How Is Houston Doing ACL-Wise?
If you have even bothered to venture out of doors during these days of 105-degree heat indices and "Unhealthy" air-quality advisories, you may have noticed that things have been a little light on the roadshow front lately. We have, and not just because we're happy to have a clear calendar for Saturday's Houston Press Music Awards showcase. Sometimes Rocks Off likes to sleep too, you know.
Marco Torres The Eagles have flown, at least as far as Houston is concerned.
However, if you caught Distant Early Warning earlier today, you may have also noticed that this little pocket of touring doldrums is not going to last much longer. Since the fall touring calendar is starting to become much clearer, and we've got festivals on the brain thanks to the HPMAs, the just-announced GhoulsFest and Austin's Fun Fun Fun November soiree (which announces its lineup tomorrow), Rocks Off thought we'd take a look back at the Houston predictions we made in May for the top tier of artists appearing at this year's Austin City Limits Music Festival.
Rocks Off Said: "A better time to look for them might be at the end of next month."
How Did We Do?: Bingo.
Rocks Off Said: "Muse released the final dates of its tour this morning, and heads back to Ohio right after the festival."
How Did We Do?: Muse has since added several December dates in Australia, traditionally where tours go to die. It's going to be a while.
Rocks Off Said: "The jamlords' ACL date smells like a one-off to us."
How Did We Do?: The band's calendar is empty for six weeks before ACL; totally empty after.
Rocks Off Said: "Pencil these guys in."
How Did We Do?: Whoops. We were sure we'd get a side date from Julian and mates, but Lollapalooza and ACL are the group's only scheduled dates so far this year. We suspect they're holding off until spring, when that long-awaited new album could finally be out. Maybe. However, Rocks Off did hit paydirt with all three acts we suggested as support.
Rocks Off Said: "Forecast: Headlining Warehouse Live."
How Did We Do?: Nope. Ms. Arulpragasam, /\/\ /\ Y /\ if you're nasty, looks to be another artist sticking to festivals until at least next year.
Rocks Off Said: "Summerfest, anyone?"
How Did We Do?: Summerfest, anyone?
Rocks Off Said: "A Verizon tripleheader with the Strokes and Vampire Weekend would be perfect."
How Did We Do?: Two out of three ain't bad. Verizon, October 8.
Rocks Off Said: "Whether or not it's around ACL, we should be seeing Spoon soon."
How Did We Do?: Not so good. But we'll stick to that, because Britt Daniel can't ignore us forever. It'll have to be after ACL, though, because Spoon is heading into Zilker Park from El Paso.
Rocks Off Said: "See the Strokes."
How Did We Do?: Verizon, October 7.