Festival Photo Recap: ACL 2014 Part One

Photos by Josh Kamnetz

Words by Robert Pelle

Most of the time when we listen to music, it’s alone: in the car, on the bus, or on the computer while procrastinating on Facebook. But once a year, we Austinites get together from all walks of life and experience the magic of music together at Austin City Limits Fest. Each year they manage to outdo themselves with their incredible lineup, and 2014 is going to be a tough one to beat next year. The festival season’s hottest ticket Outkast playing the same weekend as rock legends Pearl Jam may seem like every music fan’s dream, but the folks at ACL made it a reality.

The fest kicked off on Friday with the much buzzed about Night Terrors of 1927. While I discovered them back at SXSW, their well-received ACL set hopefully will bring the synth-pop band to the mainstream. The always incredible CHVRCHES drew huge crowds and almost everyone was singing along to their anthemic hits. It’s crazy to think that I saw them with fifty other people at 11am two SXSW’s ago. But the main attraction the first night was Outkast. Atlanta’s hip-hop Gods busted out of the gate with their masterpiece “B.O.B.” and kept the energy going throughout their hit-filled set. Andre 3000 donned a white wig and a pricetag that just said “sold out” on it and while he may have dressed the part of corporate shill, he was clearly having so much fun that it seemed a little ironic.

Every day during the festival our friends at AT&T Uverse were holding public art shows featuring world renowned local graffiti artists like Grimnasty creating incredible pieces right before your very eyes in just an hour (as in super fast, you know, like the speed of Uverse’s GigaPower), all on the back of Samsung Galaxy phone covers! So you weekend two goers, I’d try my hardest to get a hold of one of those one of a kind phone cases and people will be asking about it for months! Plus, stopping by the AT&T Footprints tent gives you a chance to relax and charge a smartphone or two while catching livestreams of the festival and learning anything you want to know about GigaPower.

Graffiti Gallery

My favorite discovery of the festival had to be Jhene Aiko. I kept hearing her name in the same breath as Sade, which if you know me comparing anyone to Sade will get my attention. While she wasn’t as dynamic as the queen of slowjamz, Aiko definitely brought a great energy, burning incense and covering Tupac in an encore. While she made as much as she could with a 3pm set, I would have loved to have seen her in a small, intimate setting at 1am. She might be too big for that now, but I can still dream!

ACL 2014 was a blast. I’m really upset that I’ll be missing Lorde on Sunday, but it was still great to see all of the bands I did see. Can it be 2015 already?!



Secret message for our FCC overlords: This post was made possible through Ovrld’s association with AT&T. The tickets were provided by AT&T, but AT&T is not a sponsor, administrator, or involved in any other way with this post. All opinions expressed in the post are Ovrld’s own and not those of AT&T.


Sunday Night Pick: III Bones at Hotel Vegas

III Bones Hotel Vegas

Sunday brings another Austin newcomer to look out for. III Bones have been a slowly simmering success down in Florida and after recording their upcoming album at Good Danny’s relocated to Austin. The duo-centric group has a soulful-serenading presence that carries the spirit of Memphis blues and their flashes of foot stomping swamp rock will remind you of the tenacity of The Ghost Wolves. III Bones transcends any comparison though with their bold embrace of lo-fi sound. Its gritty and feels more than it sounds. Lead singer Victoria de Benedicty has a timeless voice with a trembling timbre that can stop you in your tracks or send you spiraling into a dance of total loss of body control. Joining them will be Blynd Birds, the garage blues culmination of Jared Michaels genre-swirling into a cohesive project. Michaels embraces the unheard of combining the voice of a raspy wearing traveler stumbling straight out of a western saloon with modern lightning quick electric guitar slamming. It promises to be a packed night of discovery of new favorites with Ben Ballinger delivering an intimate solo set and The Carousels new moniker Supermoon setting the night off right. See you at Hotel Vegas at 9PM!



