Ezra Koenig reviews… Drake I’m late on this one… but Vampire Weekend’s Ezra Koenig reviewed Drake’s NWTS and his review is flawless. It is a sarcastic stream of consciousness on Drake’s latest album. He begins his review by conceding, “I gotta be … Continue reading
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.
These are my strongest impressions of ACL.. and if you saw similar shows, you can probably relate to a bunch of them:
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
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.
Generally speaking, I am not a fan of options. They seem to make everything more complicated. Like do I want a Fried Oreo or Fried Snickers at the State Fair? I know after the first bite of my Fried Oreo I am gonna be wondering about the Fried Snickers the whole damn time. FOMO is bound to happen when theres like 100+ options in one weekend. These are the most annoying scheduling conflicts of ACL and a thought process to decide how to make the call.
fun. vs. Local Natives
fun. – chance of seeing Lena Dunham on the little VIP side, We Are Young + Some Nights, crowd involvement, spot for Vampire Weekend
Local Natives – phenomenal mustaches & beards, some awesome instrumentals, Breakers + Airplanes + Columbia + Wide Eyes (probably the cool remix too) + Who Knows Who Cares
Winner: Local Natives
Vampire Weekend vs. Arctic Monkeys
Vampire Weekend – you might’ve seen them before but ALL your friends want to see them, tossing balloons around overhead, confetti, 3 albums worth of hits you probably know, also: Ezra Koenig
Arctic Monkeys – drunken guitar solos (if you saw the Strokes when they played… well yes that), hard rock and roll, feeling like a badass
Winner: Vampire Weekend unless you really know AM’s music
Portugal the Man vs. Silverside Pickups
Portugal the Man – surprise you by how good they are live, american apparel hoodies in action, will enjoy it even if you haven’t heard it before
Silverside Pickups – Lazy Eye… Lazy Eye…. still really wanna see Lazy Eye
Winner: Stay at Portugal the Man till the very end. Make your way over to Silverside Pickups for their last song.
Passion Pit vs. Wilco
Passion Pit – chance to see them (even if it is 3 yrs late), Sleepyhead, high school nostalgia
Wilco – seriously devoted fans, GREAT chance to people watch some dads, after 20 years they know how to perform, spot for Kings of Leon
Winner: uuuggghh.. such a tie I say Passion Pit
Kings of Leon vs. The Cure
Kings of Leon– for all those times you blared “Taper Jean Girl” in your car, beer drinking, dancing, hot young 20 somethings
The Cure– loyal fans, you might have already seen KOL and are indifferent towards recent album
Winner: KOL, why would you not see them again if you could?
Phosphorescent vs. Tame Impala
Phosphorescent – blissful, woozy tunes, hipsterville
Tame Impala– psychedelic melodies, closest you’ll to seeing Lennon on stage (bold claim, but supported)
Winner: Tame Impala, even if you don’t know them well, go, you’ll get the albums and be so glad you did