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- Posted on Apr 28th 2009 12:00PM by Benjy Eisen
What separates all of these festivals are the mid-level bands and that's where ACL stays true to its beginnings as an outgrowth from the PBS television series of the same name. In addition to the ubiquitous festival heavy-hitters -- Thievery Corp., Michael Franti and Spearhead, Kings of Leon, Ben Harper and the Relentless7, Sound Tribe Sector Nine (STS9) -- ACL boasts more than 100 "other" bands, including non-commercial radio favorites such as Medeski, Martin and Wood, Andrew Bird, the Avett Brothers, DeVotchKa and Dr. Dog. Singer-songwriters are again in full force, and this time include Bon Iver, Brett Dennen, Todd Snider and John Vanderslice. Local favorites Ghostland Observatory return, alongside first timers Dead Weather (Jack White's latest) and John Legend. Other acts of particular note: the Levon Helm Band, the B-52's, Lily Allen, the Decemberists, Arctic Monkeys and Sonic Youth.
This year's ACL returns to Zilker Park on the new dates of October 2-4, just long enough after the end of festival season to lure hipsters, hippies and snowbirds to the Lone Star State.