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ACL Review: Killers
Credit the Killers for dispensing with necessities early. The Las Vegas outfit opened their Sunday night headlining set with the umpteenth Tom Petty cover of ACL Fest, unloading “American Girl” in mundane, if sincere, homage. More surprising was following it up with “Mr. Brightside,” which delivered their biggest hit early to jolt a weekend-worn crowd.

12:15PM Mon. Oct. 9, Doug Freeman Read More | Comment »

ACL Review: Gorillaz
On Sunday, the Gorillaz were the only band during the first weekend of ACL Fest 2017 that made me forget where I was. Not that they were the lone act to log a transcendent performance throughout the first weekend of Austin’s largest music festival.

11:55AM Mon. Oct. 9, Kevin Curtin Read More | Comment »

ACL Review: Run the Jewels
During their monster set at the Honda stage early Sunday evening, Atlanta/Brooklyn rap duo Run the Jewels talked a lot in jest, especially when El-P went on about how difficult it is for a chubby man to wear a faded, black denim vest. That led Killer Mike to joke, “We wanna see your boobs and butt.”

11:30AM Mon. Oct. 9, Kahron Spearman Read More | Comment »

ACL Review: First Aid Kit
Five years ago, First Aid Kit played a modest, early afternoon Friday of ACL. Our review was positive, focusing on the young Swedish sisters’ promise, but noted there was room for growth. This time around, in front of several thousand people on Sunday around supper time, FAK’s set proved near-perfect.

11:05AM Mon. Oct. 9, Libby Webster Read More | Comment »

ACL Review: Growlers
After a lawsuit ended their genre namesake Beach Goth Festival and the mixed reception of last year’s Julian Casablancas-produced City Club, their fifth studio LP, the question remains: Is California surf-pop institution the Growlers fading?

10:40AM Mon. Oct. 9, Rachel Rascoe Read More | Comment »

ACL Review: DRAM
DRAM’s happiness is palpable. Adorned in just-out-of-bed attire of flops and socks, a red plaid bathrobe, and bejeweled Gucci sunglasses, the rapper’s love-struck, giddy persona proved infectious at the Honda stage Sunday afternoon.

10:25AM Mon. Oct. 9, Alejandra Ramirez Read More | Comment »

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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 »

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