Photos - Austin City Limits Day 3





After two days of sun beating down on handfuls of excellent sets, hours of beautiful music floating over Austin at its most crowded (thanks to the rescheduled UT vs. Arkansas football game) and the dustbowl that was Saturday afternoon, I woke up late Sunday with a Benadryl hangover and began to plan day three of the fest.


Words by Kyle Rother
Photos by Daniel Perlaky & Jacqueline Fernandez

Day 1
Day 2
Day Three:

[by Daniel Perlaky]

With only a few bands I'd planned to see, this was the first day in four years of ACL festival-going that I was for once very relaxed about. There was actually time to eat a healthy breakfast and hydrate. I was even able to take the time to ride my bike down to the park. Hoorah for green power!


[Gnarls Barkley by Jacqueline Fernandez]


[by Jacqueline Fernandez]


[by Jacqueline Fernandez]

Hoorahs were also in order for the first act of the day, locals Octopus Project. Normally I'm not one for strictly instrumental acts. The whole concept escapes me as nearly all of them stick to the same pattern and noises, where, without the added benefit of lyrics, they tend to sound very repetitive. Redundancy however, doesn't seem to matter to the quartet of Octopus Project, whose slick fashion sense is as easy on the eyes as their brand of electro-rock is fun in the ears. With dexterity derived from the very creature the group takes their name from, the three men mix and match instruments throughout their sets in a flurry of arms around the beautiful Yvonne Lambert who sticks to her guns at the keys and even manages to add a little sugar on top with the occasional sci-fi whine from their trusty Theremin. The group even managed to pay homage to their hometown by bringing on the band from Austin High to accompany them in the stomping opening number to the set. It was a melodic start to the final day.


[Octopus Project by Daniel Perlaky]


[by Daniel Perlaky]


[by Daniel Perlaky]


[by Daniel Perlaky]

The great thing about Sunday was that after Octopus Project, there was nobody I cared to check out until about 5:30 in the afternoon. With this plan nestled comfortably in the back of my head, it was off down Barton Springs to enjoy a little queso and margaritas in the shade.


[The Kills by Jacqueline Fernandez]


[by Jacqueline Fernandez]


[by Jacqueline Fernandez]


[Silversun Pickups by Jacqueline Fernandez]


[by Jacqueline Fernandez]

Two and a half hours later I entered the fest again and made my way to another set from an acclaimed Austin band, Okkervil River. I've only been somewhat of a fan of the band I have heard described as Austin's best new indie band. I say only somewhat because while I recognize the clever craftsmanship of their music, everything sounds way too polished on their records. It's like there's no dirt to it at all, and when I hear the name Okkervil River, for some reason I want there to be a little dirt. Luckily I was very pleasantly surprised with their translation to stage. Live, Okkervil sound a little bit dirtier, a little bit darker, and it works completely in their favor. It gives them an edge on songs like, "Unless It Kicks." Overall a great performance, and another solid chapter in how Austin bands outperformed a lot of national acts at this year's fest.


[Okkervil River by Daniel Perlaky]


[by Daniel Perlaky]


[by Daniel Perlaky]

Case in point, White Denim. A lot has been said about White Denim in the way of hype over the past year. They were compared to Jimi Hendrix Experience in Rolling Stone. There ain't much bigger hype than that, but personally, I think it is absolutely well deserved and believable. If you don't believe me, ask anyone that attended the set on Sunday. From the opening epileptic chords of "Don't Look That Way At It" to the closing yelps of "Shake Shake Shake" the trio rocked and rolled through an easy 45 minutes of music that flat out knocked every man, woman and child right on their asses. Nobody really seemed to mind though, because as soon as you hit the ground, there was nothing to do but stand back up and dance until you sweat out every ounce of that $8 tallboy in your hand.


[White Denim by Daniel Perlaky]


[by Daniel Perlaky]

Steve Terebecki and Josh Block worked hand in hand with bass and drums, respectively, allowing James Petralli to flow free on guitar, cycling through wave after wave of distorted wahs and thick chugs, all the while shouting with equal parts exasperation and soul into the microphone. They solidified their spot at the top of ACL 2008's best of acts with technical precision and sweaty exuberance. Give them a couple more years and they'll be playing the big stage guaranteed.


[by Daniel Perlaky]


[by Daniel Perlaky]

With one last act left to dazzle before the set of vocal chords that is Dave Grohl would take the stage, most in the fest made their way to Band of Horses at the Dell stage. It was a set that if you didn't know any better, was filled with hits, as just about everyone in attendance knew every song played. The standouts were by far tracks taken from their latest, Cease To Begin, an album that's full runtime perfectly encapsulates the time between the sun's set and rise on a warm summer's night. Perfect then was their set time just before the final band of the weekend, from 7:30 to 8:30. As the sun set with "Is There A Ghost," Band of Horses wrapped the festival audience in a warm blanket of reverb and falsetto and lulled them softly to sleep. It was a pity then when Mr. Grohl of Foo Fighters started their set about 2 minutes too soon. His growl of a voice overstretching its boundaries was a stark contrast to Mr. Bridwell's loveliness, and as "The Pretender" (or maybe it was "Best Of You". I'm not sure they sound the same to me) crushed the end of "No One's Gonna Love You," the weekend ended. Some fans caught in the middle of the battle for sound supremacy were peeved while others simply let it go. It was too late in the day to really complain about sound layovers at a music festival.


[Band Of Horses by Daniel Perlaky]


[by Daniel Perlaky]


[by Daniel Perlaky]


[Foo Fighters by Daniel Perlaky]


[by Daniel Perlaky]

It was a great fest, especially since at the beginning I was a bit skeptical of the lineup's "whoa" factor. I was put in my place however, and shown that no matter the lineup, the overall experience of the festival is enough of an aesthetic influence to bring nearly any band's live act to levels impressive enough for the grandstands.


[Abigail Washburn & Bela Fleck by Daniel Perlaky]


[by Daniel Perlaky]


[by Daniel Perlaky]


[The Heartless Bastards by Jacqueline Fernandez]


[by Jacqueline Fernandez]


[Stars by Daniel Perlaky]


[by Daniel Perlaky]


[by Daniel Perlaky]

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Photos - Austin City Limits Day 3