Top Five Acts at ACL Festival, 10/4/2013
|Photo by Julian Bajsel|
It took maybe two seconds for the dank to waft through the crowd once Jimmy Eat World hit ACL's Samsung stage at ACL. The timing of the stoner goods with the music was impeccable, as was the first note of their set and every note after that.
Admittedly, I am a fair-weather Jimmy Eat World fan; I know their music, but not super-well. That might change now that I've seen them live - they know how to put on one hell of a show. I had wandered over to their set to try and sneak a video for my sister, who was having to play grown-up and couldn't make the mid-afternoon set, but wound up being so caught up in their prowess that I completely spaced on taking the video.
What was really great about the set is how the band spent as much time catering to casual fans as to those who follow the group's every move. They alternated from old hits like "Crimson and Clover" to newer, less mainstream stuff without compromising the quality of the show. Strong vocals and great music, and a bunch of dudes who looked genuinely stoked to be onstage. What more could you ask for? ANGELICA LEICHT
Photo by Marco Torres
"Just played with Pacha Massive at ACL! Vibes everywhere!" That was the caption used by Corpus Christi-based DJ and producer Dusty Oliveira (a.k.a. DJ Dus or El Dusty) as he documented the scene inside the Zilker Tent on Friday's warm but pleasant afternoon. He was tapped to DJ behind a Latin-alternative duo from The Bronx consisting of guitarist DJ Nova and bassist/keyboardist Monica Lionheart.
Pacha Massive's music is a smoothly wild mix of Cuban son, cumbia, electronica, and hip-hop, with a mood that meanders between a chill, almost haunted sound and a more direct, shake-your-hips party soundtrack. "Don't Let Go" and "Pachangueando" were two of the stand-out tracks from 2007 album All Good Things, and the crowd seemed to be captured by the Latin rhythms and compelled to dance. "There are only two kinds of music" proclaimed Nova with a smile. "And we are all about that good music!" MARCO TORRES
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