ACL Saturday Picks

11:15 AM Nikki Lane – BMI:  Though she plays early, let Nikki Lane’s pop infused country twang be your motivation to get to the fest early.

11:45 AM Caveman – Honda Stage: With a Peter Sarsgaard directed video

12:30 PM Dev – AMD Stage: Electropop/House jazz artist Dev isn’t my preferred flavor of music, but her music will certainly energize crowds for a full day of music.

1:00 PM Wheeler BrothersAustin Ventures Stage: Though aiming to arrive earlier, the realist in me predicts Austin’s very own Wheeler Brothers will be my first show of the day. The Wheeler Brothers’ Texas county/rock style consistently sells out local shows and should translate into a great set at the festival.

1:15 PM – Should you decide to depart the Wheeler Brothers early, deciding where to go next leads to the first tough decision of the day between Bombay Bicycle Club and Zola Jesus.

1:15 PM Bombay Bicycle Club – Barton Springs Stage: BBC wins this battle for me as I have not seen the English indie rockers live yet.

1:15 PM Zola Jesus – Honda Stage: Experimental poster Zola Jesus is known for her bold delivery of intense and haunting lyrics juxtaposed against a lo-fi instrumental backing. Though the smaller Honda stage is an ideal setting, her talent might have a hard time translating at an early time slot.

2:00 PM: Three great acts take the stage at 2PM. Where you’ll find me is TBD as of now, leaning towards the Whigs.

2:00 PM Rufus Wainwright – Bud Light Stage: Rufus Wainwright’s beautiful compositions, interesting vocals, and songwriting abilities will deliver a wonderful live performance.

2:00 PM Dry the River – Austin Ventures: Since going momentum during SXSW a few years back, British folk rockers have toured extensively and return to Austin even more polished and lovely than before.

2:00 PM The Whigs – AMD: The Athens, GA garage rock band are simply just a great live band and a surefire pick.

3:00 PM Oberhofer – Barton Springs: Indie rock/dance punk band Oberhofer are a new act for me, and one I can’t wait to experience live.

4:00 PM Metric – AMD Stage: Between her breathy vocals, DJ skills, and new wave sound, Emily Haines of Metric knows how deliver a stunningly memorable performance.

4:00 PM Space Capone – BMI Stage: Just like his single, he will make you Just Want to Dance.

4:30 PM Michael Kiwanuka – Austin Ventures:

5:00 PM Band of Skulls – Barton Springs Stage: One of my top picks of the weekend, I can’t wait to see these English alt-rockers perform their gritty, straightforward music live.

5:45 PM Punch Brothers – Austin Ventures: Mentioned here, expect the mandolin-fueled Punch Brothers to put on an energizing, dance-evoking performance.

6:00 PM The Roots – Bud Light Stage: Long running R&B group The Roots are known for their fantastic live shows, and this should be no exception.

6:00 PM The Shins – AMD Stage: Indie rock group The Shins are known for their catchy yet sometime melancholy filled songs. An easy to like group, they are known to deliver straightforward, solid performances.

7:00 PM Antibalas – Zilker Stage: While most people will want to see either dubstepper BASSNECTAR or Goyte perform his single of the year Somebody I Used to Know, I recommend instead trying Antibalas on for size. I predict the eclectic group featured here will be one of the most interesting and exciting sets of the day.

8:00 PM Jack White – AMD Stage: The multitalented Jack White needs no introduction. He will no doubt deliver on the big stage, but paired against a living musical legend means White has an uphill battle to be top pick of the night.

8:00 PM Neil Young & Crazy Horse – Bud Light Stage: The man, the myth, the legend will no doubt be an incredible experience, and one that you might not get a chance to experience again.

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