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Austin City Limits: October 3-5, 2014
It’s still summer down there

October 8, 2014

Around here, it might be early October, the time for leaves changing and digging out the cardigans. But down in Austin last weekend, it was 90 degrees and time for the first of two weekends of the increasingly massive Austin City Limits Music Festival.
The first weekend’s headliners included veterans Pearl Jam, Eminem, Outkast and the Replacements. As has been the case for many fests this year, ACL opted for more EDM performers like Skrillex, Major Lazer, Zedd, Calvin Harris and the Glitch Mob who all created the most frenetic crowds, along with some Latin American addictions on the top of the lineup such as Zoe (rock band from Mexico), Juanes (singer/songwriter from Colombia) and Ana Tijoux (rapper from Chile).

British psych band Temples got a huge crowd for an early slot, wooing ‘em with their dreamy stuff. Five-piece Aussie “it” band the Preatures got an expectedly great response, especially for that “Is This How You Feel” hit. Femme pop stars abounded. Mope-diva Lana Del Rey and rapper Iggy Azalea were particularly adept at conveying their brand to such a large crowd, but the stylish Annie Clark, aka St. Vincent, has quickly adapted her more avant sounds to the big fest set-up too; as has Jenny Lewis with her charming indie-pop.

Interpol played most of their new album, El Pintor, and a few older favorites. Major Lazer was so spastic that at one point he threw himself into the crowd inside a huge plastic balloon, a la Wayne Coyne. Eminem and Skrillex closed Saturday night with a massive amount of people at their performances. Pearl Jam was the crazed-crowd closer Sunday night.

The after-parties have become the place to see some of these acts in preferable club-ish settings. Lucius, Interpol, Mac DeMarco, CHVRCHES, The Head And The Heart and My Brightest Diamond all played clubs nearby.

This weekend will feature Spoon, Benjamin Booker, Fitz and The Tantrums, Phantogram, Paolo Nutini, Chromeo, Blank Range, AFI, among many more.