Friday ACL Fest Face-Off: The xx vs. Jay-Z

Compare the headliners!

Photo by Gary Miller

The xx

8:15pm, Honda stage

Government name(s): Romy Madley Croft, Oliver Sim, Jamie Smith

Hometown: London

Active since: 2005

Genre: electro-pop

Number of albums: 3

Musical influences: Aaliyah, Cocteau Twins, downtempo

Breakout moment: "Crystalised" video

Notable collaborators: Diplo, Kelela, Robyn, Cat Power

Songs they should play: "Crystalised," "Angels," "On Hold"

Song they shouldn't play: "Our Song"

Stereotypical fan: #allblackeverything, especially outlook

Best lines: "Things have gotten closer to the sun/ And I've done things in small doses/ So don't think that I'm pushing you away/ When you're the one that I've kept closest" ("Crystalised")

Notable beefs: Baria Qureshi, kicked out of the band upon the release of their critically acclaimed debut

Last local show: ACL Live at the Moody Theater, May 10-11, 2017

Factoid: members all attended Elliott School, which produced the band Hot Chip, electronic acts Burial and Four Tet, and actor Pierce Brosnan

Photo by Gary Miller


8:15pm, American Express stage

Government name: Shawn Corey Carter

Hometown: Brooklyn

Active since: 1986

Genre: greatest MC ever

Number of albums: 13

Musical influences: Big Daddy Kane, Nas

Notable collaborators: Biggie, Rihanna, Alicia Keys, Kanye West, Pharrell

Breakout moment: "Hard Knock Life (Ghetto Anthem)"

Song he should play: "The Story of O.J.," "Big Pimpin'," "Takeover," "Dead Presidents II," "Where I'm From"

Song he shouldn't play: most of the basura he recorded on Kingdom Come

Stereotypical fan: only listens to East Coast rap, wears fresh all-white Air Force Ones, says "deadass"

Best lines: "That's what I'ma do, take you back to the dude/ With the Lexus, fast-forward the jewels and the necklace/ Let me tell you dudes what I do to protect this/ I shoot at you actors like movie directors" ("Public Service Announcement")

Notable beefs: Nas, Kanye West, Beyoncé, Solange

Last local show: Austin Music Hall, SXSW 2014, with Kanye West

Factoid: $810 million net worth and apparently didn't graduate high school

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