DFW Music News

ACL Fest Announces Its Lineup And, Hey, Lookie Here!

Late last night/early this morning, the Twittersphere was ablaze with TinyURLs linking to the official 2009 Austin City Limits Music Festival lineup, which had suddenly been announced some time around midnight.

As expected, the headlining acts are straight out the mid-'90s with Pearl Jam, Dave Matthews Band and the Beastie Boys sitting atop the lineup card.

And overall, actually, it's a pretty solid bill for the October 2-4 fest, mixing these longtime megastars and touring mainstays with the modern indie stars/up-and-comers of today, with names like Kings of Leon, The Decemberists !!!, Grizzly Bear, Passion Pit, Here We Go Magic, Andrew Bird, Girl Talk and Bon Iver, among many others. Also: Martin, Medeski & Wood. Oh, and Sonic Youth, too.

Plus, there's a few Dallasites on there: Promising young locals Sarah Jaffe and Jonathan Tyler & The Northern Lights both made the cut, as did area mainstays the Toadies, whose bizarrre summer finds the band starting off at Richardson's Wildflower Festival and ending at ACL. Go figure.

Another sort of local angle: School of Seven Bells, a DC9 favorite from Brooklyn that features Ben Curtis, formerly of The Secret Machines, UFOFU, Tripping Daisy and other area projects, is also on the bill.

Regular and VIP passes are currently on sale via ACL's site. So, you know, go stiumulate the economy and what have you.

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Pete Freedman
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