Posts Tagged ‘ACL’

Sarah Jaffe Closes AT&T Performing Art Center’s Patio Sessions

Posted by    |    October 24th, 2012 at 3:31 pm

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Hey, Dallas. Here’s an opportunity to see an amazing singer/songwriter for free! Texas-native Sarah Jaffe will perform this Thursday at AT&T Performing Arts Center’s Patio Sessions with DJ Emptycylinder of Vinyl Fantasy opening for a special end of the season performance.

Since Sarah burst onto the Indie scene in the late 2000s, she has had many memorable performances at venues like Austin City Limits and has received several accolades from the Dallas Observer Music Awards. She most recently toured with Norah Jones and Blitzen Trapper this summer. Since her official debut in 2010, she’s done a lot of growing up. Her sound ranges from quiet folksy to a powerful dance worthy songs. Don’t miss the opportunity to see an incredibly talented and versatile artist this Thursday!

For more on the artist, check out our YouPlus video with Sarah Jaffe. 


The Kingston Springs at SXSW

Posted by    |    March 7th, 2012 at 2:59 pm

You may remember our excursion to ACL last fall where we chatted with up-and-coming Nashville outfit The Kingston Springs. Coming off their EP The Vacation Time, the band will release their debut self-titled album this spring. Check the video above to get a feel for their sound. Here’s where to find them at SXSW:

3/10/12 – Austin, TX @ Swan Dive – Private Party 5:30pm

3/10/12 – Austin, TX @ Stubb’s – Girl + Guy Party 8pm

3/14/12 – Austin, TX @ Urban Roots – Day Chill Party 4pm

3/17/12 – Austin, TX @ Soho Lounge – Official SXSW Showcase 7:30pm

3/17/12 – Austin, TX @ Luck 13 – Live Nation Party 9:15pm

3/17/12 – Austin, TX @ Stubb’s 11:25pm

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…)

Catching Lissie

Posted by    |    October 13th, 2010 at 11:00 am

Lissie has a very good memory.  Like many artists who perform on the Granada Theater stage, she is hanging out behind the venue after the show. She shakes my hand, calls me by my first name, and asks if I mind if she smokes. (My lungs might, but right now, they’d rather endure it.) She talks to me and Y+D blogger Rachel Orr about her beer preference and stage time at ACL.

How was ACL this year?
ACL was awesome, it was exhausting but it was worth it, it was fun, and we felt like we had a good presence there, beautiful weather, we love Austin, you know, it couldn’t have been better. It was awesome.

So who’s your favorite singer or band?
I don’t have a favorite singer. But right now, I just saw Phish on Friday, Phish is my favorite band. They make me feel so happy, so that’s what music should do, I think. (more…)

Open your ears

Posted by    |    October 12th, 2010 at 5:14 pm

It’s probably difficult for some artists to pull off successful shows on a Monday night, but Illinois-born Lissie is singing to a good-sized house at the Granada Theater. “I really really appreciate you guys getting tickets and coming out,” she says, and opens the show with a power performance of her song Wedding Bells. She showed off her gutsy vocals in Worried About and When I’m Alone, where she marched barefoot to her own beat, her knees hiking up after every chord — apparently I have a penchant for artists who are allergic to shoes.

She wears a green silly band and baggy cuffed jeans like she fell out of an American Apparel advertisement. Her signature tousled blonde hair and beautiful face resemble Blake Lively, had she been a flower child in the ‘60s. “This is our first time playing in Dallas,” she says, noting the places she and her bearded bandmates have recently been, including next-door Dallas treasure, Snuffers. “So, my band and I’ve been overseas basically for the last year, and I was so happy to put my album out, Catching a Tiger, in the US in August,” she pauses to acknowledge all of the congratulatory whistling, “we’ve played, what, San Francisco, LA, we did ACL which was a blast, and Houston, and then here, and this is so great, so we’re really really stoked to be back in the US of A and we’re glad that you guys came out to see us.” A guy in the crowd yells out “I love your smile!” “Aww thank you—thanks,” she coolly responds, and I add her to my cue of “living room artists,” the name designating lax talent who takes the time to acknowledge and respond to their audience. (more…)