ACL 2009: Ben Harper and Relentless7

Ben Harper gave an incredible performance. From the moment he sat down to play, he rocked the stage with the most amazing intensity. The Austin crowd loves this almost Austin band, other than Harper, Jason Mozersky (lead guitar), Jesse Ingalls (bass and keyboards), and Jordan Richardson (drums) are all Austin natives! The latest scoop according…

ACL 2009: Passion Pit Gets Austin Dancing in the Mud

Looking at the size of the crowd that made their way through ankle-deep mud to the Xbox 360 stage,Passion Pit has an enormous fan base, and Austin is certainly a part of that. Screaming, waving, clapping—even fainting—the mud-covered fans welcomed the band on stage. Michael Angelakos (lead vocals/keyboards), Ian Hultquist (keyboards/guitar), Ayad Al Adhamy (synth/samples),…

ACL 2009: Austin Loves Brett Dennen

The 30-year old Nor-Cal native Brett Dennen has become one of Austin’s favorite musicians. Whether he plays at the Continental Club or at ACL, the crowds love him. I guess it also doesn’t hurt that he gets lots of airplay form the local radio station KGSR. Today he was once again introduced by Austin’s local music guru…

ACL 2009: Sun Shines for Arctic Monkeys in Austin

The alternative British rockers Arctic Monkeys took to the big AMD stage on the third and final day of the festival. Alex Turner (lead vocals, guitar), Jamie Cook (guitar), Nick O’Malley (bass guitar, backing vocals) and Matt Helders (drums, backing vocals) went all out in this case and really gave the crowd a show. By now…

ACL 2009: White Lies Gain Ground in Austin

Day three of the Austin City Limits Festival featured the British band White Lies, with Harry McVeigh (lead vocals, guitar) Charles Cave (bass guitar and backing vocals), Jack Lawrence-Brown (drums) and Tommy Bowen (keyboards). The band only formed in 2007 and has gained a ton of pop buzz in Europe. They actually won the 2009…

ACL 2009: Mute Math

What describes Mute Math? Electro-alt-rock, psychedelic-gospel or experimental-pop? Who needs a genre when much of the music today is about creating beyond. One thing for sure is that they sure pound out an electrifying beat. The drummer Darren King seems to have the need to secure his headset to his head with duct tape. (Sure…

ACL 2009: Airborne Toxic Event

Airborne Toxic Event, rockers from California, gave a cool show considering there were more tarps on stage covering electronics than one could count on two hands. The stage crew even forgot to pull down a plastic sheet covering some light system on the back of the stage. You can see this white plastic sheet hanging…

ACL 2009: Bell X1 in the Rain

Bell X1 is a band from Ireland whose music has been featured on shows such as the O.C. and Grey’s Anatomy. The have released four critically acclaimed albums and have gained success in the US in recent years, including an appearance on the David Letterman show. After listing to the band play you wander why…

ACL 2009: Citizen Cope In The Rain

The story of day two at Austin City Limits Festival 2009 was the relentless rain. Now and then there was a light rain, but when Citizen Cope played on the big Livestrong stage, it seemed to be coming down in buckets from the sky. However, Clarence Greenwood’s (Citizen Cope) songs seemed surreal with the combination…

ACL 2009: Bon Iver

And the rain kept coming down, but the band played on! So it also was with Bon Iver, the band name is a variation on the French word “bon hiver” meaning good winter. No shortage of fans at this stage to hear Justin Vernon play. It is amazing how understated this artist is, but once…

ACL 2009: The Decemberists

Barely fazed by the rain the crowds showed up to the Dell stage to see the Decemberists play. The wait, wet ponchos and mud filled shoes was well worth it because this band gives their audience great music and a cool show. No shortage of stage theatrics, with well dressed band members and a cool…