Poster of the Week: Twin Vision at Trailer Space by Alisa Longoria

Twin Vision Forty Dead Men Trailer Space

We’re already fans of Twin Vision so it wouldn’t take much to encourage us to go catch one of their shows (or watch one of their videos), but holy shit, this poster Alisa Longoria did for the band’s upcoming gig at Trailer Space on Saturday, September 13th is a pretty fantastic incentive. Looking like a Dia de los Muertos interpretation of Hunter S. Thompson with holographic pogs for eyes, the central image of the poster is macabre but lighthearted. A good, striking central image is always a plus in poster design, but what’s equally notable here is the washed out, industrial grime color palette, a stark contrast to the muted coloring that dominates a lot of contemporary band design. I love the mixture of the fonts, too, from that grungy text in the sunglasses to the svelt, classical curves of the headliner and the more simplistic, clear info up top. Alisa Longoria did some fantastic work here, so be sure to give this designer the ultimate compliment by actually heading down to the show. It’s even free! –Nick Hanover




Tuesday Night Pick: ssleeperhold, S U R V I V E and Missions at Cheer Up Charlie’s

ssleeperhold Cheer Up Charlie's

Purveyors of sludgy minimalist synth experimentation S U R V I V E are about to head out on a pretty massive North American tour which means that even though it’s a Tuesday and you’ve got responsibilities, you should pop by Cheer Up Charlie’s tonight to catch them while you still can. As if that wasn’t incentive enough, though, they’re joined by Holodeck star ssleeperhold, whose album Ruleth was one of our top picks last year, thanks in part to the mammoth track “beatsslave.”


Thursday Night Pick: Bear in Heaven, Weeknight and Young Magic at the Parish

Bear in Heaven are a pretty good little electro-rock outfit but what really has us excited for their show tonight at the Parish is the inclusion of NYC dark synth duo Weeknight, whose video “Dark Light” is one of my favorites this year. Several months back I said “Dark Light” features “the best synchronized group dancing this side of the xx’s “Islands”,” as well as “forties and baseball bats and ample booty shots,” which should be enough to get you to hit the play button above. I’ve yet to see the duo live but their casual visual flair and macabre yet engaging sound has me eager to see them in person, and I’d urge you to get on board too before Robert Rodriguez steals them away to star in Sin City 3: Everybody is Just Naked All the Time


Monday Night Pick: Dark Time Sunshine with Rafael Vigilantics, Soundfounder, Curbside Jones and More

Dark Time Sunshine Holy Mountain

Fake Four Inc is one of the most exciting labels in hip-hop today, with a roster full of acts that are pushing the boundaries of the genre, whether it’s noise rap pioneers Moodie Black or the spacey classicism of Dark Time Sunshine, the latter of which is touching down in Austin tonight at Holy Mountain with a fleet of fantastic ATX acts on board. Dark Time Sunshine are a psych-leaning answer to Doomtree’s punk rap, sharing Doomtree’s penchant for breakneck beats and flows but filtering it through layers upon layers of trippy guitar samples and sunny vocal loops. For Austin support they’ve got The Good Life head honcho Clemits and Curbside Jones, a multitalented producer, emcee and writer whose Cherry Blossom Effect: Trance(end) reissue we singled out as one of last year’s best albums, as well as former Austin resident turned LA expat Rafael Vigilantics, audio collage master soundfounder. Denver’s Big J Beats is also on the bill, making that $8 jam packed with value.



Friday Night Pick: BLSHS, Sip Sip, Sphynx and Electric Attitude at Holy Mountain

I’ve been a fan of Houston dream pop trio BLSHS since their sly immersion into the Houston music scene last summer and their consequential explosion with their fantastic debut release in January. BLSHS captures and entrances with their synth-leaning concoctions backing front lady Michelle Miears’s dazzling and alluring vocals that hit the right notes across the board from 80s themed dance anthems to southern-tinged 808s driven soulful melodies. They’ll be making the journey to Austin with fellow Houston standouts Electric Attitude who bring a down and dirty funkiness with a dash of disco dance and more foot stomping old fashioned rock n’ roll influence than they give themselves credit for. Joining them for the night is Sip Sip, a group you have to see to believe as they lure you in with a funky soul big band sound then drop effortlessly integrated rhymes mid song. All of this leading up to the tour kickoff of Sphynx, the self-described “Queen but with two Freddie Mercurys…and also a Phil Collins” indie glam pop-rockers will be hitting the road, but before they do they’re determined for one more night to force you to hit the dance floor. DJ Darth Vena will be kicking the night off with a blast so show up early! Doors are at 9pm at Holy Mountain for $6, all ages!

– Nate Abernethy

BLSHS Holy Mountain