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FRIDAY

Underrated band: Savages

Stage: Honda

Time: 1 p.m.

This young all-female post-punk quartet from London might be the most talented and electrifying act of the weekend.

 

Local band: Okkervil River

Stage: Honda

Time: 5 p.m.

It is easily one of the most accomplished folk groups of the last 10 years.

 

Headliner: Depeche Mode

Stage: AMD

Time: 8 p.m.

Why: Every popular indie band now sounds like them, and the chance to see them play all the hits cannot be missed.

 

Band to skip: fun.

Stage: AMD

Time: 4 p.m.

Does anyone really need to force themselves to listen to “Some Nights” again? 

 

SATURDAY

Underrated band: Parquet Courts

Stage: Bud Light

Time: 11:30 a.m.

This punk band is explosive and awesome live. 

 

Local band: The Bright Light Social Hour

Stage: Austin Ventures

Time: 7 p.m.

They’re highly energetic local favorites who have been consistently great for years.

 

Headliner: The Cure

Stage: AMD

Time: 8 p.m.

The Cure is one of the greatest bands of all time with a reputation for playing nearly all of their hits live. It would be foolish to miss this.

 

Band to skip: Kings of Leon

Stage: Samsung Galaxy

Time: 8 p.m.

They haven’t released a good album in at least 5 years and are playing at the same time as The Cure.

 

SUNDAY

Underrated band: Shuggie Otis

Stage: Zilker Tent

Time: 7:30 p.m.

This often forgotten legend put out some of the best psychedelic soul of the ‘60s. 

 

Local band: White Denim

Stage: Austin Ventures

Time: 5 p.m.

White Denim is one of the best psych bands around. 

 

Headliner: Phoenix

Stage: Bud Light

Time: 7 p.m.

Not technically a headliner, but this set should be more fun than either of the two acts closing out the night.

 

Band to skip: Eric Church

Stage: Samsung Galaxy

Time: 6 p.m.

He doesn’t really fit in with the lineup and plays the same time as both The National and Tame Impala, two of the best bands playing all weekend.

 

Hannah Smothers, associate editor

@hannahsmothers_

 

FRIDAY

Underrated band: Jimmy Eat World

Stage: Samsung Galaxy

Time: 2:30 p.m.

Maybe Jimmy Eat World isn’t really underrated, but the 17-year-old inside of me thinks this band deserves a much better time slot than the early afternoon. OK, the current 20-year-old also thinks this band deserves a much better time slot.

 

Local band: Asleep at the Wheel        

Stage: AMD

Time: 12 p.m.

Asleep at the Wheel has been the first band to open ACL every year since the festival began in 2002. Even for people who aren’t huge Texas swing fans, this is an unmissable tradition.

 

Headliner: Arctic Monkeys                

Stage: Samsung Galaxy

Time: 6:30 p.m.

The latest Arctic Monkeys album is fantastic, and front man Alex Turner is an absolute rock ’n’ roll sex god. 

 

SATURDAY

Underrated band: Lissie

Stage: Austin Ventures

Time: 3:15 p.m.

Lissie not only has a beautiful voice, but she has also been known to rap Kid Cudi covers during live performances. 

 

Local band: Max Frost

Stage: Austin Ventures    

Time: 12 p.m.

In a few years, Frost will be back at ACL on a bigger stage and the crowd of people who remember seeing him in 2013 in an early time slot on a small stage will have eternal bragging rights.

 

Band to skip: Portugal. The Man

Stage: AMD

Time: 4 p.m.

Portugal. The Man’s band name is a nightmare for grammar nerds and their music is the same blend of indie-alt-folk-rock-whatever that shows up at every single music festival. 

 

SUNDAY

Underrated band: Noah and the Whale

Stage: Honda    

Time: 2:30 p.m.

Just for the chance that the band plays “Blue Skies” or “The First Days of Spring.” If there’s an appropriate time to get emotional at ACL, it is at Noah and the Whale’s set.

 

Headliner: The National

Stage: AMD    

Time: 5:30 p.m.

The National is awesome. Matt Berninger’s baritone vocals sometimes dip so low I’m pretty sure only animals can hear them — and I mean that as a compliment. 

 

 

Kris Ohlendorf, staff writer

@krisohlendorf

 

FRIDAY

Underrated band: Purity Ring

Stage: Austin Ventures

Time: 7:45 p.m.

The band’s music is really trippy and addictive, lots of bass and synths everywhere. Seeing it at night will be an unmissable experience. Wub wub.

 

Headliner: Vampire Weekend

Stage: AMD

Time: 6:00 p.m.

It’s amazing to see the fame and exposure the group is starting to get with its newest album, which is also the best album the group has put out. 

 

Band to skip: Muse

Stage: Samsung Galaxy

Time: 8:30 p.m.

