So many bands to see and so little time…
Weekend 1 of Austin City Limits 2015 is officially here! With 130-plus artists representing every genre of music performing throughout the festival, there are plenty of fantastic bands at every turn. Here are a few top picks to help decide which sets to catch!
Saturday, October 3, 2015
*Echosmith – Samsung – If there were a reason to make the push to get to the park early on Saturday, Echosmith might be it. I love this sibling foursome’s 80s dark pop sound!
Milo Greene – Honda – This folk/rock band is another solid way to start the day, back on tour for their sophomore album. The band has injected a little more synth and soul in their latest music which should be interesting to see live.
*San Fermin – Miller Lite – Have wanted to see neoclassical wunderkid San Fermin since catching him at SXSW a few years back, and won’t pass up my chance despite several other good options during this time slot.
Ryn Weaver – HomeAway – She might be playing early in the day this year, but expect big things from up and coming pop songstress Ryn Weaver. Her single Octa Hate Word is she was an excellent opening act for Billy Idol Thursday as well! If you like Charli XCX, Weaver’s your gal.
Charlotte OC – Austin Ventures – Another solid up and coming female artist. Charlotte OC’s sound is pop with an edge, infused with R&B and soul. Can’t go wrong any which way during the 1:30 time slot!
Father John Misty – Honda – The always surprising Father John Misty is the type of artist I enjoy significantly more live. At times his music can tend to be a little too slow and whiney for me on an album, but his pure talent and artistry erases that live. Catch this set if you haven’t seen him before!
*Vince Staples – Austin Ventures – In a year (deservedly) dominated by West Coast, anointed-one Kendrick Lamar, Vince Staples’ album “Summertime ’06” demanded everybody’s attention this year. Go for what could be a star-making performance.
Glass Animals – Samsung – If hip-hop is not your things, I love this up and coming band’s unique blend of electronic and indie-rock music and am interested to see them live. Expect a more up tempo set than Father John Misty but still relaxed enough for early in the day.
*Shakey Graves – Miller Lite – There is no question that Austinite Shakey Graves is having banner career year, and his alt-folk/country rock music is a solid choice for the midafternoon. It’s a tough call for me as MisterWives is a top pick of the fest I can’t bear to pass up!
Houndmouth – Austin Ventures – Southern country infused indie rock band for fans of groups like the Lumineers.
*MisterWives – HomeAway – A festival top pick for yours truly! Reminiscent of No Doubt, the indie-pop group’s Our Own House album has remained on constant rotation in my own house thanks to catchy lyrics, upbeat rhythms,
*Sturgill Simpson – Honda – Earlier this year, country/rock singer/songwriter Simpson played a series of sold out shows around town that were buzzed about nonstop by friends. I sadly missed said shows but will not be missing him at ACL.
Twenty One Pilots – Samsung – With plenty of punk mixed into this high-tech pop trio’s music, Twenty One Pilots could have easily filled a spot at the Warped Tour back in the day. Expect a high energy set!
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WALK THE MOON – Miller Lite – They might not be the most serious band to take the stage but it’s hard not to like this fun pop/rock group with their catchy, upbeat songs.
Alabama Shakes – Honda – I’m conflicted about this because I love the Southern soul band Alabama Shakes, especially live, but their latest album was a bit of a disappointment for me. They do deliver on stage and you should catch them if you haven’t before!
*A$AP Rocky – Samsung – East coast born but Southern in style, A$AP openly wears his love and appreciation for the Houston rap scene, though his last album featured more psychedelic than purple influences. Expect dope outfits and a thick haze above the crowd.
*TV on the Radio – Miller Lite – One of my favorite bands and always a festival Top Pick for me. TV on the Radio always puts on a high intensity set with thanks to the band’s instrumental rock/R&B music and thoughtful lyrics.
BOOTS – Austin Ventures – After first gaining notoriety as Beyonce’s songwriter, producer BOOTS is now making a splash on his own with his hip-hop/R&B sound and a series of critically acclaimed performances.
Bassnectar – HomeAway – Warm up your eardrums for deadmau5 with festival favorite Bassnectar who regularly tests the city’s decibel limitations. Dubtep/Electronic.
deadmau5 – Honda – Dubstep/electronic fans, this one is for you. It will be loud, there will be lights, and the bass will drop.
*Drake – Samsung – The prolific hip-hop artist with all the feels is known for putting on a great live show, and I can’t wait to see him live!