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ACL Review: Radiohead
UK art-rock band (if we must), Radiohead remains as much a statement as a band. Perhaps in some low-key solidarity woven into the ominous red glow and disorienting frequency fuzz, the band began Friday night with a snippet of late goddess Nina Simone: “It’s just a feeling. ... Like all, all, like, like – I’ll tell ya what freedom is to me: No fear!”

12:55PM Sat. Oct. 1, Kahron Spearman Read More | Comment »

ACL Review: Flying Lotus
Flying Lotus may be the only ACL artist counting both Kendrick Lamar and Radiohead’s Thom Yorke as close collaborators and friends. Despite such connections it still proved incongruous seeing the L.A. producer on the festival’s biggest stage. This is a dude whose latest release, 2014’s You’re Dead!, is a largely instrumental concept record about death.

12:25PM Sat. Oct. 1, Thomas Fawcett Read More | Comment »

ACL Review: Band of Horses
Ben Bridwell was not happy.

11:59AM Sat. Oct. 1, Doug Freeman Read More | Comment »

ACL Review: Die Antwoord
When cultural anthropologists look back to explain mankind’s collapse, they can point to the unlikely global success of Die Antwoord. The most controversial act at ACL, the South African rave-rap duo of Ninja and Yolandi Visser crashed the Honda stage in an encore to their 2012 Zilker Park appearance with more production, provocation, and fans.

11:40AM Sat. Oct. 1, Doug Freeman Read More | Comment »

ACL Review: Julien Baker
Last year, Drake surprised ACL attendees by bringing Future onstage. This year’s unexpected fest collaboration came from Die Antwoord and Julien Baker. The Memphis singer-songwriter’s set unfolded at 6pm on the BMI Stage with just her, her guitar, and the obnoxious beats from the freak-rap duo on the nearby Honda Stage.

11:25AM Sat. Oct. 1, Libby Webster Read More | Comment »

ACL Review: Torey Lanez
Let’s be clear: Even if Tory Lanez proves a worthy adversary, he’ll never achieve Drake’s platinum ubiquity. That didn’t stop the Toronto rapper from trying during the dinner hour Friday at Zilker Park.

10:57AM Sat. Oct. 1, Alejandra Ramirez Read More | Comment »

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ACL Review: Foals
A weird energy beset the Samsung stage in anticipation of Friday night’s headlining spot. Despite picture perfect weather and sizeable crowds all afternoon, there hovered the unmistakable air that many of the people at the front of the crowd spent most of their Friday camped out watching a band that wasn’t Radiohead.

10:35AM Sat. Oct. 1, Abby Johnston Read More | Comment »

ACL Review: Bombino
The Tuareg culture’s musical fusion of West African rhythms, traditional melodies, and classic rock riffs has made serious inroads to Stateside six-string worship through envoys Terakaft and Tinariwen. No Tuareg has earned as high a profile as Bombino, and his Friday show in the ACL tent – the guitarist’s 100th performance this year – demonstrated why.

10:10AM Sat. Oct. 1, Michael Toland Read More | Comment »

Lit-urday: Margarito and the Snowman by REYoung
The last time REYoung had a book published – Unbabbling, his first – it was reviewed in the pages of The Austin Chronicle by Harvey Pekar.

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