Here's who you should see at Austin City Limits Music Festival on Saturday during Weekend One. Read all of our critics' picks for the whole weekend, too. Read all of our ACL Fest coverage at austin360.com/acl.
11:45 a.m. Ingrid Andress (BMI): From Nashville via Colorado, Andress emerged earlier this year as a rising talent on Warner/Atlantic with the pop-leaning country songs “Lady Like” and “More Hearts Than Mine.”
1:30 p.m. Finneas (Miller Lite): A 22-year-old actor and musician, Finneas O'Connell also happens to be the older brother of red-hot ACL Fest headliner Billie Eilish. An early afternoon cameo from li’l sis, maybe?
4 p.m. Brittany Howard (Honda): Maybe the Grammy-winning, chart-topping Alabama Shakes was just an early-career starting-point for Howard, whose solo debut “Jaime,” released a few days ago, pushes her musical horizons outward in fascinating new directions.
6 p.m. Gary Clark Jr. (American Express): The brightest Austin star to rise in decades gets a prime slot on the fest’s biggest stage just before headliner Childish Gambino. Expect a tour de force of material from his breakout 2019 album “This Land.”
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8 p.m. The Cure (Honda): So many indelible singles from the 1980s and 1990s, from “In Between Days” to “Just Like Heaven” to “Friday I’m In Love.” In 2019, the Cure passes as an oldies act, perhaps, but a very good one.
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1:15 p.m. Taylor Bennett (T-Mobile): On his latest release, “American Reject,” the artist who would prefer not to be known as Chance the Rapper's little brother weaves a heady mix of insightful social commentary, hooky sing-alongs and bisexual love jams.
2:15 p.m. Men I Trust (Honda): Indulge in a lazy afternoon interlude with the dreamy Montreal pop trio.
3:15 p.m. Tierra Whack (T-Mobile): The most stylistically adventurous rapper in the game spends her sets whiplashing through sing-song nursery rhyme grooves, moody club bangers and expressive confessional pieces, shifting styles on a dime and mastering each one with stunning skill.
4 p.m. Brittany Howard (Honda): It’s always a joy to watch the expressive Alabama Shakes front woman explore her vocal range, following phrases down winding pathways and discovering unusual sonic contours outside the scope of most singers’ imaginations.
5 p.m. Kali Uchis (Miller Lite): The Colombian American artist's first EP was loaded with such sugary pop that a promoter actually brought a cotton candy machine to one of her early Austin gigs. Her latest release, "Isolation," is darker and edgier, but still loaded with lush aural escapes that sound like summer.
6 p.m. Gary Clark Jr. (American Express): Love Billie Eilish’s dark pop, but Clark’s “This Land,” a declaration of freedom fueled by an undercurrent of rage, is one of the most powerful protest songs of our turbulent times.
7 p.m. James Blake (Miller Lite): Real talk: Blake’s woozy, haunted forest R&B might not provide the Saturday night turn up you’re looking for, but the man is a master of gorgeous songcraft that will be sublime at sunset.
8 p.m. Childish Gambino (American Express): Actor/comedian/writer/rapper/singer Donald Glover is one of the great talents of our time. Since 2010, he’s evolved Childish Gambino from an angsty emo rap project into a funkadelic explosion of falsetto and fury creating urgent, powerful music for troubled times. These ACL sets are the final gigs before he retires the alter ego, and we know he’ll leave it all on the stage.
» Listen to our music team talk about the best ACL Fest acts of all time below:
1:15 p.m. Taylor Bennett (T-Mobile): If you like Chance the Rapper’s flow but want to dim the lights down a little and dig into some thoughtful lyrics about identity in America, check out his younger brother.
2 p.m. Sigrid (American Express): Big ol’ juicy Norwegian pop hooks. Any cut off of this year’s “Sucker Punch” would make a great end credits song.
3:15 p.m. Tierra Whack (T-Mobile): My colleague Deborah Sengupta Stith tipped me off to the quirky Philly rapper’s 15-minute visual album, “Whack World,” and I think watching that sensory charm trip is all the rec you need.
4 p.m. Brittany Howard (Honda): The Alabama Shakes howler’s recent solo album of earthy incantations is a warm blanket. I recommend putting it on in the car while you talk to a friend about your most recent therapist appointment on the way to a birthday party. (Definitely not speaking from experience, no.) Howard is an unstoppable live performer, to boot.
6 p.m. Billie Eilish (Honda): The only thing more zeitgeisty you could do would be to read impeachment coverage with a Juul in your hand.
7 p.m. Metric (Vrbo): Emily Haines and company have been putting in the indie-rock work since the late 1990s. You will put some respect on their name. I will also hope they play 2015’s “The Shade.”
8 p.m. Childish Gambino (American Express): The only day of the weekend with a real tough call, in my view. This might be Donald Glover’s last stand as Childish Gambino; the window for seeing Robert Smith’s band is getting narrower all the time. Childish gets the nod from me, just by a hair.