6 ACL Music Festival Picks for Friday

National, international, and local faves the fest's first day


Jai Wolf

2:30pm, T-Mobile stage
Sajeeb Saha's electro-dance productions on April's debut full-length The Cure to Loneliness echo early Aughts nu rave/blog house, alongside the delicate and euphoric tracks in labelmate Tycho's idiom. Eighties synth lines "just want to make you cry," according to the New Yorker's social media. – Christina Garcia

Cherry Glazerr

2:45pm, Vrbo stage
Before Clementine Creevy hit drinking age and was still seemingly unaffected by anything like trying too hard, the L.A. trio dealt West Coast surf rock and punk with the energy of their young lead feminist. Still sparring reverb and distortion on no song, Cherry Glazerr's third studio album now orients toward the constant American preoccupation of psychic suffering without being insufferable. – Christina Garcia


Lil Uzi Vert at Circuit of the Americas in 2017 (Photo by David Brendan Hall)

Monsieur Periné

3:30pm, Tito’s stage
Debuting behind gypsy jazz-inspired boleros, pop, and bright swing, Colombian crew Monsieur Periné delights. Last year's Encanto Tropical enlisted Eduardo "Visitante" Cabra of Calle 13 for production and Vicentico of Los Fabulosos Cadillacs among diverse collaborators for a work of tropical bossa nova, Forties big band cumbia, and Latin pop of the Seventies and Eighties. – Christina Garcia

Kaytranada

5pm, Miller Lite stage
Kaytranada's output remains sparse. The skittered, Atari-electronic single "Dysfunctional" accounts for his 2019 releases. Montreal's mercurial DJ/producer pivots on a genre-bending amalgam of funk, R&B, and house, heard on 2016 debut LP 99.9%. Inventiveness and a crate-digging mentality make his Missy Elliott and Rihanna remixes untouchable. – Alejandra Ramirez

Lil Uzi Vert

6pm, Honda stage
This 5-foot-4-inch Philadelphian moves with the force of an NBA center, eviscerating beats with the machine gun flow after which he's branded. Streaming wave leader Symere Woods rose to unforeseen heights with 2017 trap-emo rap banger "XO Tour Llif3." Whether wailing or putting together obscenely long songs about fancy watches, Uzi rarely misses. Also, he loves to stage dive. – Derek Udensi

RL Grime

6:30pm, T-Mobile stage
Past his Dim Mak era as electro house producer Clockwork and one album after his debut full-length of bass music and trap (he doesn't like that word), Void, Henry Steinway still rules festivals with hip-hop-inspired EDM and nuclear drops. The Los Angeleno, 28, employs spectacular stage designs. – Christina Garcia

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