Just listen to OK Computer on the ride home instead.

 

 

SATURDAY

Underrated band: Grimes

Stage: Honda

Time: 5:00 p.m.

She came all the way down from Canada to grace us with her presence, and is pretty much the most awesome person not named Kanye West.

 

Local band: The Warrior Gospel Band

Stage: Zilker Tent

Time: 11:30 a.m.

A talented local group that does pre-Civil War era gospel tunes.

 

Headliner: Kendrick Lamar

Stage: Honda

Time: 7:00 p.m.

good kid, m.A.A.d city was the best album to come out last year. I’ve gone through it probably 50 times; it never gets old.

 

SUNDAY

Underrated band: Tame Impala

Stage: Honda

Time: 6:30 p.m.

Its last album Lonerism is amazing, and should be heard by everyone. 

 

Local band: Peterson Brothers Band

Stage: BMI

Time: 4:00 p.m.

A duo of talented brothers, one shreds guitar and the other slaps a bass. Their live shows are bluesy and full of energy; they seem like cool guys too.

 

Headliner: Atoms for Peace

Stage: AMD

Time: 7:40 p.m.

It’s 2+2=5 of Radiohead. Amok was good, but my hope is they’ll play something from Kid A just for me.

 

Band to skip: The Mowgli’s

Stage: Bud Light

Time: 1:00 p.m.

There are eight band members, and they aren’t named Arcade Fire.

 

Sarah-Grace Sweeney, editor

@sarahgrace317

 

FRIDAY

Underrated band: Smith Westerns

Stage: Honda Stage

Time: 3 p.m.

This dreamy indie pop is the way to ease into a busy ACL weekend.  

 

Local band: Dana Falconberry

Stage: Austin Ventures

Time: 12:20 p.m.

It’s early, but Dana Falconberry’s music sounds like a fairy fantasy land.

 

SATURDAY

Underrated band: Hundred Waters

Stage: Honda Stage

Time: 11:30 a.m.

This folky electronica from Florida is for indie kid head-bopping and dancing. 

 

Headliner: Wilco

Stage: Samsung Galaxy Stage

Time:  6 p.m.

Wilco just happen to be my folk heroes — and probably everyone’s dad’s folk heroes too. 

 

Band to skip: Passion Pit

Stage: AMD Stage

Time: 6 p.m.

Aren’t people tired of all these over produced songs that sound exactly the same, yet?  

 

SUNDAY

Underrated band: Foxygen

Stage: Samsung Galaxy Stage

Time: 12 a.m.

Foxygen is a perfect combination of classic rock and indie pop.  

 

Headliner: Neko Case

Stage: Austin Ventures Stage

Time: 7:30 p.m.

Neko Case just released a stellar album and this is a great chance to hear the songs live. 

 

Band to skip: Atoms for Peace

Stage: AMD Stage

Time: 7:40 p.m.

Why would anyone see Thom Yorke if it wasn’t with Radiohead? 

 

by Shane Miller

@shanearthurmill

 

FRIDAY

Underrated band: Pinback

Stage: Bud Light

Time: 3:30 p.m. 

Ever since 1999’s This is a Pinback CD, Pinback’s indie rock has been mellow, progressive and impressive enough to put it in its own category. 

 

Headliner: Local Natives

Stage: Samsung Galaxy

Time: 4:30 p.m.

Local Natives is the best indie band out there to eat, pray and love to.  

 

SATURDAY

Local band: Shakey Graves

Stage: BMI

Time: 4:30 p.m. 

This one-man band is easily one of Austin’s most talented musicians, so support him and hopefully be able to say “I saw Shakey Graves at ACL before he was cool.” 

 

Band to skip: Silversun Pickups 

Stage: Samsung Galaxy

Time: 4 p.m. 

“Lazy Eye” is the only one worth listening to.

 

SUNDAY

Underrated band: Toro Y Moi

Stage: Bud Light

Time: 5 p.m. 

This dude, Chaz, is a fantastic producer and perfect for hipsters, and wannabe hipsters like myself, to steal fashion ideas from. 

 

Band to skip: Grouplove

Stage: AMD

Time: 3:30 p.m.

I’d rather be at your best friend’s house.  

    

Sam Hays, staff writer

@samingtonhays

 

FRIDAY 

Local band: The Black Angels    

Stage: Honda    

Time: 5 p.m.

Why: The Black Angels’ psychadelic rock sound sounds like a polished rendition of the Austin garage bands of the ‘80s and ‘90s. 

 

Headliner: Muse

Stage: Samsung Galaxy

Time: 8:30 p.m.

Why: Though the later half of their discography is forgettable, they haven’t forgotten how to put on a brilliant show full of lasers, lights and high energy.

