ACL Weekend Two Wrap-Up

No Spoilers.

Admittedly, all the huge buzz leaks out as all the kids party on Weekend One, so attending Weekend Two for the first time, I was curious as to whether or not it could keep the same vibe from its predecessor. Surprisingly, the fest didn’t seem to miss a beat.

We have photos from around the grounds, randoms and portraits, friends and colleagues, bootlickers and signs. We also have plenty of notes rehashing last week’s favorites and highlighting the changes, so read on for highlights.

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ACL 2017 – An ATH Playlist

Well ACL is officially here ladies and germs. Hopefully you’ve looked over your schedule a bit or maybe checked out some guides and interviews provided by your trusty ATH staff. If you’re still in need of some musical recommendations, I spent a bit of time this week putting together a playlist of my top bands for both weekends. It’s lengthy so skip anything you aren’t feeling and hit the ACL schedule for anything that catches your ear. I recommend a little shuffle action.

The Top ACL Undercard Acts

Unfortunately, a festival has to curate line-ups that cater to that audience, and as such, some bands unfortunately fall victim to the undercard slot…the slot before the day really gets going or on the smaller stages. Whether you see it as a slight, or just one of the many headaches with scheduling a mass festival…here are my highlights for bands on the Undercard slot (pre-2 PM).

Recent things that we loved that fit this description: Lucy Dacus, Slaves, Jose Gonzalez, Albert Hammond Jr., Rey Pila, The Rosebuds, Wild Nothing, FIDLAR, Widowspeak, Pinback, Willis Earl Beal, Gardens & Villa, and on and on…

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Kicking It with New Day Wave

12593504_468969969953751_163989100646231908_o-2I wonder if Day Wave will be able to continue on the back of all the buzz; I don’t want his music to be another Black Kids tragedy. But, I think at least in this incident, his singles, like the new one below, have all displayed a knack for being more than just one-hit wonders. You’ll hear a clear progression from some of the earlier lo-fi tendencies, maximizing the effects of the song’s melody, which ultimately is what brings us back to some tunes.

 

ICYMI: Crisp Pop From Day Wave

12593504_468969969953751_163989100646231908_oDay Wave, or the project of Oakland’s Jackson Phillips, has become one of those bands that we can count on to deliver spot on lo-fi/synth pop tunes and so it’s not a surprise that we’re posting about him again. The latest news from Day Wave is that he’s got a doubleEP coming out pretty soon, which is called Headcase/Hard to Read.From that upcoming release, Phillips has shared “Gone,” which is a stunning example of the infectious pop tunes that Day Wave really excels at. The guitars cut cleanly through the mix, while the vocals are hazy and far away. Take a listen and preorder the double EP here.

Day Wave Return Already

11337002_401226620061420_3011181159598881531_oTalk about an explosion! It’s been a banner year for Day Wave who burst onto the scene earlier this year with his Headcase EP. And, without even taking a breath, he’s back with a new track for your pop ears. This one has a little bit of a hook that reminds me of early stuff from the Drums; it’s got a jangling surfy guitar sound with a driving beat…pretty infectious. Honestly, I should have posted this yesterday, but I wanted to save it for Friday, as it’s a pure Friday pop hit for you. I’m sure he’ll flood us with more new tunes in the near future as he readies a full length.

Stream Debut EP From Day Wave

11337002_401226620061420_3011181159598881531_oWe’ve posted several of these Day Wave tunes in the past and we ATH kids love the music coming through here.  Today I’m pumped to be sharing with you the debut EP from Day Wave entitled Headcase EP.  Maybe some would call it chill wave, or even dream pop, but however you label it, it’s sure to be great for your summer time playlist.  Enjoy.

Fresh Day Wave Tune

11337002_401226620061420_3011181159598881531_oDay Wave made a big splash earlier this year with just one single, but he’s prepping his debut EP, which looks to continue on the early promise he showed. It’s got that dreamy surf quality to it, at least if you go off the latest single; it’s similar to the earliest works of Drums.  Some songs come at exactly the right time, and as things start to warm up here in Austin, I know what songs I’ll be playing at my next pool party.He’ll be self releasing his Headcase EP on July 17th, so get ready for some sweet summer tunes.

Why Not Post This Day Wave Tune

daysSome artists get all the love, which seems to be the case for Day Wave, the project of Jackson Phillips.  We posted on him earlier this year, probably way before anyone else because we’re that cool, so we’re delighted his new song is doing so well. It has all the bright moments we loved from his first single, with deep toned ringing guitars and precision programmed percussive moments; it reminds me of the frivolous joy we all got when we first started listening to the Drums.  We’re still waiting to hear news of a full-length album, but for now, this project is hitting all the right notes for us.

Lo-Fi Pop Jam From Day Wave

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Apparently I’m big on the California sound this week, as Day Wave is a DIY artist from Oakland who has me dreaming of summer days with this track, “Total Zombie.” As soon as you hit play on the track below, you’ll note the Drums-esque vibe that Jackson Phillips, the man behind Day Wave has picked up on and made his own through this track. There’s a certain amount of surfy goodness that just makes you want to be strutting around on a boardwalk somewhere near the ocean without a care in the world. Hopefully we’ll have more smooth jams from Day Wave on his debut EP to be released in the near future. Expect big things.