The process of finalizing your ACL Festival game plan can be incredibly stressful. It involves extensive research, careful planning and in some cases, sacrifice. Luckily, our panel of local music experts gave us some tips on which artists to check out at this year’s festival.
She was even kind enough to put together a playlist of her favorites for us that you can find here.
Known as White Dress when she resided in Austin, Arum Rae has since moved to Brooklyn and dropped the moniker. Makes me think of a Lana Del Ray meets Loretta Lynn.
Friday, Oct. 3 at 11:15-11:45 a.m. – Austin Ventures Stage
ACL Late Night Show-Saturday, Oct. 4 at Stubb’s Inside (after Tegan and Sara)
If you’re craving an 80’s synth pop dance party, (Like me. ALL. THE. TIME.) Sphynx will do it to it. These dudes are like a DIY Empire of the Sun.
Friday, Oct. 3 at 12:00-12:40 p.m. – Austin Ventures Stage
Mike & The Moonpies
These good time honky-tonk country boys held down a legendary, all are welcome, Thursday night residency at the White Horse for over two years, enjoyed by hipsters and two steppers alike. They currently seem to be on a mission to play every Honky Tonk in Texas and pack it while doing it.
Saturday, Oct. 4 at 12:00-12:40 p.m. – Austin Ventures Stage
South of Nowhere is the debut album from this trio, but these artists are no newbies. Spanish Gold is made up of the drummer of My Morning Jacket, Patrick Hallahan, lead vocals from Dante Schwebel (Hacienda and City and Colour) and guitarist Adrian Quesada (Groupo Fantasma). For fans of My Morning Jacket, Dr. Dog, Grupo Fantasma, Hacienda.
Saturday, Oct. 4th and Oct. 11 at 12:30-1:30 p.m. – Samsung Galaxy Stage
ACL Late Night Show Friday, Oct. 3 at Stubb’s inside (after Jenny Lewis)
It’s an obvious choice. They Want My Soul, Spoon’s eighth studio album was produced by Joe Chiccarelli (The Shins, U2, Beck) and Dave Fridmann (Flaming Lips, Tame Impala, MGMT)
Sunday, Oct. 5 and Oct. 12 at 6:00-7:00 p.m. – Honda Stage
ACL Late Night Show Saturday, Oct. 11 at Stubb’s
Penny & Sparrow
For those nights you just want to put on your jammies and cry into your ice cream.
Friday, Oct. 10 at 11:15-11:45 a.m. – Austin Ventures Stage
Black Pistol Fire
Obvious comparisons to The Black Keys, White Stripes and early Kings of Leon are plentiful but this duo has enough skill and swagger to make it their own.
Friday, Oct. 10 at 12:00-12:40 p.m. – Austin Ventures Stage
ACL Late Night Show, Thursday, Oct. 2 at Stubb’s Inside (after Beck)
Saints of Valory
A reminder that there is still a niche of tidy, polished radio rock coming from Austin and they get signed by major labels. For fans of Coldplay, Alpha Rev, Blue October.
Friday, Oct. 10 1:15-2:15 p.m. – RetailMeNot Stage
Ms. Wolfe’s summer took a scary turn when she unexpectedly needed brain surgery in July. But she was back in action soon after and I’m excited to hear her new EP, Roulette, out Oct. 7.
Sunday, Oct. 12 11:15-11:45 a.m., Austin Ventures Stage
ACL Late Night Show Saturday, Oct. 4 at Stubb’s Inside (after Tegan and Sara)
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