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The Strokes / Kurt Vile / The Decemberists
The 2015 Austin City Limits Festival wrapped up its first weekend yesterday (10/4) with The Strokes, The Weeknd, Dwight Yoakam, Alt-J, Chance the Rapper, Kurt Vile, The Decemberists, Sylvan Esso, Strand of Oaks, Kehlani, Daughter, Amason, The Suffers, Waxahatchee, Jidenna and more. Pictures are in this post.
ACL does it again this weekend (10/9 - 10/11). More pictures of Weekend 1 Day 3 below...
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TVOTR / A$AP Rocky / Father John Misty / Drake & Future (via)
Is Drake the new Kanye?The 2015 Austin City Limits Festival kicked off on Friday and continued on Saturday (10/3) with Drake, TV on the Radio, A$AP Rocky, Alabama Shakes, Jose Gonzalez, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Sturgill Simpson, Shakey Graves, Father John Misty, Vince Staples and plenty more. Pictures of the second day of ACL are in this post.
Explosive pyrotechnics. Mad energy. The "6 God" backdrop and the whole field on his team. Drake hit the stage like he owned the world. When the backdrop flashed "If You're Reading This We Made It" I felt it in my body the way I do when I see 'Ye live. I seriously thought, "Wow, Drake has done it." Kanye is tabloid fodder and bad fashion and Drake is totally running the game. Drake's the new Kanye. And in that moment I really wanted it for him. That feeling stuck for a good portion of the set. Weirdly, the thing that undid it was when he brought out Future. We knew it was going to happen next week but tonight was a surprise. With the new collab album out it was an obvious choice and the crowd went wild and I actually liked the tracks they did. But Yeezy would never have done that and, more importantly, he'd never have to. He'd keep his 90 minutes all to himself and be completely riveting the whole time. [Deborah Sengupta Stith for Austin 360]
As the above review points out, Drake brought out Future during his set to play three songs off DS2 including the Drake collab "Where Ya At," and then the duo made the live debut of "Jumpman" and "Big Rings" off their collaborative album What A Time To Be Alive. Videos below. Drake also released another Beyonce collab over the weekend, "Can I." He debuted on his Apple Music Beats 1 show, OVO Sound Radio, and you can listen below.
ACL fest's first weekend wraps up Sunday (10/4) and if you're not there you can stream it live (via Red Bull TV) below. ACL does it again this coming weekend (10/9 - 10/11) too. UPDATE: Day 3 happened and pics are up.
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Run the Jewels/Tame Impala/Disclosure @ ACL Fest 10/2/2015
They came onstage blaring Queen's "We Are the Champions" -- and then threw all irony out the window, by actually proving it. Run The Jewels are untouchable.The first weekend of the 2015 Austin City Limits Festival kicked off Friday (10/2) with sets from Tame Impala, Run the Jewels, Disclosure, Foo Fighters, Billy Idol, Gary Clark Jr., Brand New, Albert Hammond Jr, Leon Bridges and more. Lots more pictures from Day 1 are below.
Is there anyone in hip-hop with a live show this good? Actually, how about anyone in any genre? The manic energy, the must-bounce-to-it beats, the laser sharp wordplay and social commentary. Killer Mike and El-P in a class of their own.
They started with their killer track, "Run the Jewels," and the crowd lost its mind. Thousands of hands moved to the beat and the MCs went to work. - [Austin 360]
Day 2 of ACL features sets from Drake, Father John Misty, A$AP Rocky, TV on the Radio, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, San Fermin and more. You can stream ACL live (via Red Bull TV) below.
The first of ACL Fest's two 2015 weekends kicks off today (10/2) in Austin's Zilker Park. If you can't make it to the festival, it will be streaming live via Red Bull TV each day starting at 3:15 PM Central (4:15 PM Eastern) across three channels and you can watch it right here.
