2014 ACL Music Festival Lineup

ACL Festival

2014 ACL Music Festival Lineup

Posted by on Apr 22, 2014

By Tyler Pratt for KUT News

Calling it one of their most energetic lineups to date, the 13th annual Austin City Limits Music Festival also includes a blast of nostalgia.

Pearl Jam is headlining and The Replacements are top billed. Major hip-hop acts of the 2000s, Outkast and Eminem are also headliners. The festival also sees a significant number of electronic music acts with Calvin Harris and Skrillex headlining – and groups such as Major LazerZeddPhantogramChromeo and CHVRCHES in the big font. Beck rounds out the list of this year’s headliners.

Last year’s festival drew some criticism for a lack of female performers. However, this year’s top billing includes international superstars, Lana Del Rey and Lorde (though the latter will be for the second weekend only). Female acts such as St. VincentIggyAzaleaJenny LewisNikki LanetUnE -yArDs and My Brightest Diamond also made the cut.

Other big acts at this year’s festival include the indie pop of Foster the PeopleBroken Bells and Belle and SebastianThe Avett Brothers and The Head and the Heart bring out the folk rock. And some surprises were post punk revivalists Interpol, hip-hop wizChildish Gambino and Jamaican reggae legend, Jimmy Cliff.

And of course there are plenty of Austin bands performing – including SpoonAsleep at the WheelBlack Pistol FireMike and the MoonpiesHard ProofWood and Wireand Riders Against the Storm. Many of the local acts, however, will play only one of the two weekends.

Three-day passes go on sale at 10 Tuesday morning. The festival also says single day tickets will be available later this spring. The 2014 Austin City Limits Music Festival takes over Zilker Park October 3-5 and October 10-12. More information is available ataclfestival.com

Wild Cub: “Thunder Clatter”

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Wild Cub: “Thunder Clatter”

Posted by on Oct 14, 2013

Photo by Will Morgan Holland

In the music world, you don’t hear of much emigration from Brooklyn. For the past decade, it’s been a hotbed for musicians, but count Keegan DeWitt out. The Oregon native found himself in Brooklyn trying to balance both his job and music against the high cost of living. “I found myself putting 50% effort into both that job and my music,” he told American Songwriter, so he packed up and headed for another music Mecca: Nashville.

There, he was able to make music his full-time job. DeWitt  started out by scoring films, earning buzz from the SXSW Film Festival and the New York Times, and composing allowed him expand his musical scope. But the songwriting bug soon bit after meeting several multi-instrumentalists in Nashville. After performing around the country under his own name for a few years, DeWitt decided to form Wild Cub in 2012 with his Nashville friends. Earlier this year, the quintet self-released their debut, titled Youth. Indie label Mom + Pop decided to give the record a wider push after lead single “Thunder Clatter” started charting in Britain a few months ago.

Wild Cub recently stopped by KUTX’s tent backstage at ACL Fest 2013 to perform a few songs. While on record the band uses synths and dance beats, they play to their melodic strengths in a stripped-down setting, bringing new shades to “Thunder Clatter.”

Heavy Rains Cancel Final Day of ACL

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Heavy Rains Cancel Final Day of ACL

Posted by on Oct 13, 2013

Heavy rainfall began around 10 p.m. Saturday night, dumping more than six inches of rain in Travis and Hays Counties overnight. Because of the weather, organizers of the Austin City Limits Music Festival canceled Sunday’s lineup.

So far there haven’t been any reports of injuries or deaths from flash flooding in the area. If you live near, or need to drive over one of the roads prone to flooding, check out this interactive map of what’s open and what’s underwater.

Beyond any flash flooding, the National Weather Service also issued river flooding warnings for Barton Creek and Onion Creek. Those warnings are based on how much rain has already fallen and what’s expected.

ACL festival organizers say ticket holders will automatically be refunded one-third of the price of the three-day pass within three weeks:

Due to current weather conditions with flash flood warnings, The Austin City Limits Music Festival organizers have canceled the festival for Sunday, October 13.

“Our first priority is always the safety of our fans, staff and artists,” said Shelby Meade, communications director for C3 Presents, the promoter behind Austin City Limits Music Festival. “We regret having to cancel the show today, but safety always comes first.” Refunds will be issued automatically by check from Front Gate Tickets within three weeks. One-third of ticket price will be refunded to all ticket buyers based on original ticket price paid, and will be mailed to the billing address on the original order. For questions, please visit http://support.frontgatetickets.com.

The Austin Parks and Recreation Department also temporarily closed Barton Springs Pool because of flooding.

Forecasters expect the rain to continue throughout the week.

ACL Fest 2013: Sat, Oct 12

ACL Festival

ACL Fest 2013: Sat, Oct 12

Posted by on Oct 12, 2013

The Austin City Limits Music Festival is back–and this year, it’s bigger than ever. Over the next two weekends, KUTX will be bringing you plenty of coverage from Zilker Park, from intimate live performances to interviews with some of the Fest’s biggest artists. Follow all the action here and on Twitter!

We have exclusive performances from  Dan Croll, Shakey Graves, Whiskey Shivers, My Jerusalem, and Lissie. You can give ‘em a listen below!

ACL Fest 2013: Fri, Oct 11

ACL Festival

ACL Fest 2013: Fri, Oct 11

Posted by on Oct 11, 2013

The Austin City Limits Music Festival is back–and this year, it’s bigger than ever. Over the next two weekends, KUTX will be bringing you plenty of coverage from Zilker Park, from intimate live performances to interviews with some of the Fest’s biggest artists. Follow all the action here and on Twitter!

Below, check out exclusive interviews and performances from these artists, live from ACL Fest 2013: