ACL 2013: Saturday Top Picks + Song of the Day

Two back-to-back weekends of music means there are even more Austin City Limits Festival to enjoy this year. While the majority of big name artists will be performing both weekends, festival producers decided to shift around some of the daytime slots between weekends to give more smaller, up and coming artists a coveted lineup spot. Best of all, more local artists will be playing at the fest than ever before. This year’s festival seems to have more folk/country and indie/alt rock groups and less dupstep, electronic, and hip-hop than in years past. However, with 130-plus artists performing throughout the festival, there are plenty of fantastic bands for every musical taste.

Saturday Top Picks below! Check out Friday’s Top Picks here.


Austin EATS info here.

Delta Rae – If I Loved You

12:00PM – Max Frost – Austin Ventures – Start the day with local singer/songerwriter/one man band Max Frost whose unexpected sound is soulful, peppy and altogether fun.

12:15PM Dan Croll – AMD – After receiving wide critical acclaim in the UK even before his first album officially dropped, pop/rock singer/songwriter Croll is an artist to watch and certainly one to catch at this year’s fest.

1:00PM Autre Ne Veut – Honda – Largely considered one of the best albums of the year by critics such as Pitchfork, Arthur Ashin’s Autre Ne Veut is a must see of the fest.

2:00PM Haim – AMD – After a breakout SXSW 2013, sister act HAIM is a top pick of the festival. Highly recommended.

Electric Guest – Austin Ventures – Mentioned here, electro-pop group Electric Guest might not deliver groundbreaking music, but it’s still pretty damn fun to listen to.

WALK THE MOON – Samsung Galaxy – With infectious singles like Anna Sun, it’s hard not to get on board with infectious pop/rock group WALK THE MOON. 

3:00PM Delta Rae – Bud Light – I have been wanting to catch blues/folk rock band Delta Rae since missing them at SXSW. Love their infectious, energetic sound.

3:15PM Lissie – Austin Ventures – I’ve been a fan of folk rock singer Lissie since catching her at a KGSR morning show a few years back. Very talented artist.

4:00PM Portugal. The Man. – AMD – Always a festival favorite, Portugal The Man delivers from start to finish, and I can’t wait to hear the new album live.

4:30PM – Little Green Cars – Austin Ventures – Country folk/pop artists Little Green Cars is Ireland’s answer to acts like the Lumineers. Make a point to see this band.

5:00PM – The Joy Formidable – Bud Light – Welsh rockers The Joy Formidable is back with another fantastic EP, the recently released Silent Treatment. The band’s bold, loud sound filled with big guitar riffs and drum sequences makes for a must see set.

Grimes – Honda –Grimes was one of my favorite new artists to come out of SXSW 2012 with her unconventional, haphazard style, but Joy Formidable is too good to pass up.

6:00PM – Wilco – Samsung Galaxy – Alt/folk rock group Wilco always delivers live, and with a music library stretching over a decade, they have a level of depth other acts playing this hour don’t quite have yet.

Passion Pit – AMD – While they had a solid album released this year, Passion Pit is one of those bands that can sometimes get lost in the open setting of a festival. Sticking with Wilco.


7:00PM – The Shouting Matches – Bud Light – The bluesy trio compromised of Justin Vernon (Bon Iver), Brian Moen (Peter Wolf Crier) and Phil Cook (Megafaun) reunited for a recently released album of solid, easy listening tracks made to be played in a festival setting.

The Bright Light Social Hour – Austin Ventures ­– Local breakout band BLSH’s funk infused post-rock sound always makes for an excellent show.

Kendrick Lamar – Honda – Hip Hop artist Lamar will most likely be the most exciting set of the 7 o’clock hour.

8:00PM – The Cure – AMD – Given the head to head match up between The Cure and Kings of Leon, I am headed to The Cure, a band I’ve always longed to see, without a second thought.



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