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ACL Fest 2015 Saturday Listings – Second Weekend

October 9, 2015, Music


12:45pm, Samsung stage
As Eighties pop continues to beguile a new generation, acts like this band of California siblings proliferate. 2013 debut LP Talking Dreams proves a bright dose of catchy bittersweetness, exemplified by double-platinum single "Cool Kids" and a degree of craft that belies the members' relative youth. – Michael Toland

San Fermin

1:30pm, Miller Lite stage
San Fermin's eponymous 2013 debut gave compelling voice to composer Ellis Ludwig-Leone's elaborate chamber pop, anchored by the female constituents of Lucius and the boozy baritone of Allen Tate. The latter returned for this year's Jackrabbit, with Charlene Kaye now playing counter, the eightpiece now jelling less Sufjan and more Dirty Projectors. – Doug Freeman

Vince Staples

2:30pm, Austin Ventures stage
This summer's proper full-length debut, Summertime '06, found Long Beach, Calif., MC Vince Staples printing contemporary chapter and verse scripture in a lesson-filled tome of trial, tribulation, and redemption written for those surviving in today's darkest valleys. Equal loads of trepidation and greatness, Staples toes the line in detailing inner-city existence, using a fresh perspective and updated imagery. – Kahron Spearman


3:30pm, HomeAway stage
Mandy Lee initially conceptualized her NYC project Misterwives as an Eighties cover band. While the Reagan era impacts synth-rock debut Our Own House, this band is one radio hit and major festival set away from the next level. – Michael Toland

The Pop Ups

4pm, Austin Kiddie Limits stage
Brooklyn duo Jason Rabinowitz and Jacob Stein create colorful pop songs for kids of first-generation Sesame Street grads. 2014's Appetite for Construction nabbed a Grammy nomination with hook-laden contagions about animals on the subway and costume parties. They even bust out Adidas tracksuits for "Potty," an old-school toilet training rap. (Also: Sunday, 4pm, Austin Kiddie Limits stage) – Greg Beets

Walk the Moon

5:20pm, Miller Lite stage
After this Cincinnati quartet played ACL Fest in 2013, both its neo-New Wave aesthetic and Top 5 hit "Shut Up and Dance" conquered radio. No wonder: The ubiquitous dork-done-good anthem, like its attendant LP Talking Is Hard, remains an irresistible festival bounce. – Michael Toland

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