Friday performances you can watch live include Run the Jewels, Brand New, Albert Hammond Jr, Leon Bridges, and more. Full Weekend 1 ACL Fest streaming schedule, and the video player, below...
The 2015 ACL Festival starts next weekend (October 2 - 4) in Austin, and the festival announced that they're launching a new festival...in New Zealand. Aukland City Limits Festival will take place March 19, 2016 at Western Springs Stadium and surrounding parkland, and will feature 40 artists. From the press release:
Inspired by and aligned with the world-class Austin City Limits Music Festival in Austin, Texas, Auckland City Limits Music Festival will fuse the best elements of Austin's premier festival with a New Zealand flavor and spirit to create an event that will celebrate the spirit and heritage of Auckland for years to come.Stay tuned for info on line-up and tickets.
"We want to produce a live music and festival experience that is memorable and spectacular, that expands the format into what we know people want from a music festival nowadays and that is created and curated solely and specifically for Auckland," said Campbell Smith, partner, CRS Presents.
The 2015 ACL Festival returns from October 2-4 and October 9-11, and the schedules for both weekends have been revealed.
There are a few conflicts in there. Friday you'll have to chose between fast-rising soul singer Leon Bridges and punk/new wave vet Billy Idol; as well as furious rap duo Run the Jewels and post-hardcore bashers Brand New.
Saturday, charismatic performer Father John Misty overlaps with rapper of the moment Vince Staples. Weekend one puts blues rockers Alabama Shakes against folk singer Jose Gonzalez and psychedelic rapper A$AP Rocky, while weekend two has that same conflict except Modest Mouse instead of the Shakes.
Sunday it's between shapeshiting rapper Chance the Rapper and laid-back guitar master Kurt Vile. Weekend one has headliners The Weeknd going against The Strokes, and on weekend two it's The Weeknd vs Florence + the Machine.
photo: ACL 2014 (more by Sarah Frankie Linder)
The Austin City Limits festival returns to Zilker Park from October 2-4 and October 9-11, and though the lineup wasn't supposed to be announced until this Tuesday, Austin 360 points out that the festival's website leaked it early. The posting was quickly taken down, but not before 365 Things Austin could screenshot it. It was accurate and the ACL 2015 includes Foo Fighters, Drake, The Strokes, The Weeknd, Disclosure, Deadmau5, Bassnectar, Alt-J, Alabama Shakes, Of Monsters and Men, Tame Impala, Sturgill Simpson, The Decemberists, Brand New, TV on the Radio, A$AP Rocky, Billy Idol, Chance the Rapper, Father John Misty, Brandon Flowers, Run the Jewels, Sylvan Esso, Kurt Vile, Waxahatchee, Florence + the Machine, Modest Mouse and more.
Check out the full lineup below. Tickets go on sale Tuesday (5/5) at 10 AM CDT.
It was rumored before but is now official: Live Nation, the globe's biggest live events promoter (which books shows at Irving Plaza, Gramercy Theatre and other places in NYC) has acquired a controlling stake in independent concert company C3 Presents. The Austin-based C3, who also have a separate artist management division, are behind the Austin City Limits music festival, Lollapalooza and other big festivals around the world (and shows at Emo's and other venues in Austin and around the country).
In a press statement (via Billboard), C3 say "We are excited to join Live Nation and become a part of their global family, while continuing to grow our festivals within a culture of entrepreneurship that will empower our team to keep improving these festivals and the fan experience."
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Spoon / Pearl Jam
The second weekend of ACL 2014 wrapped up on Sunday (10/12), and this time around we caught sets by Pearl Jam, Spoon, Real Estate, The Gaslight Anthem, AFI, Phantogram, Lorde and more. Pictures from the final day of the festival are in this post, the person that climbed up the Capitol building included.
photos by Tim Griffin
Lucius @ ACL Fest 2014 weekend 2 day 2
Brooklyn's Lucius hit ACL Fest again for day 2 of the festival's just-finished second weekend. Pictures of their set from that day are in this post. If you haven't yet, check out pictures of day 1 and day 2 from weekend 2 and all 3 days of weekend 1. Stay tuned for weekend 2 day 3.
