The seven best things we saw at ACL this weekend, including Muna, Dreamcar, The XX and First Aid Kit

Austin City Limit’s second weekend came to a triumphant close earlier this week, as the Killers closed out their second Sunday night in a row. The stunning lineup featured acts big (Jay Z) and small (Grace Vanderwaal) and brought fans of all ages to Austin’s Zilker Park. These are our favorite moments from the weekend.

7. Dreamcar

Dreamcar is sort of a supergroup – it’s the recently announced joint venture of AFI lead singer Davey Havok and No Doubt members Tony Kanal, Tom Dumont, and Adrian Young. According to the group, the guys had been working on music for almost three years and the lucky crowd at ACL were treated with several cuts from the band’s self-title album, released in May. While the music may not be revolutionary, it’s a joy to see Havok on stage, and his chemistry with the No Doubt crew is worth watching, as well.

Dreamcar

6. Fans of all ages

So many festivals feel like they are intended to draw a certain audience (Desert Trip or The Meadows, for example), but ACL has remained a festival for fans of all ages. Saturday drew a young crowd early in the day to see America’s Got Talent star Grace Vanderwaal. All three days, there was a mix of kids on shoulders and teens in tee-shirts.

The all ages atmosphere makes for a great festival experience, one where you can sit back in a lounge chair or race to a stage early to get a good spot to catch your favorite headliner.

5. Crystal Castles

Very few electronic acts can draw a crowd at a predominately non-electronic festival, and Crystal Castles proved they’re one during their Friday show. The duo pulled fans from all corners of the grounds for a set that included live versions of “Magic Spells,” “Untrust Us” and “Celestica.” Frontwoman Edith Frances braved the head by pouring bottles of water on her head, leaving her red lipstick and eyeliner smeared down her face. For a 4:00 pm show, it was just the right amount of dark, and just the right mix of electronic and live.

Crystal Castles

Crystal Castles

4. Throwbacks Galore

My Friday started off with Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness, the talented frontman of Jack’s Mannequin who played cuts from his previous bands discography. The singalong show set the pace for a weekend of classic jams to come, including headliners The Killers, Jay Z and Red Hot Chili Peppers, as well as acts like Live and Ice Cube.

Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness

While the festival never felt dated or like it was missing young talent, it was nice to see shows like Andrew McMahon and The Killers that brought together newer, young fans, and fans who remembered music played from when it was first released a decade ago.

3. Young Acts Early In The Day

ACL is a consistently well-booked festival, especially lower down the bill where the acts playing at noon or 1:00 pm lie. On Friday, I started my day with a set from rising-rockers Muna, who will be embarking on a tour with Harry Styles soon. On Sunday, I caught Australian-act Middle Kids, who recently made a splash at SXSW and toured with Cold War Kids in the U.S. Middle Kids’ “Edge of Town” also made its way to Elton John’s Beats 1 show and has been streamed 5 million times on Spotify.

Muna

Middle Kids

Other lesser-known highlights of the lineup included Jamila Woods, Bibi Bourelly and White Reaper. A good way to relive your ACL weekend (or feel a bit less FOMO) is to go down the lineup and dig into the discography’s of some artists you aren’t familiar with.

2. The XX

The XX mentioned several times how humbled they were to be performing against Jay Z, and how surprised they were to see the large crowd that chose to watch their set. As the only down-tempo headliner of the weekend, the band had a big role to fill, and they didn’t disappoint.

The XX

Opening with “Intro,” the trio played a silky smooth set that included “VCR,” “Angels” and of course, “Crystalised.” Fans spilled back into the hills of Zilker Park to watch the show, many on their own (likely separating from their Jay Z fan friends to watch the performance). While Chance The Rapper and The Gorillaz may have had more singalongs and dancing, the XX truly brought something special to ACL.

1. First Aid Kit

First Aid Kit

First Aid Kit’s set on Sunday was a highlight of the weekend. The Swedish sisters played sombre, serious songs lavished with pedal steel guitar, proving they’ve grown far beyond their roots as Youtube stars. “You Are the Problem Here” was the most memorable moment of the show. Inspired by the injustice of the Stanford rape case, First Aid Kit wrote this open letter to Brock Turner, and the title says it all. With frayed, nervy guitar and hoarse voices, the sisters testified about “some man’s sweaty touch” and “entitled hands” in stark detail. “I am a human being,” Klara sang. “I hope you f***ing suffer.”

First Aid Kit

Austin City Limits returns to Texas next year from another two weekends, Oc. 5-7 and Oct. 12-14, 2018. Get more information and stay up to date at aclfestival.com.

