Who we think you must see on Sunday
Confused about what to discover for Day 3 of the Austin City Limits Music Festival’s first weekend? Don’t worry, Austin360 is here. Here are the artists our experts recommend for Sunday. See the choices for the three days of the festival here.
Peter Blackstock’s choices
12:15 p.m. and 1 p.m. Shooks and Calder Allen (Vrbo and Tito’s): Musical talent is often passed down through generations in Austin, as evidenced by these two acts. Charismatic indie band Shooks are led by Marlon Sexton, son of Bob Dylan guitarist Charlie Sexton. And troubadour Calder Allen is the grandson of Terry Allen, the great songwriter / sculptor from Lubbock. The children are doing well.
3:30 p.m. Arts of the Tenille (BMI): There isn’t usually a lot of country music at ACL Fest – this year’s George Strait headlining spot being a huge exception – but if you’re in the mood for twang, check it out. look at this Canadian upstart with an unusual first name (born Tenille Jade Arts from Dakota). Her third album, âGirl to Girlâ, is released later this month, in the wake of her 2019 top 10 country single âSomebody Like Thatâ.
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4:30 p.m. Herd of horses (Lady Bird): Formed in Seattle almost two decades ago but now based in South Carolina, Band of Horses has seen a few lineup changes in recent years, but remains focused on the indie-rock songs of frontman Ben Bridwell. Five years after âWhy Are You OKâ of 2016, they seem to be late for a new record; maybe this set will contain some new material.
7:30 p.m. St. Vincent (T-Mobile): Now with two Grammys under her belt, eclectic Dallas musician Annie Clark, aka St. Vincent, is one of the most adventurous artists in contemporary music. The first tenures with the Polyphonic Spree and Sufjan Stevens turned out to be just pitstops for an artist who continued to push the boundaries of pop and rock in fascinating new directions. This year, “Daddy’s Home” found her working with major league producer Jack Antonoff (also frontman of Bleachers, playing at the festival at 4 p.m. Friday).
8:30 p.m. Duran Duran (Honda): So Stevie Nicks quit? No problem, here’s another hit machine from the 1980s happy to take over. English New Wave poster boys still feature four members from its most productive period: founders Nick Rhodes and John Taylor, singer Simon LeBon and drummer Roger Taylor. Yes, there is a new album, “Future Past”, which will be released later this month. But that’s perfectly understandable if you’re there for âHungry Like the Wolfâ and âRioâ and the band’s other staples on ’80s MTV.
Deborah Sengupta Stith’s choices
12:15 Deezie Brown (Miller Lite): Put the ATX in Austin City Limits for the Screw-country native who wants to push the South forward.
1:45 p.m. Public library (BMI): The artist also known as Conrad Hsiang makes upbeat pop songs that sound like summer.
3:30 p.m. Prudent clay (Miller Lite): If you prefer your indie rock with a double dose of searing soul, this is your jam.
4:30 p.m. 070 Shake (Tito’s): Leave the tortured grief of the “Guilty Conscience” soundtrack a cathartic release for your deepest regrets.
6.30 p.m. Karol G (Honda): Her collaboration with Nicki Minaj “Tusa” has propelled her to international stardom, but the Colombian singer has a whole catalog of reggaeton bangers to take you down the home stretch of this festival.
7:30 p.m. Tierra Whack (Vrbo): For fans of powerful female artists, this is the toughest conflict of the festival. The Philly rapper’s breathtaking versatility and infrequent visits to Austin give him a slight edge, but you can’t go wrong with Erykah Badu or St. Vincent either.
8:30 p.m. Tyler the creator (Lady Bird): In the most astonishing reversal of the modern music era, the artist who once sneakily delivered cupcakes to feminists to protest against the homophobic lyrics and graphic descriptions of sexual violence in Odd Future has started rapping about kissing boys and unrequited love. His last two albums could be the biggest argument against cancellation culture ever.
Eric Webb’s choices
12:15 Jany Green (BMI): A move from Alaska to Los Angeles inspires this artist’s sublime sun-bent dance jams, which is a great argument for banning snow. Weekend 1 only.
1:45 p.m. Public library (BMI) or Kennyhoopla (T-Mobile): Two great sub-card options on this rather sleepy Sunday lineup. In Conrad Hsiang’s Public Library Commute, you will get a soft and thoughtful dreamcore. In Kenneth La’ron’s KennyHoopla show, you’ll receive a pop-punk transfusion right through your veins. Commute Public Library plays Weekend 1 only.
3:30 p.m. Prudent clay (Miller Lite): I never got to catch this silky-voiced Cleveland native when he took over South by Southwest a few years ago. God give a second chance, amen.
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4:30 p.m. Herd of horses (Lady Bird): Much like Charles Foster Kane with his sleigh, my mind still pursues the contentment that filled my heart when I first watched Band of Horses at ACL Fest in college. In my memory, it was the golden hour. Was it? Don’t pop my rosebud.
6.30 p.m. Greta Van Fleet (Lady Bird): People love to roast Michigan family band Greta Van Fleet, saying their retro take on rock is just a warm imitation of Led Zeppelin. The joke is on you! I didn’t grow up listening to Led Zeppelin except to try to decode the satanic message in “Stairway to Heaven”, and I think the curly haired little guy with the loud voice of Greta Van Fleet sounds great.
7:30 p.m. Tierra Whack (Vrbo): Listen to the reference verse from Philly phenomenon’s “Living Single” on Beyonce’s “My Power”, then tell me where you fit in for her set, and I’ll meet you there.
8:30 p.m. Duran Duran (Honda) or Tyler the creator (Lady Bird): The old shuffle over here; no excuses. Before the original Sunday headliners evaporated, the choice Stevie Nicks vs. DaBaby was as clear as an hour of moonlight witchcraft. Now, I genuinely think this is one of the hardest headlining choices to make in a while. Dance in the sand on “Rio” with the dudes of yesteryear or tremble in an “Earfquake” with one of hip-hop’s most intriguing pioneers. Maybe share your time!