The Lucius ladies last appeared live in NYC at the end of September on The Colbert Report and BAM as part of Tweedy, the new project of Wilco's Jeff Tweedy and his son. They'll be back when Lucius' tour hits Terminal 5 on December 6 for their previously discussed show there. Since we last spoke, Bahamas and Elaphant were added as openers. Tickets for that show are still available, and we're also giving away a pair. Details on how to enter to win, plus their updated list of tour dates (including newly-added shows in Burlington and Albany), below.
Lucius are also releasing a deluxe edition of their 2013 debut album, Wildewoman, digitally this week (10/14) and physically on November 25 via Mom + Pop. It includes 8 tracks of bonus material (tracklist below). The band also recently put out a cover of My Morning Jacket's "Wonderful." You can listen to that, with their list of dates, more pics from ACL, T5 contest details and deluxe LP tracklist, below...
photos by Tim Griffin
Mac DeMarco / Polica / Major Lazer fans
ACL Fest Weekend 2 continued on Saturday (10/11) after kicking off a day earlier. We caught sets from Eminem, Skrillex, Broken Bells, Major Lazer, Lana Del Rey, Icona Pop, The Head and the Heart, My Brightest Diamond, Interpol, Polica, Mac DeMarco and a few others, and pictures of those are in this post. There was a short rain delay with anything before 12:30 getting cancelled, but otherwise the second Saturday of the fest went off without a hitch.
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St. Vincent / Jimmy Cliff / Temples @ ACL Fest, 10/10/2014
Despite the late afternoon sun shining brightly into the eyes of the spectators, the Dallas native attracted thousands to hear the guitar goddess peel off insanely good riffs in between stylized vocals and strangely robotic choreography that has become her hallmark.The second weekend of the 2014 ACL Festival kicked off on Friday (101/10) at Austin's Zilker Park, with sets from St. Vincent, Beck, Jimmy Cliff, Outkast, Temples, Belle & Sebastian, and lots more. Pictures from the day are in this post.
Towards the end of the performance as her band rocked through an instrumental portion, St. Vincent calmly climbed the stage truss support (in spiked high heels), arching her body out over the stage, throwing her head back several times before returning to the safety of the riser below her. -[Examiner]
If you're not in Zilker Park this weekend, you can stream select ACL sets live. Saturday (10/11) has Mac DeMarco, Interpol and Broken Bells streaming. You can also check out pics from Weekend 1 of ACL, and we'll have pics from the rest of Weekend 2 to come. Meanwhile, check out out more pics from ACL Weeekend 2, Day 1 below...
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Spoon taping for ACLTV @ The Moody Theater - 10/9/2014
"This is our fourth time taping this show," allowed Daniel after Transference mindfuck "Who Makes Your Money." "We're very proud of that - not going to let that go."Spoon currently are in their old hometown of Austin, TX for the ACL Fest and in between its two weekends, played a taping of Austin City Limits, the show, at The Moody Theatre. Playing a full set, Britt and the rest of Spoon leaned heavily on their terrific new album, They Want My Soul, with past favorites dappled in as well. Setlist below.
The audience exerted its most thorough burst of energy a moment later when Eric Harvey hammered out the first lines of "The Way We Get By" on a piano. Sans drums, Jim Eno took an ACL camera to the singer through follow-up "The Ghost of You Lingers," then jumped back behind the kit for a supremely crisp "Do You" off the new one. -[Austin Chronicle]
Spoon have two more Austin shows, playing an official ACL late night aftershow at Stubb's on Saturday (10/11) and then the final day of ACL Weekend 2 on Sunday (10/12). All Spoon dates are listed below.
