Posted in music | pictures on October 12, 2010

photos by Tim Griffin

Austin City Limits

Night fell down on Austin Town and it figured it'd be a busy night. And with The xx and Temper Trap setting the table for LCD Soundsystem, Gogol Bordello, Monsters of Folk, Deadmau5, Matt & Kim, MIA and Muse, Saturday did indeed set it self up to be remembered as ACL 2010's strongest.

Except for the part where MIA screwed things up during her set...

...M.I.A.'s set saw plenty of anticipation on the west end of the fairgrounds, but little payoff: The first song saw didn't even see Mathangi "Maya" Arulpragasam on stage, and, though she came out for the second, that first song worked as a fitting metaphor for her entire mumbled performance.

Here's the thing about performing in festivals, especially on a main stage: Very few people actually see the performers; they rely on the accompanying video screens to share the visual side of the performance. But rather than the performer (or any of her five packing dancers or DJ) , M.I.A.'s screen showed illustrations. M.I.A., meanwhile, spent minimal time in her set's early going on stage, instead opting to interact o the grass in front of her closest fans. An admirable offering, perhaps, but it left the rest of her crowd in the dark, straining their necks to see her dancers or maybe just the neon "Maya" sign that served as her backdrop.

Her vocals weren't helping matters, either. They were already mixed too low, and Maya, for the most part, mumbled her way through the proceedings. Audiences thinned out--only to be pulled back in once the video screens finally--mercifully--showed the performer stalking the stage, and performing her biggest hit, "Paper Planes." [Dallas Observer]

Friday pictures HERE. Lucero HERE. The xx HERE. Mayer Hawthorne HERE, and the rest of the Saturday (10/9) pictures continue, with some setlists, below...

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Grace Potter and the Nocturnals Concert at Austin City Limits Music Festival, Austin, TX, USA Setlist on October 9, 2010
Hot Summer Night
Oasis
Apologies
Only Love
Goodbye Kiss
One Short Night
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Tiny Light
White Rabbit (Jefferson Airplane cover)
Paris (Ooh La La)
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Two Door Cinema Club Concert at Austin City Limits Music Festival, Austin, TX, USA Setlist on October 9, 2010
Cigarettes In The Theatre
Undercover Martyn
Do You Want It All?
Something Good Can Work
This Is The Life
You're Not Stubborn
What You Know
Eat That Up, It's Good For You
Come Back Home
I Can Talk

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LCD Soundsystem Concert at Austin City Limits Music Festival, Austin, TX, USA Setlist on October 9, 2010
Dance Yrself Clean
Drunk Girls
I Can Change
All My Friends
You Wanted A Hit
Tribulations
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Broken Bells Concert at Austin City Limits Music Festival, Austin, TX, USA Setlist on October 9, 2010
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Insane Lullaby (Danger Mouse and Sparklehorse cover)
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The High Road
Everlasting Light (The Black Keys cover)
Mongrel Heart
The Mall & Misery

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Muse Concert at Austin City Limits Music Festival, Austin, TX, USA Setlist on October 9, 2010
Uprising
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United States Of Eurasia
Feeling Good (Leslie Bricusse & Anthony Newley cover)
Undisclosed Desires
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Time Is Running Out
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Comments (16)

i'm guessing M.I.A.'s video projection guy is clueless. as far as i could tell at the Brooklyn Bowl show, he was the one who held up things upwards of an hour because he couldn't get something to work properly. then he has the video projections go on the massive screens instead of the backdrop on stage? genius idea there...

Posted by Anonymous | October 12, 2010 2:34 PM

Sad that ACL had her a a headliner.

Go away m.i.a.

Posted by Anonymous | October 12, 2010 3:08 PM

dude above me could not be within 2cm of mia's entourage without sweating and mumbling and slumping away immediately

Posted by Anonymous | October 12, 2010 3:36 PM

Cool that Kevin Spacey is in Broken Bells now

Posted by Anonymous | October 12, 2010 3:58 PM

i didnt know alec baldwin was in lcd soundsystem

Posted by Anonymous | October 12, 2010 4:04 PM

Muse fans! Check out this awesome exclusive interview with Muse drummer Dom at ACL. I think they rocked their headlining set....ENJOY!

http://www.roxwel.com/player/acl2010muse.html?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=museinterviewacl

Posted by jott | October 12, 2010 4:11 PM

hello, muse fans? come on, i know you are out there?

ok, let's start over...

RADIOHEAD FANS!!!

Posted by Anonymous | October 12, 2010 4:21 PM

Is it me or does every single review of M.I.A.'s live act involve some sort of sound/stage issue?

Never seen her perform, but it seems insane to me.

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Posted by Anonymous | October 12, 2010 4:25 PM

i like turtles.

Posted by jonathan | October 12, 2010 4:38 PM

that LCD set is TINY.

Posted by Anonymous | October 12, 2010 5:24 PM

If you complain about terminal 5 then why would you go to something that you can only see the performance on the screens beside the stage.

Posted by Anonymous | October 12, 2010 6:20 PM

Yes! The Local Broken Mustaches played a strong set.

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broken bells playing insane lullaby for mark linkous was such a treat.

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