Austin City Limits | 09.26 - 09.28 | Texas

Sunday, September 28

ACL 2008 by Perlaky
Abigail Washburn :: ACL 2008 by Perlaky
Octopus Project :: ACL 2008 by Perlaky
Heartless Bastards :: ACL 2008 by Fernandez
White Denim :: ACL 2008 by Perlaky
Stars :: ACL 2008 by Perlaky
Silversun Pickups :: ACL 2008 by Fernandez
Okkervil River :: ACL 2008 by Perlaky
The Kills :: ACL 2008 by Fernandez
Gnarls Barkley :: ACL 2008 by Fernandez
Band of Horses :: ACL 2008 by Perlaky
Foo Fighters :: ACL 2008 by Perlaky
Foo Fighters :: ACL 2008 by Perlaky

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Treetophigh Tue 9/30/2008 05:55PM
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the wamu stage ha

phreak89 Tue 9/30/2008 05:58PM
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Too bad there wasn't an AIG stage, that irony would be even better.

jambander Tue 9/30/2008 06:17PM
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while the lineup is unquestionably ridiculous, hour long sets? instead of doing one thing well, it seems like ACL does every genre mediocre...running from one stage to the next to see 45 minutes of a band?

Lightenupyourload starstarstarstar Tue 9/30/2008 06:42PM
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Not one pict. of Gillian, David and Alison?!! wtf Why are the reviewers and photogs always covering different things in these reviews?!!

NickBoeka starstarstarstarstar Tue 9/30/2008 07:33PM
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sarah - you're quickly becoming one of my favorite writers here at the 'base. compared to many of the festival write-ups this summer, I found yours the most captivating in presentation, and also in your artist choices. good work!

RothburyWithCheese starstarstarstarstar Tue 9/30/2008 08:39PM
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Acl cemented it's self as the best festival in the country. Sure the lineup (overall) was at times questionable and Saturday night's horrific clusterfuck of bands made it a bit frustrating; it still didnt take away from the ass kicking time that the tens of thousands in a attendance had.

My schedule---Friday: Jamie Lidell, Jenny Lewis, Mars Volta. Missed: Frankenreiter. Saturday: Langhorne Slim, Jose Gonzalez, Drive By Truckers, Erykah Badu, Mason Jennings, Yonder Mountain, and Beck. Missed: Black Keys, Roky Erickson, Iron & Wine. Sunday: Xavier Rudd amd Gnarls Barkley. Missed: Raconteurs. Friday and Sunday were light days. If I had my way I would scrunch Friday and Sunday's bands into one day. Making a really good 3 day fest into a magnificent 2 day affair. Camping fests are fun but nothing beats leaving a festival and stopping at Wendy's or Taco Cabana before getting home for a nice hot shower and a nice bed. See y'all next year!!

lemak91 Tue 9/30/2008 10:27PM
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so yonder fucking threw down some amazing bluegrass on saturday. best act by far..

fishbone1 starstarstarstarstar Wed 10/1/2008 12:54AM
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dead, you missed black keys and raconteurs? i've seen em a couple times each at least and they rock house. as for the short set times, this is run by the lollapalooza people, and they don't know shit about making a schedule.

mreezal Wed 10/1/2008 02:17AM
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cool. but phish is back

Conjugal Burning starstarstarstarstar Wed 10/1/2008 07:29AM
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Conjugal Burning

^^ if only phish could touch the epic Volta jams! sorry ive got the fever as well.... nice writing, this looked fun as hell with a killer lineup.

ferrin starstarstarstar Wed 10/1/2008 10:45AM
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Check out backstage interviews with tons of the ACL performers:

djdaddyp starstarstarstarstar Wed 10/1/2008 11:44AM
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Spiritualized blew me away. Beck was solid. MGMT sounded better live than usual if you could get near them. Racontuers certainly rocked. Missed a lot as it tends to go but I hear Stars rocked.

johnnygoff starstarstarstarstar Wed 10/1/2008 12:44PM
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great review.

recently saw a sick viewing on Palladia (HD TV Concerts) of ACL w/ the Raconteurs rocking out. (last year, i presume)

also, thanks for the Joe Bonamassa mention. A Utica, NY product w/ some of the best hands in the world of guitar today.

Lastly, how good are the Fleet Foxes?

bubbarock starstarstar Wed 10/1/2008 12:54PM
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Sarah-your write-up is a bit of a downer...sounds like you were too lazy to get around and check out the bands...or reposition yourself so you got away from the "stage bleeding"? What about Plant & Kraus, Backdoor Slam,Old 97's,MGMT,Fogerty,Conor Oberst,Sharon Jones,Raconteurs,Neko Case,and White name a few? And the Foo's...they freakin' rocked!! They were way psyched to be the closing band of ACL. That mellow version of "My Hero", (into "Monkey Wrench") with the crowded singing along was incredible. Taylor Hawkins is far from a "poser". And the aftershows? The Parish Room with James McMurtry and Band of Horses saturday night was phenomenol! You were probably asleep at your place "ten minutes away".

JingoBa Wed 10/1/2008 02:03PM
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Mars Volta was a journey through the mind of a schizo. I liked it!... also I don't see Backdoor slam mentioned. They opened with a cream cover and were really good live. My back hurts like hell but it was all worth it! see ya in 09

rdawson124 Wed 10/1/2008 10:02PM
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ladym292 Thu 10/2/2008 07:21AM
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Saw Daivid Byrne the first night of his tour...his dancers are supposed to be that way..the man is wicked smart...sorry if you didnt get it...and he plays one hell of a show...great to see him back on tour and playing old talking heads material...

jimvrountree star Thu 10/2/2008 11:50AM
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wow, these two dumbasses managed to miss the three best shows of the weekend: MGMT, gogol bordello and the raconteurs. congrats.

johnnyblaze36 star Thu 10/2/2008 12:41PM
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^^big hungry joe!! I stopped reading this review at the horrible assessment on page 1 of Hot Chip. They freakin' pwned Dallas last Thursday. The gloves are off!

2channelguy starstarstar Thu 10/2/2008 01:43PM
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ACL has given up on the Jamband genre for whatever reason. Sure they had Yonder but that was about it. Bring on Panic or forget it guys.

jimvrountree Thu 10/2/2008 02:11PM
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lol, i'm sure they're scrambling to get panic (who isn't even touring next year) or p groove so they can hit on the "2channelguy" demographic.

whatup, blaze? what's the haps?

irtimed starstarstarstar Sat 10/4/2008 11:55AM
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Cool review, but i wouldn't say Joe Bonnamassa has a Voice like Warren. but he's a great talent none the less.