Paper Towels hails from “a bridge near the ocean in Los Angeles, CA”, but their roots can be traced back to Mobile, Alabama, according to the 8 page bio (instructional guide) that arrived with the mysterious press package. Creepy? Sure. Inviting? Yes.
TV On The Radio and My Morning Jacket amongst day 2’s highlights at ACL’s 10 year anniversary.
Rain came and stuck around for most of the afternoon at Zilker Park, home of ACL’s 2011 Festival. Along with it came cooler air and well timed Crazy Horse inspired performances by roots-rockers, Phosphorescent and The Moondoggies. Each band performed unfazed by the gray clouds , while winning over new fans from their 2010 releases (“Here’s To Taking It Easy” and “The Tidelands”). Those slowly strolling into the park after Friday’s hip-hop fused kickoff trying to avoid the rain missed some good-ol fashioned rock n’ roll.
Kanye West, Bright Eyes, Big Boi and free water refills are amongst Day 1’s highlights.
Zilker Park plays host to over a 100,000 people who migrate to Austin, Texas, for the ACL Festival. This year’s 10th anniversary crams over 130 bands onto 8 stages in 3 days; and then there’s the heat. This year’s festival organizers, performers and fans alike faces the unknown challenges that a caustic heat wave brings to thousands of people crammed into one spot. Some bands succeeded, some didn’tâ€“ but not because they didn’t try, the heat was brutal.
The 9 person outfit that is Bon Iver, live, has become a full realization of the 2011 self-titled, second record. In Austin, Texas, Tuesday night at the Long Center for The Performing Arts, those ideas, fragments and soundscapes presented on the recent record become their own musical vernacular in a live setting, a testament to Justin Vernon’s vision for Bon Iver, the record. With an orchestral setting as beautiful as the Long Center, all the little pieces crafted by Vernon on “Bon Iver, Bon Iver” to the bare bones of first record, “For Emma,” (and to a few choice song surprises) come into full ligh
Paul Simon “The Sound of Silence” – September 11th, 2011
“We Gotta Get Out of This Place “, performed by The Animals, was written in 1965 by Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil (Brill-Building-era composers responsible for many timeless hits). The song’s timeless angst has been embraced by many fed-up, walks of life in the past 5 decades; the military, graduates, and most recently, peasants known as Rockfordians from Illinois who are seeking a better walk of life somewhere else.