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ACL Review: Jay-Z
Jay-Z remains one of the greatest rappers to ever pick up a mic, his place in hip-hop’s pantheon cemented. Going from scrappy street hustler to Oprah status in a career spanning 13 albums and more than two decades, the 47-year-old Brooklyn kid has nothing left to prove. Friday’s headlining set against an Austin skyline demonstrated that for better or worse.

11:50AM Sat. Oct. 7, Thomas Fawcett Read More | Comment »

ACL Review: The xx
The question ahead of the xx’s headlining slot on the Honda stage Friday evening was less “What will they play?” and more “How will it play?”

11:25AM Sat. Oct. 7, Libby Webster Read More | Comment »

ACL Review: Solange
Solange’s career took a turn with 2016’s A Seat at the Table, and so, too, did her live performances. Her quirky dance moves, carried out in tandem with her band, and penchant for color-coordinated outfits remain, but those are the only relics of what was once a lighthearted jaunt in line with Sixties-era girl groups like the Shirelles.

11:10AM Sat. Oct. 7, Abby Johnston Read More | Comment »

ACL Review: Ryan Adams
“Hey, you! Dude with the glasses,” Americana icon Ryan Adams hollered mid-set on Friday. “Are you havin’ fun? Are you rockin’ out? Then stop takin’ fuckin’ flash photos! I have Ménière’s disease [an inner ear condition that could eventually claim his hearing], and flash messes me up! Seriously, if you haven’t got the photo now, you never will! Give it up!”

10:40AM Sat. Oct. 7, Tim Stegall Read More | Comment »

ACL Review: Bonobo
Cradled by swashes of warm yellow and orange lights from the Tito’s tent early Friday evening, British DJ Bonobo (Simon Green) stood behind boards of keys and electronics, flanked by a quartet consisting of a drummer, guitarist, an interchanging flutist, and a keyboardist.

10:17AM Sat. Oct. 7, Alejandra Ramirez Read More | Comment »

ACL Review: Skepta
In a workmanlike set Friday afternoon, UK grime legend turned critical darling Skepta clearly understood the festival game, upping the ante with each track. Empathizing with his crowd’s plight against what he perceived as oppressive heat, the Tottenham, London, MC nevertheless furnished his own solar power, going hard-n-heavy from the start.

10:00AM Sat. Oct. 7, Kahron Spearman Read More | Comment »

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ACL Review: La Femme
“Today, La Femme give you some pleasure,” declared singer Marlon Magnée late Friday afternoon. The Parisian sextet waltzed in backed by French horns as a prelude to their hit “Sphynx” from last year’s Mystère. That frenzied a crowd of mostly elders attempting to rid themselves of cotton mouth and younger girls adorned with space buns and glitter.

9:40AM Sat. Oct. 7, Isabella Castro-Cota Read More | Comment »

ACL Review: Lukas Nelson
Friday’s afternoon crowd on the ACL Fest Miller Lite stage: one T-shirt commemorated Van Halen’s 2007 tour. Another, the late Jerry Garcia. One cheeky punter sashayed forward in familiar red, braided pigtails, facial scruff, and a bandana knotted around his head. The parody of his old man now seems quaint and out of place. Lukas Nelson is firmly his own man.

9:15AM Sat. Oct. 7, Tim Stegall Read More | Comment »

ACL Review: Lemon Twigs
Brothers Brian D’Addario and Michael D’Addario – the Lemon Twigs – took the ACL Fest stage on Friday afternoon in slacks and button-downs, as if Mom dressed them for the gig. “Now, boys, you need to look proper for the nice people of Austin.”

9:00AM Sat. Oct. 7, Michael Toland Read More | Comment »

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