I M P R E S S I O N S

Well the end is here.

There were plenty of doubts going into the festival which you probably have heard: “Who the f are these headliners?” “Are they gonna be able to sell two full weekends??” In general, the weekend proved while we are no Coachella… we like it that way. Almost every artist commented on how much they loved Austin (seemed like everyone had a shoutout to SXSW) – I’m pretty sure HAIM even asked why they hadn’t moved here yet. Thank you ACL… you really never disappoint.

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These are my strongest impressions of ACL.. and if you saw similar shows, you can probably relate to a bunch of them:

Best Impressions

Ezra Keonig from Vampire Weekend is sexy even in a jumpsuit (he knows it too)

Purity Ring has the most hipster version of a drumset (lighting up orbs? I mean come on)

HAIM … “so what if we’re on like 1000 drugs when our music is damn good”

The overwhelming adult to youth ratio at Wilco proves we never have to stop going to these things

Although KOL played basically all new stuff, all any of us really needed to hear was Knocked Up, On Call, and TJG for it to be worth it

The lead singer of MS MR’s lime green hair >>>>>>>

Dawes will be making it big in about .5 seconds

Grouplove proved Cheetah bodysuits are still a thing (worn best with hightop converse)

You can’t hang with Phoenix unless you’re down to crowdsurf (gopro in hand)

  • Favorite bands of the weekend: Local Natives, HAIM, Dawes, Phoenix

Afterthoughts

Koozie’s are your best friend

On that note… Be prepared to sell your soul for the price of beer

There’s not a thing you can do about being 5’4

Hitting the merch tent on a Sunday will leave you with a whole bunch of XS’s

Navigating the maze of lawn chairs is an art form mastered by none

& — a special shout out to pledge rides

Cheers to the best weekend of the year my friends.

E A R L Y B I R D S

So I am finding it hard to write on music and not be annoying about it. I say this because almost all articles I have read about music make me either

  • Dislike the person writing it
  • Discredit their taste or
  • Find it all together pretentious.

Most times it feels as they are trying to project their opinions onto me. So I’m gonna try to NOT do this as best as I can. While my taste makes sense to me it often times doesn’t to others. Going along with that, I aim to make this ultimately a positive blog. No criticism, no problems.

Soooo T-4 days until Austin City Limits! In my opinion there are a TON of awesome bands. I can never decide what time to arrive though… I am always anxious and don’t want to miss anything. So if you are like me, this list is five bands that I believe are worth setting your alarm and seeing in the morning.

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Friday

Wild Nothing – I think they are a perfect first band to open this years ACL. The band is definitely dream/pop and they’re performing on just about the biggest stage. You will probably have an awesome spot because it is so early anyway. See: Nocturne

Saturday

Max Frost – One of the  people I am most excited for all weekend. He is FROM Austin which is so awesome, bc why not support local music? Basically he vocalizes over pretty cool electronic beats. Check out: White Lies

Dan Croll – Playing at the same time as Max Frost (ugh.. scheduling) but is probably equally as good. He’s British so bonus points, and has a bit more of an alternative vibe. You might already know: Compliment Your Soul

Autre Ne Veut – If you’re down for some weird pop, Autre Ne Veut reminds me a lot of Grimes. He is pretty electronic and will for sure be all about heavy bass in the show. Fair share of hipsters here I’m gonna guess, so be prepared for some sweet people watching. Listen to: Counting

Sunday

Kodaline – !!!!! SO Good. Worth showing up early – I’m surprised they got such an early slot actually. They’re Irish, so well yeah, and they also are perfect to begin the last day. Easy going rhythms and lyrics will make it a very lighthearted show. Must listen to: Love Like This

F E S T I V A L G O E R S

So this upcoming week I am going to try to write a blog post  everyday leading up to the first weekend of Austin City Limits. This post will kind of function as a guide for those who are trying to figure out the best way to do it this year, I sectioned it out and hopefully you can typecast yourself.

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For the “Bro…. ACL’s lineup was just lame this year” (high schoolers, select frat guys)

  • Kendrick Lamar is just about the only guy you are actually excited for this festival. Don’t miss Backstreet Freestyle for a solid grind sesh and a chance to yell at friends hogging the annual Everclear shots
  • Internally debate whether to head back for your frat post-party or to sing along to about 2.5 songs at Kings of Leon (Use Somebody/Sex on Fire)
  • Trip out with your friends at Kaskade and distance yourself far from all those hipsters
  • Key to the festival – Power-through holding hot girls on your shoulders when all you really want is a bottle of water
    • Bonus points for a scorpion make out

For the “music elitist”

  • Make sure to yell over HAIM’s “Don’t Save Me” that you have seen this song performed better “like 3 or 4 times before this” to your neighbor
  • Definitely avoid Vampire Weekend because they were only good when others didn’t like them
  • VERY IMPORTANT – casually bring up in every conversation the amount of straight years you have been attending ACL & your aftershow schedule
  • Key to the festival – Arrive for the 11 AM shows and leave around 4 when the bands start getting very “radio-y”

For the “hipster themed weekend” girls

  • Hit up Free People three separate times this week to get the perfect outfit that shows how independent your spirit truly is
  • DO NOT under any circumstances forget your flower headband **Cardinal rule
    • And remember – if you don’t Instagram it… it’s like it never happened. I don’t care how bad your cell service is!!
  • Make shit up about your opinion on Atoms for Peace (but where’s Bon Iver?? I loved him…)
  • Key to the festival – Leave show immediately if another girl is wearing the same shirt as you (but you look better anyway so it’s fine)

Believe me… I’m guilty of annoying stuff too, it’s all in good fun.