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Jimmy Webb’s memoir takes a long look the legendary songwriter’s career

If you loved the late Glen Campbell’s city-named country-pop crossover hits — “Wichita Lineman,” “Galveston,” “By the Time I Get to Phoenix” — much of the credit goes to Jimmy Webb, who wrote all of those songs in the mid-to-late 1960s when he was barely out of his teens. The son of a Baptist minister who grew up mostly in Oklahoma and the Texas...
Later live music hours to continue on Red River, at least until April

Later live music hours to continue on Red River, at least until April

Austin will take another six months to test later nighttime music hours on Red River Street, after disparate interests agreed the program was going swimmingly. Even Mary Ingle, president of the Austin Neighborhoods Council, who in January argued passionately that Red River music ruined her quality of life and brought Lady Gaga to her living room, said Thursday that she supported extending the program...
Austin music: Justin Timberlake, Stevie Wonder among big shows

Austin music: Justin Timberlake, Stevie Wonder among big shows

OUR TOP PICKS Friday: Del McCoury Band at Paramount Theatre. Tough break for those who longed to hear Del’s soaring bluegrass tenor at Old Settler’s Fest earlier this year, as the family patriarch was stricken with an ailment that made his voice nearly dysfunctional. He grinned through it, though, and turned over most of the vocal work to the more-than-capable band featuring his kids Rob...
Canada heartbroken: Tragically Hip’s Gord Downie dead at 53 of brain cancer 

Canada heartbroken: Tragically Hip’s Gord Downie dead at 53 of brain cancer 

The lead singer of the Canadian alt-rock band the Tragically Hip, Gord Downie, died Wednesday night after a battle with terminal brain cancer. Downie, 53, passed away surrounded by his children and family, according to a family statement on Twitter. "Gord knew this day was coming – his response was to spend this precious time as he always had – making music, making memories and expressing...
REVIEW: Alvvays is just as light live, and it’s all good

REVIEW: Alvvays is just as light live, and it’s all good

There wasn’t a fog machine at Alvvays’ Tuesday night Mohawk show, but lead singer Molly Rankin’s voice still seemed like it was making its way through a thick haze. It wasn’t your ear buds. The band’s signature light-as-air sound was just as fuzzy live. Alvvays does not pack a punch. But the dream-pop group, whose 2014 debut album’s success seemed to surprise...
UT graduate Dr. O. Alton Barron aims to heal Austin musicians

UT graduate Dr. O. Alton Barron aims to heal Austin musicians

Austin is home to pioneering nonprofits, such as HAAM and SIMS, that serve the health needs of the music community. Add another: The Musician Treatment Foundation, which aims to heal vulnerable shoulders, elbows and hands, and kicks off with an Elvis Costello benefit concert Oct. 22 at the Paramount Theatre. We chatted about the project, which works with Dell Medical School and the Health Alliance...
Old Settler’s Music Fest files suit against new Driftwood Music Fest

Old Settler’s Music Fest files suit against new Driftwood Music Fest

The Old Settler’s Music Festival has filed suit against the Driftwood Music Festival, seeking injunctions and a restraining order against the new event tentatively set to compete with Old Settler’s in mid-April. It’s the latest development in a conflict that arose this summer after the 30-year-old Old Settler’s Fest announced plans to move to Lockhart. Longtime Old Settler&rsquo...
Tom Petty buried at famous cemetery in private funeral service

Tom Petty buried at famous cemetery in private funeral service

  Family and friends gathered Monday at the Self-Realization Fellowship Lake Shrine in Pacific Palisades, California to bid a final farewell to legendary rocker Tom Petty, People magazine reported. Petty died of cardiac arrest on Oct. 2 at the age of 66. The grounds of the shrine are just a few blocks from the Pacific Ocean on Sunset Boulevard, and includes a temple, windmill...
We loved, loved, loved these moments at ACL Fest 2017

We loved, loved, loved these moments at ACL Fest 2017

We kinda can’t believe we’re not going back to Zilker Park on Friday for another weekend of the Austin City Limits Music Festival. Our team of music lovers and veteran festgoers was on the ground from beginning to end all six days, and here, we share musical highlights and some of our favorite images. We’ll be back: As has become tradition, fest producers announced dates for next...
ACL Fest 2017 enjoys sunny skies and spirits moved by music

ACL Fest 2017 enjoys sunny skies and spirits moved by music

Much of the lead-up to this year’s Austin City Limits Music Festival involved issues beyond the music, but as festgoers departed Zilker Park each weekend, what they carried with them were musical moments that transcended all of the surrounding concerns. On both Saturdays, Chance the Rapper turned his Zilker Park crowds into a gospel choir. Women in the front rows during Solange’s Friday...
Aaron Carter back in rehab, just a week after leaving

Aaron Carter back in rehab, just a week after leaving

Aaron Carter has checked back into rehab one week after he left his treatment facility. Carter’s rep confirmed that the singer left the treatment earlier this month to attend to “legal and personal matters” that “required his immediate and in-person attention,” the People. “Aaron has taken care of the legal and financial matters that required his attention...
Pussycat Dolls were a front for ‘prostitution ring,’ former member alleges 