Meanwhile, ACL Weekend 2 just got underway in Zilker Park and they'll be streaming sets live via two different channels. Today's streaming acts include Temples, Jimmy Cliff, Belle & Sebastian, Beck, Mac DeMarco, Broken Bells and more.
More pics from Spoon's ACL TV taping, below...
Jenny Lewis / The Replacements / Spoon @ ACL Fest 10/5/2014
"Thank you for coming over to our nook when the Replacements were playing," Spoon frontman Britt Daniel said. "We were trying to figure out who to yell at about that"...The 2014 ACL Festival wrapped up its first of two weekends on Sunday (10/5) with sets from The Replacements and Spoon (playing at the same time which made for tough audience choices), as well as Jenny Lewis, The Gaslight Anthem, Chromeo, Phantogram, Jhene Aiko and many more. Pictures from those and other ACL Day 3 performers are in this post.
...swapping between a classy mustard-colored Telecaster and an acoustic guitar, Daniel seemed to have a blast on stage, smiling as he nodded his head along to the layers of synths and keys of "Inside Out" -- the prettiest and least Spoon-sounding Spoon song -- and poking fun at the band's previous work. "Not bad for a song from 'Transference," he said, after "Who Makes Your Money." [Austin 360]
Eminem / tUnE-yArDs / fans
...but then crowd density reared its ugly head again with the battle of the headliners: EDM master Skrillex and established rapper Eminem. From the midway point of the festival grounds, dozens of teens were spotted running full tilt in the direction of Skrillex from Major Lazer's set, while older generations seemed to migrate toward Eminem. Skrillex kicked off his bass-heavy dubstep right on time, dousing the electric crowd with lasers. In the meantime, Slim Shady got a slower start, getting underway nearly 10 minutes late and with a video intro that was lost on tens of thousands who just weren't close enough to hear. Including this one, who instead threw in the towel and headed for home. [Sound Spike]The first weekend of 2014's Austin City Limits Festival is now over, with the city gearing back up for a second round this weekend. Although the festival's second day was marred by some intermittent showers, killer sets were still plentiful from Eminem, Skrillex, Lana Del Rey, Major Lazer, Interpol, Broken Bells, tUnE-yArDs, Mac DeMarco, Polica, My Brightest Diamond, The Rosebuds and plenty more. Pictures from those sets and more are in this post.
Beck at Austin City Limits 2014 Weekend 1 (more by Tim Griffin)
The second weekend of this year's Austin City Limits is coming up (10/10-10/12), and unlike the first weekend (pics here) performances will be lived streamed all three days. Red Bull TV is streaming performances from over 45 artists throughout the weekend (much like they did with this year's Lollapalooza) including sets from Beck, Skrillex, Calvin Harris, Broken Bells, Lorde, Phantogram, Belle & Sebastian, Spoon, Interpol and many more. You can catch the stream which includes "live performances, artist interviews and behind-the scenes access" over at the Red Bull TV website from 2 PM to 10PM CST each day of the festival.
Red Bull TV is also premiering Skrillex's new 35-minute documentary, "Let's Make A Spaceship: Skrillex Mothership Tour 2014," which (if you couldn't guess) follows the process of the dubstep-king's ongoing and incredibly ambitious tour. The doc premieres immediately after Skrillex's headlining set at ACL and will be available to stream on demand through the Red Bull TV player immediately following the premiere.
Check out a list of all the artists you can watch on the stream below...
Outkast / Belle & Sebastian / St. Vincent
Murdoch is an effortless master of banter and was the most magnetic presence I saw on stage all day -- flirting with the crowd, sitting with legs crossed on the stage's edge, and pointing out that pretty much all songs are about sex. He also had some observations about Austin.The 2014 ACL Festival wrapped up its first weekend, kicking off on Friday night (10/3) in Austin, TX's Zilker Park with sets from Belle & Sebastian, Outkast, Beck, St. Vincent, Sam Smith, Jimmy Cliff, Temples and lots more. Pictures from those sets and more are in this post.
