The best Austin City Limits 2014 headliner: An Austin 360 staff poll

12:07 am Oct. 13, 2014

Covering “Baba O’Riley” and going quietly into the night with a meaty, playful but resonant “Star-Spangled Banner” from guitarist Mike McCready, Pearl Jam valiantly closed the 2014 Austin City Limits festival just on the mischievous, neighbor-bugging side of 10:00 p.m. Sunday. Eddie Vedder politely shouted out his co-headliners during his band’s brilliantly sharp set, “St. Vincent, OutKast, Eminem–they’re all very kind people.”

That may be true, but now that we have two

ACL Fest announces 2015 dates, early bird sale Oct. 21

11:51 pm Oct. 12, 2014

While the rest of us were busy knocking the mud off our boots, posting those last Instagram pics we couldn’t get across in the field and gushing about how we can’t believe a 17-yr-old could be capable of dropping the stunning performance that Lorde delivered, ACL Fest organizers went and got all 2015 on us, announcing next year’s dates and the early bird ticket sale via their mobile app.


Lorde, for one night, the most popular woman in Austin

11:03 pm Oct. 12, 2014

As soon as the opening note to “Glory and Gore” sounded Sunday, arms holding smartphones shot up en masse. Lorde, already iconic, emerged in an all-black ensemble. And that’s exactly what half the festival was there to see.

The flags, faces and frogs above ACL crowds

8:25 pm Oct. 12, 2014

The flags, balloons and signs that are such a common sight at ACL Fest weren’t out in large numbers yesterday — maybe for fear they might act as lightning rods — but elevated landmarks of all sorts were back in abundance on the final day of ACL 2014’s second weekend as the sun broke through the clouds late in the afternoon. The most popular streamers were the flags of various

Phantogram performs at the Austin City Limits Music Festival in Zilker Park on Sunday October 12, 2014. JAY JANNER / AMERICAN-STATESMAN

Phantogram finds its ‘Voices’

6:22 pm Oct. 12, 2014

You could call Phantogram as an easy breakout back in March during South By Southwest when it overloaded The Mohawk for a Friday afternoon day party. Unlike swaths of synth-oriented present-day pop acts, the two-piece

Johnny Kongos of Kongos performs at the 2014 Austin City Limits music festival on Sun., Oct. 12, 2014 at Zilker Park in Austin, TX. Ashley Landis for American-Statesman

Kongos brightens up ACL with accordion alt-rock

5:03 pm Oct. 12, 2014

Kongos brought their positive, accordion-spiced alt-rock to a sprawling, enthusiastic crowd under gray skies at the Samsung Galaxy Stage.

The South African band of brothers’ most unique surface-level feature is the use of the aforementioned accordion,