Pussycat Dolls were a front for ‘prostitution ring,’ former member alleges 

A former member of the popular girl group and dance ensemble   Pussycat Dolls, Kaya Jones, is claiming that members of the pop music hit-makers were a part of a “prostitution ring.” “My truth. I wasn’t in a girl group. I was in a prostitution ring,” Jones said in a post on Twitter. “Oh and we happened to sing and be famous. While everyone who...
Herbie Hancock brings ageless classics to ‘ACL’ taping

Herbie Hancock brings ageless classics to ‘ACL’ taping

By Wes Eichenwald Special to the American-Statesman When two venerable artistic institutions join forces for the first time, most would agree that it qualifies as a capital-E Event of some note. Judging from the studio audience’s response to the tight 90-minute set from Herbie Hancock’s quartet Thursday night – Hancock’s &ldquo...
Review: Harry Styles loves you — follow his lead, OK?

Review: Harry Styles loves you — follow his lead, OK?

The line to see Harry Styles on Wednesday was a serpentine thing. At one point, it reportedly sprawled six blocks away from Austin City Limits at the Moody Theater and into downtown Austin. A friend, still queued at Fourth and Guadalupe streets 30 minutes to show time — the venue is at Second and Lavaca — messaged me to say the guy applying wristbands had been at his post since 7...
Another weekend of ACL late-night shows and more live music

Another weekend of ACL late-night shows and more live music

OUR TOP PICKS Friday: Spoon at Stubb’s outdoor. Austin’s biggest indie-rock band ever (maybe simply its biggest band ever) takes a break between ACL Fest big-stage weekend performances for an official late-night show that serves fans not heading to Zilker this year. Another lineup change before the release of “Hot Thoughts” earlier this year has returned the band to majority-Austinite...
Classical guitarist Matthew Hinsley named Texas Citizen of the Year

Classical guitarist Matthew Hinsley named Texas Citizen of the Year

Earlier this month in Galveston, Matthew Hinsley, executive director of the Austin Classical  Guitar, accepted the Texas Citizen of the Year Award from the  National Association of Social Workers. Later that week at the AISD Performing Arts Center, Hinsley gave a brief pre-concert talk about...
Alternative Austin social options during ACL

Alternative Austin social options during ACL

The second week of   ACL Music Festival doesn’t stand in the way of these other scintillating Austin social offerings. Oct. 11:  Waller Creek Conservancy Dinner and Concert featuring Oh Wonder with Jaymes Young. Stubb’s Waller Creek Amphitheater. Oct. 11:  4 x 4 for Nobelity Project. Gibson Guitar Austin Showroom. Oct. 12: ...
Lukas Nelson coming into his own, while work with dad Willie continues

Lukas Nelson coming into his own, while work with dad Willie continues

Not many artists at this year’s Austin City Limits Music Festival have more expectations heaped upon them than Lukas Nelson, who’s spent much of the past two years touring and recording with Neil Young. There’s also that small matter of his last name: Yes, he’s Willie’s son. As if that weren’t enough, the guy named his band Promise of the Real. Last Friday at the...
Austin’s Tomar Williams: Music fills him, heart and soul

Austin’s Tomar Williams: Music fills him, heart and soul

Tomar Williams doesn’t sing the rafter-rattling shack shakers and heart-searing serenades that fill his catalog: He inhabits them. On funky numbers like “Heart Attack” and “Do You Feel It,” he moves across the stage fluidly, coaxing the crowd into motion with a toe-tapping, shoe-shimmying shuffle and a wide open smile. On the gut-twisting slow burners, he reaches inside...
ACL Fest 2017: How are those layout changes and new additions anyway?

ACL Fest 2017: How are those layout changes and new additions anyway?

The biggest change to the grounds at the Austin City Limits Music Festival this year is a new area using space south of Barton Springs Road for festgoers for the first time. Not only has it improved foot-traffic in the main area of the park, it’s also become an excellent additional location for music, food and other amenities. One of those amenities is the festival’s primary merch store...
Don’t miss these bands at Weekend 2 of ACL Fest 2017

Don’t miss these bands at Weekend 2 of ACL Fest 2017

Our team of veteran fest-goers covered the heck out of Weekend One of the Austin City Limits Music Festival. Here, they recommend some acts you should not miss if you’re heading to Zilker Park for Weekend Two. See more coverage at austin360.com/acl. Solange: Having a rough year? Solange feels you. Everything about her sublime set was a salve to the soul. Mondo Cozmo: “This is what...
Scorpions cancel U.S. tour, singer diagnosed with serious case of laryngitis

Scorpions cancel U.S. tour, singer diagnosed with serious case of laryngitis

  The German heavy metal band the Scorpions have announced the cancellation of the rest of their U.S tour with Megadeth over an illness in the band. Lead singer Klaus Meine was diagnosed with a serious case of laryngitis, according to a statement on the group’s website, which reads:  "The Scorpions regret to announce that due to severe laryngitis, the remainder of the...
There’s no limit to what music can heal at ACL Fest 2017

