ACL WE2 in a Nutshell

Another Austin City Limits is behind us boys and girls and it’s always a good time to reflect on the music and experiences from the weekend. I considered myself very lucky to spend more time out during Weekend 2 when the weather was a bit cold and then incredible. The rain was limited and refreshing, and the colder weather brought out everyone’s best ACL hoodie. Once again, fun was had by everyone in attendance and the music was killer. Hit the jump for a couple thoughts.

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Bright Number From Eldren

Now that we’ve emerged from the madness of festival weekends one and two, it’s time yet again to start sharing some music with you fine folks. Today I am pleased to be back in the new music world with this new song called “Oh, Wait” from Denver based outfit Eldren. It features a lovely bit of indie rock music with an Americana/folk flair akin to a band like Dr. Dog or even Foreign Born. It’s a perfect fit to improve my mood on this dark and dreary day in ATX. Enjoy.

ACL Gimme 5 – Judah & The Lion

ACL may be done and gone, but our post-coverage will still be trickling in this week as we recap both weekends of fun. When I said my Gimme 5 feature was over, I meant for you to maybe not take me too seriously and expect one or two more. So though the festival is over and this is not a preview, we all love playlists and I’m sure you’ll enjoy this one from Nashville based Judah & The Lion. Hit the jump for their words and songs.

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ACL Gimme 5 – Beaches

Happy ACL day part 2! For those of us, like me, who couldn’t get away to see much last weekend, today marks the beginning of 3 more music filled days. The weather should be fantastic and some new bands have been added to the already stacked weekend lineup. Today I am finishing off my Gimme 5 feature this year with Toronto based Beaches who play in a matter of hours. So hit the jump and check out their words and picks.

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The Menzingers – Hello Exile

Rating: ★★★★ ·

We still write album reviews? You’re damn right we do! Though it’s been a bit of time (okay maybe a lot of time), we do still like to talk about music and the full album experience. We currently live in a very “right now” society where things need to deliver fast and immediately, but the ATH team still loves a great record. This review of a great record features Scranton, PA based The Menzingers and their new album Hello Exile. Hit the jump for some words and thoughts.

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ACL Gimme 5 – Drew Holcomb

Hopefully those of you attending Weekend One of ACL Festival have survived and are possibly looking forward to another 3 days of fun in the cooler weather. I know I am looking forward to it and especially the new acts for W2. Drew Holcomb is one such act who didn’t play last weekend so he seems like a great choice to continue our Gimme 5 ACL playlists this week. He’s featured a few artists not yet mentioned by previous band so it should offer you something new. Hit the jump for his words and picks.

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Have Another From JW Francis

After my compadres both shared some tuneage from New York based JW Francis over the last several months, I felt it was my turn to get in on the hype. Today we have this new song called “Lofi” which is a lovely bit of guitar pop music similar to a guy like Albert Hammond Jr. in his earlier solo days. What draws me in here is the infectious, breezy sound that is super easy to fall head over heals into. Now having shared three songs from Francis, I think it’s safe to say he’s ATH approved.

ACL Gimme 5 – Fidlar

Happy ACL day to all! Many of you are probably heading out the door soon for the first day of weekend one, but before you do, I’ve got another Gimme 5 playlist to jump start your morning. I’m very excited about this one because it comes from a personal favorite of mine, punk rockers FIDLAR. And hey, they play today! So hit the jump for some tunes hand picked by the band.

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ACL Gimme 5 – Superet

After the rousing success of my first Gimme 5 playlist feature, I thought we should do a whole bunch more to offer new and unique tastes on the artists performing. My latest incarnation of the playlist comes from Los Angeles based indie rock band Superet. Personally, I think this is a pretty stellar collection of songs and features some bands I’ll definitely be checking out. Hit the jump for their selected songs and words on each.

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Shimmering New Track From Newmoon

Taking a break from my ACL coverage, I stumbled across this brilliant new track called “In Harmony” from Antwerp based artist Newmoon. It’s certainly in the shoegaze vibe, but also has some nice elements of noise rock with the occasional swirling guitar and drum solo. This is definitely for fans of bands like POBPAH or LUDGF with the music loud and the vocals a little bit on the hushed side. Lots to like in this song.

Newmoon will release new album Nothing Hurts Forever on October 11th. Pre-order here.

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