Austin City Limits
Review By: Shawn Kellner
Photos By: Fletcher Christian Pickering

Day 2 Saturday

Day 2 at Austin City Limits was fantastic despite scattered thunderstorms. Fans took advantage of having a choice of programming on 8 stages spread across beautiful Zilker Park on the banks of lady bird lake. Early highlights of the day were Caveman, Dev, Civil Twilight, Zola Jesus, Bombay Bicycle Club, and Rufus Wainwright. Rufus definitely had an amazing challenge to overcome as fans tried their best to enjoy his set while also watching the University of Texas football team loosing to Oklahoma University on the scattered video screens located on the adjacent stage. Wainwright was still able to put on an amazing performance impressing his existing fan base while winning over new fans that had never seen him before. That sentiment is what ACL is all about, discovering new music while enjoying familiar acts at the same time. As the day progressed I was also able to enjoy the electronic sounds of Metric, Space Capone, and Big Gigantic. The surprise band of the day came at 4pm. La Vida Boheme all the way from Venezuela wow’d the crowd with their intense electronic dance rock. The band was covered in body paint from head to toe. Their sound and live show are absolutely captivating. I had the chance to sit down with the band to discuss the journey they have taken from being a garage band in Venezuela, touring Mexico with The Artic Monkeys, coming to the states, and making it onto the lineup at Austin City Limits 2012.

Here is what they had to say:

Check out their song “Radio Capital”

At the same time as La Vida Boheme, Chicago’s own Andrew Bird was on the Bud Light stage playing to an enormous crowd. It was clear that he was a fan favorite at the festival. As Andrew Bird's set concluded the rain began to fall from the Austin sky. It was honestly a nice change of pace from the 80 degree sunny weather that had been experienced earlier in the day. As the rain fell, the festival continued with captivating sets from Kishi Bashi and The Shins.

Another amazing moment of the day was watching The Roots in the pouring rain. The weather did not damper the mood of the crowd in any way. Instead it turned the bands set into one gigantic dance party in the crowd.

The rumor mill had been running strong all day about the potential for a collaborative performance from Kimbra and Gotye. It is very rare that the two are in the same place at the same time with their rigorous touring schedules. Things just happened to line up and those in attendance at day 2 of ACL were treated to a live version of “Somebody That I Use To Know” with both artists performing their parts live. It truly was a defining moment of this years festival.

As the sun went down fans were treated to a visually stimulating performance by EDM tastemaker and trendsetter BASSNECTAR which led up to headliners Jack White on the AMD stage, and Neil Young and Crazy Horse on the Bud Light Stage.

Jack White’s set was reminiscent of his performance at Lollapalooza in Chicago this year. It was bluesy and soulfull. The crowd really seemed to enjoy the song selections that made up his 90 min set.

Just across the muddy field, the legend himself Neil Young and his band Crazy Horse literally gave the crowd a two hour lesson in rock and roll, blues, and soul. At 66 years old (soon to be 67 on November 12th) Neil Young has not lost the ability to put on a grade A performance and easily win over a crowd. Having just put out a brand new record, Neil and his backing band combined new songs with timeless hits and broke up the performance with intermittent guitar solos and features. Neil’s vocals were spot on and his guitar playing \

Neil Young and Crazy Horse Setlist:

Love and Only Love
Powderfinger
Born In Ontario
Walk Like a Giant
The Needle and the Damage Done
Twisted Road
Ramada Inn
Cinnamon Girl
Fuckin' Up
Psychedelic Pill

Encore
Down by the River
Hey Hey, My My (Into the Black)

Check out these Day 2 Highlights:

 

The Xbox Music Lounge served as the ultimate oasis for talent, media and VIPs, right around the corner from the ACL festival grounds. Exciting live DJ sets included Emily Haines from Metric and Chill Akilas among others. Guests sipped on Revel Stoke Whisky cocktails, Zico beverages, Asahi beer and enjoyed snacks by KIND snacks and catering by Tacos and Tequila. From artist interviews to Xbox game consuls set up for guests to play the biggest game of 2012 “Forza Horizon” to a tattoo parlor and VIP spa amenities. The Rock the Vote Nights Party was an exclusive evening event and kept the party going with the hottest DJ sets from The Wombats, The Black Lips, and live performances by Geographer and Vacationer. Maxim Presented by “Forza Horizon” Xbox 360 hosted the Saturday night party with amazing performances by DEV, Bombay Bicycle Club and a DJ Set by Caveman.

The Xbox Music Lounge was brought to you by Xbox, Maxim, Kahlua, Revel Stoke Whisky, Zico coconut water, Asahi beer and KIND snacks. Celebrity attendees included Jared Padalecki, Austin Nichols, Ben Savage, Top Chef winner Paul Qui, and The Lying Game cast including Ryan Rottman, Blair Redford, Allie Gonino and Alexandra Chando.

Bands and artists that stopped by The Xbox Music Lounge and night parties included The Shins, Questlove, Big K.R.I.T., Brian Bell of Weezer, Delta Spirit, Rhett Miller, Oberhofer, Father John Misty, LP, and Antibalas just to name a few.

A few highlights from the American Legion House included:

- Emily Haines from Metric kicked off ACL weekend at the Xbox Music Lounge spinning an hour set from various genres from rock to jazz to indie. She kept the energy going while drinking Kahlua’s new iced coffee drink.

-Questlove came to the lounge straight from the airport and came to relax to play Xbox’s newest game “Forza Horizon” and drank Zico coconut water to refresh before his performance that night.

-Big K.R.I.T met Questlove for the first time and they talked about a possible collaboration together and exchanged phone numbers. He munched on some tacos and drank Revel Stoke Whisky before heading to the fest for his set.

-The Shins did an interview with Xbox and played the “Forza Horizon” game.

-Bombay Bicycle Club packed the party with their performance for the Maxim party presented by Xbox 360’s “Forza Horizon”. They stayed after and mingled with party guests that included “Top Chef” winner Paul Qui, Ben Savage and the cast of ABC’s “The Lying Game”.

-Dev also performed at the Maxim party presented by “Forza Horizon” and kept the party going with a fun set to get the crowd amped. Dev and her crew stayed after her performance and continued the party drinking UV Vodka and Asahi beer.