Remember The Ladies: Female Artists To Catch at ACL
Y’all– it’s almost here. This weekend and next weekend are set to be a riotous amount of fun and shenanigans at the 2017 Austin City Limits music fest at Zilker Park. While you’re nailing down those last minute schedule arrangements and figuring out who you’re going to see during your three days of partying, I’ll ask you to to remember the ladies. As the resident lady writer here at ATH, I’ve compiled a list of acts that just so happen to be female fronted that may have fallen below your radar until this point. Follow the jump to get acquainted with some tunes you’ll not want to miss come this weekend and next.
(Heads Up–Solange isn’t on here. Her near-headlining set should already be on your radar)
The Aces are a groups of four ladies out of Provo who are hitting the scene strong with their glossy indie pop. Think Haim, but with an even shimmery sound; perfect for jamming out with your crew with your feet in the grass at Zilker. They’ve just released their debut EP, so you can bet you’ll be hearing their tunes on the radio soon enough. They’ll be playing at 1:15 on Friday of both weekends on the BMI Stage. Kick off the weekend right– check out catchy “Baby Who” below.
Middle Kids are a three piece out of Sydney that make indie rock with folk rock influence and Hannah Joy leading the way with her gripping vocals. If you’re looking for a set that will both rock pretty hard and impress you with hooking choruses then look no further. This trio should be on your list to check out on Sunday at 1:15 on both weekends on the Miller Lite Stage. Check ’em out!
This one is simply a no-brainer. But if you’re late to the party, let me catch you up. Angel Olsen is one of the greatest acts in the indie rock world. Making the transition from folk rock songstress to all out powerhouse, her last album,My Woman, defied these past identities while giving audiences a slew of sleek and snarling new tracks to obsess over. As a long time fan, I’m stoked to see Olsen in her element, playing her emotive and slower paced songs as well as the faster, more festival-esque bangers, both with her killer vocals at the forefront.Check out “Shut Up Kiss Me” below and then get ready for her epic 5:00pm set on the Miller Lite Stage on Saturday of both weekends.
This shoutout is only good for you Weekend Two attendees, but I’ve gotta give up some local love to Annabelle Chairlegs. The Austin group, fronted by Lindsey Mackin are going to melt your faces clean off with their self described dad rock. They’ve got a nost-surf-rock meets modern grunge vibe that’ll be perfect for kicking into Weekend Two. So put on your sunglasses and get on your dancing shoes, cus this group is the only way to start off Friday. “Pipeline” is a good start to your love affair with the group, which you can check out below. Catch them on the Miller Lite Stage on Friday of Weekend Two.
Tank and the Bangas
Gaining notoriety after winning NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert contest, you’ll be hard pressed to find a better way to start your third day at Zilker. Fronted by Tarriona “Tank” Ball, and hailing from New Orleans, the group combines funk, spoken word, and endless grooves in their tunes. And, as they’ve proven by winning the Tiny Desk competition, entertaining as hell. This is an act that will surely ease you into day three and wake you up at the same time. Make sure you catch their set on both Sundays at 11:45 am on the HomeAway Stage. Check out “Quick” below.