The Best Things We Overheard at ACL Fest, Weekend 2

Photos by Marco Torres
...and so the sun sets on another year of ACL. See you in 2015!
By Ivan Guzman and Marco Torres

"What's that smell?"
"It's YOU, bro!"

"I am not waiting an hour to take a photo! That's just dumb!"
-- regarding the wooden ACL picture-frame art piece

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The Best and Worst of ACL Fest, Weekend 2

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Note: this article was updated at 8 a.m. Tuesday, October 14, to add Ivan Guzman's contributions.

Best 17-Year-Old Who Rocked
Oh Lorde! This lovely New Zealand native is the real deal, and stole Weekend 2 with her windpipes, big hair and humility. The crowd at the Retail Me Not Stage was one of the largest of the festival, with everyone in awe of this youngster's performance and singing along. She even sprinkled in an amazing cover of Kanye's "All Of The Lights."

Lorde said ACL was her last show on her first world tour, and asked the crowd to "cheer louder than you have ever cheered before" as a token of appreciation of her crew. I'll take a Lorde performance over Iggy Azalea any day of the weekend. MARCO TORRES

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Wild Moccasins Abuzz After Sudden ACL Fill-In

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The Wild Moccasins' Cody Swann and Zahira Gutierrez on ACL's "Radio Row"
The Wild Moccasins started this week off on a high note after what amounted to a pop-up performance at the Austin City Limits Music Festival over the weekend. But even for a last-minute job, everything pretty much went off "without a hitch," reports front man and guitarist Cody Swann.

"The weather was perfect, the staff was very friendly and professional, the sound [was] superb, and the hospitality was excellent," Swann told us Monday afternoon via email. "As a band that sleeps on floors most nights of tour, it was very nice to see that even though we were one of the first bands of the day that we could be treated as well as we were."

Going on before noon last Saturday, the Moccasins opened the lineup on ACL's Miller Lite stage, which later in the day hosted the Rosebuds, Icona Pop and Broken Bells, among others. Even so early in the day, when many festivalgoers were still making their way to Zilker Park (if not still at home), Swann says he was pleasantly surprised to see how well-attended the band's set was. He likens ACL, which he had never attended before, to an "adult summer camp."

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The Best Things We Overheard at ACL Fest's First Weekend

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By Cory Garcia and Marco Torres

On ACL becoming more like Brochella:

"Ive seen dudes chest-bumping."
"It's disgusting. I don't think men should wear tank tops."

"I'm too old for this shit!"

-- a 20 year old blonde girl who literally could not even

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The Best and Worst of ACL Fest, Weekend 1

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Best Act That We Didn't Understand How They Were Making Noise: The Glitch Mob
With a battery of touchscreens and drum triggers, The Glitch Mob dropped what was the most impressive set of electronica on the festival, which is saying a lot on a bill that features some of the biggest DJs in the world. Their set was a fun mixture of originals and remixes, including a filthy cover of "Seven Nation Army." Tired of seeing dudes peering down at laptops? The Glitch Mob got your back, even if you're not exactly sure what's going on up onstage. CORY GARCIA

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How Austin City Limits Went From TV Show to Blockbuster Brand

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Willie Nelson (onscreen) at the 2006 Austin City Limits Music Festival
It's shaping up to be a big weekend for Austin City Limits. First, the landmark PBS television show that began taping episodes on the top floor of Building B in UT-Austin's College of Communications in 1975 salutes its 40-year history with a two-hour special full of past performances. Airing tomorrow night at 9 p.m. Houston time, that retrospective will probably look familiar to longtime viewers of the program, who will see plenty of ACL's famous fake skyline (where the state capitol building and UT tower are just a little closer together than they are in real life), as well as signature camera shots that linger on the performers a little longer than any other show on the air, ever, sometimes at strange angles like looking up through a snare drum.

What those viewers may not see are many hints of the multimedia cultural octopus ACL has become in the 21st century, albeit in a very laid-back and low-key "Austin" kind of way. Offering a preview of his Bayou Music Center appearance next Thursday, Beck opens the series' 40th season with an hour-long episode that airs Saturday night at 11 p.m., the night after he headlines the first night of the 13th edition of the Austin City Limits Music Festival in Zilker Park.

Most of what happens during the festival's three days -- and then again next weekend -- will be streamed live on the Internet, while all week long, a number of other ACL Fest 2014 acts will tape episodes of their own at the 1,800-seat ACL Live venue at downtown Austin's plush Moody Theater. Others, like Interpol and Jimmy Cliff, will duck over to nearby cities like Houston for convenient side gigs.

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Eminem, Lorde, OutKast Head 2014 ACL Festival Lineup

This morning the Austin City Limits Music Festival announced its lineup for the autumn music bazaar that will take place October 3-5 and 10-12 in Austin's Zilker Park. Some of the top names include Eminem (as expected), OutKast, Pearl Jam, Lorde (second weekend only), Skrillex, Lana Del Rey, Beck, Calvin Harris, The Replacements, Jimmy Cliff, Major Lazer, Spoon, The Head and the Heart, Belle & Sebastian, Chvurches, Zedd, Chromeo, Childish Gambino, Zedd, The Avett Brothers, and former Houstonian Robert Ellis.

The full lineup is below.

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The Best Things We Overheard at ACL's Second Weekend

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"Gary Coleman for governor. Whatchoo talkin' bout, Davis?"
-- T-shirt, from a few thousand miles west and a few years earlier than Wendy

Dude at Junip: "I was smoking a cigar, I left in the seat and it burned a whole in the upholstry."

Friend of dude: "Nooooooooo??!?!"

Dude: "Ya man, sucks."

"You really fucking vagina-punched me!"

-- girlfriend to a boyfriend

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The Best Acts of ACL Festival's Second Weekend

Photos by Jim Bricker (except noted)
If you want to catch an act in the one and only tented stage at ACL, it's recommended to do it early in the day or towards the end of the weekend. It always seems to get pretty packed on Saturday when people realize they can escape the sun and hear some pretty good jams while doing so. One of the only times Rocks Off made it into the tent was for an early afternoon set from the ever-so-soulful stylings of the Blind Boys of Alabama.

Consisting of a quartet of aged soul singers who happen to be both blind and from Alabama, the group led the crowd through a set of sing-a-longs that included reworked takes on Norman Greenbaum's "Spirit In The Sky" and a fitting cover of Gladys Knight's "Midnight Train to Georgia." Just a few songs into their set, if they didn't already have everyone in the audience captive, they were joined by their latest album's producer, Justin Vernon aka Bon Iver. While Vernon didn't lend his vocal talents (like there wasn't enough of that going on with the Blind Boys), he added his skillful guitar work on a few songs. It was a great way to spend an hour. JIM BRICKER

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Heavy Rains Force ACL Sunday Cancellation

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The Cure's Robert Smith Saturday night, before the rains came
Due to heavy rains that began shortly after the Cure played "Friday I'm In Love" Saturday night and continued for several hours, this morning the Austin City Limits Music Festival announced on its Web site that Sunday's portion of the three-day event has been cancelled.

"Our first priority is always the safety of our fans, staff and artists," said Shelby Meade, communications director for ACL producer C3 Presents. "We regret having to cancel the show today, but safety always comes first."

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