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Preview: ACL Fest 2010, Bands to See Sunday

September 23, 2010

This is it!  The last preview for ACL fest, now only 2 weeks away.  If you missed out on my recommendations for Friday and Saturday, you can click here and here to check that out.  On with Sunday’s bands to see!


Ted Leo and the Pharmacists – 12:30 – 1:15 pm

Start Sunday off on a high note by checking out  some British flavored indie punk rock.  Ted Leo and the Pharmacists are one of the biggest indie acts of the moment and the rumor is that their live show is pretty great, so I’d make it a point to be there for this one.

Portugal. The Man – 2 – 3 pm

Sunny alternative-folk from a band with punctuation in their name hailing from Wasilla, Alaska.  How could you go wrong?  After several independent label releases, Portugal. The Man has been signed to Atlantic Records and they’re making their ACL Fest debut this year.

The Morning Benders – 3 – 4 pm

While they didn’t wow me during SXSW at the Levi’s/FADER fort, The Morning Benders are known for producing some gorgeous indie tunes infused with orchestral instrumentation (with some help from Grizzly Bear band member Chris Taylor).  Plus, lead singer Chris Chu has serious vocal chops.  All in all, this should be a great afternoon show.

Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue – 4 – 5 pm

Ah, controversy!  Yes, seeing this show will make you miss Yeasayer, but there are numerous bands very similar to Yeasayer at this year’s fest.  And while I like Yeasayer too, I am excited to check out this 24 year-old trombone prodigy who caused a stir on the ACL stage a couple of weeks ago.

Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros – 5 – 6 pm

This might be count 2 in the nouveau hippie list, but if you can overlook that, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros will probably be playing the absolute happiest show of the festival.  There’s no denying the catchy, uplifting quality of their tunes – see them if you want to witness another potential festival “moment.”

The Flaming Lips – 6 – 7 pm

I’m not sure why the Lips keep getting sidelined with early evening spots at ACL…why no headlining spot?  After all, a band whose shows have been referred to as “one to see before you die” surely deserve it.  Well, I’m just glad they’re going to be there, even if I have seen them twice this year.  I might have a small obsession.

The National – 7 – 8 pm

On the heels of their massively successful fifth album High Violet, The National hits up ACL Fest in the coveted sunset hour.  Brooding poetic lyrics surrounded by swirling indie rock will definitely leave a lasting impression on those who decide to skip The Eagles’ closing show – like myself.

Yay!  Two more weeks until ACL!  Leave your comments and let me know what you’re seeing, and after the fest, what you thought of my recommendations. And don’t forget to stay tuned during the festival for tweet updates, pictures, and reviews of the sets.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Naomi permalink
    September 24, 2010 9:12 am

    Yay!!! So excited for all the picks. We can’t wait to ACL. We almost weren’t going to be able to go, but lucky for us we make it work. Can’t wait to see you guys and hopefully this year we won’t need rainboots!


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