We’re one –that’s right just one– week away from this year’s edition of the Austin City Limits Music Festival. While this year’s fest has snuck up on us rather quickly, it comes as no surprise that the late night bills around town are a solid addition to this years lineup. Whether you’re hitting up just a day or two of the Fest proper at Zilker, want to catch your faves in a more intimate venue, or would rather just see a few nights of music and want to skip the fest, The Official 2019 Late Night Shows have some great options to amplify your festin’ this year. Healthy reminder to scoop your tickets now, as most will likely sell out.
If you can believe it, (I can’t) we’re less than a month away from two weekends of crazy fun at Zilker Park once again. Whether you’re a veteran fester or new to Austin City Limits Music Festival, we’re here to try and help you navigate a few days in the still-too-hot-for-October-Texas Sun with a few hundred thousand of your closest friends. Click past the jump to check out five of my must see bands, both obvious choices and more under the radar acts. You can buy your tickets / passes here.
Your Tuesday night is about to turn into the best night of the week and that’s due to Barracuda playing host to a lovely combo of two buzz worthy acts. Opening up the night is Black Belt Eagle Scout, who has her own unique brand of folk rock that you’ll want to show up early to catch. The headliner for your night at Barry’s tonight is none other than Julia Jacklin, who released the killer LP Crushing earlier this year which has been a staple in my listening rotation ever since. Vocally stunning and detailed indie rock / pop awaits you, and if you’re not careful, you may end up swept up in the beautiful tunes that Jacklin spins.
Now, this show is sold out, so get to stepping if you’re going to find a ticket from someone for resale; don’t sleep on this!
I may have been a little late to the Julia Jacklin party, but the video/track that first got me really hooked was “Body,” which she dropped a few months back. Now she’s got another an equally contagious single in the form of “Pressure To Party,” but this one is far more of a stomper of a hit. It’s a fairly straightforward indie pop track about post-break-up stress from the people around you, but Jacklin’s vocals really punch forward on the gas and you’re swept up in the downright power / vocals pushed to the brink. This comes through especially at the track’s end when she’s belting “I know I’ve locked myself in my room, but I’ll open up the door and try to love again soon.” It’s a fun track to ramble along with, and shows off the flip side of Jacklin from the softer “Body.” These tracks come off of Jacklin’s newly announced LP, Crushing, which is due out next month on Feb 22 via Polyvinyl. I’m stoked to see what she’s got in store for us, pre-order your copy here.
Julia Jacklin has slowly become one of my favorite female voices in the music world over the last year or so. She seems to effortlessly deliver in this sort of restrained, raspy tone while seemingly on the verge of exploding at any moment. Add in just the right amount of bluesy guitar, and you’d be spot on in a description of her latest single “Cold Caller”. It won’t get much better than this in the singer/songwriter genre.
It seems like a great time in the rock n roll world to discover some truly gifted and talented young ladies rocking their craft. Hell Lucy Dacus and Basia Bulat were easily my two favorite acts from ACL this weekend and now I’ve got this new jam from Julia Jacklin waiting for me on Monday morning. The track begins as a slower ballad which then builds into a swoon worthy, melodic, blues themes ballad. I believe she will be a household name before too long.
Don’t Let the Kids Win is due out on October 7th via Polyvinyl.
Australia tends to give us some pretty great gifts music-wise, and Julia Jacklin, originally from the Blue Mountains, is no exception to this. The track below, “Coming of Age,” shows off the skills that Jacklin has. The sound is pretty big from the beginning; the guitars are hazy and garage-tinged, but the vocals are quite the folk-rooted croon. It’s a right catchy and delightful number that hybrids two different genres quite flawlessly. Jacklin is new to the music scene, which makes this track all the more impressive. Make sure to look out for more from Jacklin, and get ready forDon’t Let The Kids Win,which will be out October 7th via Polyvinyl Records.