J Roddy

ACL News, Bands

Ice Cream Man’s Favorite 2011 Band

When we were in town for South by Southwest earlier this year we decided to throw our first party in five years. The first band we booked was J Roddy Walston and the Business. Their high-energy, piano-led rock was exactly what we wanted to build the rest of the lineup around. Needless to say, they […]

As of: 9/8/2011

Artist Discovery

Bands

Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. from CultureMap Austin

Unlike last week’s Artist Discovery pick featuring The Antlers, my next pick for must-see-at-ACL is the effervescent, overtly positive, wittily theatrical Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. And when I say theatrical, lower your brow just a bit; we’re talking an occasional dancing panda, a giant bubble-producing machine, lots of microsynth pedaling and two cheery dudes having […]

As of: 9/1/2011

Artist Discovery

ACL News

CultureMap Austin Features The Antlers

A band that debuted with a gut-wrenching concept album revolving around the death of a either a person or a relationship (different reviewers arrive at different interpretations, even after interviewing lead Peter Silberman) may not be what you’d consider a perfect fit for a sweltering, outdoor summertime festival. But if you’ve seen Brooklyn’s The Antlers […]

As of: 8/26/2011

Artist Discovery

ACL News

Flavorpill’s Featured 2011 Artist: Joseph Arthur

Joseph Arthur is a creative dynamo. Since being discovered by Peter Gabriel in the mid-’90s, the extremely prolific singer/songwriter has delivered eight albums and ten EPs, staged gallery shows and released a book of his visual artwork, and even opened a museum. Last year, he debuted Fistful of Mercy, a side project that featured three-way […]

As of: 8/24/2011

Artist Discovery

ACL News, Bands

Cults Preview from Sunset in the Rearview

When I was asked to write about a band performing at this year’s Austin City Limits Festival, I found myself staring at a long and impressive lists of artists both established and new, all coming to put on a show for a massive crowd in Texas. I was stuck asking myself: should I have some […]

As of: 8/18/2011

sat3

Bands

Consequence of Sound Cover Wild Beasts

Depending on how you cut it, Wild Beasts have either made a career out of pop-ifying art rock, or art-ifying pop music. Whichever it is, the English quartet has pieced together an unlikely masterpiece on this year’s Smother. Even as the record has garnered gushing, near perfect reviews across the board, Smother is most compelling […]

As of: 8/11/2011

Artist Discovery

ACL News, Bands

Austinist Covers James Blake

At 23, James Blake has already had a remarkable ride. With one full-length out (this year’s James Blake) and a couple of singles supporting, he’s enchanted an international music community, found himself at the forefront of Britain’s post-dubstep movement, and been nominated for a handful of awards. It almost seems predestined: Blake’s father is James […]

As of: 7/21/2011

sat3

ACL News, Bands

Live Music Blog’s 2011 Favorites

Leading up to September, we will be showcasing your favorite bloggers featuring a wide range of 2011 ACL Festival performers that you may have never heard of. Take a voyage of musical discovery with local bloggers as your guide. This week’s feature comes from Justin Ward of Live Music Blog. Since the first time I […]

As of: 7/7/2011

Cave Singers

ACL News, Bands

Consequence of Sound’s ACL Favorite

On first listen, the Cave Singers might fool you into thinking they are a mellow folk band. Until, that is, you hear the raw, powerful, pinched vocals of lead singer Pete Quirk. They cut through the texture of fingerpicked acoustic guitar, brushed drums, and electric guitar chords on “Seeds of Night,” the opener to their […]

As of: 6/30/2011