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Dolly Parton Glitters Up Red River
Dolly Parton’s take on “Pure and Simple” looks like other people’s craft explosion. Thus named, the Austin stop of the singer’s tour began with a moment of tranquility. Billowing curtains hung in five columns, lightbulbs strung among them twinkling as the sound of crickets transformed the Erwin Center into the Tennessee backyard of Parton’s childhood.

12:55PM Wed. Dec. 7, 2016, Abby Johnston Read More | Comment »

ACL Review: LCD Soundsystem II
ACL’s Weekend Two Sunday night capped off LCD Soundsystem’s festival-heavy “revival tour,” which has been raging around the U.S. since March. Leader James Murphy also confirmed something fans have all been hoping, but hasn’t been so expressly stated until last night: The band will be back in three months, touring behind a new album.

12:35PM Mon. Oct. 10, 2016, Abby Johnston Read More | Comment »

ACL Review: Conor Oberst
At 36, Conor Oberst might be getting too ornery for music festivals.

11:45AM Sun. Oct. 9, 2016, Abby Johnston Read More | Comment »

ACL Review: Major Lazer
Major Lazer’s current tour may be called Peace Is the Mission, but their return to Zilker Park on Friday night for the second weekend of ACL came off anything but tranquil. There was fire. There were dancers. There was a stampede. And there were frat bros. So many frat bros.

10:45AM Sat. Oct. 8, 2016, Abby Johnston Read More | Comment »

ACL Review: LCD Soundsystem
My favorite picture of all of my nine years at ACL Fest was captured last time LCD Soundsystem took to Zilker. It was 2010, and James Murphy and company had just put out third album This Is Happening. My three friends and I waged a full-tilt dance party in the middle of their late-afternoon set.

2:00PM Mon. Oct. 3, 2016, Abby Johnston Read More | Comment »

ACL Review: AlunaGeorge
“Ladies, let me ask you something,” prompted Aluna Francis midway through her suppertime Saturday set. “Who’s in control?” The largely female audience answered with a roar as the singer launched into the tripping electronic beat of “I’m In Control,” tinted with Jamaican-style elements worked in from collaborator and producer George Reid.

11:45AM Sun. Oct. 2, 2016, Abby Johnston 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, 2016, Abby Johnston Read More | Comment »

Happy Birthday James Blake
“At what age do you want to stop hearing ‘Happy Birthday’?” wondered James Blake about halfway through his 90-minute set at the Moody Theater on Sunday night. An audience member had just started a halfhearted impromptu sing-along to celebrate the UK crooner turning 28 today. “I think that may be now,” he quipped.

1:45PM Mon. Sep. 26, 2016, Abby Johnston Read More | Comment »

Frank Ocean Goes Blonde
Frank Ocean left fans in limbo for four long years after his masterful 2012 release Channel Orange. The road to the Long Beach singer’s follow-up was reportedly littered with missed deadlines and broken promises, causing a chorus of finger drumming. Would one of pop’s most important voices ever return?

11:50AM Fri. Aug. 26, 2016, Abby Johnston Read More | Comment »

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