And at first glance what a great one it is. October 12-14 Zilker Park, Austin, Texas, plan to be there for Austin City Limits. Neil Young and Crazy Horse, Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Black Keys, Jack White, Florence + The Machine, The Avett Brothers, Avicii, Bassnectar, The Rotts and Jack White headline the final festival of the season. Add in acts like Esperanza Spalding, Alabama Shakes, The Lumineers, Michael Kiwanuka, First Aid Kit, Gary Clark Jr, He’s My Brother She’s My Sister, Dry The River, Royal Teeth, Colorfeels and more; WOW!
So last June I came across this band and was totally blown away at their sound, style and how much it reminded me of a throwback to when real rock music ruled the airwaves. I was so excited and contemplated making a trip to Austin with the main goal to see these guys live. Somewhat lucky for me, they beat me to the trip and made it out to Las Vegas and played at Book & Stage at The Cosmopolitan as part of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Beauty & Beats Music Festival. And I’m saying it now, DO NOT MISS THIS BAND AT BONNAROO. I promise, you will fall in love with their jamming and be able to say you saw White Denim before they were huge (well they are a big deal in Austin) and have a mighty fine story to go with it.
So SXSW just took another turn towards greatness today as they announced the fourth round of artists slated to perform at the festival and can you say holy awesome!
Just look at this list below, I mean you could just have these artists performing and Id be thrilled:
Best Coast, M. Ward, Lana Del Rey, Of Montreal, A$AP Rocky, Danny Brown, The War On Drugs, Counting Crows, Tommy Stinson, The Wedding Present, Andrew WK, Brendan Benson, Hot Water Music, The Fresh And Onlys, Gardens And Villa, P.O.S., Anika, Gauntlet Hair, Youth Lagoon, Tennis, Mr. Muthafuckin’ eXquire, Dan Deacon, Sharon Van Etten, Zola Jesus, Nicolas Jaar, The Polyphonic Spree, The Drums, Astronautalis, Bear In Heaven, Ceremony, Chairlift, Crystal Antlers, Little Boots, Deerhoof, Dragonette, Gossip, Matthew Dear, Miike Snow, SBTRKT, Oneohtrix Point Never, Thundercat, The Ting Tings, Action Bronson, The Crystal Method, The Black Angels, Blondes, Busdriver, Ezra Furman, Apparat, Freelance Whales, Here We Go Magic, Free Energy, Eleanor Friedberger, Friends, Memoryhouse, Mikal Cronin, Buraka Som Sistema, Spank Rock, Corrosion of Conformity, Jimmy Cliff, Rye Rye, K’naan, YACHT, Band of Skulls, White Rabbits, Beth Jeans Houghton and The Hooves of Destiny, Supreme Dicks, Caveman, Cerebral Ballzy, Miniature Tigers, Zechs Marquise, Purity Ring, Justin Townes Earle, The Love Language, Cymbals Eat Guitars, Micachu & the Shapes, Grieves and Budo, Imogen Heap, Ingrid Michaelson, Michael Franti and Spearhead, The Henry Clay People, And So I Watch You From Afar, Fake Problems, Azari And III, Sleepy Sun, Bahamas, Japanther, The Knux, Carter Tanton, Cassettes Won’t Listen, Jacuzzi Boys, CHALI 2NA, Cities Aviv, Is Tropical, Javelin, Kids These Days, Living Things, Scattered Trees, and Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin.
Music Monday and what a glorious way to kick start the start the week with a little Mumford & Sons. The fellas recorded an Austin City Limits special that aired on PBS last night and if you missed it, you’re in luck as you can watch it below!
Hands down one of the best music programs on TV, Austin City Limits continues to broadcast amazing performances by talented musicians. Give a visit to the website and catch some of the other recent performances on the program.
He rocked Eric Clapton’s Crossroads Music Festival last summer and recently Rolling Stone named him “Best Young Gun,” Gary Clark Jr. may just be the next great blues musician. Hailing from Austin Texas, Clark Jr. can span many genres of music but his slick, powering guitar skills has had him compared to Jimi Hendrix and Stevie Ray Vaughan time and time again. He’s got a ways to go but definitely off to a great start. Part of the Café Artists line-up at Bonnaroo, I can’t wait to see and hear him live.