O.A.R. embraces its uncool jam roots at ACL Fest

4:16 pm Oct. 13, 2017

At the Honda Stage, O.A.R. began with a riff on OutKast’s funk opus “Spottieottiedopaliscious.” The seven-piece band, including a bright horn section, offered Margaritaville-appropriate, tropically tinged entrance rock to Austin City Limits patrons and their

SOS Fest: The magic of Sound on Sound in 10 GIFs

2:27 pm Nov. 6, 2016

The first Sound on Sound festival is roaring in the Sherwood Forest. It’s one big hearty turkey leg of a festival where punk legends officiate a real-life wedding, kids of all kinds dance on a skateboard

Sound on Sound: Phantogram strikes back

9:56 am Nov. 5, 2016

Without the chops, Phantogram goes buried in Spotify playlists as another synth-leaning buzz band. But the grandiose-scheming four-piece act on Friday showed the Dragon’s Lair stage what they’ve been cooking since 2014’s “Voices.”

Barreling right

Sound on Sound: Run the Jewels swaggers, stumbles

10:55 pm Nov. 4, 2016

It took less than five minutes for rap duo Run the Jewels to lose power.

Having just walked onstage to Queen’s “We Are the Champions,” the sound cut immediately Friday night at the Dragon’s Lair stage,

ACL Fest review: In defense of Mumford & Sons

11:13 pm Oct. 9, 2016

The knock against Mumford and Sons is that the U.K. band co-opted American roots rock and turned it into arena shoutalongs for the radio. They may not have heard the stuff until watching “O Brother