The first weekend of Austin City Limits (ACL) Music Festival wrapped up Sunday with beautiful weather. The cold front that moved in Friday evening kept the high temperature below 85 degrees and brought drier air to Austin. For the first time in several years it did not rain during the event. The conditions meant it was comfortable for music fans and Examiner who witnessed sets by Atoms for Peace, Tame Impala, White Denim, The Devine Fits and the Peterson Brothers Band. In addition to those bands, Examiner photographer, Suzanne Cordeiro captured photos of Lionel Ritchie, Dawes and Grouplove. The weekend yielded some great performances and memorable moments. Check our slideshow of photos from day 3 above.
Atoms for Peace, a super group featuring Radiohead front man Thom Yorke and Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea turned in a percussion heavy, 17-song set. Yorke was sporting a scruffy, partly gray beard with his hair pulled back into a short pony tail. Flea looked good for a 50-year-old bassist who has toured the world with RHCP and Jane's Addiction. Yorke frequently danced in his red high tops to Afrobeat inspired drum and bass to the delight of the crowd. Flea nearly stole the show with his manic bass playing while he bounced around the stage, his head bobbing up and down in signature Flea style.
Musically, the set was somewhat similar to Radiohead's ACL TV taping last year. Yorke seems entranced with world percussion and the sound dominated both the taping and Sunday evening's performance. In addition to a drummer, the band included a percussionist who played the washboard at one point. There was definitely a tribal element to the music. Watch a video clip of the performance on Instagram. Find the complete set list below.
Atoms for Peace - ACL Festival Weekend One set list:
1. Before Your Very Eyes
3. The Clock
5. Stuck Together Pieces
7. And It Rained All Night
8. Harrowdown Hill
10. Cymbal Rush
11. Skip Divided
12. Feeling Pulled Apart By Horses
13. Rabbit In Your Headlights (UNKLE cover)
14. Paperbag Writer (Radiohead cover)
16. Atoms For Peace
17. Black Swan
We caught Australian psych-rockers, Tame Impala at the Honda Stage for a 6:30 p.m. sunset performance that made us want to see the band play once more. The band generated a ton of buzz during SXSW last March and earned a well-deserved slot at ACL Festival. Lead singer Kevin Parker introduced a stuffed Tiger named Gavin to the audience before launching into a spacey, jam-heavy set that pleased the male dominated crowd. The show was a nice compliment to the White Denim performance we watched earlier in the day. Maybe there is a twin bill with the two acts coming in the future?
Tame Impala ACL Festival Weekend One set list:
1. Why Won't You Make Up Your Mind?
2. Solitude is Bliss
3. Why Won't They Talk to Me?
4. Half Full Glass of Wine
6. Be Above It
7. Feels Like We Only Go Backwards
8. Desire Be, Desire Go
9. Mind Mischief
10. Apocalypse Dreams
As we just mentioned, Examiner caught some of Austin's own, White Denim at the Austin Ventures Stage before Tame Impala. Their new album, Corsicana Lemonade (releasing on October 29) features two tracks produced by Wilco's Jeff Tweedy. If that isn't enough street cred, singer/guitarist James Petralli is the son of former Major League Baseball catcher, Geno Petralli. The power trio that has since morphed into a quartet with the addition of Austin Jenkins plays psych-rock, blues inspired music with unorthodox song structures and impressive technical wizardry.
The day started off at the BMI Stage with the Peterson Brothers Band from Bastrop. They are a young, exciting blues band. Glenn Jr. (age 16) plays a mean guitar and sings in a deep tenor that belies his age. His younger and equally talented brother, Alex (age 14) plays bass. Their enthusiasm and musical chops quickly won over the crowd. We love their song, "Don't You Lie to Me". The Petersons may have been the freshest set of the day. These brothers can play some fantastic blues and soul.
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