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Aceable’s Top ACL Fest 2016 Picks

ACL Festival starts tomorrow, and for those of you who don’t know, it’s a pretty major deal here in Austin, Texas. A bunch of the Aceable fam bought their passes a while back, so we’re all really stoked it starts tomorrow and we can finally put on some flash tats, grab our homies and get our fest on!

If you’re also heading to Zilker Park this weekend (or next), but don’t already have a gameplan of all the bands and artists you wanna see, don’t worry we got you. We’ve put together a fire playlist of our favorite songs (and then some) from this year’s lineup to get you pumped and help you decide your ultimate ACL schedule!

C3 - ACL Weekend 1
C3 – ACL Weekend 1
 

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  1. Cold War Kids – Audience of One “Cause sometimes in life you only have an audience of one.” – Blake
  2. St. Lucia – All Eyes On YouThey’re a band filled with beautiful people who sing beautiful music. Please come ready to daaaance.” – Josh
  3. Two Door Cinema Club – Undercover Martyn. “Just try to listen to this song without dancing in your chair at your desk. You cannot. It is impossible.” – Desiree
  4. Kacey Musgraves – Dime Store Cowgirl “For weekend one, I’m most looking forward to seeing Kacey Musgraves. Her most well-known song is probably Follow Your Arrow, but my favorite is Dime Store Cowgirl. Go see her if you love country folk and/or adorable ass lyrics.” – Krista
  5. M83 – We Own The Sky “They took over the US with their “Midnight City” (btw that album Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming is amazing), but they’re back on tour with another great summer album “Junk.” Their performances not only fill my ears with goodness but tug at my soul with their chilling vocals. Come ready to dance and to witness Mai Lan’s amazing kicks.” – Josh
  6. LCD Soundsystem – Dance Yrself Clean “a) they are my spirit animal b) they’re back together after a brief but depressing “retirement” and most importantly c) sometimes, you just have to dance yrslf clean with some of your best friends in the world.” – Joe
  7. Raury – Devil’s Whisper “If there’s a new exciting artist on the music scene it’s Raury. His rhythm when matched with his lyrics always gets me pumped for the day.” – Tamina
  8. Chairlift – Planet Health “I’m not going to ACL, but if I were I would be 100% super excited about Chairlift. I think I first heard them in 2008 when their album “Does You Inspire You” came out and UO had them on a Music Mondays playlist, and I was like WTF is this? It was love at first listen.” – Audrey
  9. Bomba Estereo – Soy Yo “I first stumbled upon Bomba Estereo making a tentful of people jump to “Fuego” at ACL Fest ’09 and I was hooked. Her song “Soy Yo” is a fantastic song of self-identity and pride; you should check out the music video.” Josh
  10. ScHoolboy Q – Big Body “Don’t get me wrong, Oxymoron was really good and had a handful of amazing songs. But, as a whole, the record didn’t quite live up to the quality of ScHoolboy Q’s first two albums. The essence of Q seemed to take a backseat to ensuring his major label debut had the precisely calculated elements needed for a chart-topping album. There was also clearly a fixation on outdoing his TDE colleague Kendrick Lamar, but for brevity’s sake, I’ll leave that discussion for another day. All that said, this year’s Blank Face feels like the album Q really wanted to release last time. It’s smart, dense and seemingly more concerned with the artist’s viewpoint than potential airtime. Easily one of 2016’s best albums, and I can’t wait to hear these new tracks live at ACL!” – Nick
  11. LCD Soundsystem – All My Friends “The greatest, windows-down-hand-out-the-window, road trip song with the besties.” – Joe
  12. Kendrick Lamar – King Kunta “During the fall in this m.A.A.d City, you might be tempted to spend time in Swimming Pools, but this October, that would be The Recipe for failure. “For Free”? you ask. Alas, no. But this year, at ACL, you can hear the smooth sounds of Kendrick Lamar, and that’s pretty Alright. “Hol’ up.” You say. “You Ain’t Gotta Lie.” Well, I’m serious. He’s coming, and I’m most excited to see Kendrick Lamar!” – Anna
  13. Walker Lukens & the Sidearms – Every Night “I had to show this list some local love. Unfortunately, they’re only playing on Saturday, but if you can get down to the fest when it opens to check them out, you won’t be disappointed. Great stage presence, cool experimental vibes and Walker isn’t so bad to look at either 😉  10/10 recommend.” – Landry
  14. Local Natives – Wide Eyes “I’m not sure anyone can compete with Local Natives vocals. This weekend, Local Natives will fill Zilker Park with their amazing harmony and you’d be silly to miss it.” – Josh