They’re here! This year’s ACL Festival 2011 After Shows have been announced. And they look BAD ASS. From NAS to Bright Eyes, looks like a lot of artists and bands want to blow off some steam from the festival and venture downtown to our venues and put on some shows of their own! Among others, looks like some of the best places to be when you’re not ACLing will be Stubb’s, Emo’s, Antone’s, La Zona Rosa and Austin Music Hall.
Whether you can’t dish out the dough for the festival or just can’t get enough of your favorite group, you’ll have a chance to see them again at an after show, which is arguably just as fun. For a complete list of shows go here, check out the Do512 ACL Aftershows page for ticket sales and more deets.
But here’s a quickfire rundown of who I’m especially excited about:
Twin Shadow & Cut Copy DJ Set w/ Theophilus London & Diamond Rings
SEP 16 Emo’s (outside & inside) — Twin Shadow….just found about about this guy, and while I’d like to try and describe what he’s like without mentioning 80s pop somewhere in there, I don’t think I can do that. So, here’s a video so you can see for yourself:
Mayer Hawthorne & The County
SEP 17 Austin Music Hall —
Currently doing another post about him (which will follow shortly) but seeing Mayer Hawthorne and his band perform is like stepping back into a 1960s soul revue, but with a twist of hip hop, making it an experience that will make you sway. Opening for Empire of the Sun, check them out.
Fitz and the Tantrums w/ Aloe Blacc & The Grand Scheme
SEP 17 La Zona Rosa —
They’ve been on heavy rotation in my car and on the do512 turntable room. Caught them a few months ago at La Zona and I must say, they put on one hell of a groovy show. Super high energy all while wearing some of the slickest suits I’ve ever seen. (I wore a suit to that show and sweated with them.)
The Head and the Heart w/ The Moondoggies
SEP 17 Antone’s —
I went to school with a couple of these guys (and waited tables with the drummer) and it’s so cool to see people you know do amazing things. They were here for SXSW and took Austin by storm. One of Sub Pop’s newest family memebers, The Head and the Heart are everywhere for a reason: Their music is sincere and wholesome. Don’t miss this show.
Again, for a list of the complete rundown of ACL Aftershows, go here.