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ACL Fest Band of the Day: Smith Westerns

Staff Writer
Austin 360

By Virginia Yapp

Editor’s note: This article was originally published September 10, 2013

From: Chicago

ACL set: 3 p.m. Friday, Honda

In just over 50 words: On its third release, “Soft Will,” the young four-piece from Chicago tones down the enfant terrible act, trading in its snotty glam-rock sound for something a whole lot more introspective and dreamy. No growing pains here — the more mature sound on tracks like “Varsity” suits the band well.

Could share a bill with: Yeasayer, A.C. Newman, Handsome Furs

Connections: “Soft Will” is the first album by the band to feature new drummer Julien Ehrlich, formerly of Unknown Mortal Ochestra.