From Rose City to Austin City: An ACL Wrap-Up

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When Austin City Limits Music Festival began in 2002, it lasted two days and attracted close to 40,000 fans. Wilco, Shawn Colvin and hometown guitar hero Gary Clark Jr. occupied a bill of 70-some acts. Clark, responsible for this year’s most memorable set, was just a high-schooler, eager to play on a big stage in a festival with an unpredictable future. Austin, the self-proclaimed “Live Music ...   More
 
Wednesday, October 17, 2012 MARK STOCK

Mark Stock at Austin City Limits Day Three: Popsicles and that Canadian Mega-Band

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“You guys want us to play," asks Josh Epstein, half of Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. "Or do you want us to keep throwing you popsicles?" Perhaps it was a mistake to toss frozen treats into the crowd so early in the set, but it is 95 degrees and the masses are desperate for refreshment. It’s a bit like pigeons fighting over bread crumbs. Darwin’s survival of the fittest is on full display, as the strong ...   More
 
Friday, September 23, 2011 MARK STOCK

Mark Stock at Austin City Limits Day Two: Antlers, Drexler Jerseys and a Keytar Solo

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Saturday in Texas stands for college football, long lines at the liquor store, and, on this particular Saturday, live music. The AntlersWhat I like most about this dreamy, melancholic Brooklyn band is that its live sets are of a different species than its recorded material. This amounted to a stellar, somewhat improvisational ACL set. Recent release Burst Apart leaves just as much vastness for live ...   More
 
Thursday, September 22, 2011 MARK STOCK

Mark Stock at Austin City Limits: Part Two


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No rain, more football jerseys than “Keep Austin Weird” bumper stickers and barbecue for breakfast. It must be Saturday in the capitol of Texas. Somehow, I managed to see M.I.A.'s “Paper Planes” performed three different times, saw Danger Mouse play every instrument on stage and realized that Matt and Kim love gangster rap. A lot. Here's my day two recap: The Very Best Budweiser ...   More
 
Wednesday, October 13, 2010 MARK STOCK

Q&A: Kinky Friedman


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With the 1973 release of his now-classic debut, Sold American, singer-songwriter Kinky Friedman emerged with a fully-formed, wholly unique Jewish cowboy persona—soo-ee generis, as it were. Hilariously offensive ditties like the bigot-baiting "They Ain't Makin' Jews Like Jesus Anymore" and feminist-feather-ruffling "Get Your Biscuits in the Oven and Your Buns in the Bed"— which earned him ...   More
 
Tuesday, July 27, 2010 JEFF ROSENBERG

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