Monday, August 29, 2011

ACL Preview! The Afterparty ...

I dig the afterparty! Here are some of the highlights of whats on tap for the afterparty at ACL this year...

Thursday, September 15th:

- Pretty Lights w/ NAS at Austin Music Hall - see previous post for a clip!

- Old Crow Medicine Show w/ Hayes Carll at Stubb’s Waller Creek Amphitheater

– Delta Spirit w/ J. Roddy Walston and the Business, Futurebirds at Emo’s Outside

–North Mississippi Allstars at Antone’s - see previous post for a clip!

Friday, September 16th:

– Manu Chao La Ventura at Stubb’s Waller Creek Amphitheater

– Skrillex w/ Chiddy Bang at La Zona Rosa

– Twin Shadow and Cut Copy DJ Set w/ Theophilis London and Diamond Rings at Emo’s

– Smith Westerns and Cults at The Parish

– Gary Clark Jr. at Antone’s

– Lance Herbstrong at Stubb’s Indoors

Saturday, September 17:

– Empire of the Sun w/ Mayer Hawthorne & The County at Austin Music Hall

– Bright Eyes w/ Kurt Vile and the Violators at Stubb’s Waller Creek Amphitheater

– Fitz and the Tantrums w/ Aloe Blacc & The Grand Scheme at La Zona Rosa

– Death From Above 1979 w/ The Vaccines at Emo’s

– The Head and The Heart w/ The Moondoggies at Antone’s

– Wild Beasts w/ Telekinesis at The Parish

– Phosphorescent w/ little hurricane at Stubb’s Indoors

– Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. w/ Yellow Ostrich at Lambert’s

– Gospel Brunch: The Lee Boys at Stubb’s Indoors (11AM & 1PM Seatings)

Sunday, September 18:

– Iron & Wine and Yim Yames at Stubb’s Waller Creek Amphitheater

– Gospel Brunch: Tyree Morris & Heart of Worship at Stubb’s Indoors (11AM & 1PM Seatings)

Sleep is overrated!

Sunday, August 21, 2011

ACL Preview - Friday Evening and the Food Truck Explosion!

In the second installment of the ACL preview series, I'll take a look at the acts on tap for Friday night, bitch about the heat, and discuss the food truck phenomenon in some detail.

Austin is a city known for taking the extra step to ensure that it is doing things in a little different way than the ordinary. T-shirts suggest that we should all "Keep Austin Weird" and I'm sure sure shit will inevitibly get weird at ACL. One positive example of this weirdness materializing in edible form is the food truck explosion that took place in Austin over the last few years. Most big cities have food trucks so that isn't all that unusual, but I think you'd be hard pressed to find the quality, quantity, and diversity of the trucks that you'll find in Austin. From the mexican roach coach to duck on wheels, here are a few trucks that I feel the reason to comment on for one reason or another:

- Chilantro: - Korean bbq and mexican fusion served from two locations around dirty sixth street. I think the Kimchi fries and pork tacos are the best on the menu. My fav spot in ATX
- Torchy's Tacos: - What started as a truck is now a good taco chain throughout ATX. A bit overpriced for tacos, but delicious. Original truck is still open in South Austin. I suggest the Mr. Pink ahi tuna taco or the Green Chile Pork
- Kebabalicious: - Turkish kebab truck that is usually hanging around dirty sixth. Haven't been, but have heard from reliable sources (UT grads, bike cabbie) that the food is good.
- Odd Duck Farm to Trailer: - With a seasonal, locally sourced menu, this trailer is said to bring high quality food to a trailer setting. Today's menu offered duck egg, pork belly, quail, and other local goods for $5 or less per plate. Located south of town on S. Lamar. Haven't had a chance to go before, but plan on making a trip during ACL!
- Gordough's: - This looks like a truly unique trailer. Located on South Lamar, this trailer serves donuts topped with everything from fried chicken, to bacon, to pepper jelly, to brownie batter, to grilled bananas, to a bunch of other shit that will make you fat, to any combination of any of the aforementioned.