There’s no limit to what music can heal at ACL Fest 2017

“Music is one of the very few things that bring people together,” Nigerian/British soul singer Jacob Banks said Sunday before his set at the Austin City Limits Music Festival. “We’re unified by our love of music.” The healing power of music was a recurring theme throughout the weekend in Zilker Park at the first major U.S. music festival since the Las Vegas shootings...
Bigger crowds and clouds in the sky fill ACL Fest on Day 2

Bigger crowds and clouds in the sky fill ACL Fest on Day 2

Day two of the Austin City Limits Music Festival brought cloud cover but not cooler conditions on a humid day at Zilker Park. Here five things that happened on Saturday: 1. Bigger crowds: Three-day passes to Weekend One of ACL Fest were sold out, but Saturday, traditionally the most popular day of the festival, was the only single-day that sold out this year. Music fans might have been lured by headliners...
Reports: Rapper Nelly arrested on rape charge in Washington

Reports: Rapper Nelly arrested on rape charge in Washington

Rapper Nelly was arrested in Auburn, Wash., early Saturday morning after a woman accused him of raping her on his tour bus, Seattle Fox affiliate station, andreport. KCPQ, known locally as Q13Fox, reported that the woman, who met the rapper at his Friday show at Auburn's White River Ampitheatre, called police around 3:45 a.m. PT.   ...
Crowds amass for Dick Clark, Westcave Preserve and Parks Foundation

Crowds amass for Dick Clark, Westcave Preserve and Parks Foundation

Sherry Matthews knew exactly how to stage a fitting tribute to her late companion and leading Austin architect  Dick Clark. A tribut to Dick Clark at the Paramount Theatre. Michael Barnes/American-Statesman She and her team gathered almost 1,000 of Clark’s admirers at the  Paramount Theatre. She drafted former University of Texas School of Architecture...
Need a jolt of coffee before heading to ACL?

Need a jolt of coffee before heading to ACL?

You probably stayed up pretty late after the first day at Zilker Park for the ACL Music Festival. Although plenty of potable and edible treats await you on the Great Lawn, you can zing into action before you arrive. BEST COFFEE SHOPS NEAR THE ACL FESTIVAL. Apanas is a relatively new coffee and beer spot on South Congress Avenue. Michael Barnes/American-Statesman Note that the Coffee Bean...
ACL Fest 2017 opens with tighter security and traditional sunny vibes

ACL Fest 2017 opens with tighter security and traditional sunny vibes

The Austin City Limits Music Festival opened under sunny skies at Zilker Park on Friday. Here are five things that happened on day one: 1. At America’s first major music festival since the Las Vegas shootings, tightened security checks didn’t seem to cause significant gate delays through late afternoon. The festival added a third entrance this year, and in the early afternoon, foot traffic...

ACL Fest 2017: Lemon Twigs deliver high-energy baroque rock ‘n’ roll

“You should see me when I’m really getting hot.” That tongue-in-cheek line came courtesy of Brian D’Addario, who was no doubt roasting Friday afternoon as his band the Lemon Twigs took over the Miller Lite stage with an hour of high-energy, dramatic and hooky-as-hell baroque rock ‘n’ roll. D’Addario – who fronts the buzzed-about band with...
UPDATE: Sound on Sound Fest 2017 canceled after main investor pulls out

UPDATE: Sound on Sound Fest 2017 canceled after main investor pulls out

The second edition of SOS Fest has been canceled. “This is one of the hardest decisions we have ever had to make. Due to several recent roadblocks outside of our control and in an effort to do right by our fans, the decision to cancel the event was our only real option,” festival organizers said in a statement delivered to media on Friday afternoon.  On Saturday morning, festival...
With no takers on policy change, free ACL passes return to City Hall

With no takers on policy change, free ACL passes return to City Hall

It’s that time of year again. Flags have gone up in Zilker Park. Roads and hotels are seeing crowds. Bands are getting ready to take the stage. And city officials are weighing whether to go see the Austin City Limits Music Festival — free. The long-standing policy of giving free ACL tickets to elected officials and some city board members has been contentious for years. Parks board member...
Here’s your chance to get a sneak peek at the new ACL Fest stage area

Here’s your chance to get a sneak peek at the new ACL Fest stage area

Just like teenagers normally do, Austin City Limits Music Festival had a little growth spurt this year. To combat sound bleed, the festival grounds will expand across Barton Springs Road for the first team, and our team got to take a sneak peak. Watch it above. The Barton Springs stage at ACL Fest, which starts Friday, will feature artists like Solange, Tove Lo and Zhu. Food vendors near the...
Austin music this week: ACL Fest and a whole lot more

