@AndyShore With no Rothbury in 2010, it may be safe to say that ACL is Festival Crashers’ favorite fest (I do, however, have newfound love for Coachella.). I’m just as excited to festival with Zack as I am to be going to ACL. We proudly showed Zack’s Austin friends “how we do” last year. Hopefully Zack has taught them well and they can keep up. Even good ol’ Fat Wrists. I’m leaving Austin on Friday to get back in time for some recovery and sleep before work Monday morning. This is the top 10 must see sets on Friday and Saturday at ACL 2010.
10. Matt & Kim It’s probably wishful thinking to have them on this list. I looks like the schedule has defeated my desire to see Matt & Kim at every opportunity. I’ll probably stay on the other side of Zilker Park at Deadmau5.
9. Broken Bells: I haven’t heard great reviews of their live show. Most people say it’s akin to listening to their CD really loud. That doesn’t mean I won’t give them a shot. I’ll be heading to Local Natives after a few songs, unless they really wow me.
8. Beach House: A terrible parking situation at Coachella meant missing most of Beach House. I should have plenty of time to get there at ACL. These guys may go the way of the Fleet Foxes at ACL, but I’m gonna give them a shot. I couldn’t take their mellow tunes in the Austin heat, and instead opted for a dose of rock and the Fratellis.
7. Deadmau5: I really enjoyed Deadmau5, until claustrophobia got the best of me at Electric Daisy Carnival 2010. There is sure to be a big crowd at ACL, but I’m looking forward to a dance party just before Muse. Hopefully we won’t hear too much, “that’s the mau-five guy from the VMAs, right?”
6. Local Natives: I haven’t stopped listening to this band since I saw them at FYF Fest 2010. So hooked, despite Eric and my brother claiming that this band reminds them of Gregorian chants. Cannot wait to sing-a-long with the rest of the crowd on “Sun Hands.”
5. Monsters of Folk: Nobody gets a 2 hour block on Saturday. Not even the headliners. Except for Monsters of Folk. I expect something special to go down. Here’s to hoping it’s a Zooey Deschanel sit-in. I know Bryn’s with me.
4. Grace Potter & the Nocturnals: I probably saw a good amount of the new material last summer at Rothbury. That being said, there is no such thing as too much Grace Potter. I’d also like to take this opportunity to tell the new editor of College News Magazine that she’s an idiot for not agreeing to have her on the cover.
3. Mayer Hawthorne: I would be a little more bummed about missing him at Coachella 2010 if I hadn’t had such a great time at MUTEMATH. Zack and I sent each other texts early in the set, trying to convince one another that the show they were seeing was the best. I’ve been on a funk/soul kick the last couple weeks thanks to a couple friends (TY Chase and Eric). Mayer Hawthorne is sure to be just what I’ve been craving.
2. Muse: Holy sh*t do these guys put on a rock show. I was absolutely floored by them at Coachella 2010. They have lasers, soaring guitars and vocals, an incredibly energetic frontman in Matthew Bellamy and did I mention lasers? M.I.A.’s new album sucked. See you at Muse.
1.Phish: If it wasn’t for my longstanding love of this band (and one sentimental reason), it would be harder for me to pick Phish over Muse here. All my friends have been raving about Phish in 2010 and I am yet to get my fill. I don’t know if I have ever experienced Phish with Zack. I can’t wait.