Pearl Jam, Outkast, and Beck are household names at any music festival. Yet, as is the case in life, and especially festival posters, don’t forget to read the fine print. Here are several less known bands that we won’t be missing during the 2014 Austin City Limits Music Festival. Local Austin celebrities, Spoon, have just released one of the year’s best new records. Impeccable production, lyrics, and the addition of the Divine Fits’ Alex Fischel on keys and guitar, have ensured this album as one of the bands’ best to date. Expect them to put on a fantastic show.
Spoon Belle & Sebastian, along with Chvrches, are representing Glasgow’s well-established indie-pop scene at this year’s festival. Belle & Sebastian frontman, Stuart Murdoch, is fresh off of writing, directing, and scoring a new film. Expect the multi-talented bandleader to pull from the band’s seemingly endless reserve of songs. Chvrches’ electronic synth-pop is held together by Lauren Mayberry’s melodic voice. The trio crosses the electronic music spectrum with catchy hooks that will have your feet moving over the grass at Zilker Park.
Psychedelic rock band, Temples, will be performing their vintage sound for ACL attendees this year. Having opened for The Rolling Stones, among others, this UK band is liable to become a fixture on everyone’s playlists soon. Mac DeMarco’s mellow album, Salad Days, is more likely to conjure up images of a beach, than his Canadian hometown of Montreal. However, his live performance is far from chill, and certainly worth watching at this year’s festival.
For those of you seeking a taste of country music, look to Robert Ellis to satisfy your craving. Nashville by way of Texas, Ellis’ twang rides over well-executed pedal steel riffs. Clever lyrics of friendship and loss will have you laughing, and crying in the same stanza. Nikki Lane will also be performing this year. Channeling the likes of Tanya Tucker and Dolly Parton, Lane embodies the “outlaw country” rebellious attitude that Willie and Waylon made famous. Finally, make sure to check out J. Roddy Walston & The Business’ performance. Walston has made a name for himself as an excellent performer, and although the band hails from Baltimore, Walston’s Tennessee roots are evident in his soulful rock n’ roll. There is no shortage of hair in this band, and there will be no restraint from head banging throughout their shows at ACL.
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