ACL Saturday: Ladies Day?

Under-represented music fest sex triumphs!

Saturday ACL topper Claire Boucher, aka Grimes
Saturday ACL topper Claire Boucher, aka Grimes

Scan ACL’s hierarchical line-up, and seven lines in you’ll find your first female act. Women still account for tiny percentages of music festival talent, but Saturday in Zilker Park is a feminist’s dream.

Bobby Jealousy (11:15am, Austin Ventures stage)

Bobby Jealousy front woman Sabrina Ellis leads two bands of boys, doubling as the lead screamer for local punk outfit A Giant Dog. In that band as well as ACL first-weekend guests Bobby Jealousy, she shines as the undisputed star. Sometimes crass and always talented, Ellis has made her mark as one of the queens of the local scene.

Deap Vally (1pm, Bud Light stage)

Guitarist Lindsey Troy and drummer Julie Edwards have been waltzing into L.A. bars and steamrolling stereotypes with their powerful blues-rock. This year they took it on the road. Deap Vally’s hit every major summer fest on the circuit, making ACL the close to a busy season.

Haim (2pm, AMD stage)

Along with their lauded debut LP, the SoCal Haim sisters released a role-reversing video on the merits of heartbreak. In “The Wire,” the trio exudes post-breakup independence, dragging along the audience and Lonely Island’s Jorma Taccone in their Nineties-tinted wake.

Grimes (5pm, Honda stage)

Vancouver’s Claire Boucher, known in electronic circles as Grimes, remains one the sole woman clinging near the top of the ACL lineup this year (along with Neko Case). Her deceptively bouncy “Oblivion” deals with the aftermath of assault. The self-proclaimed feminist has taken to her Tumblr in voicing frustration with the male gaze and a perpetually sexist music industry.

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