So you have ACL passes... Now what? A KLBJ-friendly guide to ACL Bands
10/5/2012 2:20:00 PM
So you've got passes for Austin City Limits fest. Now what? The indie music lovers have their work cut out for them at ACL Fest, with the buzz bands dominating the lineup. The rockers will be good to go as well, with a few veterans and some new standouts. But what if the lineup looks foreign to you; just a jumble of names you've never heard of? We're here to help, with some KLBJ-friendly intel on some of the bands performing this year.
If you like… Bonnie Raitt
Go check out… Alabama Shakes
Friday, Google Play Stage, 5:30 PM
Alabama Shakes have been on the tips of everyone's tongue lately, with their album Boys and Girls appearing on tastemaker lists everywhere. Well don't worry that they won't live up to the hype. Frontwoman Brittany Howard has a soulful sound reminiscent of Raitt and many more, including Janis Joplin. Check out "Hold On" for yourself.
If you like… Townes Van Zandt
Go check out… M. Ward
Friday, Austin Ventures Stage, 7:30 PM
Portland's Matthew Ward is no stranger to the festival circuit. His soft-spoken brand of folk is the perfect antidote for over-rocking, yet he can most kick things up a notch with an electric guitar. His music is often reminiscent of the rock of Buddy Holly's days, so much so that he even paid tribute to the late great with a cover of his song "Rave On."
If you like… Stevie Ray Vaughn
Go check out… The Black Keys
Friday, Bud Light Stage, 8:30 PM
This should be a given, as Dan Auerbach and Pat Carney are well-known now for their throwback fuzzy sound, a tribute to the rock and roll of yore. Well don't miss the duo in action, when they close the fest out on Friday night.
If you like… Sting
Go check out… Gotye
Saturday, Google Play Stage, 7:00 PM
Chances are, this one hasn't escaped you. The infectious "Somebody That I Used to Know" was everywhere this spring and summer. But there's no denying the sonic similarities between frontman Wally De Backer and Mr. Tantric himself, Sting. If our word isn't enough, check out "Eyes Wide Open," below.
If you like… Bill Withers
Go check out… Michael Kiwanuka
Saturday, Austin Ventures Stage, 4:30 PM
England's Michael Kiwanuka is one of the many reasons why we can thank the UK lately. His voice oozes such wisdom that it's almost impossible to believe he's in his early 20's. Don't take our word for it. See him for yourself. You won't be sorry.
If you like... Otis Redding
Go check out... Lee Fields and the Expressions
Saturday, Zilker Stage, 5:30 PM
Like other neo soul prodigy Charles Bradley, Lee Fields is no spring chicken. Yet he gets buzz like one of those indie bands you're always hearing about. And on-stage, the man personifies soul, captivating the crowd in a way that only Otis Redding could.
If you like... Elvis
Go check out... Jack White
Saturday, AMD Stage, 8:00 PM
Say what you will about him, Jack White is poised and ready to take the title of this generation's greatest guitarist. See the master in action when he closes things out on Saturday night.
If you like... Neil Young and Crazy Horse
Go check out... Neil Young and Crazy Horse
Saturday, Bud Light Stage, 8:00 PM
Duh! This is a no-brainer.
If you like... Eric Clapton
Go check out... Gary Clark, Jr.
Sunday, AMD Stage, 2:15 PM
Austin's own Gary Clark, Jr. is rapidly emerging as the city's next big star, and this is probably one of your last chances to see him before he's selling out arenas.
If you like… The Band
Go check out… The Avett Brothers
Sunday, AMD Stage, 6:15 PM
Celebrate the spirit of the late, great Levon Helm with this band of brotherly love. Some related, some not, these guys celebrate an old school sound that's full of harmonization.
There you have it! We think that even though you may not be all that familiar with the new music dominating the ACL lineup, you're still in for a great time.