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Austin City Limits Music Festival

Sunday, Oct 14, 2012 11:00a

ACL Festival takes place on 46-acres in Zilker Park, the crown jewel of Austin’s public green spaces. It plays host not only to 130-plus artists from across the globe, but amazing local eats and wares, fun for the kiddos, green goings-on, and other cool activities to entertain you for three magical days.

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Performers at this Event
Rufus Wainwright
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A singer/songwriter whose lush, theatrical pop harked back to the traditions of Tin Pan Alley, cabaret, and even opera, Rufus Wainwright was born in 1973; the son of folk music luminaries Loudon Wainwright III and Kate McGarrigle, his parents divorced while he was a child, and he was raised by his mother in Montreal....
Barrington Levy
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Barrington Levy cut his teeth in the dancehalls of 1970s Jamaica as a member of the group Mighty Multitude before achieving international success during the '80s. A string of successful albums and singles that showcased Levy's blend of dancehall raggamuffin and smooth singing made him arguably the biggest reggae star of the '80s, particularly in his native Jamaica and the U....
Red Hot Chili Peppers
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California band that mixed biting rock guitar with funk rhythms to become superstars by the 1990s and inspire legions of imitators. ~ Rovi
Weezer
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As one of the most popular groups to emerge in the post-grunge alternative rock aftermath, Weezer received equal amounts of criticism and praise for their hook-heavy guitar pop. Drawing from the heavy power pop of arena rockers like Cheap Trick and the angular guitar leads of the Pixies, Weezer leavened their melodies with doses of '70s metal learned from bands like Kiss....
The Roots
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Philadelphia-based ensemble who elevated hip-hop with their use of live instrumentation. ~ Rovi
Iggy & The Stooges
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Because they only played one show in the UK, the whole legend of Iggy Pop and the Stooges came from film footage, blown-up stories and three monumental albums. If anyone has ever embodied the whole punk rock ethic it is this band....
Neil Young & Crazy Horse
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Crazy Horse is an American rock band best known for their association with Neil Young. They have been co-credited on a number of albums throughout Young's career and have released five albums of their own.
Thievery Corporation
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Highly rated electronica outfit who combine dub, lounge, jazz, hip-hop and Latin ingredients. ~ Rovi
Randy Rogers Band
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Indebted as much to Pearl Jam as Merle Haggard, the Randy Rogers Band has been slugging away in the country trenches since the early 2000s. ~ Rovi
Andrew Bird
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Andrew Bird first picked up a violin at age four and proceeded to spend his formative years soaking up classical repertoire completely by ear. As a teen, Bird mastered the sounds of early jazz, country blues and gypsy music....
Antibalas Afrobeat Orchestra
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New York-based Antibalas were formed in 1998 by musicians from King Changó, the Soul Providers, and the Daktaris. Influenced by Nigerian Afro-beat, American soul, and Latin dance grooves, Antibalas started playing at clubs around New York, hosting a weekend party called Africalia, giving them the opportunity to perform their particular style based on the combination of different cultures immersed in the band....
The Shins
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One of indie pop's most acclaimed and beloved acts, with an innovative sound driven by the witty, affecting songwriting of its frontman, James Mercer. ~ Rovi
Tegan and Sara
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Tegan & Sara are twin sisters from Canada who have won over legions of fans with their self-deprecating humor and energetic acoustic music that marries emo honesty with pop sparkle and songcraft....
M. Ward
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Portland, Oregon-based singer/songwriter M. Ward (born Matthew Stephen Ward) grew up listening to gospel and country, two genres that figure prominently in his breezy, West Coast take on Americana....
Umphrey's McGee
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Bonaroo darlings and breakout act of the post-Phish jam circuit. ~ Rovi
Metric
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One of the many offshoots of the Toronto-based Broken Social Scene collective, Metric is a muscular blend of early-21st-century indie-rock, and pastel-shaded new wave. Fronted by keyboardist-singer Emily Haines, the band, which debuted in 2003, has a winning way with synth-driven pop hooks, best evidenced on its second album, LIVE IT OUT, which garnered a domestic gold album on its 2005 release....
Esperanza Spalding
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Singer and instrumentalist Esperanza Spalding established herself as a wildly flourishing talent in the '00s. ~ Rovi
The Black Keys
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It’s too facile to call the Black Keys counterparts of the White Stripes: they share several surface similarities -- their names are color-coded, they hail from the Midwest, they’re guitar-and-drum blues-rock duos -- but the Black Keys are their own distinct thing, a tougher, rougher rock band with a purist streak that never surfaces in the Stripes....
M83
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In 2003, Frenchmen Anthony Gonzalez and Nicolas Fromageau enjoyed international acclaim for the album Dead Cities, Red Seas & Lost Ghosts, a luscious blend of shoegaze aesthetics, ambient pop, and progressive textures....
The Avett Brothers
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The Concord, North Carolina siblings Seth and Scott Avett formed the Avett Brothers after a series of informal jam sessions with friends. ~ Rovi
Steve Earle
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Steve Earle is set to release Townes, his highly anticipated follow up to the Grammy Award winning album Washington Square Serenade, on May 12th via New West Records. The 15-song set is comprised of songs written by Earle’s friend and mentor, the late singer-songwriter, Townes Van Zandt....
