul to take photos of the Foo Fighters. Yes, I signed a release. If the Foo people read this, please try to keep up to your end of the bargain and leave the watermark for ATH and send a little credit our way “as allowed”. I’ll probably never check if you guys use my pics, but be nice.
The Friday edition of photos starts with Avers and ends with the Foos, Son Little, Royal Blood, London Souls, Albert Hammond Jr., Billy Idol, Run The Jewels and Tame Impala in between.
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We now know that Weekend One festival goers won the weather lottery. We dodged the forecasted rain, but it will be hot as hell with record setting temperatures on Sunday and don’t get me started about the ragweed forecast. My face is gonna hurt. I’ll be chasing photos; the true glamour of festival photography is shooting three, running to the next pit and waiting.
I do think this lineup is better than last weekend, especially on Saturday. Why? It comes down to added variety, added ATH approved jams and some rock and or roll.
- Avers – My first band today did a fun interview with ATH during SxSW. Get silly early with me. Friday, Homeaway @ 11:30
- Riders Against The Storm – Support the locals for this one. Best fusion band, but… Saturday, Austin Ventures @ 11:45
- FIDLAR – Cuz, fuck it dog, life’s a risk. Most punk thing at ACL, prolly. Saturday, Miller Lite @ 12:00
- Sounds Del Mar – More locals, a bit of a mashup group. This video rules. Saturday, BMI @ 4:30
- Modest Mouse – Yeah, saw them at FFF, they’re back. Saturday, Honda @ 6:20
- Knifight – Replacing Night Drive, these guys will go dark early. Sunday, Austin Ventures @ 11:45
- Beat Connection – ATH faves and I want to hear my summer jam cuz it is gonna be summer hot. Sunday, Homeaway @ 12:00
- Florence + The Machine – Ya know, they are gonna be a good way to walk out on a hot damn day. Sunday, Samsung @ 8:30
We have been setting you up with interviews, and a few news posts and some fun previews. Let’s get down to business. These are the things that will help you survive ACL. After the break you will get information that will make you feel like a seasoned pro at festing, updates on food and vendors around the grounds and plenty more.
Team ATH has a combined thirty eight years of ACL experience. You can trust us…
Here we are peeps, ACL is now a few short days away and I hope everyone is ready and raring to go in the heat. The ATH crew is certainly amped for the weekend while we struggle to survive the long work week ahead prior to all the fun times. Today I’m excited to be continuing our ACL coverage with a nice interview from ATH approved band Waters. Leading man and creator of the group Van Perszaowski offers up the responses. Hit the jump for more.
Moving along with our coverage for ACL is yet another interview with a band we’ve talked about quite a bit in the past. Today our spotlight and interview comes from the boys in Beat Connection. Band member Reed Juenger was kind enough to answer our burning questions and you can find his answers after the jump.
Compared to yesterday, I’m already feeling a bit more prepared for ACL coming up in a couple of weekends. As we do every year, we’ll be working hard trying to interview as many bands will have us leading up to the festival. Today I’m pumped to be kicking things off with new Swedish super group Amason. Band member Nils Tornqvist was kind enough to answer a few of my burning questions. Follow the jump for more.
Once again ACL Festival weekend has crept ever closer and I can’t say I’m fully ready just yet. Of course I still have a couple of weeks to prep which should be plenty of time to get my mind and body ready for another festival. As always, we will do our best to offer some advice, spotlight some bands we like, and also interview those bands we like. So today I’m going to begin my coverage with a short bit on my current favorite band out of Mexico, Rey Pila. Follow the jump for more.
After a recently-relocated-to-Austin coworker went to Blues on the Green was stunned by the number of people and quality of the show, I figured I would check in on the last show of the season to see what’s doing. After all, live music is dying in Austin.
Shakey Graves has been on a roll lately, playing to bigger and bigger crowds at festivals, getting booked on late night television. Fellow photographers that were at Lolla said his set was a festival highlight. The local boy, born and raised, is poised to be a big export. Blues on the Green is certainly not pigeon-holing artists to the blues anymore as they also threw Hail-Mary with Rider Against the Storm, a hip-hop collective of good musicians and two-time winners of the Austin Music Awards’ Band of the Year.
Read on for a few thoughts and plenty of pics…
Though the lineup unofficially leaked yesterday, we were holding off to make sure everything was all official and whatnot before posting anything. So if you haven’t seen it yet, the ACL lineup was just announced this morning for both of the festival weekends. Of course ATH is excited about seeing The Strokes again, but as usual, we’re enjoying the undercards with groups like Kurt Vile, Waxahatchee, Talk in Tongues, Jose Gonzalez, etc. Check out the full lineup here and form your own opinions.
You can also pick up a 3 day pass at 10am central time by following this link. Do it.