 

SATURDAY

Band to Skip: Kendrick Lamar

Stage: Honda

Time: 7 p.m.

Why: Kendrick is always in town. Why would you pass up an opportunity to see Justin Vernon for a rapper who will probably be here in the next few months anyway.

 

SUNDAY

Local band: Divine Fits

Stage: Honda

Time: 4:30 p.m.

Why: Divine Fits is the side-project for Britt Daniels, the lead singer of Spoon. The two bands are very similar in sound, but Divine Fits is definitely less refined and more festival appropriate. 

 

 

Hard to believe, but Austin City Limits Music Festival turns 11 this weekend. Over the years, we’ve seen some ups and downs — the dust bowl, the mud bowl, the propane tank fire, Ben Kweller’s mysterious bloody nose — but the good times have easily outweighed the bad.

This year’s ACL lineup, featuring The Black Keys, Jack White, Neil Young and the Red Hot Chili Peppers, is arguably the best in a few years. A caravan of additional world-class musical acts round out the weekend-long party. Here are the top 10 acts you don’t want to miss.

Friday
Delta Spirit, AMD stage, 2:15 p.m. — One of the top buzz bands over the last few years, San Diego quintet Delta Spirit expanded their sound on their self-titled third album. Catch some of their kind-of-country, kind-of-beachy, kind-of-Brooklyn-y sound.

Alabama Shakes, Barton Springs Stage, 5:30 p.m. — Grab a turkey leg and maybe a tallboy (if you’re willing to wait) and head over to the Barton Springs stage to catch one of the busiest and most talked about bands of 2012. The Athens, Ala. southern soul revivalists released their debut album Boys & Girls in April to widespread acclaim. Since then, they’ve been touring to sold-out concert halls across the globe.

Soul Rebels Brass Band, Zilker Stage, 6 p.m. – It’s always frustrating when two bands you want to see are booked for the same time slot; fortunately the Zilker stage is just a stone’s throw away from the Barton Springs stage. After catching the Alabama Shakes, head over to see New Orleans’ Soul Rebels Brass Band. Fusing elements of funk, jazz, soul, hip-hop and drumline, the band is a classic example of why the Big Easy remains one of the world’s greatest music cities.

Saturday
Metric, AMD Stage, 4 p.m. – Few bands have been more successful without the benefit of a label than Brooklyn-based indie-pop four piece Metric. “Help, I’m Alive” is one of the better indie-pop singles to come along in the last half-decade. It definitely has that radio-ready sound, but it also has a sinister edge and blow-the-speakers production reminiscent of MGMT’s Oracular Spectacular.

The Roots, Bud Light Stage, 6 p.m. — Hip-hop’s greatest live band returns to the ACL stage on break from their primary gig as the house band for “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.” The best band on television (apologies to Jimmy Vivino and the Basic Cable Band) has also been one of the most prolific, releasing fourteen studio albums since 1993.

Jack White, AMD Stage, 8 p.m. — What do you do when you have two can’t-miss shows happening at the same time on different stages? Good question. It’s bad enough that the folks at C3 Presents put Delta Spirit and The War on Drugs on at the same time, but double-billing Jack White and Neil Young is just downright criminal. Here is one of the greatest artists of our generation in the prime of his career, fresh on the heels of an excellent solo debut.

Neil Young & Crazy Horse, Bud Light Stage, 8 p.m. — Neil’s the man. Seriously, one of the greatest musicians ever. Definitely the greatest Canadian ever. Expect him and his legendary garage band Crazy Horse to blow the roof off of the Bud Light stage Saturday night.

Sunday
Gary Clark Jr. AMD Stage, 2:15 p.m. — In many ways, this may be the one show not to miss this weekend at ACL. Gary’s legend has simmered around Austin over the last 10 years, and later this month the supremely talented guitarist and soul singer’s major-label debut Blak and Blu hits shelves nationwide. The buzz is already palpable, and Gary certainly has the chops to match the ever-mounting hype. This could be one of the very last chances to say you “saw him when ...”

Iggy & the Stooges Bud Light Stage 6:15 p.m. — Old and haggard as they might appear, it’s just not every day that you get a chance to see a band as legendary as the Stooges. Iggy and company were the true progenitors of punk rock, laying out a blueprint for the sound with Raw Power in the early ‘70s. Forty years later, they’re still as wild and unpredictable as when they first started.

The Red Hot Chili Peppers Bud Light Stage, 8:15 p.m. — One of the most convulsion-inducing and widely-appealing bands of our time, the Red Hot Chili Peppers blasted onto the national scene in the early ‘90s and never let go. Over the years they’ve experimented and developed their sound but never lost the original fan base that made them punk-funk heroes to begin with.

Printed on Friday, October 12, 2012 as: Top 10 acts to watch at weekend festival