Watch: Grace VanderWaal’s birthday wish to a special fan

3:11 pm Oct. 12, 2017

Thursday (Oct. 12) might be the sixth birthday for Spirit Lake, Iowa, resident Garrett Goodell, but his present came last weekend thanks to singer-and-ukulele star Grace VanderWaal.

During her performance on the HomeAway stage at Austin

8 fun facts learned about Whitney at ACL Fest

6:30 pm Oct. 8, 2017

Easy-breezy, high-pitched-singing Chicago indie-folk act Whitney brought the mellow to ACL Fest during their Sunday afternoon set. Their sunny, lightly psych-spiced pop felt like a ray of sunshine from a time capsule buried long ago. Here are eight things learned about the band from that set.

They have a drummer as a vocalist.
While I’d normally say a drummer as a vocalist is a big red flag (I’m looking at you,

ACL Fest: Meet the Middle Kids you can’t help but love

5:47 pm Oct. 8, 2017

Middle Kids’ singer and guitarist Hannah Joy’s outfit—black leather combat boots and a bright turquoise skirt (featuring a subtle beer can print)—pretty well encapsulated the band’s sound: a little bit of country sweetness to spike a tall glass of alt-rock edge. The Australian rockers have only an EP to their name, but, if their Sunday afternoon ACL Fest 2017 set is any indication, we’ll be hearing more from them soon.


The real headliner at ACL Fest Sunday? The heat

4:47 pm Oct. 8, 2017

Texas in October can either be wonderfully mild, or it can be blisteringly hot. Sunday at  weekend one of the Austin City Limits Music Festival was the latter.

At least two people passed out from the