ACL 2014: Friday Top Picks

 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. 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!

12:15 PM – Marc Scibilia – BMI Stage

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ACL 2014 Late Night: Aftershow Weekend 2 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 . . . → Read More: ACL 2014 Late Night: Aftershow Weekend 2 Top Picks

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 . . . → Read More: ACL 2014 Late Night: Aftershow Weekend 1 Top Picks

ACL 2013: Sunday 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.

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

Austin EATS info here.

The Lone Bellow – You Never Need Nobody 

11:15am – Bear Mountain – Bud Light – Sunday starts off strong with Canadian electro-pop group Bear Mountain. Great way to wake up for a full day of music.

12:20pm – Band of Heathens – Austin Ventures – Austin based Band of Heathens has remerged from a transitional period in 2012 revived and back on track.

Austin EATS break!

1:20pm – Roadkill Ghost Choir – Austin Ventures – Folk rock band RGC is a fun, upbeat band, and should be a great set.

1:30pm – MS MR – AMD – Mentioned here, MS MR is one of my favorite new bands of the year. Be sure to catch indie-pop duo MS MR.

2:00pm – Wild Feathers – BMI – Nashville band Wild Feathers is a classic Americana band a la The Altman Brothers. Hard not to get on board.

Dawes – Samsung Galaxy – Folk rock band Dawes is back with another standout album. Always a great festival act, Dawes is a perfect way to ease into Sunday at ACL.

2:30pm – Noah and the WhaleMentioned here, Noah and the Whale seemed poised to breakout after SXSW 2011, but instead have continued down a more slow and steady road to success. Their latest album is once again filled with lovely folk songs with a few electro-pop elements thrown in for good measure.

3:30pm – Grouplove – AMD – Mentioned here, Grouplove always delivers on stage. Though I wasn’t as taken by their most recent releases, Grouplove still makes for a fun, dance-filled set.

3:45pm – The Lone Bellow – Austin Ventures – Alt-country folk band The Lone Bellow’s heartfelt harmonies and mandolin-drenched songs make this up and coming band a show to catch this fest.

4:00pm – Franz Ferdinand – Samsung Galaxy – After an extended absence, Scottish indie rock band Franz Ferdinand made its long awaited return with the release of a fourth album this summer. The band’s punk/pop infused rock sound makes for a top pick set of the fest.

4:30pm – Divine Fits – Honda – Anchored by Spoon frontman Britt Daniel, indie rock band the Divine Fits’ 2012 album was filled polished garage rock songs with just the right amount of pop elements thrown in for good measure. Great band, great album, should be a great set.

5:00pm – Toro y Moi – Bud Light – Synth-pop/funk act Toro y Moi is never one to put on a boring set, and this ACL should be no different.
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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.  Continue reading ACL 2013: Saturday Top Picks + Song of the Day

ACL Fest 2013: Austin EATS

From menus curated by rock star quality chefs to local cult favorites, the Austin EATS food vendor lineup makes planning one’s eating schedule almost as difficult as deciding between music on the main stage. In order to help navigate through the multitude of mouthwatering offerings, I’ve put together a few tips and tricks to ensure you eat like a king at this year’s Austin City Limits Festival! Be sure to check out the full list of Austin EATS vendors here.

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Go Big on a Budget

Though ‘fine dining’ and ‘music festivals’ are two things rarely linked together, Austin EATS is far from the typical festival food court. One of my favorite ways to tackle all of the delicious offerings is try out dishes from those restaurants where it’s usually tough to snag a table.

La Condesa Mexican Corn

La Condesa Mexican Corn

As the Austin Food and Wine Festival’s Grill Master of Ceremonies and Official Austin City Limits Chef, Tim Love is pulling double duty with festival versions of his Fort Worth restaurants, Woodshed Smokehouse and Love Burger Shack. With options such as elk & beehive sausage and truffle mac ‘n cheese, the Woodshed Smokehouse’s menu might just turn city slickers into Texas cowboys by the close of the fest. Meanwhile, Love Shack’s menu promises a decidedly more casual range of Tex-Mex offerings such as crave-worthy jalapeno-cheese tamales and stacks of ‘Kick Ass’ nachos.

Chef David Bull’s menu of well-executed, seasonally inspired interpretations of classic American cuisine has made his restaurant Second Bar + Kitchen a fixture of Austin’s downtown dining scene. With dishes such as Bahn Mis and Pomme Frites, Second Bar + Kitchen promises to bring an upscale flair to causal comforts at this year’s fest.

From margaritas to ceviches, there may be many reasons to visit the James Beard nominated restaurant La Condesa, but for me there’s just one: Mexican Street Corn ($5). A prominent feature on La Condesa’s festival menu, be sure to pencil in at least one visit to the modern Mexican restaurant’s Austin EATS booth.

(Re)Discover a Tried and True Local Favorite

 

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ACL 2013 Friday 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.

Holly Roller – Thao & The Get Down Stay Down

Friday Top Picks

11:15 Wild Nothing – Samsung Galaxy Stage – Indie dream rock band Wild Nothing recently followed up their outstanding 2012 album Nocturne with yet another strong full EP this summer. A perfect, relaxing way to start the fest!

12:20PM Dana Falconberry – Austin Ventures – Local singer/songwriter Dana Falconberry striking vocals combined with a pop-folk sound make her a must see.

12:45PM – Windowspeak – Samsung Galaxy – The American western rock duo’s vintage inspired sound, anchored by singer Molly Hamilton’s melancholy vocals, makes Windowspeak a must-see for me.

1:30PM – Thao & the Get Down Stay Down – Bud Light – If you need a reason to get to ACL early on Friday, this is it. A SXSW 2013 favorite!

2:30PM – Shovels & Rope – Austin Ventures – This South Carolina duo somehow finds a way to play a dozen instruments, which translates into an energetic, fun country/rock set. Continue reading ACL 2013 Friday Top Picks + Song of the Day

ACL 2013 Official Late Night Shows: Top Picks for Weekend 2

Austin City Limits Festival is right around the corner, and now that there are two weekends of music instead of one, the fest is poised to be bigger than ever. One of the best byproducts of this transition is 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 we’re breaking it down to help make the decision making process a bit easier. Tickets will fly off the shelves Friday, August 23 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!

 

Wednesday, October 9

**The Shouting Matches w/The Blind Boys of Alabama at Stubb’s – Though both Wednesday shows are solid options, the edge goes to this concert as it benefits the Waller Creek Conservancy. Also, the BBOA are a group I’m dying to catch!

Toro y Moi w/Classixx at Emo’s – Two words: Dance Party

Thursday, October 10

**Phosphorescent w/JD McPherson, Shakey Graves at Stubb’s – Phosphorescent, featured here, is on consistently on my Spotify rotation, and Shakey Graves is always a good time.

Friday, October 11

**Roadkill Ghost Choir at Lambert’s – A tough call because Friday is stacked with great shows, but something tells me RGC at Lambert’s will be a show to remember.

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