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Thursday, October 28, 2010
Tuesday, October 26, 2010
One of the bigger tours rolling through town this fall is Jónsi's "Go" Tour and it is happening tonight. He will be bringing Mountain Man along to open up the show so get ready for a mix of theatrics and mellow music that should make for an excellent night out. The show starts early, with doors opening at 7 pm and the show at 8 pm at Austin Music Hall.
Jonsi and Mountain Man were scheduled to play a free, acoustic in-store performance at End of an Ear before the show to provide fans with a more intimate setting to get closer to the Sigur Rós frontman, but the in-store performances have been cancelled after the first date in Los Angeles. According to his press team, the performance was very uncomfortable for Jónsi and they are essentially taking all the blame. All of the main shows are still on, as scheduled, so make it out for a special evening.
Friday, October 15, 2010
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Wednesday, October 13, 2010
Caribou and Arp will be in town tomorrow night, Thursday October 14, at La Zona Rosa. The show is likely to sell out due in large part to Swim, the most recent Caribou album. Dan Snaith created his best album to date with club-inspired songs that transcend decades of what's already been made in the genre. Their live performance is always something to marvel at with dueling drummers and a whole lot more going on over the course of one set. Arp will be opening the show and their ambient, psychedelic tunes are sure to set the right tone for Caribou. It will be easy to get lost in Arp's sonic waves so show up early and treat yourself. Austin in lucky to get such a great show and you'd be a fool to miss it.
Video : Caribou - "Sun"
Tuesday, October 12, 2010
La Zona Rosa will be playing host to a few great shows this week and the first of those features Blitzen Trapper and The Fruit Bats. You'd be a fool to miss either band play and they will both be sharing the stage this Wednesday evening, October 13. Doors will open at 8:30 p.m. and tickets will be $16.
Video: Blitzen Trapper - "The Tree"
Sunday, October 10, 2010
Sunday's schedule for ACL might be the best day of the festival. Its definitely hard to pick one out of the three, but the lineup for Sunday is superb. Starting things off with Warpaint, then Ted Leo and the Pharmacists or Foals, depending on your preference for punk or Brit-pop, respectively. The Morning Benders vs. Gayngs is a tough choice, but both are pretty easy going. The Morning Benders have a bit more energy but Gayngs will definitely pull people in thanks to the Bon Iver connection. Yeasayer vs. Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros is yet another tough choice. If you want the cultish, crowd-pleasing performance you'll get with Edward Sharpe, go that route. If you want something a bit more electronic and on the weirder side, Yeasayer is the one for you. The Flaming Lips vs. Band of Horses should be an easy choice if you've seen one band and not the other. If you've seen The Flaming Lips, you've seen about all there is to see with one of their shows. If you're a huge fan, you'll be there anyway, but if you're luke-warm, go see Band of Horses if only for the harmonies and mellow vibes. One of the biggest pulls for Sunday should be The National. Their most recent album, High Violet, is at the top of this year's releases and their performance is sure to be commanding. They are justified in having such a high bill and they are sure to keep you enamored.
Friday, October 08, 2010
ACL brings so many bands to town that the festival cannot contain them all on the grounds of Zilker Park. The festival is completely sold-out, but that doesn't mean that you have to miss out on seeing the bigger bands on smaller stages after the gates of the park close. Here's a rundown of tomorrow's non-festival festivities:
- Zola Jesus in-store @ End of an Ear - 2 p.m.
- Lance Hahn memorial show with Ted Leo and the Pharmacists, Zola Jesus, How I Quit Crack, and more @ Red 7
- School of Seven Bells and more @ Mohawk
- Sonic Youth / Warpaint @ La Zona Rosa - SOLD OUT
- Girls / The Soft Pack @ Antone's
- Gayngs / Bear In Heaven @ Emo's (outside)
- The Black Keys / Foals @ Stubb's
Each and every one of these shows is worthy of your time and hard-earned money, so if you've got the energy, you should definitely get off the couch and make it out to one of these!
Saturday's line up is marred with schedule conflicts, but with a little clever planning, you can make the best of it. Starting the day with Austin's Balmorhea is an easy choice. The band puts on a great show and I feel like they should have a higher billing. If you can't make a decision between First Aid Kit and The Very Best, my suggestion would be to camp out for Bear in Heaven. The band's latest album, Beast Rest Forth Mouth, will be on our best of 2010 list and their performance has to be worth waiting for.
Mayer Hawthorne and The Black Lips play at the same time and if you like something a bit easier to listen to, Mayer Hawthorne is the place for you. The Black Lips will definitely put on a crowd pleasing, probably weird show, so if that's your thing, get out to the stage and enjoy their performance.
Local Natives and The xx are must-see bands on our list. Local Natives put on a great show and are sure to get the crowd on their side in no time. The crowd will more than likely not be familiar with their material but when the gates close on Saturday night, most who catch their performance will head home and download Gorilla Manor, the band's debut LP. While The xx are more than likely not best seen in a huge festival setting, they seldom play shows in these parts, so check them out while you can.
Monsters of Folk take the stage during The xx's performance, but their two hour set time will give you plenty of time to see a bit of both. If folk isn't really your thing, LCD Soundsystem might do the trick and they'd be a great band to end the day with. If you still haven't gotten your fill, the choice between the lesser of two... lesser acts, would be M.I.A. Muse is a high-flying, big budget act with soaring, epic songs. M.I.A. has been on a bit of a down-slope since her huge radio success with "Paper Planes" and I wouldn't be surprised if she chose to avoid the song altogether. Still, I'd be more interested to see her performance.
Thursday, October 07, 2010
Friday was probably the easiest day to pick a schedule that is practical and not full of conflicting set times. Starting the day off with The Soft Pack and The Mountain Goats is a no-brainer. If you have to skip The Soft Pack to get a good spot for The Mountain Goats, do it. The band is incredible in a live setting and it should be interesting to see them on a huge stage.
The battle between Miike Snow and Girls is a tough one but I would say that you should go with whichever is more important to you. Miike Snow have great songs and would probably translate really well in the festival setting. Girls make for a more intimate performance but they have some crowd-pleasers in their catalogue that will probably appeal to everyone, even the Greek life kids out there.
The rest of the day is smooth sailing. From The Black Keys to Beach House to Spoon to Sonic Youth to The Strokes, you can't really go wrong. My only question is, why are The Strokes at a higher bill than Sonic Youth? Vampire Weekend is also playing at the same time but if that is a tough decision for you, you're probably better off at Vampire Weekend. The contest isn't a real one though.
Everyone's favorite local, big-time, (not quite) summer music festival, Austin City Limits, is rolling into town tomorrow and all the out-of-towners and locals alike will be able to bask in the fantastic weather and good music that has been provided for all of us this year. Honestly, I cannot remember a time when the weather was this good for ACL. Anyone who's going should count their lucky stars, as the whole thing is completely sold-out at this point. The line-up is heavy on the lesser-known acts and we will be highlighting our picks for each day over the course of the festival. We will also be informing you of the after-shows you can hit up if you want a more intimate setting, didn't get to see the band thanks to a lame scheduling conflict or just didn't get tickets to the festival. Stay tuned!