Austin Music Minute Picks for ACL Fest This Weekend
Let the madness begin. The 2012 Austin City Limits Music Festival has returned, and attendees are faced with the daunting task of deciding which artists they’d like to see as they wander throughout Zilker Park. Again, it’s a great problem to have, but it can be overwhelming, even if you’re armed with a schedule you put together beforehand. I, your humble Austin Music Minute maven Laurie Gallardo, may not be able to help too much in that department, but I do have a handful of personal recommendations I’m looking forward to. I’ve included links so you can check their music out.
Today: Esperanza Spalding at 3:30 p.m. on the Barton Springs stage; Wild Belle at 4:30 p.m. on the BMI stage; Tegan and Sara at 4:30 p.m. on the Bud Light stage; The Black Lips at 6:15 p.m. on the Austin Ventures stage; Thievery Corporation at 7:15 p.m. on the Honda stage; and M83 at 7:30 p.m. on the Barton Springs stage.
Tomorrow: Quiet Company (local band) at 11:15 a.m. on the Austin Ventures stage; The Deep Dark Woods at 11:45 a.m. on the Barton Springs stage; Father John Misty at 3:15 p.m. on the Austin Ventures stage; Band of Skulls at 5 p.m. on the Barton Springs stage; and Lee Fields & The Expressions at 5:30 p.m. on the Zilker stage.
Sunday: The Eastern Sea (local band) at 11:20 a.m. on the Austin Ventures stage; Gary Clark, Jr. at 2:15 p.m. on the AMD stage; Tennis at 3:15 p.m. on the Barton Springs stage; Die Antwoord at 5:15 p.m. on the Honda Stage; and Iggy & The Stooges at 6:15 p.m. on the Bud Light stage.
And even if you’re not attending the ACL Fest this year, there is still a lot of live music to check out this weekend with Lucy the Poodle Productions‘ alternative, Ditch the Fest Fest 3, literally an endless cavalcade of local and touring bands that provides a great look into the Austin music scene and beyond. This short list of performing bands I’ve assembled is barely scratching the surface of what’s in store: The Calm Blue Sea, Bobby Jealousy, Megafauna, The Lonesome Heroes, The Couch, Black Books, Residual Kid and many more. Mind-blowingly awesome all around. The DTFF happens today and tomorrow at the 29th Street Ballroom at Spider House, 2906 Fruth St., starting at 5 p.m. both days.
So don’t sit there at home, complaining that there’s nothing to do. Go fourth, conquer and stay hydrated.