KUTX’s Rick McNulty hosts Left of the Dial every Friday night 7 p.m. – 11 p.m. This week he’ll give you the skinny on what artists to catch at the Austin City Limits Festival. Here are a few of his picks to get you started!
Generally when a band takes some time off from recording and performing, they become a little more juiced to play live…especially in front of 60,000 screaming fans that have missed them terribly. And given the band’s fickle nature, you never know when James Murphy & Co. will decide that this, indeed, might be their last tour.
She’s been on the road for the better part of the year, which means she’s in championship fighting mode. And that voice is one of the most exciting and powerful voices I’ve heard in a long time. expect the heathens in Zilker Park will turn over a new leaf afterwards.
Unfortunately I think this show will be PAAKED. He’s only performing during the second weekend and it’ll be his lone visit to Austin all year. The new album is lighting up the charts and the man can raise a ruckus onstage. Damn the crowds, this is the one concert to catch that gives you bragging rights for the entire festival. (Second weekend only)
Could be the sleeper of the fest. Brand new to the music world, the 21 year-old has the voice and attitude of an old soul. Her lyrics are enough to keep you riveted and laughing or laughing to keep from crying. (First weekend only)
You don’t need to know any of this Swedish band’s songs since they have an innate ability to make every one of their numbers feel immediately familiar. They can provide the instant gratification of the festival experience – catching a band that you’ve never heard of transforming your weekend into one long foam party.