The ACL Fest Lineup came out today–and I have to say I’m pretty excited about it. Not only are some of my favorite big touring acts performing, but this may be the largest selection of Austin musicians ever at ACL. Check it out:
I know a lot of folks are excited about Depeche Mode and the Cure (two of my favorite bands when I was a kid), I’m actually most excited to see so many of my favorite Austin bands/buds on the lineup this year. I think it might be the largest selection of locals ever.
[UPDATE: Not all bands will be playing both weekends. Here's the full list of those only playing one weekend.
My Faves: Psych rock superstars The Black Angels have the highest billing for a local act, followed closely behind The Bright Light Social Hour, who will be playing new music off their upcoming album. Two of my favorite stompy tonk heros Whiskey Shivers and Not In the Face, one-man band Shakey Graves, dance happy rock band Bobby Jealousy, bloghouse buzzman Max Frost, plus indie faves Okkervil River, Dana Falconberry, and White Denim.
My favorite headliner this year is Atoms For Peace, Thom Yorke's electronic supergroup. Other bands haven't seen before but would love to see are Tame Impala, Kendrick Lamar, Electric Six, Foxygen, and Grimes. And of course, it'd be nice to see Phoenix, Vampire Weekend, the National, Franz Ferdinand, Toro Y Moi, and Local Natives again.
The biggest diamond in the rough, however, is Shuggie Otis. One of my favorite 70's soul singers, he's a bit of a pioneer. When you listen to his classic record Inspiration Information, you can hear the proto-sounds of electronic and hip hop beats n the 80s and 90s. In fact, that album has been sampled more times than I can count.
Take a listen to his hit Strawberry Letter 23, below, and tell me how many samples you can find!
Tickets for BOTH Weekends,October 4th-6th and October 11th-13th, go on sale at 10AM. Get 'em here.