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

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

Vampire Weekend


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.


yes plz !

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

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?

kings of leon


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