10 Prominent ACL Festival Veterans: Where Are They Now?

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Well, it's time to gear up for another Austin City Limits Music Festival, which kicks off this Friday in Austin's Zilker Park and this year runs not only through Sunday the 6th, but next Friday through Sunday with the same lineup. As usual, the lineup is really decent: The Cure, Depeche Mode, Muse, Kings of Leon, Kendrick Lamar, and a slew of other names will hawk their musical wares over the three-day weekend.

But even as the anticipation builds for ACL 13, we had to wonder about the folks who took over the festival's stages before Purity Ring and The Weeks came along. I mean, whatever did happen to Spoon or Monsters of Folk? And has anyone heard from Thievery Corporation lately? So to quell that thirst for info on the ACL days of old, we did a little digging, and here's what we came up with. The more you know...

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Florence + The Machine (2012)
Florence + The Machine have been relatively low-key since their ACL appearance last year. Instead of hitting transatlantic stages from Glastonbury to San Miguel and opening for U2, the machine now taking time off to spend a little quality time focusing on other more solo projects.

Florence Welch, the group's wickedly haunting vocalist, hasn't missed a beat, though. Her collaboration with Scottish producer Calvin Harris, "Sweet Nothing," has inundated the airwaves since its release, and she appears on rapper ASAP Rocky's 2013 hit, "I Come Apart." Isabella "Machine" Summers is working on an album with her alt-rock band, The Life the Love and the Grateful.

Bright Eyes (2011)
Bright Eyes hasn't toured or released any new music since 2011, also the year of their last ACL appearance. Loyal fans shouldn't spend too much time pouting, though: enigmatic front man Conor Oberst continues playing Bright Eyes music on his solo jaunts, which he's been doing since 2012.

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Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes (2010)
Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes are still going strong. Front man Alex Ebert is still strapping on his messianic alter-ego, and neither he nor his 11-member band of indie-folk rockers have stopped to take a breath. Since their ACL days, the Zeroes have inundated the world with two albums (including this year's self-titled LP), a host of tours, and an appearance in Emmett Malloy's Americana documentary Big Easy Express.

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MadMac topcommenter

Excellent, as always, Ms. Leicht. I need to check out some of these acts if for no other reason than to add some music to my iPod that was recorded in this century.

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