ACL 2018: An ATH Playlist

Only a few short days now ladies and germs. Only a few short days away from the glory that is Austin City Limits Music Festival. We’ve been doing things a little differently this year and changing up our coverage with unique previews and playlists in place of our usual interviews and band previews. Hopefully you’ve found something interesting to prepare you or a loved one for the upcoming weekend. I spent most of my morning compiling a huge playlist of bands I plan to see over the course of the festival and yes, Disturbed is on the list. And Lisa Loeb…Fight me. Consider yourself prepped.

You can trust my genius musical skills and play in the given order, or click on the first video and shuffle the order to your liking.

If you’ve been living under a rock for month, tickets are still currently on sale for both weekends of ACL.

ACL Gimme 5: Neighbor Lady

ACL season is here sports fans, and as always, ATH will be doing everything in our power to prepare for the festival. A couple of years ago I started a new concept of asking bands to create a short 5 song playlist filled with songs featuring only artists playing the festival. Lucky for us, my dear friends in Atlanta based band Neighbor Lady thought this was a great idea and made a playlist for the site. If this sounds intriguing to you, which it should, hit the jump for the songs and for short blurbs about each.Neighb

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Fest Preview Friday: Tough Choices at ACL 2018 (Weekend One)

This year, we face one of the most stacked lineups for indie music that we’ve seen in a hot minute from the folks at ACL Festival. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not complaining; I love a good challenge and will happily take a full day of sets then a lot of downtime at Zilker. However, with great lineup comes great responsibility. There are some key choices you’re going to have to make when you set foot at Zilker park come October. Don’t fret, I’m here for you; I’m breaking down some scheduling conflicts for you after the jump. These are only some of the problem areas for me–what are your tough choices for ACL?

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Short Ditty from Buck Meek

Big Thief’s Buck Meek will be releasing his self-titled debut in just a couple of weeks, and we’re getting one last single before the official release day. This short number is pretty special, pulling from folk traditions and fleshing them out in Peter and the Wolf fashion; you’ll hear exactly what I’m talking about when you give the song a close ear. That’s what makes this effort so striking; it’s the little details given to individual tracks that elevate the entire LP. It’s being released over at Keeled Scales, who will also be on hand for the Texas Record Bazaar at ABGB on Saturday.

Yesterday’s Buck Meek Tune

Our good friends over at Keeled Scales are releasing the forthcoming Buck Meek LP, so it only feels natural to give Buck’s music an extra push. It shouldn’t be too difficult, seeing as he’s one of the founding members of indie stars, Big Thief. In this song, there’s a natural bounce evoked, interestingly, it seems to come from the guitars working between the keyboard notes. Even more, Buck’s delivery is extremely lighthearted, and almost playful at times…even as the tune sneaks into an arty, almost G Bear-esque close. Look for his solo record to drop on May 18th.

Top Albums of 2017

Lists are arbitrary and burdensome, but why not join the fun everyone else is having? We gathered our lists, separate lists for all of us, then combined them into one that had 50 albums. What you get here are the four writers/contributors of ATH, giving you their meaningless opinions on what we thought was the jam in 2017. It’s alphabetical, and we put the initials next to it so you could track down your enemy!

 

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Twain Was Made for You

Twain has already garnered huge interest on the Interwebs due to their biggest fan, indie darlings Big Thief. It’s high time you get acquainted, as you’re likely hear a whole lot more. Looped drums work beneath twinkling guitar notes, but the dynamism in the vocals, will win your heart. Be it cowboy croon, folk yelp or earnest delivery, every vocal note turned captivates the listener. This is what music was meant to sound like; it’s emotionally sweeping, yet sincere and personal. Congrats to our friends at Keeled Scales who will be releasing Rare Feeling on October 20th!

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