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Austin City Limits: Decisions, decisions…

ACL guide for Aggies adventuring to Austin

Published: Sunday, September 11, 2011

Updated: Wednesday, July 25, 2012 19:07


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Sunday: I'll be honest. I probably won't make it to ACL on Sunday until around one or two in the afternoon because of sheer exhaustion. The final day of ACL is a true test of physical fitness, a quality that I sadly do not possess. However, having heard excellent things about local artist Susana Choffel, I fully intend on starting the final day of the festival with her interesting brand of indie-pop. It's always a kick to see a local artist play for their home crowd, so if you've never experienced the "Here I am!" moment that bonds a city and an artist together, this is the show to see. After Susana, I will probably pass out on the grass until Canadian indie-rockers Broken Social Scene takes the stage.

I have seen these guys a few times before, and believe me, they know how to put on a show. The sheer size (varying from six to 19 members) of their band contributes to their exciting stage presence. If you are looking for a great indie rock set, stop by their stage.

As night begins to fall, Fleet Foxes will take the stage to what I predict will be the world's largest gathering of facial hair and plaid shirts. With the voices of angels, these guys make cinematic folk music that transports you to a world devoid of the problems of the modern man. Personally, they make me want to venture out into the wilderness for an indefinite amount of time, forcing me to adapt to a life full of rabbit hunting and cabin building. After they take you on a scenic trip through nature, immediately head to the Arcade Fire stage.

I love Arcade Fire. Their latest release, "The Suburbs," is absolutely phenomenal and I can only imagine how many people are going to ACL mainly to see these guys perform. I have yet to see them live, but something inside of me says that their performance will be nothing short of a religious experience. I recommend getting to their stage at least four hours before they are scheduled to play, if you have any hope of getting a good spot. If this is not possible for you, another option could be to coat yourself in far too much sunscreen, enabling you to slip and slide past the crowd with ease. This is the final performance of ACL, and it will be an experience unlike any other.

Life is full of tough choices. Do you want white or wheat bread? Should you wear shoes or sandals? Stevie Wonderor My Morning Jacket? I hope that this little preview will make it easier for you guys to throw together a schedule of your own. If you weren't able to get tickets, there are still going to be plenty of free shows and mini-festivals taking place around Austin. I would sell all of my possessions to get my hands on a ticket to this year's festival, but instead of having to resort to a life of homelessness, I am simply donating my bodily fluids for money.  See you there!

Steve Wells is a senior marketing major at Texas A&M University's Mays Business School. In addition to being a student, he is also a local musician and promoter.

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