Gotye
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Gotye (pronounced "go-ti-yay" or "Gauthier") is the alias of Australian electronic pop trickster Wally de Backer. Born in Belgium and raised in Melbourne, de Backer began making music in his bedroom as a teen, and for several years fronted the rock band Downstares....
Bassnectar
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Bassnectar is the stage name used by DJ, producer, and remixer Lorin Ashton, one of the more popular and influential figures in California's electronic music community. Bassnectar's music is known for its eclecticism, embracing elements of extreme bass, dubstep, breakbeat, and other IDM styles, as well as shifting tempos, contrasting moods, and dynamics that go from gentle to bruising and back during the course of a set....
NEEDTOBREATHE
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Rivers In The Wasteland, NEEDTOBREATHE's latest album, opens a new chapter in the South Carolina-based rock band's story. But the band, comprised of brothers Bear and Bo Rinehart and Seth Bolt, couldn't have arrived here without the tumultuous narrative that came before, each aspect of their career building up to this point....
Crystal Castles
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Fusing low-res electronic noise and pop hooks so effortlessly that it can seem accidental, Crystal Castles began as producer/multi-instrumentalist Ethan Kath's solo project in late 2003....
Delta Spirit
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After the San Diego-based emo outfit Noise Ratchet called it quits in 2004, co-founders Jon Jameson (bass) and Brandon Young (drums) decided to ditch their punk-influenced sound for something more rootsy....
The Afghan Whigs
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The Afghan Whigs played a brand of smart no-frills rock perfectly suited to benefit from an interest in the underground generated by the grunge bonanza. Led by tortured soul Greg Dulli, the Whigs infused their tough guitar-based sound with elements of country, roots rock, and, later, a 1970s R&B vibe....
Jack White
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One of the most admired guitarists of the early 21st century, Jack White helped restore the popularity of punk-blues as the frontman of the White Stripes. Meanwhile, he widened his reach by participating in a range of other projects, including the Raconteurs, the Dead Weather, the Cold Mountain soundtrack, and Loretta Lynn's comeback vehicle Van Lear Rose....
The War On Drugs
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Mixing the grand-scale guitar attack of Sonic Youth and My Bloody Valentine with a melodic sense and lyrical perspective that recalls Bob Dylan roaring down Highway 61, Philadelphia's the War on Drugs are the creation of a pair of Dylan fans, Adam Granduciel and Kurt Vile, who met at a party in 2003....
Florence + the Machine
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Let’s talk about magic. Because music, at its best, is a kind of magic that lifts you up and takes you somewhere else. “I want my music to sound like throwing yourself out of a tree, or off a tall building, or as if you’re being sucked down into the ocean and you can’t breathe,” says Florence Welch....
Band of Skulls
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The gritty English trio Band of Skulls craft bluesy and ballsy slabs of atmospheric indie rock that echo the work of contemporaries like the Kills, Duke Spirit, and the Black Keys. Formed by Russell Marsden (guitar and vocals), Emma Richardson (bass and vocals), and Matt Hayward (drums) while attending college in the city of Southampton, the band (which was originally called Fleeing New York) recorded a buzz-worthy demo in 2008, which resulted in its full-length debut album, Baby Darling Doll Face Honey in 2009 and an accompanying international tour....
Big Gigantic
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Big Gigantic, whose blend of mind-bending beats, thunderous bass, and frenetic melodies has developed a rabid following since forming in 2008, took their sound to yet another dimension with the release of 2011's 'Nocturnal,' which solidified Big Gigantic as a key player in the worlds of electronic, dance, and hip-hop....
Two Door Cinema Club
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Mixing electronic polish with guitar-driven hooks à la Phoenix and the Postal Service, Bangor and Donaghadee, Northern Ireland's Two Door Cinema Club feature singer/guitarist/programmer Alex Trimble, guitarist/singer Sam Halliday, and bassist/singer Kevin Baird....
Die Antwoord
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Odd as they come, South African rap duo Die Antwoord debuted in 2010 with their viral hit “Enter the Ninja.” ~ Rovi
Kimbra
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Heard of her? Maybe you know her from her hit singles Cameo Lover, Good Intent and Two Way Street, or you’re one of the many voters that helped put all three in the ranks of Triple J’s Hottest 100 - the world’s biggest music poll....
Avicii
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After an incredible 2010 - with worldwide hit singles like "Bromance" and "My Feelings For You" plus hit remixes of Tiësto, Robyn, David Guetta, and Bob Sinclar - all bodes right for Avicii in 2011....
The Civil Wars
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An Americana, folk, and country duo formed around guitarist John Paul White and vocalist Joy Williams, the Civil Wars made a quick name for themselves with the release of a digital album, Live at Eddie's Attic, in 2009....
The Weeknd
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Allegedly "shrouded in mystery" despite social media presence (with accompanying photos) on Twitter, Tumblr, Facebook, Soundcloud, and YouTube, as well as major support from fellow Torontonian Drake, alternative R&B act the Weeknd -- a solo outlet for vocalist Abel Tesfaye -- surfaced in March 2011 with House of Balloons....
Location & Nearby Info
Zilker Metropolitan Park
2100 Barton Springs Rd.
Austin, TX 78746
(512) 499-6700
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Reviews & Comments
CRITICS REVIEWS
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(no rating) Nov. 5, 2007 - Austin360.com | Austin American-Statesman - David Amend

