There are a good many reasons to skip this year's installment of Austin City Limits Music Festival down in Austin.
For starters, the weather is supposed to sunny with a high of 98 degrees on all three days. in a giant field with no air conditioning, teeming with thousands of warm bodies, it won't take long to feel pretty miserable -- especially when the closest spot for the show you wanted to see most is about 200 feet from the stage.
Oh, and there's the issue of the ticket cost, which comes in at a cool $90 for a single day pass.
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But, if you can overlook those minor discrepancies, there's a major upside: It's going to be so awesome! Lots of like-minded folks there to see an impressive lineup of bands! Togetherness!
But, hey, some of you curmudgeons can't stand the heat or afford the ticket. You'll spend the weekend doing your usual weekend things.
Don't fret if that describes you; all is not lost. You can still see a good selection of those ACL-bound bands right here in town. Big names, too. We went ahead and compiled a list of them for you -- y'know, so you can have your own ACL-like weekend closer to home -- and you can find that list after the jump.
Wednesday, September 14
Chromeo, Mayor Hawthorne (Mayor Hawthorne no on ACL lineup)
City and Colour at South Side Music Hall
Bobby Long at Poor David's Pub
Smith Westerns, Sundress at Dada (Sundress not on ACL lineup)
Thursday, September 15
Bright Eyes, First Aid Kit at Palladium Ballroom (First Aid Kit not on ACL lineup)
Tyler Bryant at Hat Trick's Sports Bar and Grill
Cold War Kids, Fools Gold at South Side Music Hall
Foster The People, Cults, Reptar at House Of Blues
Nick 13, Brett Detar at Dada (Brett Detar not on ACL lineup)
The Secret Sisters at Lakewood Theater
Friday, September 16
Hayes Carll at Billy Bob's Texas
Wanda Jackson at The Kessler Theater
TV on the Radio, Broken Social Scene at House Of Blues
Saturday, September 17
Ha Ha Tonka at La Grange
Joseph Arthur, James Hall at The Kessler Theater (James Hall no on ACL lineup)
Patrice Pike at Poor David's Pub
We Are Augustines at The Prophet Bar