You can’t see them all, no matter how fast you move from stage to stage. Team Austin360 is here with some Austin City Limits Music Festival picks to help refine your game plan. The Austin City Limits Music Festival is Oct. 6-8 and 13-15 at Zilker Park. See all our previews and follow live coverage at austin360.com/acl.
DEBORAH SENGUPTA STITH
11:45 a.m. Tank & the Bangas (HomeAway): It’s hard to make it out to the field before noon, but the theatrical mishmash of jazz, hip-hop and R&B from this year’s NPR Tiny Desk Contest winner will set your day off right.
12:30 p.m. Mélat (Tito’s): In the months since we made her the first Austin360 Artist of the Month of 2017, the sultry soul singer has been on a steady rise. Catch her on the come-up.
1:30 p.m. Jamila Woods (Tito’s): A “Blk Girl Soldier” leading a neo-soul revolution.
2:15 p.m. Danny Brown (Honda): Real talk: The unhinged maniac rhyme styles from his 2016 joint “Atrocity Exhibition” might be very weird during daylight hours, but you owe it to yourself to check it out anyway.
3:15 p.m. SuperDuperKyle (Miller Lite): It’s easy to knock a YouTube star with a catalog of bubble gum raps who rocked a lavender denim combo at the VMAs, but just try to feel bad about the world while listening to his sunny rhymes.
4:15 p.m. DRAM (Honda): A freewheeling rap/R&B prankster who performs with irresistible jubilation.
6:15 p.m. Run the Jewels. (Honda): The internet-born, unlikely aggro-rap heroes we didn’t know we needed.
7:30 p.m. Zhu (Barton Springs): Keep it moving (and avoid seeing anyone over 30) as you head into the home stretch with synth-driven dance music.
8:15 p.m. Gorillaz (Honda): In this bizarre comic book world we seem to have slipped into, closing the fest to the sounds of a cartoon band touring on a record called “Humanz” seems very appropriate.
11:45 a.m. Tank & the Bangas (HomeAway): The eclectic New Orleans ensemble won this year’s NPR Tiny Desk Contest, and they’re a unanimous pre-noon choice in our staff picks as well.
12:30 p.m. Deap Vally (American Express): The guitar-drums duo of Lindsey Troy and Julie Edwards rocked the house opening a tour for Blondie and Garbage earlier this year.
1:15 p.m. Charlotte Cardin (BMI): The captivating Montreal singer’s sophisticated indie-pop tunes in English and French draws on jazz and electronica influences.
2:15 p.m. Rainbow Kitten Surprise (American Express): They’re neither rainbows nor kittens nor surprising, but the North Carolina group finds an agreeable groove somewhere between indie-folk and alt-rock realms.
3:15 p.m. Whitney (Barton Springs): Formed from the ashes of indie band Smith Westerns, the Chicago group accents its soulful music with melodic flourishes of keyboards and horns.
4:15 p.m. Milky Chance (American Express): Acoustic guitars and DJ samples combine in the modern folk music of this German ensemble.
5:15 p.m. First Aid Kit (HomeAway): Swedish sisters Johanna and Klara Soderberg have emerged as one of the most appealing vocal duos in pop music in decades.
6:15 p.m. The Head and the Heart (American Express): Co-founder Jonathan Russell stepped up in the wake of Josiah Johnson’s hiatus to keep the indie-folk-pop outfit on track, as evidenced by an auspicious “Austin City Limits” TV taping earlier this year.
8:15 p.m. The Killers (American Express): The Las Vegas rockers ride into town a couple weeks after the release of “Wonderful Wonderful,” their first album in five years after leader Brandon Flowers issued a solo album in 2015.
11:45 a.m. Tank & the Bangas (HomeAway): You will be gobsmacked by Tarriona “Tank” Ball’s magical flow and bone-rattling belting. The sprawling band collides like electrons of joy in video performances. A must-catch.
12:30 p.m. Bibi Bourelly (Honda): Au courant R&B in the vein of Alessia Cara and SZA; wrote “Bitch Betta Have My Money” for Rihanna. Not sure what to make of her “school of hard knocks” storyline despite an art world bigwig mom and guitarist dad with his own Wikipedia page. Can’t argue with that gut-punch of a voice, though.
1:30 p.m. Jamila Woods (Tito’s Handmade Vodka): I am tempted to write a pithy line about Sunday and church for this divinely soulful Chance the Rapper collaborator. I’ll refrain from trying to make it pithy.
2:15 p.m. Danny Brown (Honda): Let’s get weird! The reigning king of oddball rap should be a surreal afternoon draw.
3:15 p.m. Whitney (Barton Springs): Kick back and take a break with a little strummy, sunny, Southern-seasoned alt-pop.
4:15 p.m. DRAM (Honda): In the year of Chance, an unflaggingly optimistic hip-hop voice like this should get a prominent spotlight. No bad vibes welcome.
5:15 p.m. First Aid Kit (HomeAway): Swedish sisters whose romantic (and at times all-too-relatably mournful) harmonies transport you to an alternate reality where everyone is Benjamin Braddock and we all own Budweiser horses.
6:15 p.m. BADBADNOTGOOD (Tito’s Handmade Vodka): This Ghostface Killah-aligned, boundary-breaking jazz outfit took me on a multisensory journey under a tent at the last Fun Fun Fun Fest. Ready to break out the ol’ senses again.
8:15 p.m. The Killers (American Express): Why go see Damon Albarn’s singing doodles when an impossibly handsome man in an impossibly sparkly blazer could make you feel both human and dancer? Come out of your cage. You’ll do just fine.