Acoustic bluegrass band the Avett Brothers rolled into Austin on Sunday night in their old Winnebago, concluding the Texas leg of their “Emotionalism” tour at La Zona Rosa.

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May 17, 2010 - Austin360.com | Austin American-Statesman - Patrick Caldwell

Producer extraordinaire Danger Mouse only helmed the consoles for one song - fuzzed out, whistle-accentuated lead single “Tighten Up” - off “Brothers,” the sixth album from galvanic Ohio blues rock duo the Black Keys.

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Sept. 13, 2010 - Austin360.com | Austin American-Statesman - Peter Mongillo

The strange second half of Weezer’s career has been well-documented. After Rivers Cuomo and company established themselves as an integral part of the ’90s soundtrack, they disappeared for a while and returned to make some albums that were dismissed by critics and a lot of fans as painfully low-quality compared with their older work.

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Jan. 20, 2009 - Austin360.com | Austin American-Statesman - Alex Daniel

What you get from “Noble Beast,” Andrew Bird’s fourth solo album since breaking with the Bowl of Fire, is what you’ve probably come to expect from the experimental pop song writing violinist: whirling whistles, swirling strings and a healthy helping of vibrato in every honey sweet harmony.

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June 7, 2010 - Austin360.com | Austin American-Statesman - Patrick Caldwell

San Diego quintet Delta Spirit’s first album - 2008’s “Ode to Sunshine” - spent its first nine minutes writing checks it couldn’t cash.

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May 24, 2010 - Austin360.com | Austin American-Statesman - Patrick Caldwell

The 2008 debut from Toronto electronica duo Ethan Kath and Alice Glass - also self-titled, leading many perplexed fans to dub the sophomore album “Crystal Castles II” - sounded something like the unholy spawn of New Order doing the business with a Nintendo Entertainment System.

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(no rating) March 19, 2009 - Austin360.com | Austin American-Statesman - Matthew Odam

Whether he is playing solo, with a drummer or accompanied by a full band, there are things you know you can expect when Chicago’s Andrew Bird takes the stage: enigmatic lyrics, artful whistling and layered loops of sonic strings.

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http://www.austin360.com/blogs/content/shared-gen/ - Austin360.com | Austin American-Statesman - Joe Gross

A funny thing happened to Steve Earle recently: Barack Obama was elected president. Suddenly, the politics that defined the past few years of Earle’s career could be subsumed. Earle could get back to his first love: songwriters he would love to write as well as.

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(no rating) Sept. 26, 2008 - Austin360.com | Austin American-Statesman - Peter Mongillo

M. Ward and his band played to a super-packed tent, running through 2006’s “Post-War” album. Ward is an entertainer—after a solo acoustic number he brought out a band of five, which included two drummers (and two drum sets), and offered up rocking versions of “Right in the Head,” “Chinese Translation” and “Requiem,” among others.

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(no rating) April 26, 2012 - Austin360.com | Austin American-Statesman - Chad Swiatecki

Is The Black Keys’ Patrick Carney the most entertaining drummer currently out on the road? He’s certainly in the discussion, in no small part because of his front-and-center profile as a main cog in the previously two-man (now mostly four) blues-cum-arena rock band.

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(no rating) Jan 15, 2012 - Austin360.com | Austin American-Statesman - Peter Mongillo

In October, the Alabama Shakes rolled into New York for the CMJ music festival, which, like South by Southwest, gives bands a chance to get seen by media, industry people and music fans. It was their first New York show, and they were scheduled to play only one set at the Bowery Ballroom, a high-profile venue on Manhattan's Lower East Side. The group, a four-piece rock and soul outfit fronted by Brittany Howard, who sings and plays guitar, had been touring as the openers for the Drive-By Truckers, and people were starting to notice, including NPR's Ann Powers, who gave the band a nod after seeing them play in Tuscaloosa, Ala.

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USER REVIEWS
Jan 16, 2010 - jamnj on Gary Clark Jr.
Antoins' Performance

Looking at the Audience taking in your show, They looked like they were in a trance, Hypnotized by your performance! Great Show, Great Songs, Great Band!
"JJ"- JAMN-J Productions, 210-846-9339

 
 
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