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How bout some band shots?

The crowd may be where it's at, when it comes to giant novelty cowboy hats, hula hoop circles and Lone Star tall boys. But ACL kicked off Friday with a respectable start to its all-star lineup.

Gogol Bordello (Dawn Jones-Garcia)
Gogol Bordello (Dawn Jones-Garcia)

Gogol Bordello (Dawn Jones-Garcia)

More from Observer photographer Dawn Jones-Garcia after the jump.

The Swell Season (Dawn Jones-Garcia)
The Swell Season (Dawn Jones-Garcia)

Gogol Bordello (Dawn Jones-Garcia)

The Swell Season (Dawn Jones-Garcia)
The Mars Volta (Dawn Jones-Garcia)
The Mars Volta (Dawn Jones-Garcia)

Vampire Weekend (Dawn Jones-Garcia)
David Byrne (Dawn Jones-Garcia)
David Byrne (Dawn Jones-Garcia)

The Mars Volta (Dawn Jones-Garcia)
Austin Kiddie Limits (Dawn Jones-Garcia)
Austin Kiddie Limits (Dawn Jones-Garcia)

David Byrne (Dawn Jones-Garcia)

Austin Kiddie Limits (Dawn Jones-Garcia)

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