Sunday ACL Fest Face-Off: LCD Soundsystem vs. Mumford & Sons

Digital or analog?

LCD Soundsystem

8pm, Honda stage

Government name(s): James Murphy

Active since: 2001-2011, 2015-present

Hometown: Princeton Junction, N.J.

Number of albums: Three

Musical influences: Talking Heads, Siouxsie & the Banshees, New Order

Precursor act: Chic, Yes, B-52s, Liquid Liquid

Secret weapon(s): Murphy's album-arranging skills via three perfectly sequenced albums

Interesting instruments: EMS Synthi, a portable analog synth housed in a Spartanite briefcase

Notable collaborators: Murphy's live band

Breakout moment: 2005's "Daft Punk Is Playing at My House"

Song they should play: "All My Friends"

Song they shouldn't play: "45:33," because it's actually 45:58 long

Funny story: I saw him DJ in Chicago in either 2010 or 2011, around Lollapalooza. I watched him be a massive asshole to literally everyone, and the crowd was full of the worst people. But Good Lord, he has the best taste in music. The problem is that he knows it.

Fun fact: Legally threatened Canadian duo Death From Above 1979 for prior use of "Death From Above," which is the name of Murphy's label

Stereotypical fan: Still makes actual mixtapes

Best lines: "And it keeps coming, till the day it stops" from "Someone Great," a track about the death of Murphy's therapist. It's repeated over, as alliteration for the pain and shed tears.

Last show in Austin: ACL Fest 2010

Celebrity fans: Anna Kendrick, Elijah Wood, Moby

Perceived engine of the group: Murphy

Actual engine of the group: Chasing the ghosts of his heroes – Bowie, Talking Heads, et al.

Most interesting non-musical thing about the group: Murphy was apparently offered a writing gig on Seinfeld

Mumford & Sons

8pm, Samsung stage

Government name(s): Marcus Mumford (lead vocals, guitar, drums), Ben Lovett (vocals, keys), Winston Marshall (vocals, guitar, banjo), Ted Dwane (vocals, bass)

Active since: 2007

Hometown: West London

Number of albums: Three

Musical influences: Avett Brothers, Bob Dylan, Kings of Leon, Backstreet Boys, Bruuuuuce!

Precursor act: Kings of Leon, Gomez, a happier Nick Drake, Bruuuuuce!

Secret weapon(s): Shakespeare

Interesting instruments: Banjo

Notable collaborators: Jerry Douglas, Paul Simon

Breakout moment: The day they figured out four relatively attractive white men in rustic looks could strum banjos into mainstream greatness

Song they should play: "I Will Wait"

Song they shouldn't play: "Believe"

Funny story: "When we went electric, all hell broke loose," explained Mumford

Fun fact: "Girl, you know it's true" – Rob & Fab, 1989

Stereotypical fan: Black men who only date white girls

Best lines: "To be or not to be, that is the question"

Last show in Austin: Circuit of the Americas, April 2013

Celebrity fans: Idris Elba directed and starred in the video for "Lover of the Light"

Perceived engine of the group: Marcus Mumford

Actual engine of the group: Producer Markus Dravs (Coldplay, Arcade Fire, Brian Eno, Bjork)

Most interesting non-musical thing about the group: Mumford is married to actress Carey Mulligan. Get this: They were actually childhood pen pals.

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