Austin City Limits Music Festival Lineup Unveiled

Fall free-for-all bags 134 acts minus black metal

Depeche Mode on the cover of our SXSW Daily supplement, 3.16.13
Depeche Mode on the cover of our SXSW Daily supplement, 3.16.13
photo by Gary Miller

C3 Presents dropped its annual bomb on our fair city minutes ago, revealing the full artist lineup for the 13th running of the Austin City Limits Music Festival. It’s raw. It’s robust. It’s got just about everyone you could think of. Sink your teeth into it.

Now’s the time to stop trying to decode all those Topo Chico bottle caps. The ACL lineup’s finally out, y’all, grab your sunscreen and dreamcatcher necklaces. Zilker Park breaks its back for us in five months. Till then, let’s break down the band list.

This year’s lineup boasts 134 different acts, all of whom take their respective turns onstage during each of the festival’s two weekends. There are oldies (Depeche Mode, The Cure), newbies (19-year-old British songwriter Jake Bugg, Thom Yorke’s supergroup Atoms for Peace), and a whopping 20 locals on the menu, with something for everybody, including White Denim, currently at work on their fifth full-length LP with Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy.

Alejandro Escovedo’s venerable True Believers also saddle up, alongside: Dixie Chicks sisters the Court Yard Hounds; NPR object of affection Shakey Graves; Austin Psych Fest masterminds the Black Angels; and teenaged blues duo the Peterson Brothers, who headline the Chronicle’s Paper Cuts series next Tuesday.

Elsewhere, worthy notables include SXSW buzz bands Fidlar, Red Baraat , Kendrick Lamar and HAIM, as well as Britt Daniel’s Divine Fits, Matthew Houck’s Phosphorescent, plus Passion Pit and the National, both of whom can evidently crossover to play either of Austin’s two fall festivals, this bad boy and Fun Fun Fun Fest, which happens in November. Muse returns to headline (again) as well as Kings of Leon (again) and the Arctic Monkeys, who cross the Atlantic Ocean for their third ACL set since 2007.

Those looking to catch up on the Chronicle Music desk’s personal hit list should look no further than ACL’s extensive soul shadow, which includes 59-year-old reissue Shuggie Otis; revivalists JC Brooks & the Uptown Sound; and the great D’Angelo, who, according to my buddy Pete, in attendance at the neo-soul man‘s Brooklyn Bowl appearance alongside Questlove in March, still sings like “raw, skin-peeling sex.”

Speaking of sex, chief crooner Lionel Richie shows up waaay atop the marquee. I was born in 1984; “All Night Long (All Night)” dropped in 1983. That man’s music is surely responsible for at least some degree of my life’s conception.

Also worth mentioning comes Austin upstart Max Frost, a multi-instrumentalist producing something between hip-hop and smooth pop and whose bandwagon includes such disparate figureheads as Bun B and Bob Schneider.

Should be something for everybody, except for those obsessed entirely with black metal. For that, we recommend May’s Chaos in Tejas ad nauseum. ACL outfit Parquet Courts play that one, too.


Alanna Royale

Andrew Duhon

Arctic Monkeys

Asleep at the Wheel

Atoms for Peace

Autre Ne Veut

The Band of Heathens

Barton Hills Choir

Bear Mountain

Black Angels

Blind Boys of Alabama

Bobby Jealousy

Bright Light Social Hour

Brooke Waggoner



Colin Lake


Court Yard Hounds

The Cure


Dan Croll

Dana Falconberry


Deap Vally

Delta Rae

Depeche Mode

Desert Noises

Disciples of Christ

Divine Fits

The Durdens

The Dynamites feat. Charles Walker

Electric Guest

Electric Six


Eric Church



Franz Ferdinand


Grace London

Greensky Bluegrass




Heavenly Voices Choir

Holly Williams


Hundred Waters

Jacuzzi Boys

Jake Bugg

JC Brooks & the Uptown Sound

JD Mcpherson

Jimmy Eat World

Jon Spencer Blues Explosion

The Joy Formidable



Kendrick Lamar

Kings of Leon

Kristin Diable & the City

Latasha Lee & the BlackTies

Lionel Richie


Little Green Cars

Local Natives

The Lone Bellow

Luella & the Sun

The Mavericks

Max Frost

The McCrary Sisters


Ms Mr


My Jerusalem

The National

Neko Case

Noah & the Whale

Not in the Face

The Ohmies

Okkervil River

Paper Diamond

Parquet Courts

Passion Pit

Peter DiStefano & Tor

Peterson Brothers Band





Portugal. The Man

The Preservation

Purity Ring

Queens of the Stone Age

Red Baraat


Roadkill Ghost Choir


School of Rock

Shakey Graves

Shannon LeBrie


Shovels & Rope

The Shouting Matches

Shuggie Otis

Silversun Pickups

Smith Westerns

Sons of Fathers

The Stapletones

Tame Impala

Thao & the Get Down Stay Down

Tim & the Space Cadets

Toro y Moi

True Believers

Twin Forks


Tyree Morris & Hearts of Worship

Valerie June

Vampire Weekend

The Verve Pipe

Vintage Trouble

Walk the Moon

The Warrior Gospel Band

Whiskey Shivers

White Denim

Wick-it the Instigator



Wild Belle

Wild Cub

Wild Feathers

Wild Nothing

X Ambassadors

The Q Brothers

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