You can feel the FOMO in the air with Austin City Limits Music Festival about to begin. We don’t want you to miss out on anything, so we put together a Spotify playlist featuring a few of our favorite artists at the festival.
And here are a few bands that we’re especially excited to catch.
Car Seat Headrest
Despite the eccentric name, Car Seat Headrest made headlines in August when James Bond himself (aka Daniel Craig) took the cast of Logan Lucky to see the band perform. If you haven’t already, give their equally oddly named hit “Drunk Drivers/Killer Whales” a listen.
Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness
Andrew McMahon is back in Austin with his most recent project, Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness. His two latest albums, Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness and Zombies on Broadway, quickly rose to the top of the alternative charts. For those of you who remember Jack’s Mannequin, you’ll feel right at home during this set. He brings back all the favorites, including “Dark Blue” and “Holiday From Real.” Be sure to check out his foundation, Dear Jack, that helps support initiatives and develop programming for adolescents and young adults diagnosed with cancer. A portion of the band’s merchandise sales benefit the foundation.
It’s been 10 years since The Killers last graced us with their presence at ACL, so let’s hope their show will live up to the hype. The Killers released their latest album in September, and we’re really digging their new sound. Tip for any ACL newbies: know the lyrics to “All These Things That I’ve Done.”
If you enjoy Bon Iver and James Blake, you’ll like Ásgeir. He’s an Icelandic singer and songwriter whose atmospheric folk will leave you mesmerized. We find it to be the perfect pick when you need to put your head down and get some work done, but also a show that would be transcendent on a sunny day. He’s only there the first weekend, so choose your tickets wisely.
Some would say it’s wise to not burn yourself out on the first day. But if you’re the rebellious type, there’s a late-night show at Stubb’s that’s worth missing sleep over. If you like that old country sound of Sturgill Simpson, you’ll enjoy Traveller. This mostly unknown supergroup is composed of Robert Ellis, Jonny Fritz and Cory Chisel – three of the most authentic voices in country today. There’s not an album on Spotify yet, but if you listen to their individual works, it’s clear this is going to be a set you don’t want to miss.