Posts Tagged ‘ACL 2011’

YouPlusDallas Photo Gallery: Austin City Limits 2011

Posted by    |    September 30th, 2011 at 6:52 pm

Austin City Limits Music Festival Photo Gallery 9.17.11

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Cee Lo Makes Everyone Feel Awkward, Chromeo Remembers DJ Mehdi, My Morning Jacket Shows the True Meaning of Rock & Roll, Stevie Wonder is the Great Harmonizer, and Day Two of ACL

Posted by    |    September 18th, 2011 at 5:00 pm

Significantly more people crammed into Zilker Park on day two of the 2011 ACL festival than day one. It had been forecasted that the weather during the 10th annual festival would be in the triple digits, but Saturday began in the same overcast haze as the day before. Again, the sky broke as festivalgoers wearing Native American headdresses, Where’s Waldo shirts, and no shirts at all ran toward Young The Giant in the warm rain.

Fresh from their show-stealing performance at this year’s VMAs, Young the Giant is the complete antithesis of what you’d except from a VMA performance; their music isn’t pop, performance art, or anything you will hear remixed at a club. It’s straight California rock.

YTG kicked off their set with the walking melody of “Apartment,” the first track on their self-tiled album, following with the Vampire Weekend-meets-Sam Cooke sound of “I Got.”

“This song’s called ‘Guns Out’,” frontman Sameer Gadhia said to the soaking audience. “I want you guys to dance along with us, that’s right.” Gadhia’s voice is infallible. He radiates energy – his body must be bruised up from hitting the tambourine so hard against himself. “We’re going to keep on goin’,” he said, introducing recent single “Cough Syrup,” asking the audience if they knew the words. “If you do, sing along.” As they wrapped their set with “My Body” everyone finally seemed to realize that yes, they have heard of these guys before.

Turning the corner of the park later in the day, the crowd at Skrillex was ridiculous, practically overlapping with the crowd gearing up for Cee Lo Green’s performance on the far end of Zilker. (more…)

Coldplay Draws the Bigger Crowd, Kanye is Still Saying Weird Things, and Day One of ACL

Posted by    |    September 17th, 2011 at 1:42 pm

Early on Friday afternoon, ACL seemed as though it would suffer the same fate as this year’s Lollapalooza as the sky broke open and poured heavy rain. Festivalgoers ran down Barton Springs toward Zilker Park in white tanks and neon shorts, mud splashing up on their calves.

The 10th anniversary of the ACL Festival has brought headliners Arcade Fire, Stevie Wonder, My Morning Jacket, Coldplay and Kanye West, the latter two who will play tonight.

Today, Foster The People took to the Google+ stage where a hearty portion of festivalgoers gathered to see what these “Pumped Up Kicks” people were all about. Not sure this was the best stage for their performance; when FTP were first added to the ACL lineup, they were beginning their popularity ascent. Now that the band’s name is as recognizable as other acts at higher billing, the Northwest area of the park was crammed with an inane amount of sweaty, cheerful people, unknowingly dancing to a song about a trigger-happy outcast.

As night fell on the Austin Ventures stage, soulful Sara Bareilles recalled a conversation she had with a police officer earlier in the day, noting that people never fight at ACL, and promptly requested the audience to get in a fight. It didn’t go over too well, so she launched into a peppy cover of Mumford & Sons’  “Little Lion Man.”

“Is there anybody out there? Did we make it to Austin City Limits?” Chris Martin asked the massive crowd gathered at the AMD stage before singing famed hit “Yellow” and a slow-paced version of “In My Place.”

10 minutes to Kanye West’s set, a bridge of people stood between the AMD and Bud Light stages, trying to get the best of both headliners’ sets. People walked to Kanye humming Coldplay songs, and vice versa. (more…)