Editor’s note: This article was originally published October 7, 2013
Part one of ACL Fest 2013 just wrapped up and while our ears are still ringing we bring you This Week’s Playlist: ACL Fest 2013 - Weekend 1 Highlights, a collection of the best songs heard in the field by the entire Team 360 live coverage team.
Of course, in this instance the term ‘best songs’ is somewhat relative. Michael Corcoran loved Fun.’s cover of "You Can’t Always Get What You Want" but we couldn’t find it on Spotify. Fun. drew the first huge crowd of the fest and by all accounts threw down a great set. We dropped Chad Swiatecki’s favorite song "Some Nights" into the mix. Chad described the band as "an antidote to mewling, mid-tempo indie bands who seem to apologize for existing before they play a note, opting instead to create as much visceral joy as possible."
We were able to track down MS MR doing "Dance Yrself Clean" by LCD Soundsystem in Spotify. Both Eric Webb and Eric Pulsifer picked the gothic dance band as an overall weekend highlight, with Eric Webb declaring "We have a new star in Lizzy Plapinger, it seems, as the lime-tressed siren hypnotized the Sunday crowd."
More top picks from our critics included rapper Kendrick Lamar who drew one of the biggest crowds of the festival, singer-songwriter Jake Buggand Reignwolf, who it seemed literally everyone was talking about at the fest. Eric Webb described Reignwolf as a "blues-metal force of nature, conjuring black-magic shreds and raw, howling vocals."
Other artists we loved were Dan Croll , a British band that Eric Pulsifer felt beautifully "encapsulates the sound of summer," Autre ne Veut the alter ego of freeform r&b artist Arthur Ashin who brought an electrifying emotional intensity to his heart on the floor Saturday afternoon set and the Joy Formidable. Naturally, we also enjoyed The Cure and Depeche Mode and for the record, Haim absolutely lived up to the deafening hype.
If you’re a morning person, Savages, Parquet Courts and Fidlarall brought the noise. Ramon Ramirez described them as " some of the first weekend’s most sharp, abrasive and interesting bands." But you might want to skip Foxygen’s early set, singer Sam France is almost certainly not a morning person.
And finally, I need to make a plug for my own favorite weekend one acts. Vintage Trouble was hands down the best thing I saw all weekend. With magnetic charisma, supremely coordinated moves and approximately 3,000 buckets of soul, vocalist Ty Taylor and crew hosted a fantastic throw-down, sing-along dance party and won a couple thousand rabid new fans in the process. And Latasha Lee and the Black Ties firmly established themselves as the new faces of Austin soul. They aren’t playing weekend two, but you can catch them around town.
Listen to all of our favorite songs from weekend one in This Week’s Playlist: ACL Fest 2013 - Weekend 1 Highlights.
UPDATE: This article originally said that MS MR’s cover of "Dance Yrself Clean" didn’t exist in Spotify, but thanks to a diligent reader we were able to track it down.