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The Ten Steamiest Moments from ACL Weekend Two

Before the end-of-the-weekend deluge that cancelled Day 3, it was unseasonably hot in Austin: temps in the low 90s, blazing sun, hordes of fans filling the open plains of Zilker Park, and muggy downpours that only left everyone stickier. In turn, the bands did plenty to turn up the heat. Here are the steamiest performance-related moments of the last two days:

See also: Here's What Austin Bands Think of ACL

10. Savages

On Friday, Savages tweeted this quote from a fan: "'After watching your set last week at @aclfestival, I went home, bought your music and had the best sex of my life with my wife' #husbands."

As-ever, this British buzz band brought the fire with Jehnny Beth's steely-eyed-banshee vocal delivery and Gemma Thompson's fierce guitar work. The band arouses and disturbs simultaneously. There, we said it.

9. Shovels & Rope

One microphone + two married folks, y'all. Michael Trent and Cary Ann Hearst of Charleston, South Carolina brought the infectious alt-country wail of their debut as a duo, O'Be Joyful, as well as some serious monogamous chemistry.

8. Arctic Monkeys

Alex Turner had on his sassy-pants, plus a James Dean coif. Arctic Monkeys laid on a polished snarl to hits from all five of their albums, including new booty-call anthem "Why'd You Only Call Me When You're High?" A huge audience, put on their dancing shoes. The sunset set was described by a fan as "pure sex."

7. Purity Ring

The rain came down like a piss-shower just as Canadian synthpop duo took the stage--and even shorted out their sound system for a moment. But that didn't stop Megan James from commanding the crowd at the front of the stage with bewitching vocals, as on set-closer "Fineshrine" from last year's Shrines.

6. Deap Vally

Holy crop-tops, this L.A. duo rocks hard. Nothing quite like these bad-asses murdering the drum kit (Julie Edwards) and wailing in cut-offs (Lindsey Troy) about how they "Gonna Make My Own Money." Damn right you are.

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Katie Moulton
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