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ACL Live Review: Amber Mark
Second Sunday’s American Express stage hosted some of music’s biggest names – Travis Scott, Vince Staples, Janelle Monáe – but it fell to relatively unknown opener Amber Mark to christen the day’s illustrious tone.

9:20AM Mon. Oct. 15, Isabella Castro-Cota Read More | Comment »

ACL Live Review: Lil Wayne
Rumors of gunshots at Atlanta’s A3C Festival brought a recent Lil Wayne appearance to a swift end. ACL Fest could not, would not be spoiled by mere cocksure bros and vomiting, underaged girls. The unusually grand return of Dwayne Michael Carter, Jr. continued at his punched-in, 7pm HomeAway slot on Saturday.

10:05AM Sun. Oct. 14, Kahron Spearman Read More | Comment »

ACL Live Review: Chvrches
Not all heroes wear capes. Besides calling Ted Cruz a “cock popsicle,” Lauren Mayberry loosened her political ennui in an expletive-filled diatribe before dedicating anti-love ode “Leave a Trace” to women survivors of sexual assault and abuse. “This is for all the ladies who have survived something,” lamented the Chvrches singer on Saturday.

9:35AM Sun. Oct. 14, Alejandra Ramirez Read More | Comment »

ACL Live Review: Rhye
If one walked past the Tito’s tent around 4:30pm on Saturday and overheard the ethereal, reverb swell of vocals, they might expect to see a young female pop singer crooning inside. Closer inspection revealed Mike Milosh, band leader of Rhye, whose high-pitched contralto register has redefined masculinity in R&B since the release of his 2013 debut, Woman.

9:10AM Sun. Oct. 14, Dan Gentile Read More | Comment »

ACL Live Review: IamDDB
IamDDB’s set early Saturday afternoon felt like watching an old friend perform at a backyard barbecue. Born Diana De Brito, the UK rapper struck quite the pose at the Barton Springs stage. Her braids dipped blue with eyebrows to match, and backdropped by two DJs, she proved rooting for.

8:55AM Sun. Oct. 14, Isabella Castro-Cota Read More | Comment »

ACL Review: Durand Jones & the Indications
Every few years, a new band channels Stax, Motown, and old school soul as if Prince never happened. Borderline racist cartoons like St. Paul & the Broken Bones can’t fill the footwear of the late Sharon Jones and Charles Bradley, but maybe Bloomington’s Durand Jones & the Indications, whose debut found new life via a reissue on local imprint Dead Oceans, can.

8:35AM Sun. Oct. 14, Michael Toland Read More | Comment »

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ACL Live Review: Charley Crockett
“I didn’t expect there to be a quarter this many people here,” enthused Charley Crockett to a crowd gathered for his ACL Fest debut at high noon Saturday on the BMI stage. The crowd wasn’t simply onlookers and curious, early-afternoon arrivals, either. Fans of the local country-soul crooner had arrived early to catch an infrequent hometown set.

8:20AM Sun. Oct. 14, Doug Freeman Read More | Comment »

ACL Live Review: Paul McCartney
The Beatles made pop music that normally shouldn’t work, and Paul McCartney knows it. After performing the billet-doux jangle of “From Me to You,” he recalled, “Someone asked me once, ‘What was the turning point for you and the band?’” As he cradled a Martin guitar and hummed the melody to the tune in its major key, the answer seemed to be the actual song.

10:50AM Sat. Oct. 13, Alejandra Ramirez Read More | Comment »

ACL Live Review: The National
“I’m not actually that tired,” joked the National frontman Matt Berninger after crawling on the ground during “Graceless” from 2013’s Trouble Will Find Me. “That’s just showbiz stuff.”

10:10AM Sat. Oct. 13, Dan Gentile Read More | Comment »

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