Weekend Two Sunday ACL Fest Picks

ACL send-offs

Amasa Hines

Pearl Charles

11:30am, Cirrus Logic stage
Veteran of the Driftwood Singers and the Blank Tapes, Pearl Charles emerged solo in a mesmerizing psychedelic haze on last year's eponymous debut EP. The L.A. songwriter digs into her scene's Sixties and Seventies roots, smoky and stoned vox drifting atop dark rolling rhythms that echo Nancy Sinatra's turn with Lee Hazlewood. Cutting surf and folk-psych tones both intimate and expansive.
Doug Freeman

July Talk

11:30am, HomeAway stage
Toronto's July Talk conquered its native Canada with a gritty attack and conversational co-frontpersons Peter Dreimanis and Leah Fay. A rootsy, alternative rock sound with just the right hint of camp tossed them up their home country's charts, and now the quintet looks to do the same with its brand new album Touch and single "Push + Pull."
Michael Toland

Domo Genesis

1pm, Miller Lite stage
After riding the coattails of Odd Future in the company of radical ringleader Tyler, the Creator, rap prodigy Earl Sweatshirt, and Frank Ocean, Domo Genesis set himself apart as one of the most technically consistent parts of the collective. Debut Genesis finds his hazy weed musings ("Go (Gas)") morphing into paranoia and doubt ("Questions") as he swings on an existential axis.
Alejandra Ramirez

Wild Belle

1pm, Cirrus Logic stage
Beginning on 2013's Isles, vocalist Natalie Bergman specializes in channeling Annie Lennox and David Bowie, striding through seductive whispers and crooning hooks over worldly textured pop on April's Dreamland. Brother and bandmate Elliot teams up in the Chicago duo to coalesce Jamaican ska ("The One That Got Away"), bayou river soul ("Mississippi River"), and polyrhythmic Afrobeat ("Coyotes").
Alejandra Ramirez

Avery Sunshine

1:15pm, Tito's Handmade Vodka stage
The surname describes her soul-tinged R&B best: sun-kissed melodies with thunderous vocals shining through languid instrumentals. The bedroom emotion of Musiq Soulchild and feel-good jaunt of the Isley Brothers run through her eponymous bow and sophomore LP The Sun Room, which boasts a therapeutic, gospel-bred delivery.
Alejandra Ramirez

Amasa Hines

2pm, BMI stage
Amasa Hines' psychedelic blast of Afro-funk futurism seems unlikely to have sprung from Little Rock, Ark., but this septet unloads heavy horn and organ-laced rhythms that pull as much from jazz as blues. The outfit's 2014 debut LP, All the World There Is, bends world grooves and soulful ballads that explode onstage behind the dynamic energy of frontmen Joshua Asante and Judson Spillyards.
Doug Freeman

Anderson East

2pm, Samsung stage
Anderson East's brand of blue-eyed soul and R&B culls from his Alabama roots, bringing smooth grooves to Nashville's new wave of Americana. East's debut LP, last year's Delilah, garnered producer credits from Dave Cobb and dropped on the starmaker's new imprint Low Country Sound. East, a standard bearer for the next generation of rejuvenated, easy Southern soul.
Doug Freeman

Pete Yorn

3pm, Miller Lite stage
In 2001, singer-songwriter Pete Yorn's Musicforthemorningafter debuted gold (sales of 500,000). That earned the multi-instrumentalist his subsequent gig, scoring the Farrelly Brothers' film Me, Myself and Irene. 2009 then ushered Sixties-style duets LP Break Up, Jersey's collaboration with singer/actress Scarlett Johansson. This year dropped LP six, Arranging Time.
Neph Basedow

Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats

4pm, Samsung stage
Six years ago, Nathaniel Rateliff was on Rounder Records, indulging in introspective folk. Today, he's on Stax Records with crackerjack rhythm & horn sections, fitting ably into the legendary Memphis soul label's mythic roster. Breakout track "S.O.B." alone manages to wed binge-drinking anthem to hand-clapping gospel with hog-calling vocal power.
Tim Stegall

Miike Snow

6pm, Honda stage
Having worked with Britney Spears, Madonna, and Bruno Mars, all three Swedes in Miike Snow have already charted the Billboard Top 40. They've done the same as a band with electric wave "Animal," somber house thump "Silvia," and pop jingle "Burial." Album iii is no different with the kaleidoscopic, soulful "For U," Marlena Shaw-assisted "Heart Is Full," and groove stomp "Genghis Khan."
Alejandra Ramirez


7pm, HomeAway stage
Sister trio Haim returns to the ACL stage after melting faces on a 2013 debut. There's no new material since that year's debut, Days Are Gone, but the California sisters' penchant for goofy antics peppered between infectious rock-pop and adept tributes to classic rock predecessors (2013's ACL adaptation of Fleetwood Mac's "Oh Well") will undoubtedly keep audiences starved for new material rapt.
Abby Johnston

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