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ACL Fest Band of the Day: Pinback

Staff Writer
Austin 360

By Virginia Yapp

Editor’s note: This article was originally published September 27, 2013

From: San Diego, Calif.

ACL Fest set: 3:30 p.m. Friday (Bud Light)

In just over 50 words: Core members Rob Crow and Zach Smith have been making melancholy, atmospheric math rock magic together since 1998, honing their craft for years before their 2007’s “Autumn of the Seraphs” won them a rather cultish fanbase. Expectations were high for the band’s much-anticipated follow-up, and while 2012’s “Information Retrieved” doesn’t quite meet them, the new stuff is pleasant enough to satisfy most devotees.

Could share a bill with: Wolf Parade, Maps & Atlases, the Joy Formidable

Star quality: The band’s name is derived from a character in John Carpenter’s 1974 “Dark Star,” and the band frequently used audio samples from the film in its early recordings.