It's been interesting to see the food truck industry evolve in Austin. The trucks now utilize twitter, blogs, other social media platforms and even have a unified iphone app. Check out a good general guide to the other trucks here:

As for the music on Friday night, here's a few of the folks who will be participating:

Santigold: Friday 7:10 - 8:10 - Honda Stage

Pretty Lights: Friday 7:30 - 8:30 - Google+ Stage

Plus, Kanye and Coldplay after Pretty Lights if you're still going after the PL show

And now to bitch about the heat, it's hot, it never rains, and people are starting to lose it down here. Hope we get some rain and cooler weather before ACL or we could see a whole new level of weirdness ...

Friday, August 19, 2011

Phish - UIC Pavilion 8.17

You'll never get out of this maze you'll never get out of this maze

Ah Phish. Always a pleasure to see these guys throw down, particularly in an 8,000 person venue instead of a 68,000 person venue. I only went to the last show of their three night run at the UIC Pavilion in Chicago, but I was treated to a great set. The boys played a lot of songs and rocked hard, never harder than when they covered Zeppelin's No Quarter. There weren't any truly mammoth jams and the second set kind of went in fits and starts, but the setlist was stellar and it's fun to watch a light show designed for huge amphitheaters completely light up a much smaller arena. Here's the setlist and some videos from the show.

Set 1: Colonel Forbin's Ascent > Fly Famous Mockingbird, Gumbo > Possum, Weigh > The Divided Sky, Alaska, Bathtub Gin, Maze, Cavern > First Tube

Set 2: Crosseyed and Painless -> No Quarter > Timber (Jerry) > Tweezer > Prince Caspian > Piper > Ghost -> Makisupa Policeman > Sleep > Buffalo Bill, Golgi Apparatus > Character Zero > Run Like an Antelope

Encore: Funky Bitch, Show of Life > Tweezer Reprise

Colonel Forbin's Ascent > Fly Famous Mockingbird


Crosseyed and Painless jam

No Quarter - kinda low quality but man did they rock this one

Phish is what other jam bands aspire to be. You can't be a cliche if you're the trend setter. Keep that in mind folks. Great show. Happy Friday.

Monday, August 15, 2011

ACL Preview!

Austin, TX --

From Friday September 16 - Sunday September 18, the Austin City Limits festival comes to Zilker Park in Austin for the 10th year. It will be my first time attending and I wanted to do some research in advance to maximize. I'll be attending with some fellow TSAD-ers and loyal TSAD readers, so hopefully others can benefit from some published research.

If you haven't been to Austin, TX and you like music, put it on your list .. Known around here as the Live Music Capital of the World (Texans like to make everything 'of the World' because they only consider the world to be contained within the Texas borders), Austin is always hosting a good act. Throw in an awesome food truck scene and an interesting mix of cowboys, hipsters, students, politicians, minorities, homeless people, drunks and general revelers, and you've got yourself a pretty damn good time any given weekend.

What I'm going to do is throw a few artists up that I am excited about and list the time of their performance for to-be attendees. For those you that are not attending, you may continue to read at your own risk of becoming extremely jealous and depressed thinking about how much fun I am going to be having while you are sitting home watching your college football team that is probably much worse than mine (go cocks) and re-reading all of my ACL Preview posts.

Asleep at the Wheel - AMD Stage Friday 12:25 - 1:10 - Texas music

Reptar - Austin Ventures Stage Friday 1:20 - 2:00

North MS All Stars - Austin Ventures Stage Friday 5 - 5:30 - not to be missed

And the show I wouldn't be caught dead at ...
The Secret Sisters - The Zilker Stage Friday 1:30 - not soon enough

That takes me through 5:30 on Friday ... more to come later including two and a half more days of artists, drunken Austin food truck reviews and a transportation issue that I need help with ...

Later, SP