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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 »

ACL Review: Lily Allen
Lily Allen, born English theatrical royalty, should’ve been a rapper.

9:45AM Sat. Oct. 13, Clara Wang Read More | Comment »

ACL Live Review: Noname
Going the bulk of her career hiding in plain sight, 27-year-old Chicago rapper Fatimah Nyeema Warner continues to undergo the slow process of revealing who she actually is – on her terms, of course. Her 2:45pm date Friday at the HomeAway stage further exposed a natural conversationalist with perhaps generational talent.

9:05AM Sat. Oct. 13, Kahron Spearman Read More | Comment »

ACL Live Review: Nicole Atkins
The first festival Nicole Atkins ever played was ACL Fest 2007, and the Asbury Park, NJ., native made a splash with a set that recalled her city’s most famous son, Bruce Springsteen. For her return early on the festival’s second Friday, Atkins began her BMI stage set evoking another of her hometown’s heroes: Southside Johnny & the Asbury Jukes.

8:45AM Sat. Oct. 13, Michael Toland Read More | Comment »

ACL Live Review: Big Thief
Big Thief didn’t return to a second weekend of ACL to invigorate. Instead, they offered decompression. On the festival’s second Friday, the Brooklyn indie rock quartet congregated unassumingly in the center of the Barton Springs stage, with no adornments aside from an assortment of amps and speakers that made them appear smaller.

8:30AM Sat. Oct. 13, Isabella Castro-Cota Read More | Comment »

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Talking Prince With Revolution Drummer Bobby Z
Born Robert B. Rivkin in Minneapolis in 1956, “Butzie” met up with Prince Rogers Nelson in 1977 and became his Andy Newmark a la Sly & the Family Stone: white drummer in a multi-racial/-cultural R&B band. He appeared on seven Prince LPs between Dirty Mind and Sign O' the Times. “Z” and a reformed Revolution rally ACL’s Tito’s tent on Sunday, 6pm.

3:13PM Wed. Oct. 10, Tim Stegall Read More | Comment »

ACL Live Review: Travis Scott
Travis Scott’s music is too sporadic, momentary, and Auto-Tuned to succeed anywhere but within the ephemeral conscious of the smartphone generation. His weekend one closing set on Sunday proved songs are merely the Houston rapper’s overture.

1:07PM Mon. Oct. 8, Jeremy Steinberger Read More | Comment »

ACL Live Review: Arctic Monkeys
Arctic Monkeys’ brilliant but divisive sixth studio album, this year’s Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino, set up their fourth ACL Fest appearance on Sunday and begged the question whether the intimate, lounge-y concept album would translate across a festival field or even mesh with their previous arena-rocked hits.

12:30PM Mon. Oct. 8, Doug Freeman Read More | Comment »

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