"Last time I was here none of those buildings were there," Murdoch said, pointing to the Austin skyline. "What the [expletive] happened? Are y'all having loads of children or something?"
On stage behind Murdoch and the 13 other members of the band was a backdrop with black-and-white shots of Belle & Sebastian's eight full-length albums arranged in a grid. Later in the set it was replaced with a couple of music videos accompanying a pair of new songs, "Perfect Couples," which was sung by lead guitarist Stevie Jackson, and "The Tricks in Your Head Are Alive." - [Austin 360]
The Austin City Limits Festival returns to Austin's Zilker Park for two weekends, October 3-5 & October 10-12. The lineup was just announced and includes Eminem, Pearl Jam, Outkast, Beck, The Replacements, Spoon, Belle & Sebastian, Interpol, Broken Bells, St. Vincent, Jimmy Cliff, The Gaslight Anthem, Jenny Lewis, The Rosebuds, Sam Smith, Real Estate, tUnE-yArDs, Jagwar Ma, Mac DeMarco, Polica, My Brightest Diamond and many more.
Tickets go on sale today (4/22) at 10 AM CDT. Full lineup below...
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Justin Vernon w/ The Shouting Matches / Grimes / Autre Ne Veut
The second weekend of Austin's 2013 ACL Festival went down this past Friday (10/11) and Saturday (10/12) (Sunday was cancelled) with the second day giving us sets from The Cure, Passion Pit, Kendrick Lamar, Shouting Matches (Justin Vernon's blues band), Wilco, Grimes, Junip, Haim, Autre Ne Veut, Parquet Courts and more. Pictures of those artists (except none of Kendrick), and others from weekend 2 day 2 are in this post.
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Atoms for Peace @ ACL Fest 10/6/2013
As you may have heard today's final day of Austin's ACL Fest's weekend 2 (10/13) was canceled due to flooding. Venues scrambled to book bands elsewhere and Atoms for Peace (who were to have headlined the Lady Bird stage tonight) landed at ACL Live / Moody Theatre. ACL will be streaming their performance live tonight at 10 PM CDT (11 PM Eastern). Watch it here.
Atoms for Peace played last Sunday (10/6) at weekend 1 of ACL and we already published a set of that and other W1D3 pics. A second set of Atoms for Peace pics from last weekend are in this post. You can check out pics of Weekend 2, Day 1 here and look for pics of the second day of ACL Weekend 2 soon. More of those Atoms for Peace pics below.
Like Passion Pit said, bands sometimes cancel shows due to weather. Austin City Limits reports:
Due to current weather conditions with flash flood warnings, The Austin City Limits Music Festival organizers have canceled the festival for Sunday, October 13.This would have been the sixth day of Austin City Limits which is now two weekends. Check out our pictures from Friday, and the ones from last Sunday which would have been the same lineup as today.
"Our first priority is always the safety of our fans, staff and artists," said Shelby Meade, communications director for C3 Presents, the promoter behind Austin City Limits Music Festival. "We regret having to cancel the show today, but safety always comes first."
Refunds will be issued automatically by check from Front Gate Tickets within three weeks. One-third of ticket price will be refunded to all ticket buyers based on original ticket price paid, and will be mailed to the billing address on the original order. For questions, please visit http://support.frontgatetickets.com.
UPDATE: Check out a picture of the flooding that happened already.
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QOTSA / Okkervil River / Blind Boys of Alabama / the scene 10/11/2013
Will Sheff and his band Okkervil River showed up for work Friday at the Honda Stage in a much different frame of mind than they did the previous Friday. "Playing festivals is the most fun, but also the most stressful thing we do," he said. "But having played here just last week makes it less nerve-wracking." All the sound mixes from last week have been kept on hard drives for every band returning.Weekend 2 of Austin's ACL Music Festival is underway as we speak, with an almost identical line-up and schedule and the first. Friday night (10/11) featured sets from Arctic Monkeys, Okkervil River, Queens of the Stone Age, Blind Boys of Alabama, Vampire Weekend, and more. Pictures from those bands' sets and more of the action are in this post.
