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Our picks: Here’s who you should go see on day one of ACL Fest

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Austin 360

You can’t see them all, no matter how fast you move from stage to stage. Team Austin360 is here with some Austin City Limits Music Festival picks to help refine your game plan. The Austin City Limits Music Festival is Oct. 6-8 and 13-15 at Zilker Park. See all our previews and follow live coverage at

See all of our weekend one picks here.


11:45 a.m.  Wild Now (Miller Lite): Start your ACL Fest experience with the dreamy pop of this Austin duo.

12:30 p.m.  Carson McHone (Tito’s): Continue your tour of sounds from the actual city limits with the rising singer-songwriter’s intelligent alt-country.

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1:15 p.m.  Missio (HomeAway): This ATX electronic duo set out to trash models and Perrier, but months of hurricanes, earthquakes and political strife later, their smash hit “Middle Fingers” feels like the song of the summer.

2:30 p.m.  Valerie June (Tito’s): Your midafternoon soulful roots music break.

3:15 p.m.  Spencer Ludwig (BMI): Funky Bruno Mars-style pop, but with more trumpet.

4:15 p.m.  Vulfpeck (American Express): A Michigan-based funk band that jams way harder than you think they should.

5:15 p.m.  Skepta (HomeAway): The biggest crossover from the U.K. grime scene since M.I.A. spits aggressive rhymes into an anxiety-fueled electro grinder of bass-heavy beats.

6:15 p.m.  Bonobo (Tito’s): Lovely dinner time interlude: Immerse yourself in in aural texture as British producer Simon Green brings his lonely dreamscape of electronic orchestration to life with a full band (right next door to the food court).

7:15 p.m.  Solange (Barton Springs) Her 2016 masterwork, “A Seat at the Table,” is a cry of resistance that doubles as a salve to the soul. Every moment of  her South by Southwest 2017 show was gorgeously choreographed, and this sunset performance should be sublime.

8:15 p.m.  Jay-Z (American Express) I feel terrible for the XX, who hosted a pair of entrancing evenings at ACL Live earlier this year but who won’t be ready to brush that “Dirt off Your Shoulder” at this point in the night?


12:30 p.m.  Barton Hills Choir with Charlie Sexton (Austin Kiddie Limits):  Austin’s most valuable player sits in with the city’s most youthful ensemble for BHC’s annual appearance helping to launch the ACL Fest weekend.

1:15 p.m.  The Aces (BMI): Local acts Missio and the Band of Heathens are dependable draws in this time slot as well, but we’re inclined to take a chance on this promising young all-female indie-rock quartet from Utah.

2:30 p.m.  Valerie June (Tito’s): The Tennessee singer-songwriter’s second major-label album, “The Order of Time,” reaffirms her status as  one of roots music’s most distinctive rising stars.

3:15 p.m.  The Lemon Twigs (Miller Lite): Indie-rock teen siblings Brian and Michael D’Addario make a triumphant return to Austin after winning this year’s Grulke Prize for Developing U.S. Act at South by Southwest.

4:15 p.m.  Crystal Castles (Honda): Take a late-afternoon chill-out with the long-running Canadian electronic music act, with new singer Edith Francs joining founders Ethan Kath and Christopher Chartran.

5:15 p.m.  Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real (Miller Lite): With a self-titled album on Fantasy Records, the most musically prodigious child of Willie Nelson is in the midst of a big year, and there’s  a collaboration with his dad and brother still to come.

6:15 p.m.  Foster the People (American Express): The Los Angeles indie-pop band is touring behind its recently issued third album “Sacred Hearts Club.”

7:15 p.m.  Ryan Adams (Miller Lite): It’s the rock songwriter’s first Austin appearance since the release of his new album “Prisoner,” following the last-minute cancellation of a South by Southwest show in March.

8:15 p.m.  Jay-Z (American Express): He’s the biggest of this year’s admittedly subpar batch of headliners, and there’s always the outside chance of a Beyonce cameo.


12:30 p.m.  Methyl Ethel (American Express): I call it the “Wild Nothing Theory” of ACL Fest scheduling, after my all-time favorite early set. Find the chillest, dreamiest band to open up your festival journey. These Aussies, with Jake Webb’s androgynous voice and gently weird art-rock proclivities, fit the bill.

1:15 p.m.  The Aces (BMI): Haim goes to the mall. If that doesn’t sound awesome to you, we will never understand each other on deep soul level.

2:15 p.m.  Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness (American Express): *ACL Fest emo throwback act alert*

3:15 p.m.  James Vincent McMorrow (HomeAway): Falsetto and heartbreak under the sun. Not the ideal venue! But worth your time nonetheless.

5:15 p.m.  Skepta (HomeAway): … how does he spit bars that fast.

6:15 p.m.  Foster the People (American Express): They once spun perfect pop-rock crystals like “Houdini”; they’ve sounded more like the lobby of an L.A. juice bar with each album leading up to this year’s “Sacred Hearts Club.” Goodwill from their 2011 golden-hour ACL Fest crowdpleaser leads me to believe this could be worth it.

7:15 p.m.  Solange (Barton Springs): With gallery-ready show design and lyrics that recite the poetry of black identity in the middle of American crisis, this is an “I was there when” choice.

8:15 p.m.  The XX (Honda): Seeing Hova is a perfectly reasonable choice. I’d avoid the crowds and all that “living legend” baggage and say something loving with Jamie, Romy and Oliver.