All photos by Brian Benton

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Brian is the founder and editor of Respect Your Youngers. He currently lives in New York City, and previously lived in St. Louis and San Francisco. He enjoys public transportation and coffee, and can be found online at brianfbenton.com

The seven best things we saw at ACL this weekend, including Muna, Dreamcar, The XX and First Aid Kit

Austin City Limit’s second weekend came to a triumphant close earlier this week, as the Killers closed out their second Sunday night in a row. The stunning lineup featured acts big (Jay Z) and small (Grace Vanderwaal) and brought fans of all ages to Austin’s Zilker Park. These are our favorite moments from the weekend.

7. Dreamcar

Dreamcar is sort of a supergroup – it’s the recently announced joint venture of AFI lead singer Davey Havok and No Doubt members Tony Kanal, Tom Dumont, and Adrian Young. According to the group, the guys had been working on music for almost three years and the lucky crowd at ACL were treated with several cuts from the band’s self-title album, released in May. While the music may not be revolutionary, it’s a joy to see Havok on stage, and his chemistry with the No Doubt crew is worth watching, as well.

Dreamcar

6. Fans of all ages

So many festivals feel like they are intended to draw a certain audience (Desert Trip or The Meadows, for example), but ACL has remained a festival for fans of all ages. Saturday drew a young crowd early in the day to see America’s Got Talent star Grace Vanderwaal. All three days, there was a mix of kids on shoulders and teens in tee-shirts.

The all ages atmosphere makes for a great festival experience, one where you can sit back in a lounge chair or race to a stage early to get a good spot to catch your favorite headliner.

5. Crystal Castles

Very few electronic acts can draw a crowd at a predominately non-electronic festival, and Crystal Castles proved they’re one during their Friday show. The duo pulled fans from all corners of the grounds for a set that included live versions of “Magic Spells,” “Untrust Us” and “Celestica.” Frontwoman Edith Frances braved the head by pouring bottles of water on her head, leaving her red lipstick and eyeliner smeared down her face. For a 4:00 pm show, it was just the right amount of dark, and just the right mix of electronic and live.

Crystal Castles

Crystal Castles

4. Throwbacks Galore

My Friday started off with Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness, the talented frontman of Jack’s Mannequin who played cuts from his previous bands discography. The singalong show set the pace for a weekend of classic jams to come, including headliners The Killers, Jay Z and Red Hot Chili Peppers, as well as acts like Live and Ice Cube.

Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness

While the festival never felt dated or like it was missing young talent, it was nice to see shows like Andrew McMahon and The Killers that brought together newer, young fans, and fans who remembered music played from when it was first released a decade ago.

3. Young Acts Early In The Day

ACL is a consistently well-booked festival, especially lower down the bill where the acts playing at noon or 1:00 pm lie. On Friday, I started my day with a set from rising-rockers Muna, who will be embarking on a tour with Harry Styles soon. On Sunday, I caught Australian-act Middle Kids, who recently made a splash at SXSW and toured with Cold War Kids in the U.S. Middle Kids’ “Edge of Town” also made its way to Elton John’s Beats 1 show and has been streamed 5 million times on Spotify.

Muna

Middle Kids

Other lesser-known highlights of the lineup included Jamila Woods, Bibi Bourelly and White Reaper. A good way to relive your ACL weekend (or feel a bit less FOMO) is to go down the lineup and dig into the discography’s of some artists you aren’t familiar with.

2. The XX

The XX mentioned several times how humbled they were to be performing against Jay Z, and how surprised they were to see the large crowd that chose to watch their set. As the only down-tempo headliner of the weekend, the band had a big role to fill, and they didn’t disappoint.

The XX

Opening with “Intro,” the trio played a silky smooth set that included “VCR,” “Angels” and of course, “Crystalised.” Fans spilled back into the hills of Zilker Park to watch the show, many on their own (likely separating from their Jay Z fan friends to watch the performance). While Chance The Rapper and The Gorillaz may have had more singalongs and dancing, the XX truly brought something special to ACL.

1. First Aid Kit

First Aid Kit

First Aid Kit’s set on Sunday was a highlight of the weekend. The Swedish sisters played sombre, serious songs lavished with pedal steel guitar, proving they’ve grown far beyond their roots as Youtube stars. “You Are the Problem Here” was the most memorable moment of the show. Inspired by the injustice of the Stanford rape case, First Aid Kit wrote this open letter to Brock Turner, and the title says it all. With frayed, nervy guitar and hoarse voices, the sisters testified about “some man’s sweaty touch” and “entitled hands” in stark detail. “I am a human being,” Klara sang. “I hope you f***ing suffer.”

First Aid Kit

Austin City Limits returns to Texas next year from another two weekends, Oc. 5-7 and Oct. 12-14, 2018. Get more information and stay up to date at aclfestival.com.

All photos by Brian Benton

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