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.
Time for more photos from the Great Lawn. Thanks for coming.
The Saturday edition of photos features a new local supergroup, a not local supergroup, some singers and song-writers, local heroes and super dance pop. We also pepper in some tribute time for Tom Petty. We heard plenty of Petty covers over the weekend, but the best thing was shutting down all the stages for a moment to playback his rendition of “Freefallin'” from a headlining set a few years back as skydivers jumped out of plane above the festival and floated down with sparkler boots. It was giant sing-along, lighters up.
Bands captured – Ought, Mobley, Capyac, Traveller, Car Seat Headrest, Dreamcar, Thundercat, Angel Olsen, Cut Copy and Spoon
A fun, exciting, and sometimes exhausting Weekend one of Austin City Limits Festival is officially in the books kids. As always, the organizers managed to run things like a well oiled machine of music festival royalty. We saw some significant changes this year for the first time in awhile, and while many might have been skeptical at first, things still went off without a hitch. For weekend one, myself, Nicole, and BGray were all in attendance frantically covering as much ground as possible. We’ll start some recaps today with thoughts from all three of us and some quick shots from photo man Brian.
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.
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…
If you weren’t already well aware of a little band called Ought, you should probably fix that really quickly and then do some acquainting with the solo project of the lead vocalist with Tim Darcy. The best way for you to do so is by watching the video below, which is Darcy’s latest single from his upcoming solo release. “Still Waking Up” is a brief glimmer of sincerity from a voice that you’ve come toexpect cynicism and sarcasm from. It’s quite refreshing, and the music video will have you harkening back to your John Hughes cinema days. Take a listen and watch below.
Saturday Nightis out February 17th via Jagjaguwar. Go pre-order that here.
Man. This might just be me, but I think that Ought is probably one of the most important, underrated acts around the music scene. Now you have Tim Darcy dipping toes in the solo water, and it sounds just as rad as I wanted it to be. The musical work is just a steady dose of post-punk guitar rock, but Tim’s voice has this distinctive sound that makes his work incredibly impacting, not to mention meaningful once you unfold the lyrics. Putting this one out there, as it’s now on my highly anticipated album list for next year! Saturday Nightcomes out on February 17th via Jagjaguwar.
You listened to that last Ought record yet (you should!). But, if you are looking for newtwisting, turning, spoken-word, artful punk, then you should tune into this James Leonard Hewitson hit. It’s got that jagged little swagger in the guitars, with overlapping vocals and voice samples layered atop one another…all of it adding to this huge wall of hook-laden tension that begs you to run…though you can’t pull yourself away. Just stuck playing this song on repeat all morning, and I feel like you deserved to be in the know. This is the second single we’ve heard from JLH, all courtesy of Endearment Records.
When More Than Any Other Day came out, I was amazed that more people weren’t clamoring for Ought. They were crafting artful punk out of mundane storytelling, providing commentary on the everyday world with a unique perspective that I, honestly, have found nearly unmatched. Then they offered up Sun Coming Down, which piqued a bit more interest, but still hasn’t garnered them the fandom they deserve. So Friday, do yourself a huge favor, head to the Sidewinder and witness something you aren’t likely to see anywhere else in town, or anywhere else in the larger music community for that matter. Check out the video from their latest release on Constellation Records, and join me Friday; US Weekly and Priests will be opening…doors are at 8 PM.
Year-end lists are everywhere…and I can see why they’re important to people. But, seeing as we generally walk off the beaten path more often than not, our list of the Top 50 Albums of 2015 is in no particular order, save alphabetically. It seems pointless to rank one piece of art higher than another, especially when the four of us at ATH all have varying tastes. We just put this list together of the albums we loved the most this year. Are we saying they’re better than records by Grimes or Kendrick Lamar? No, we’re just saying that these are the records we loved more than others. So, you can read on for what we thought was hot.
Also…put links to individual stores where you can buy the albums from the bands…as that’s how we all survive in this music world. Read more