Austin City Limits

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EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: Say What? Questlove Still Has His Own Personal Facebook Page

Questlove loves his social media. If you follow him on Twitter (@questlove) you know he tweets about everything from politics to personal photos of weddings in the woods. Quest appeared to be naturally chatty after The Roots‘ ACL performance when he revealed Jay-Z’s theory on success. He also told us that he live tweets during his shows. Yes, while playing the drums. “I’m a social network prince.” Read more…

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EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: What’s Big K.R.I.T.’s Secret That He’s Only Told VH1?

Pulling a secret that no one else knows from Big K.R.I.T. wasn’t exactly easy. Although we were hoping he’d reveal something more personal (he was hip to our plan) he opted for giving us an insider tidbit about his music. Hey, we tried our best. At least we got him to talk about the state of southern hip-hop. As far as the secret goes. Well… Read more…

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EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: Yes, Tegan & Sara Have Fights And Annoy One Another

They’re identical twin sisters who both happen to play the guitar and keyboard, sing and write songs. Sounds like an ideal recipe for success. And it has been for indie band Tegan & Sara who performed fan favorites like “The Con” and “Closer” this past weekend at Austin City Limits. Working as sisters, though, isn’t always peachy. As great as their friendship is the duo have their differences. We wanted to know what was the most difficult thing about working with each other. Sara’s response was kumbaya to the core. “The thing that makes the band a bit of a challenge sometimes is also what makes it such a success,” she responded. Tegan, on the other hand gave it to us straight, no chaser. Read more…

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EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: Who Is Esperanza Spalding’s Idol?

What do fans not know about Esperanza Spalding? “You don’t know anything about me,” she said. Jokingly. Experiencing the 28-year-old jazz singing multi-instrumentalist live is a real treat of an explosion of sounds composed to make the perfect ensemble. Her set at Austin City Limits was one of the best of the weekend making this writer somewhat a believer in the beauty of jazz. Considering last year’s New York Times profile on the talented musician, she is still very mysterious. It’s hard to get a sense of who she is from chatting with her. But one does get that she’s candid, and certain of herself. Read more…

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EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: Big K.R.I.T. On The State Of Southern Hip-Hop

If Big K.R.I.T. wasn’t so adamant about repping his hometown of Mississippi he may not be where he is today. Who was this young rapper from Mississippi who produced his own music? was the question posed two years ago when his mixtape K.R.I.T. Wuz Here surfaced. Where he was from was almost as big of a draw to him as his music. Sure, a southern rapper rapping about where you’re from isn’t uncommon. But the only other well-known rapper from Mississippi to “make it” was David Banner. Minutes before he took the stage at Austin’s ACL music festival he told us he believes the south has always been lyrical. Like us, he too was puzzled that anyone thinks otherwise. Read more…

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EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: Metric Thinks Record Labels Should Know “The Musician Sometimes Knows Best”

Last year Emily Haines of the indie rock group Metric made a bold statement to Spin about the current model of record labels being antiquated and exploitative. As a result of that belief the “Youth Without Youth” singers released 2009′s Fantasies and this year’s Synthetica independently. Emily’s thoughts on the topic haven’t changed much, which is why she’s more than grateful for the way online distribution has changed the way music is disseminated. Read more…

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EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: Questlove On Jay-Z’s Theory On Success, “No One’s Ever Satisfied”

The stellar live shows during Austin City Limits are over but luckily our interviews with the artists live on. Take for instance our chat with the loquacious Questlove of The Roots. Shortly after the band left thousands of fans in awe from the musical genius of their set, Questlove emerged from their trailer to talk everything from his top five favorite cities to Jay-Z‘s theory on success. Not only is Questlove’s intelligence instantly recognizable, he’s personable, and funny. When asked if the rain affected the group’s show he asked, jokingly, “Oh, you didn’t have a personal umbrella holder? I thought everybody had a personal umbrella holder.” Nope Quest. No Fonzworth Bentley for us regular folks. Read more…

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ACL 2012 Final Day: Rock Is Never Going Out Of Style As Long As Red Hot Chili Peppers And Iggy & The Stooges Are Around

At ACL Red Hot Chili Peppers and Iggy & The Stooges Prove Rock Will Never Die

Ultimately how a music festival closes on the last day for its 70,000 connoisseurs of music is how its success will be judged. Friday is perhaps a bit blurry, the rain possibly overshadowed Saturday’s performances, and then there’s Sunday—the final day of Austin City Limits, potentially the most memorable for fans. Ending the three day music extravaganza with the Red Hot Chili Peppers is how one properly concludes a festival.

Trekking across the park to Gary Clark Jr.’s show was much easier without the muddy grass Saturday’s rain created. After he blew us away with an incredible performance it’s easy to understand why he’s a rising star in the making. For “When My Train Pulls In” he worked the guitar like he was playing for his life. It didn’t matter that he didn’t start singing until nearly four minutes as long as he didn’t stop stringing that guitar. He’s so skilled he barely looked at the instrument during “Ain’t Messin ‘Round,” which impressed pretty much everyone. His sound was a mix between rock, country and blues with a dose of GCJ flavor. With the help of his awesome band, “Don’t Owe You A Thang” inspired the crowd to clap along to the rhythm, shouting whenever they saw fit. Read more…

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The Weeknd Cancels ACL Show Hours Before His Scheduled Performance

The Weeknd Cancels ACL Performance Hours Before Scheduled To Perform

For new artists like The Weeknd, Austin City Limits music festival is the perfect venue to play for thousands of adorning fans while also gaining the attention of potential new ones. Unfortunately, those looking forward to watching the “Wicked Games” singer perform today may be disappointed. Hours before his 5:15 p.m. set, The Weeknd cancelled his show due to doctor’s orders. His vocals need to rest, which means we won’t get to sing along to his sounds of seduction.

A statement was released apologizing for the no-show. “Regrettably The Weeknd will not be performing at ACL Festival today. Early this morning, under Doctors instructions, Abel has been put on a rest period to help with recurring vocal, aural and respiratory issues. We apologise for any inconvenience caused to fans. We hope he will recover quickly. There will be a personal statement later today.” DJ Mel was called in to perform in The Weeknd’s slot. New artists can’t afford to cancel shows, especially not one as large as the ACL Festival. Oftentimes bailing on performances doesn’t sit well with fans or the hosts of the festival. But since it was for medical purposes, hopefully the strength of his eargasm baby-making music will help folks get over his absence quickly.

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