Austin music this week: ACL Fest and a whole lot more

OUR TOP PICKS Friday-Thursday: ACL Fest Late Night Shows. Even those not going to Zilker Park can catch some of the bands playing the Austin City Limits Music Festival at more than two dozen official late-night shows at a handful of local venues. Tickets are sold out for some shows, including Run the Jewels and Portugal the Man at Stubb’s, Car Seat Headrest at the Mohawk, Lukas Nelson & Promise...
All 5 former U.S. presidents to attend hurricane concert at Texas A&M

All 5 former U.S. presidents to attend hurricane concert at Texas A&M

All five living former U.S. presidents will attend a newly announced hurricane relief concert at Texas A&M University on Oct. 21. “Deep From the Heart: The One America Appeal” will feature Alabama, the Gatlin Brothers, Lyle Lovett, Robert Earl Keen, Yolanda Adams and several other music acts, according to the George H.W. Bush Presidential Library Foundation. County music star Lee Greenwood...
Country guitarist changes mind after Vegas massacre, calling for gun control laws

Country guitarist changes mind after Vegas massacre, calling for gun control laws

Josh Abbott Band guitarist Caleb Keeter paints a terrifying picture of what it was like to be on the ground as a gunman killed 59 people and injured hundreds more at the Route 91 Harvest Festival in Las Vegas Sunday night. Now, he says living through that attack has led him to a big change of heart when it comes to supporting the  Second Amendment’s right to “keep and bear arms.&rdquo...
Rock icon Bob Seger postponing Runaway Train tour over ‘urgent medical issue’

Rock icon Bob Seger postponing Runaway Train tour over ‘urgent medical issue’

Bob Seger has been forced to postpone a series of upcoming dates on his Runaway Train tour, including a sold-out show in Atlanta scheduled for Saturday. The legendary singer said Tuesday afternoon that his doctor has ordered him to attend to an “urgent medical issue” concerning his vertebrae. Seger, 72, performed at a sold-out show in Pittsburgh last week, but postponed his Sept...
ACL Fest band Foster the People decline to play ‘Pumped Up Kicks’ following Las Vegas shooting

ACL Fest band Foster the People decline to play ‘Pumped Up Kicks’ following Las Vegas shooting

If you were going to Foster the People’s Austin City Limits Music Festival set to see the play its ubiquitous hit “Pumped Up Kicks,” you may have to make other plans. The band, which plays the 6:15 p.m. Friday slot both weekends of the festival, said at a show in Charlotte, N.C. Monday night that after the deadly shootings in Las Vegas overnight, “it felt wrong&rdquo...
Going to ACL Fest 2017? What you need to know

Going to ACL Fest 2017? What you need to know

Getting there There’s no parking at Zilker Park. Some businesses along Barton Springs Road sell parking spaces, but your best bet is to find alternatives to your own car. A free shuttle bus will run from Republic Square Park at Fourth and Guadalupe streets starting at 10:30 a.m. Last bus leaves Zilker at 11 p.m. nightly. CapMetro also plans to have beefed-up service during the fest. Go to capmetro...
REVIEW: A ‘bad day’ made a little less so with Father John Misty

REVIEW: A ‘bad day’ made a little less so with Father John Misty

Father John Misty might not top the list of performers you’d want to see the day after a national tragedy. The singer, whose real name is Josh Tillman, is infamously irreverent and political. He writes songs about humans as if he is watching them from above. He’s divisive, often stamped “polarizing” and branded “the most self-important asshole on earth” by...
Mac Demarco fits Austin like a glove

Mac Demarco fits Austin like a glove

John Mayer was in Austin last night. OK, not really — it was technically Canadian singer-songwriter Mac Demarco, who on Monday night kept screaming, despite “feeling a little under the weather” and losing his voice, that he’s John Mayer. He even led the crowd in a call-and-response “I say ‘John,’ you say ‘Mayer’”...
From the archives: Austin musicians size up Stevie Wonder

From the archives: Austin musicians size up Stevie Wonder

The last time Stevie Wonder played Austin, in 2015, it was a three-hour thrill ride of a performance that took a packed Erwin Center audience on a breathtaking journey, remarkable for its rarely matched musical mastery and its profound spiritual reach. He’s one of the few artists of the modern era who has rightfully earned the title ‘living legend,&rsquo...
F1 concert warm-up: 6 racy moments from Justin Timberlake’s career

F1 concert warm-up: 6 racy moments from Justin Timberlake’s career

Pop superstar Justin Timberlake rolls into town this weekend for a headline spot at the Formula One Grand Prix on Saturday. There are no general admission single-day tickets to the show, but if you’re just in it for the concerts, take heart: the $175 g.a. weekend wristband also includes admission to the Stevie Wonder closing concert on Sunday. Justin Timberlake...
Austin music at Formula 1: Who’s playing when and where this weekend

Austin music at Formula 1: Who’s playing when and where this weekend

Harvest Thieves play Sunday during the Formula 1 U.S. Grand Prix at Circuit of the Americas. Suzanne Cordeiro for American-Statesman 2015 If you’re out at Circuit of the Americas for this weekend’s Formula 1 United States Grand Prix, more than three dozen local and regional acts are performing at various stages throughout the grounds. Here’s a list of who&rsquo...
Austin360 On The Record: Willie Nelson & sons, Porter & the Bluebonnet Rattlesnakes

