The 2005 Austin City Limits Festival is nearly upon us. Here are some top picks for the Fest.
The Frames — My must-see for the Festival. Rockers from Ireland who put on some scorching shows at SXSW.
Arcade Fire — Never seen but have heard great things.
Oasis — Their live shows have a reputation for good days and bad days, hopefully this will be a good day.
Roky Erickson — Roky led the legendary Texas psychedelic band the 13th Floor Elevators; he counts many top musicians among his fans. Don’t know his music all that well, but this is my wildcard pick for the festival.
Jet — Enjoy the radio hits, expect the live show is strong.
Buddy Guy — Its Buddy Guy, ‘nuf said.
Bob Mould Band — New album returns to the alternative guitar rock sound.
Steve Earle — Does everything from country to folk to full-on rock.
Drive-By Truckers — You just can’t go wrong with three guitars blaring onstage. One of my favorite bands and live performers.
Kaiser Chiefs — I like what I’ve heard and they seem to have a good reputation for live shows.
Eisley — Four teens from Texas. Breezy pop.
Kermit Ruffins — New Orleans trumpeter/singer. Can you really go wrong with a taste of New Orleans?
Martin Sexton — Powerful folk singer-songwriter who got his start in Boston. One of the strongest and most captivating voices I’ve ever heard.
Kathleen Edwards — Canadian roots-rock.
Dave Alvin & The Guilty Men — Americana singer-songwriter from LA. Can do it all — country, blues, rock, gospel, you name it!
John Butler Trio — Jam band led by the Australian guitarist.
Rilo Kiley — Folk-pop band. Really like their latest album.
Keep your eyes open for the Four Corners of the Round Table to play somewhere in town that weekend. And if you’re in town on Sunday night, head over to the Saxon Pub for the Resentments. Also on Sunday at Jovitas is “Pop Stars: Dads Who Rock” with Beaver Nelson, Michael Fracasso, Nathan Hamilton, and Matt the Electrician.
About the author: Mild-mannered corporate executive by day, excitable Twangville denizen by night.