This week’s playlist: Making tough choices at ACL Fest

Eminem (left) and Skrillex will duke it out during the 8:30 p.m. Saturday slot at ACL Fest 2014.
Eminem (left) and Skrillex will duke it out during the 8:30 p.m. Saturday slot at ACL Fest 2014.
Eminem (left) and Skrillex will duke it out during the 8:30 p.m. Saturday slot at ACL Fest 2014.

The schedule for Austin City Limits Festival 2014 is out. Now comes the hard part.

As Deborah Sengupta Stith wrote Tuesday, there’s very little staggering of sets this year, with most acts leaving the starting gate at the same time on their respective stages. What does that mean for festgoers? You’re going to have to conduct your own musical version of the Hunger Games.

Just in case you don’t know which act is worth your precious, sweaty time, we’ve compiled a playlist matching up some of the key ACL Fest schedule conflicts. There might not be a whole lot of overlap on some simultaneous performances. Calvin Harris and Pearl Jam probably aren’t sharing spots on many peoples’ short lists. But there are a few rock-and-a-hard-place decisions to be made. Let The Replacements andSpoon duke it out on your headphones, and make Outkast and Beck compete for your love.

(By the way, don’t get us started on Jenny Lewis vs. Phantogram vs. Real Estate. Team 360 might need clones on Sunday.)

Remember: Check out the full schedule for both weekends the ACL Fest site, then listen to our playlist on Spotify while you wring your hands in agony. Still don’t know whether you should see Iggy Azalea or Icona Pop? Check back with Austin360 closer to the fest for our critics’ takes on resolving the toughest conflicts.

(But really, ACL Fest, St. Vincent and Sam Smith at the same dang time? Oy.)

Author: Eric Webb

Eric Webb is a web producer for the Austin American-Statesman and Austin360. He blogs about Austin culture, pop culture and anything that lives on the Internet.

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