Austin360 On The Record: Willie Nelson & sons, Porter & the Bluebonnet Rattlesnakes

Willie Nelson with Lukas Nelson, center, and Micah Nelson, left, at Pedernales Studio in Spicewood. Contributed/Greg Giannukos OUT THIS WEEK Willie, Lukas & Micah Nelson, “Willie and the Boys: Willie’s Stash, Vol. 2” (Legacy). The first volume in this loosely structured “Willie’s Stash” series of archival recordings, 2014’s &ldquo...
City of Austin to honor J.A.M.O.N., ‘Godfather of Austin house’

City of Austin to honor J.A.M.O.N., ‘Godfather of Austin house’

On March 6, Austin’s dance music scene was dealt a devastating blow when Jamon Jaleki Horne, a house DJ who dominated local clubs, spinning under the name J.A.M.O.N., died following a two-and-a-half-year battle with cancer. He was 44. A photo of the late Jamon Jaleki Horne, known as DJ J.A.M.O.N. in the Austin music scene, on wall at Ethics Music Lounge as part of...
City of Austin declares Oct. 20 ‘Tom Petty Day’

City of Austin declares Oct. 20 ‘Tom Petty Day’

The City of Austin, by way of a proclamation by Mayor Steve Adler, has named Oct. 20 “Tom Petty Day,” KVUE reports.  The day, this Friday, would have marked the singer’s 67th birthday.  Below is the text of the proclamation issued by Adler: Petty died earlier this month after suffering a cardiac arrest. The city was encouraged to designate the...
Weekend music picks: Justin Timberlake, Stevie Wonder, Elvis Costello and more

Weekend music picks: Justin Timberlake, Stevie Wonder, Elvis Costello and more

Friday: Tom Petty birthday tributes at Hole in the Wall and One-2-One Bar. Tom Petty cover bands had popped up all over the country long before his death earlier this month, including at least two in Austin. Both will be in action on Friday, which would’ve been the iconic rocker’s 67th birthday. The Damn Torpedoes, with special guest Patricia Vonne, are at One-2-One...
10 scenes from Sunday at ACL Fest Weekend 2

10 scenes from Sunday at ACL Fest Weekend 2

John Gourley and Zachary Carothers of Portugal. The Man perform on the last day of the second weekend of the 2017 Austin City Limits Festival Oct. 15. 10/14/17 Tom McCarthy Jr. for AMERICAN-STATESMAN That’s a wrap on this year’s Austin City Limits Music Festival. Whether you gave Zilker Park your fest best or if you sat this round out, here are 10 scenes from...
The second ‘Black Panther’ trailer is here and this movie cannot open soon enough

The second ‘Black Panther’ trailer is here and this movie cannot open soon enough

I mean, LOOK AT THIS THING. A couple of things: 1. Music supervision for Marvel trailers has STEPPED UP. Hearing Zeppelin’s “Immigrant Song” at the top of the first “Thor: Ragnarok” trailer was tremendous. Hearing Run the Jewels’ “Legend Has It” woven into the first “Black Panther” trailer was just as fierce. Here, we get some Vince Staples...
This week’s music picks: Swan Songs and Antone’s Foundation benefits, more

This week’s music picks: Swan Songs and Antone’s Foundation benefits, more

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZXu6q-6JKjA&w=492&h=307] Tuesday: Alvvays at Mohawk outdoor. Two and a half years after the Toronto dream pop outfit became the hottest thing at South by Southwest 2015, they’re back with another satisfying collection of incongruently upbeat melancholia. On “Antisocialites,” jangly riffs swirl...
SOS Fest to host club shows with Grizzly Bear, the Shins, Ministry, more

SOS Fest to host club shows with Grizzly Bear, the Shins, Ministry, more

Earlier this month, Sound on Sound Fest, which was gearing up for a second showing at Sherwood Forest Faire, was abruptly canceled when an investor pulled out. When festival organizers announced the decision to cancel the festival, they promised to book as many SOS Fest artists as possible into clubs. On Monday, they released the grid for shows that will take place over the...
In ACL Fest adieu, Gorillaz throw in the kitchen sink

In ACL Fest adieu, Gorillaz throw in the kitchen sink

“How you doing mate? Catch a late flight?” Damon Albarn asked De La Soul’s DJ Maseo Sunday night, just before dazzling mass single “Feel Good Inc.” The long-tenured rap crew was home to turn out the enduring radio hit from 2005. Ditto Del the Funky Homosapien for the evening-wrapping “Clint Eastwood.” The big chorus-powered one-offs...
Saying goodbye to ACL Fest with the Killers in 19 (and a half) songs

Saying goodbye to ACL Fest with the Killers in 19 (and a half) songs

On Monday morning, the dusty, sun-dried masses of Austin City Limits Music Festival will return to their individual drudgeries: offices, classrooms, warehouses, kitchens, whatever four-walled spaces they fill with their counted-down heartbeats. But wherever they’re going, it probably isn’t drenched in Sin City neon, and there’s definitely not a man with a...
Portugal. The Man on Shazam ‘fame’ for ‘Feel It Still’

