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ACL Review: Whitney
Last time Max Kakacek and Julien Ehrlich of Whitney played ACL Fest, they were part of Chicago indie rockers Smith Westerns. “This is going to be more fun I think, because we’re a better band,” mused the latter.

10:00AM Mon. Oct. 9, Isabella Castro-Cota Read More | Comment »

ACL Review: Danny Brown
Overheard early Sunday afternoon at the Honda main stage: “I’ve never seen a rap show with a mosh pit.” This, clearly, constituted a first-timer at a Danny Brown show.

9:40AM Mon. Oct. 9, Abby Johnston Read More | Comment »

ACL Review: Jamila Woods
Backed by a jazzy fourpiece, singer-songwriter-poet Jamila Woods poured shots of introspective coffee shop soul during an early-afternoon Sunday set in the Tito’s tent. Like the previous night’s headliner, Woods proudly hails from Chicago.

9:10AM Mon. Oct. 9, Thomas Fawcett Read More | Comment »

ACL Review: Jacob Banks
The shifting winds of the music industry make pinpointing future stars difficult. Sometimes, however, the signs are recognizable: a smart song placement, a savvy guest spot. Nigerian-born/London-based singer-songwriter Jacob Banks isn’t a household name, but the contingent of die-hard fans in the modest crowd Sunday make that seem inevitable.

8:55AM Mon. Oct. 9, Michael Toland Read More | Comment »

ACL Review: Red Hot Chili Peppers
You’d figure after 30 years and 11 studio albums, that legendary L.A. funk-rock band Red Hot Chili Peppers would give in a little. “Let’s just run down the hits, collect the bag, and go home.” Not so fast. A raucous crowd at the American Express stage Saturday night witnessed a blindingly brilliant performance turned in by a grateful band in full mastery.

12:37PM Sun. Oct. 8, Kahron Spearman Read More | Comment »

ACL Review: Chance the Rapper
According to a 2015 report from the Pew Research Center, only 27% of millennials attend religious services weekly. With that in mind, here’s a safe assumption: For most of the massive crowd at the Honda stage Saturday night, the only service they’d be dragging themselves out of bed for today is brunch.

12:15PM Sun. Oct. 8, Abby Johnston Read More | Comment »

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ACL Review: Rüfüs du Sol
Last year, the over-the-top electronic dance music flair of Major Lazer and pop-oriented Chainsmokers helped close out ACL Fest. While this go-round boasts the serrated, pulsating synths of Martin Garrix, Australian export Rüfüs Du Sol brought more tasteful, live-oriented sonics to the HomeAway stage early Saturday evening.

11:55AM Sun. Oct. 8, Alejandra Ramirez Read More | Comment »

ACL Review: Ice Cube
“Y’all ready to rock with your homeboy Ice Cube? A-yay-yay!” If there was any doubt that the 48-year-old gangsta rap legend meant business, it ended with the first notes of “Natural Born Killaz,” opening Saturday’s dinnertime set with one of the most sinister tracks from his 30-year career, one referencing both Charles Manson and Jeffrey Dahmer.

11:35AM Sun. Oct. 8, Thomas Fawcett Read More | Comment »

ACL Review: Angel Olsen
Four songs into her overcast set late Saturday afternoon, Angel Olsen removed her jumbo Seventies sunglasses. Rubbing her eyes and playfully asking, “What day is it? Is it Saturday?,” the songwriter awakened from a dream and entered another of her own ethereal making.

11:20AM Sun. Oct. 8, Rachel Rascoe Read More | Comment »

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