ACL 2014 Late Night: Aftershow Weekend 1 Top Picks

Austin City Limits Festival is right around the corner, and you know what that means: ACL AFTERSHOWS! One of the best byproducts of last year’s switch from one weekend to two is that there are now also twice as many Official Aftershows. Whether attending the fest or just hitting late night action, the Aftershows are a perfect way to see a favorite band without too large of a crowd. This year’s lineup is stacked with a bevy of options, but I’m breaking it down to help make the decision making process a bit easier. Tickets will fly off the shelves Friday, August 22 beginning at 10am sharp so be prepared to move quickly!

Check out the full lineup of Late Night Shows and buy tickets here. Ginny’s Austin nightly picks are listed below!

Pro Tip: If planning to attend an Aftershow post-fest, you will most likely need to leave Zilker Park before fest is officially over to make it to the venue in time – something to consider if your top act of the fest is the headliner that day!

Thursday, October 2

Top Pick: Tito’s Hometown Shindig Presents: An Evening w/Beck

Tito’s Vodka + an artist that I’ve enjoyed since my youth? Yes, please. Beck will headline Stubb’s outdoor stage to kick off the festival just as the ACL gods intended.

My second choice for the evening was tough to pick, as there are two great shows, but ultimately, catching the Roadkill Ghost Choir is hard to pass up. Currently on tour for their 2014 release Tongues, the indie-alt rock band is better than ever. They will be joined by local acts The Eastern Sea and Walker Lukens at Holy Mountain.

Friday, October 3

Top Pick: Head & The Heart + Lucius at Emo’s

Friday’s top pick is almost more about the opening act Lucius than the headliner, and that is saying something as the Head and the Heart always puts on a fantastic live set. After catching them at SXSW, I can say in good faith Lucius is not a band you will soon forget after seeing them live. Having closed out 2013 with a solid follow up album to their eponymous breakout debut, the Head and the Heart will be right at home at this year’s festival.

Rhye at the Paramount Theatre

Not feeling Head and The Heart? In that case, I highly recommend opting for indie/R&B duo Rhye. Held at the Paramount Theatre, the show’s venue is the perfect place for the smooth, airy vocals of singer Milosh paired with the multi-instrumental backing of Robin Hannibal. Their unique sound is both serene and romantic yet alive with soul and jazz.

Other picks: Jenny Lewis w/The Belle Brigade at Stubb’s; Spanish Gold at Stubb’s (Indoors)

Saturday, October 4

 Top Picks: Tegan and Sara ft. The Night Terrors of 1927 at Stubb’s or Diplo at Emo’s

Another day, another decision, this time between Tegan and Sara ft. The Night Terrors of 1927 and Diplo. After easing into the weekend with laidback shows Friday, step it up a notch by opting for one of these two high tempo top picks for Saturday. Canadian sister act Tegan and Sara always put on an energetic live set and the Night Terrors of 1927 know how to bring the drama. Meanwhile, DJ/rapper Diplo knows how to bring the dance.

Other picks: Arum Rae & Emily Wolfe at Stubb’s Indoor

Sunday, October 5

Top Pick: Interpol at Stubb’s

Reach deep inside to find some energy to make it until late night Sunday to catch one band I am especially excited to see this festival: Interpol. Post-punk revivalist band Interpol is back with a new album and a different lineup. Proving change isn’t necessarily a bad thing, Interpol’s new album El Pintor can best be described as a reinvigorated return to form so to speak, but with plenty of fresh excitement to keep it interesting. Catch Interpol at Stubb’s.

Other top pick of the evening is Tune-Yards with MO at Emo’s. Two great acts, but to get me out on a Sunday evening after a long festival weekend, it’s only going to be Interpol.



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