Portugal. The Man on Shazam ‘fame’ for ‘Feel It Still’

There is something of a mixed blessing to repeatedly claiming the title as the most-Shazamed band in America. On the up side, it means listeners are curious about a given band’s music. On the down side, it means people still don’t know who you are. So it goes for Alaskan modern rockers Portugal. The Man, whose single “Feel It Still” has crossed over into pop radio...
ACL Fest announces dates for 2018 fest

ACL Fest announces dates for 2018 fest

As the final notes of the Killers’ closing set rang through Zilker Park, Austin City Limits Music Festival organizers announced dates for next year. The crowd gathers to watch The Red Hot Chili Peppers perform on the Miller Lite Stage at ACL Fest on October 14, 2017. Dave Creaney / AMERICAN-STATESMAN. FULL COVERAGE: Reviews, photos and more from both...
White Reaper is ACL Fest’s hardest-rocking band

White Reaper is ACL Fest’s hardest-rocking band

White Reaper named its 2017 sophomore album “The World’s Best American Band,” and the boast is less absurd than you think. The Louisville, Kentucky, quintet knows that the best rock has fuzz in the mix and soundtracks trips to the pool hall. Hell guitarist Hunter Thompson lives in town. They know how to posture, riff, and play uptempo and punk-tinged rock for the Hotel...
Broods’ pretty shadows swallowed in noise, but ACL Fest ate it all up

Broods’ pretty shadows swallowed in noise, but ACL Fest ate it all up

Georgia Nott didn’t seem like she could believe the crowd she and her brother, Caleb, pulled Sunday at Austin City Limits Music Festival. “This is the earliest set we’ve played this summer and it’s the biggest crowd,” the Broods singer said with visible excitement early in the set. It might not be wholly accurate to call Broods a breakout in...
Midland turns the Tito’s tent into an early-afternoon honky-tonk at ACL Fest

Midland turns the Tito’s tent into an early-afternoon honky-tonk at ACL Fest

“I wasn’t expecting this many people to get up this early,” Midland frontman Mark Wystrach marveled to a sizable crowd that mostly filled the Tito’s tent at 12:30 p.m. for the country band’s debut at the Austin City Limits Music Festival. Given the recent fast rise of the band’s hit single “Drinkin’ Problem” on mainstream...
We debated, now it’s your turn: Is Run the Jewels overrated?

We debated, now it’s your turn: Is Run the Jewels overrated?

Early in the week, we realized two members of Team 360's Austin City Limits Music Festival held polar opposite positions on aggro-rap duo Run the Jewels. Chad Swiatecki argues the group is "proof that mankind is still evolving to a higher level of intellect and communication." Ramon Ramirez, on the other hand says they are "repellant rap music for tatted dudes who work in front of MacBooks...
Camila Alves shows off Matthew McConaughey merchandise at ACL Fest

Camila Alves shows off Matthew McConaughey merchandise at ACL Fest

Matthew McConaughey is all over this year’s Austin City Limits Music Festival. He showed up at Jay-Z’s set during the first weekend of the fest, then p opped up on Friday of weekend two. Matthew McConaughey and Camila Alves attend a party at the Highball before the Austin premiere of McConaughey’s movie “Gold” on Jan. 12, 2017....
10 scenes from Saturday at ACL Fest Weekend 2

10 scenes from Saturday at ACL Fest Weekend 2

It’s the final day of Austin City Limits Music Festival. A woman dances as Chance the Rapper performs during the second weekend of the Austin City Limits Music Festival at Zilker Park in Austin, Texas, on Saturday, Oct. 14, 2017. NICK WAGNER / AMERICAN-STATESMAN But before we get this Sunday kicked off, let’s take a look at what happened Saturday:    ...
Clouds, cooler temperatures bring relief on final day of ACL Fest

Clouds, cooler temperatures bring relief on final day of ACL Fest

A cold front brought cloudy skies, cool winds and temperatures in the 70s to the final day of Austin City Limits Music Festival on Sunday, bringing some much-needed relief to the sunburned and sweaty weekend denizens of Zilker Park. The scene shortly after gates opened on Sunday, Oct. 15, 2017 at Austin City Limits Music Festival. Katey Psencik / American-Statesman Don&rsquo...
We hung out with Dreamers at ACL Fest and talked about ‘Rick and Morty’

We hung out with Dreamers at ACL Fest and talked about ‘Rick and Morty’

A “ Rick and Morty” concept album from New York rock band Dreamers? Never say never. Dreamers (Marc Nelson, top left, Jacob Wick, below, and Nick Wold) at Austin City Limits on Saturday, Oct. 15, 2017. (Erika Rich/For American-Statesman) It’ll probably be never. But the “Sweet Disaster” artists, who played the BMI stage at Austin...
Run the Jewels light ‘ACL’ on fire ‘like Willie Nelson would light a (expletive) joint’

