If you thought Austin City Limits was big, you ain't seen nothing yet. On October 11-13, 2013, the festival will be expanded into two consecutive weekends of music, after being launched as a two-day fest in 2002 and held as a three-day ever since. The announcement was made 12 months in advance, which shows the reason for the festival's endurance goes beyond the quality of the bands featured — the festival is pretty damn well put together.
Besides those highlighted here, this year's talent includes The Avett Brothers, The Shins, Weezer, Gary Clark Jr., Esperanza Spalding, Rufus Wainwright, and Steve Earle, plus Italy's Jovanotti and Venezuela's La Vida Bohème, these last two being the biggest names in an otherwise invisible Latin pop/alternative ACL presence. In total, I counted 127 acts (the festival claims "130+").
Here's a quick look at how to navigate this ACL monster that will turn into twins next year.
Neil Young & Crazy Horse
Not only did Neil Young survive a brain aneurysm in 2005 and a premature obituary by NBCNews.com (which, in one of the biggest blunders in the history of journalism, reported on the death of "astronaut Neil Young" back in August) — he has survived it all, and is still one of the most lucid and relevant musical heroes of the '60s. This year alone he and Crazy Horse released Americana, Young's first-ever album of covers (and their first album together since 2003), and they will follow with the all-original double CD Psychedelic Pill on October 30. "Walk Like a Giant," the first single, is another proof you don't really know dick about guitar-playing unless you seriously study Neil Young. 8pm Sat, Oct 13, Bud Light stage.
Iggy & The Stooges
I'll never forget the night when Iggy Pop and Sum 41 closed the 2002 MTV Latino awards with a show-stopping rendition of "Little Know It All." Some of the best Latin rockers had just delivered the best Latin award ceremonies ever when Iggy, then 55, appeared and proceeded to blow everyone off the map. The Stooges haven't had a new album since 2007's The Weirdness (incredibly, their first since 1973's Raw Power, which got reissued in 2010, the same year they were inducted into the R&R Hall of Fame). If Iggy has 50 percent of what he had back in '02, we'll be all right. 6:15pm Sun, Oct 14, Bud Light stage.
Other picks (Bud Light stage, unless indicated)
Florence + The Machine, 6:30pm Fri, Oct. 12
The Black Keys, 8:30pm Fri, Oct. 12
The Roots, 6pm Sat, Oct 13
Jack White, 8pm Sat, Oct. 13 (AMD stage)
Red Hot Chili Peppers, 8:15pm Sun, Oct 14
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