Don’t Miss These Bands at ACL


It’s about that time – time to forget school, chill out, embrace you inner hippie, and enjoy the music. It’s the Austin City Limits Music Festival.

Here is a look at what some of this year’s bands have been doing prior to the festival.

Belle & Sebastian

Stuart Murdoch, lead singer of the indie-pop band Belle & Sebastian, has seen recent success in the film industry. Murdoch wrote and directed “God Help the Girl,” a film set in Glasgow, Scotland.

The soundtrack features songs Murdoch wrote and released in 2009, as well as three new songs written for the film. The tracks are a mix of original Belle & Sebastian recordings and re-recorded versions featuring the cast of the film.

The film was released in the US Sept. 5, and can be seen in select movie theaters in Austin. Fans of the film’s soundtrack can find the full version on iTunes and Spotify.

The Replacements

The Replacements, a rock-band formed in Minneapolis in 1979, are now on their first tour since 1991.

On Sept. 9they performed on “The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon.” It is the first time they have performed on NBC since being banned by the network in 1986 for allegedly performing drunk on “Saturday Night Live.”

Their tour this year is taking them to several festivals, such as Osheaga in Montreal and Bumpershoot in Seattle. They are ending their tour in Austin and will be here for both weekends of ACL.


Spoon is one of the many reasons to be proud of the city of Austin. The band formed here more than two decades ago.

They’ve released eight albums, including their recent project “They Want My Soul,” which hit shelves in August. The album is the first record Spoon recorded in four years and is living up to fans’ and critics’ expectations.

Rolling Stone said their new album is “on par with the group’s best work to date.” Spin Magazine called it their “most eclectic set yet.”

Spoon kicked off their tour in June, and will perform during both weekends of ACL.

The Nightowls

The Nightowls are another local band scheduled to play the festival this year. The Nightowls is a ten-piece soul band founded in 2011.

The band released their debut album “Good As Gold” in December, and have earned distinction ever since.

This summer The Nightowls prepared for their ACL induction at an ACL Preview for KGSR’s Blues on the Green. The Nightowls will perform during the festival’s second weekend,, but there will be many more chances to catch future performances in Austin.

This is just scratching the surface of the versatile talent to expect at the festival this year. Make sure to add these bands to your schedule and have a great three days in Zilker Park at the Austin City Limits Music Festival!