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One of the saving graces of the Austin City Limits Music Festival for people who don’t have $200 laying around is the fact that they usually have a chance to catch some of their favorite artists perform in real venues at official aftershows. For those without passes, picking and choosing which aftershows to go to is an event in itself. This morning, the festival revealed it’s official list for 2011, with shows scheduled around Austin from Sept. 15-18. While there were no huge announcements like the Strokes preshow last year, it is a solid list that should provide plenty of choice for those who want to get in on some of the action.

Perhaps the biggest of these shows will occur on Sunday night, when Iron & Wine plays the Paramount Theater with My Morning Jacket frontman Jim James’ alter ego Yim Yames. Given the success of both of these artists over the last several years, this one is guaranteed to sell out in a matter of days. Some of the other big names include Nas, who is confusingly opening for derivative electronic act PRETTY LIGHTS in a show before the festival at Austin Music Hall, Manu Chao at Stubb’s on Friday, and Bright Eyes with Kurt Vile and the Violators at Stubb’s on Saturday.

There are also several great shows from some of the festival’s smaller acts. For me, the most exciting of these shows is Wild Beasts performing with Telekinesis at the Parish on Saturday. The English quartet’s latest album, Smother, is easily in the running to be one of the top albums of 2011, and the fact that the festival is the only stop in Texas on their US tour is more than enough reason to see them. Unfortuneately, this means missing out on the chance to see the recently reunited Death From Above 1979, who play with much hyped UK band The Vaccines at Emo’s.  However, it is likely they will be back in Austin again before Wild Beasts.

Friday night will probably see me at Emo’s for a stacked lineup that includes Twin Shadow with a DJ set from Cut Copy outside, and Theophilis London and Diamond Rings inside. This show marks the only chance to see Diamond Rings during the festival, as he is not part of the ACL lineup despite touring nationally with Twin Shadow. Another show that should not be missed on Friday night is Smith Westerns and Cults playing the Parish.

There is no doubt something for everyone this year, and it should give those who don’t have the means to pay for a three day pass a chance to feel a part of the festival. To see the full list, which includes Delta Spirit, The Head and the Heart, Fitz and the Tantrums and others, visit the festival’s official aftershow page.


A Fertile Fall

This summer was extremely challenging for me. I was faced with the horror of almost being completely broke, trying with little luck to find a job in addition to the twelve hours a week I get as an office assistant at St. Edward’s. Coincidentally enough, this summer also (surprisingly) happened to be a relatively dry season for shows in Austin, thereby allowing me to be devoid of envy at those who got to see a new band every other day. Aside from the New Pornographers and LCD Soundsystem, there were very few shows that made me wish I still received a paycheck from the grocery store that I (begrudgingly) worked at during the school year.

Thankfully, starting in late August, the next few months are shaping up to be filled with great shows almost weekly. If things start to pick up again money wise (hopefully being back in school will give me less of an impulse to spend), I plan to attend all these shows in some form or another, whether for this blog, for PopMatters, or for any other writing gig I may come across in that time.

Budos Band: August 21; Mohawk

Hot Hot Heat: August 27; Emo’s

Titus Andronicus: September 1; Emo’s

The Tallest Man on Earth: September 18; Antone’s

The Pixies: September 21-22; Austin Music Hall

Drive-By Truckers: September 24; Stubb’s

The Drums: September 25; ND

Field Music: September 29; Emo’s

Austin City Limits/Aftershows or The National in Houston or Dallas: October 8-10

The Thermals/Cymbals Eat Guitars: October 23; Red 7

Jonsi: October 26; Austin Music Hall

Interpol: October 28; Stubb’s

Fun Fun Fun Fest; November 6-7; Waterloo Park

And these are only the shows that have been announced as of right now. There are sure to be a ton of great shows in the next few months that you can spend your hard earned money on.


(Image: The Thermals via their MySpace page)

Pitchfork Music Festival Announced

Pitchfork announced yesterday the very first artists who have signed on to be a part of this year’s installment of the Pitchfork Music Festival.

The festival is set to take place July 16-18 in Chicago’s Union Park.

So far, the biggest announcements have been the recently reunited Pavement, as well as appearences by LCD Soundsystem and former Wu-Tang Clan member Raekwon. Other artists amongst the nine confirmed includes Modest Mouse, St. Vincent, and Sleigh Bells. There will be many more announcements in the coming weeks leading up to the festival.

Though the festival has only been around since 2006, it has gained a sizeable reputation thanks in no small part to the fact that Pitchfork is one of the most influential independant music websites out there. Additionally, they have continually brought great bands to their festival to perform, and this year is looking to continue that tradition.

One day passes to any of the three days are only $40, but perhaps the best deal you can get is a three day pass for $90. That is a full $179 less than a three day pass to Coachella, and $75 less than an advance pass to Austin City Limits, which is a bit closer to home.

I have never been to Chicago, I actually have some family there, but I think I have found a good excuse.

(Image Credit: Pitchfork)