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ACL Review: Glass Animals
Indie rock colliding with the hysteria of boy band juggernauts made for an unexpected combination on Saturday. Nevertheless, UK quartet Glass Animals melded the two worlds together during their hour onstage. Dave Bayley worked the sprawling 6pm crowd into a frenzy, staying in constant motion as equal parts hype-man and frontman.

9:55AM Sun. Oct. 15, Libby Webster Read More | Comment »

ACL Review: Nick Hakim
Some artists thrill by bending a groove to its absolute limits. Others relish in breaking it altogether. On Saturday afternoon, Nick Hakim walked that line like a tightrope, his indie R&B jams twisting and turning around psychedelic riffs like a kaleidoscopic whirlwind.

9:35AM Sun. Oct. 15, Doug Freeman Read More | Comment »

ACL Review: Tash Sultana
After the ascension to mass dominance of Ed Sheeran, the novelty of seeing a musician accompany themself with self-generated loops should have worn off by now. On Saturday afternoon in Zilker Park, weekend-two-only performer Tash Sultana proved she isn’t merely beating her guitar, however.

9:15AM Sun. Oct. 15, Michael Toland Read More | Comment »

ACL Review: Vulfpeck
Vulfpeck’s Wisdom of Crowds tour ended not with a bang – or even last weekend’s onstage handstands – but with a solid dose of funk. Any skepticism that a core group of white dudes, particularly ones at the end of a grueling road schedule, couldn’t bring the house down was promptly drowned out in bass lines and a lively horn section on Friday afternoon.

10:45AM Sat. Oct. 14, Abby Johnston Read More | Comment »

ACL Review: James Vincent McMorrow
ACL Fest’s second weekend generally produces a relaxed attitude from artists. Many have been in Austin between concerts and feel they know the city more intimately. And it shows in their encore performances. That certainly held true for James Vincent McMorrow, compounded by the relief of knowing that Friday served as his last festival appearance of 2017.

10:25AM Sat. Oct. 14, Doug Freeman Read More | Comment »

ACL Review: Hamilton Leithauser
“Wow, wow, wow.” That, scribbled in my notes during Hamilton Leithauser’s howling, isolated vocal performance in “1959” on Friday afternoon, sums up the New Yorker’s powerhouse voice. It’s transformative, spanning Fifties crooning to raspy rock swagger. Even so, such an incredible instrument didn’t yield an incredible live set.

10:00AM Sat. Oct. 14, Libby Webster Read More | Comment »

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ACL Review: Ron Gallo
Gimmicks come and go in pop music, but the simple pleasures of three chords and a few hooks will never die. For example, former Toy Soldiers member Ron Gallo’s debut Heavy Meta revels in simple songs that reveal their melodic gifts early. That doesn’t mean the Philadelphian isn’t above some goofiness.

9:35AM Sat. Oct. 14, Michael Toland Read More | Comment »

ACL Review: Annabelle Chairlegs
2015 bubble-gummy debut Watermelon Summer still their sole recording, townie rockers Annabelle Chairlegs have promised a spookier sophomore follow-up ever since. Their Friday morning ACL Fest set delivered an array of tougher, shriek-ier unreleased compositions outside of their YouTube iterations.

9:15AM Sat. Oct. 14, Rachel Rascoe Read More | Comment »

Herbie Hancock’s Unreal ACL Taping
Planet Earth acknowledged long ago that Herbie Hancock is a critical entry in global culture, let alone music. Still, to physically witness true genius at the top of its game over 50 years in is a life-affirming excursion like few others. Surely bucket lists were checked off Thursday night at the Moody Theater during an electric Austin City Limits taping.

11:20AM Fri. Oct. 13, Kahron Spearman Read More | Comment »

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