ACL 2012 Day 3: Gary Clark Jr., Lumineers, Old 97s, Bad Books Concludes Festival

Austin City Limits Music Festival

ACL 2012 Highlights & Lowlights: Day 1 | Day 2 | Day 3

The Old 97s, ACL 2012

Austin, TX –  Day 3 of the Austin City Limits 2012 music festival came about with tired legs, ears, and eyes.

Gary Clark Jr., an Austin native preparing for his first full length LP release later this month, held down the big stage and a large crowd for a soulful, electric set.  Silky R&B vocals along with a natural blues prowess and rock sensibilities proved the hype surrounding the up and coming ‘it’ kid.

Bad Books, featuring past Sock Monkey Sound guests in Kevin Devine and Andy Hull of Manchester Orchestra, played an inspired set of indie rock off their Simple Math project.  The indie-supergroup won over new fans and proved to each artist’s established fan base that Bad Books is more than a side-project for all involved.  A day 3 highlight.

The Lumineers packed in the college kids from all directions at the Austin Ventures Stage, which forced me out before their set began because I couldn’t stand to take the heat and the incessant talking that had surrounded me.   Let’s pretend I did stick around to catch their set by offering you this:  I’m sure this band played well enough to earn a spot on the soundtrack to the Garden State sequel.  You can count me out again.

The Old 97s played to a crowd of people that actually wanted to hear and see how real rock music is played.  The 90’s Americana band is celebrating the 15 year anniversary of Too Far To Care this October by kicking off their fall tour at ACL.  Barrier Reef, Brown Eyes, West Texas Teardrops, and the title track of the classic late 90s record rekindled many reasons why one of America’s great rock n’ roll bands is still standing strong.

Red Hot Chili Restaurant Peppers headlined the finale of ACL 2012, but, whatever.  We booked it early to catch a cab back to the 6th street area in Austin because I couldn’t name you one decent song that the Peppers have written and recorded since 1991— plus, 6th street in Austin is a better show than the closing night’s headliners.

OVERALL:  Austin Ventures stage crew and sound guys became a day 3 highlight. Fighting sound issues for most of the weekend with the most diverse and interesting lineup of artists, the team pulled it together for a nice sendoff with home state boys Old 97s and the Randy Rogers Band to put a final note on ACL 2012.

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Andy Whorehall (SM)
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width=620 Bad Books, (Kevin Devine and Andy Hull, left to right) ACL 2012

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