Run the Jewels light ‘ACL’ on fire ‘like Willie Nelson would light a (expletive) joint’

“El-P and Mike are going to make some effort to ‘clean up’ some of the lyrics in their raps,” “Austin City Limits” executive producer, Terry Lickona said via email Saturday when we reached out before the rap duo’s taping to find out how exactly producers of the iconic Austin TV show planned to edit the least PBS-friendly group in history...
Cooler temperatures close out Austin City Limits music festival

Cooler temperatures close out Austin City Limits music festival

A cold front moving into the Austin area will drop temperatures on Sunday, when a slight chance at showers is predicted in the morning before the sun peeks through at the end of the day, the National Weather Service said. Any rain that does fall in the metro area will likely clear out by the time bands hit the stage on the final day of the Austin City Limits music festival, since forecasters say showers...
Rest easy -- Olivia Culpo made it to ACL Fest 

Rest easy -- Olivia Culpo made it to ACL Fest 

She’s beauty and she’s grace. She’s arrived at the Austin City Limits Music Festival. Actress and 2015 Miss Universe Olivia Culpo shared a picture to Instagram late Saturday to announce her official arrival at Zilker Park. That’s right. If you’re at Zilker you’re sharing a big patch of grass with the star known for her role in “The Other Woman.&rdquo...
5 pineapples we spotted during Glass Animals’ ACL Fest set (and a watermelon)

5 pineapples we spotted during Glass Animals’ ACL Fest set (and a watermelon)

Pineapples are the fruit of 2017. Or at least, they’re the fruit of Austin City Limits Music Festival 2017. Nowhere was that more evident than at Glass Animals’ sundown set Saturday — the British psychedelic pop group rolled out on stage with a giant pineapple disco ball. A giant pineapple shines in the stage lights as Glass Animals performs during the second weekend...
It’s tradition: We found Jared Padalecki at ACL Fest again

It’s tradition: We found Jared Padalecki at ACL Fest again

UPDATE: Looks like Austin Mayor Steve Adler is in on our annual ACL Fest tradition... Adler tweeted out a picture of him alongside Zilker star Jared Padalecki and fellow “Supernatural” star Jensen Ackles. EARLIER: We’d feel weird if we made it through this year’s ACL Fest without spotting Jared Padalecki. The CW’s “Supernatural” star made his...
ACL Fest 2017 sees heat and soul on penultimate day

ACL Fest 2017 sees heat and soul on penultimate day

Second verse same as the first: Like last Saturday, thick crowds filled Zilker Park on Saturday, which along with last Saturday were the only days of the Austin City Limits Music Festival that sold out weeks in advance. Here are five things that happened at the fest Saturday: 1. It was hot. Again. Scattered morning clouds burned off early, and temperatures hit 90 degrees by late afternoon. Long...
Dreamers dream a little ACL Fest dream … OF DOOM

Dreamers dream a little ACL Fest dream … OF DOOM

Sure, Dreamers have their setlist loaded with songs about self-destruction. But they’ve got a beat, and you can dance to them! Marc Nelson of DREAMERS performs on the BMI Stage during weekend two of the Austin City Limits Music Festival at Zilker Park in Austin, Texas, on Saturday, Oct. 14, 2017. TINA PHAN / FOR AMERICAN-STATESMAN The New York City rock band fought the heat through...
Sports doubleheader in late-afternoon heat fills up ACL Fest beer hall

Sports doubleheader in late-afternoon heat fills up ACL Fest beer hall

Competitive contests for both the Texas Longhorns and the Houston Astros made for a lively time in the beer hall at the Austin City Limits Music Festival on Saturday, as hundreds of festgoers filled up the space for a break from the late-afternoon heat. Among them were Jody and Liz Lara, two Austinites who are both volunteering for the festival this weekend. Volunteers work ...
The Great ACL Fest Debate: Is rap duo Run the Jewels overrated?

The Great ACL Fest Debate: Is rap duo Run the Jewels overrated?

Over the past few years rap duo Run the Jewels has become the unlikely breakout of the decade. Their aggressive rhyme style and feline-friendly internet antics have made them one of the biggest hip-hop acts around, but do they deserve the acclaim? Team 360 is split on the matter with contributors Ramon Ramirez and Chad Swiatecki taking polar opposite positions...
ACL Fest 2017: 13-year-old Grace VanderWaal draws huge crowd at autograph tent

ACL Fest 2017: 13-year-old Grace VanderWaal draws huge crowd at autograph tent

Jessie Chatham said her day at Austin City Limits Festival would still be a good one if she didn’t get a pair of T-shirts autographed by teen pop star Grace VanderWaal, but it’d definitely be a bonus for the 14-year-old Austin resident. From her spot in line about 60 yards back from the Waterloo Records autograph tent, she didn’t know what her chances were. Grace Vanderwaal...
She’s 13. And she may be the breakout star of this year’s ACL Fest.

She’s 13. And she may be the breakout star of this year’s ACL Fest.