Since this is the first year the Austin City Limits Music Festival has taken place on two consecutive weekends, with nearly identical lineups, Friday was the day to see if the lack of spontaneity would zap any of the enthusiasm from the first weekend. But the only difference seemed to be that everyone -- from bands to crews to fans -- seemed to be a bit more relaxed. We know how to do this. -[The Statesman]
Weekend 2 continues today (10/12) with sets from The Cure, Wilco, Passion Pit, Kings of Leon, Junip and loads of others. If you're not there, you can stream it live. We'll have more coverage of Weekend 2 of ACL 2013 BrooklynVegan and on BV Austin so stay tuned. You can check out pics from Weekend 1 as well. Meanwhile, more pics from Weekend 2, Day 1 below...
ACL 2013 Weekend 1 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
The 2013 ACL Festival completed its first weekend last week (10/4-6) and official ACL Late Night shows have been going on all week. Now the festival returns for its second weekend today (10/11) through Sunday (10/13), and if you're staying home for this one, you can still stream it live. The fest streams across two channels from 1:30-10:00 each day, and you'll be able to watch sets from Queens of the Stone Age, Vampire Weekend, The Cure, Depeche Mode, Phoenix, Arctic Monkeys, Passion Pit, Kendrick Lamar, The National, Atoms for Peace, Franz Ferdinand, Wilco, Savages and more. Check out the full streaming schedule and the webcast trailer video, below.
If you missed our weekend 1 coverage, you can see day 1 pics here and here, day 2 pics here and here, and day 3 pics here, plus pics of The National's aftershow where they were joined by Justin Vernon.
Webcast trailer and schedule below...
photos by Sarah Frankie Linder
The first of two weekends of Austin City Limits went down in Austin over the weekend, a ton of official aftershows included. One of those shows was headlined by The National at Stubb's on Saturday. Thao and The Get Down Stay Down opened. Justin Vernon (aka Bon Iver), who was in town to play with his band The Shouting Matches, surprised the lucky crowd by joining the National for their last two songs, "Terrible Love" and "Vanderlyle Crybaby Geeks" (Justin also sings on the album version). National frontman Matt Berninger gave the crowd even more love by jumping into it at the end of the latter. Watch video of both, along with a set of pictures from the show (though no pictures of Justin), and the National's setlist, below....
photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin
Divine Fits / Tame Impala / Franz Ferdinand @ ACL Fest 10/6/2013
Going by evidence presented all weekend at ACL Fest, of all the bands of their generation, Franz Ferdinand might be the only ones with a sense of humor.The first weekend of the 2013 ACL Music Festival wrapped up on Sunday (10/6) with another big day of bands, including Phoenix, Atoms for Peace, The National, Tame Impala, Divine Fits, Franz Ferdinand, Toro Y Moi, Dawes, pop superstar Lionel Richie and lots more. Pictures from those bands and other Sunday performers are in this post.
You can see it in the deliberately cartoonish oversized guitar amps with huge dials, knobs, and red lights erected in front of their actual backline. You can hear it as they morph one of their songs into Donna Summer's "I Feel Love."
The Glaswegian New Wave revivalists prove a master class in taut, muscular rock & roll and how to engage and entertain even the largest audience. - [Austin Chronicle]
ACL will do it all again -- almost identically -- this coming weekend (October 11 - 13). Many of the bands will be sticking around Texas in between to play official ACL Late Night shows which happen not just in Austin, but Dallas, Houston, and San Antonio too.
Divine Fits will be in NYC this weekend for the CBGB Festival, playing the big free Times Square show on Saturday afternoon (10/12) with My Morning Jacket, Grizzly Bear and a DJ set from James Murphy.