No time to take a breather, music lover. KUTX is gearing up for round two of ACL Fest this coming weekend, and leading up to it are some ACL Fest Late Night shows to keep the buzz going. The Austin Music Minute is serving up some nighttime picks, plus a handful of faves to give you a head start out at Zilker Park tomorrow afternoon.
ACL Fest TOMORROW: Annabelle Chairlegs (11:45 a.m.), Ron Gallo (12:30 p.m.), (Sandy) Alex G (1:15 p.m.), COIN (1:15 p.m.), Band of Heathens (1:30 p.m.), Valerie June (2:30 p.m.), The Lemon Twigs (3:15 p.m.) and Hamilton Leithauser (3:15 p.m.).
Stay tuned for more AMM selections, plus fantastic photos and pop-up session videos from the festival, courtesy of our KUTX multi-media crew. So ON it.
-Photo of Ron Gallo by Jorge Sanhueza-Lyon for KUTX.
In a nutshell, your KUTX crew successfully conquered a rather busy first ACL Fest weekend with a wide assortment of pop up sessions, artist portraits and interviews captured on site at Zilker Park, and at KUTX Live at the Four Seasons.
There’s another gargantuan weekend ahead, round two of ACL Fest, but before that, you have the opportunity to catch official ACL Fest Late Night shows, like these happening tonight:
Check back with the Austin Music Minute for more recommendations during the rest of the week.
-Photo of Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real by Jim McDermott.
The Austin Music Minute must give credit where credit is due. KUTX host Susan Castle recommended today’s fantastic artist pick, as part of the AMM weeklong feature on ACL Fest official late night shows. There’s no holding back on the infectious grooves of LA-based outfit Vulfpeck.
Founded in 2011, the group of friends at the University of Michigan began piecing together a diverse selection musical influences that shape Vulfpeck’s sound. Initially, you get the flavor of funk, but more rises to the surface, everything from jazz to electronic to soul. Give a listen to their album The Beautiful Game and explore just how much the mood and momentum fly all over the map.
Vulfpeck is scheduled for a set at 4:15 p.m. this Friday at ACL Fest, but you’ll have two chances to see them sooner than that – tonight and tomorrow night at Emo’s, 2015 E. Riverside Drive. Joey Dosik opens both nights. Doors open at 7 p.m.
Addictive in the best way possible. Very recommended.
-Photo courtesy of the artist.
There is only one Lila Downs, and it’s easy to fall in love with her fiery, passionate spirit. She is the warrior fearlessly breaking any boundaries that would confine her creative flow. The multi-talented singer, songwriter, Grammy Award and four-time Latin Grammy Award-winner constructs astounding imagery in her music, with her endlessly unique style standing out not only in the genre of world music, but all music. It’s incredible to experience Downs’ extraordinarily fresh and modern artistic power, while simultaneously experiencing the great reverence she holds for traditional Latin music. And, above all else, se conoce el poder de las mujeres. She knows the power of women.
In May, the mighty Downs released her latest album, Salón, Lágrimas y Deseo, which she translates as Tears and Desire. Make no mistake, this is another soulful affirmation of that very power, whether in love or anguish. You’ll feel Downs’ vocals seeping through your flesh and bones, right into your soul.
Witness the power tonight when Downs performs at The Paramount Theatre, 713 Congress Ave. Lisa Morales will provide an excellent start to the night. Doors open at 7 p.m., and the music begins at 8 p.m.
On fire. This one is so recommended it hurts.
-Photo courtesy of the artist.
Molly Hamilton and Robert Earl Thomas III are the founding members of Brooklyn-based band Widowspeak. However, their recent album, Expect the Best, features Widowspeak performing as a four-piece with bassist Willy Muse and drummer James Jano. The added richness to the darkened layers does not disappoint. As if wandering through a shadowy daydream bathed in twilight, Expect the Best presents a lush, beautiful, slow-burning tapestry of emotions. Specifically for songwriter Hamilton, the album is a deeply autobiographical self-examination of the anxiety that comes from feeling adrift.
This was an instant Austin Music Minute favorite. Head out to The Sidewinder, 715 Red River, to see Widowspeak perform tonight at an early show. Doors are open now, and Chicago lo-fi rockers Clearance start the evening out. Very recommended.
-Photography by Ebru Yildiz.