Just as the local elementary-school Barton Hills Choir finished their half-hour performance on the Austin Kiddie Limits Stage at ACL Fest, 13-year-old Grace VanderWaal began an hourlong show on the adjacent HomeAway Stage. If there were any doubt, those back-to-back sets affirmed that, yes indeed, the kids are all right. Grace Vanderwaal performs during the second weekend...
ASAP Ferg’s stuff broke at ACL Fest: ‘I don’t know what happened to my music’

ASAP Ferg’s stuff broke at ACL Fest: ‘I don’t know what happened to my music’

“The music is too hot for the computer right now,” ASAP Ferg told the American Express stage faithful. My weather app wouldn’t load, but it seemed to be in the high 80s  Saturday  afternoon at Zilker Park. A$AP Ferg performs during the second weekend of the Austin City Limits Music Festival at Zilker Park in Austin, Texas...
Barton Hills Choir shines again at Austin Kiddie Limits, this time with David Grissom

Barton Hills Choir shines again at Austin Kiddie Limits, this time with David Grissom

  “Can I just say this is the coolest gig ever?” David Grissom was right. The renowned Austin guitarist, who’s played with everyone from Joe Ely and John Mellencamp to the Allman Brothers and the Dixie Chicks, had a big smile on his face when he offered up that assessment of his guest turn with the Barton Hills Choir on Saturday afternoon, as part of...
Shine bright! Glittery fashion at ACL Fest

Shine bright! Glittery fashion at ACL Fest

A couple years ago Flash Tats were all the rage at the Austin City Limits Music Festival, this year it’s glitter, glitter and more glitter. We talked to fest-goers on the ground about what inspired their sparkly style. Valerie June backstage at ACL Fest. Erika Rich for American-Statesman Valerie June:  “In this whole record cycle I decided my style onstage...
Jay-Z’s post-ACL Fest dinner? Mighty Cone, of course

Jay-Z’s post-ACL Fest dinner? Mighty Cone, of course

Celebs, they’re just like us. They love hot & crunchy chicken in a cone. Jay-Z performs the headling set on Day 1 of the 2017 ACL Music Festival held at Zilker Park in Austin. Apparently, after Jay-Z proved he may just be the most important performer in rap history last night, he got a little hungry ( last weekend, he opted for La Barbecue before his set). From weekend...
Here’s how to make your own flower crown at ACL Fest

Here’s how to make your own flower crown at ACL Fest

Sometimes you forget to bring the essentials from home. At Austin City Limits Music Festival, that could mean clutching your head and thinking, “I wish I had brought my flower crown.” Lauren Beck, a friend of Craft owner Eli Winkelman, volunteers at the flower crown tent at Austin City Limits Music Festival on Friday, Oct. 14, 2017. (Eric Webb photos/American-Statesman)...
ACL Fest: Gates are open under scattered clouds

ACL Fest: Gates are open under scattered clouds

Gates are open on day two of the second weekend of the Austin City Limits Music Festival. At the 11 a.m. gate time, scattered clouds  obscured the sun somewhat, but don’t leave your sun hat at home. Our forecast shows clouds burning off by early afternoon, leaving us with another day of bright sun and temperatures creeping up near 90 degrees. Chance The Rapper, American...
13 scenes from Friday at ACL Fest weekend two

13 scenes from Friday at ACL Fest weekend two

It may be the second weekend of Austin City Limits Music Festival, but there’s just as much energy as weekend one. Andrew McMahon of Andrew McMahon In The Wilderness crowdsurfs in an inflatable giraffe at the American Express Stage during weekend two of the Austin City Limits Music Festival at Zilker Park in Austin, Texas, on Friday, Oct. 13, 2017. TINA PHAN / FOR...
The best signs and flags spotted at weekend two of ACL Fest 2017

The best signs and flags spotted at weekend two of ACL Fest 2017

There’s no better way to find your friends at Austin City Limits Music Festival than with a colorful flag, a cheeky sign or maybe a giant blow-up of a celebrity’s (or a friend’s) head. Here are the best signs, flags and “here’s how to find me” objects we spotted at the second weekend of ACL Fest 2017 (and on social media). We’ll keep...
Who to see Saturday at ACL Fest, weekend 2

Who to see Saturday at ACL Fest, weekend 2

You can’t see them all, no matter how fast you move from stage to stage. Team Austin360 is here with some Austin City Limits Music Festival picks to help refine your game plan. The second weekend of Austin City Limits Music Festival is Oct. 13-15 at Zilker Park. See all our previews and follow live coverage at  austin360.com/acl. Read our ...
Andrew McMahon talks giving back, songwriting in intimate ACL Fest show

Andrew McMahon talks giving back, songwriting in intimate ACL Fest show

When he’s not crowd-surfing on a giant inflatable animal, Andrew McMahon is raising a million dollars for young adult cancer patients and survivors. Andrew McMahon of Andrew McMahon In The Wilderness greets the audience while performing at the American Express Stage during weekend two of the Austin City Limits Music Festival at Zilker Park in Austin, Texas, on Friday...
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