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- Posted on May 18th 2010 12:55PM by Benjy Eisen
Music fans that took the gamble and bought passes can now pat themselves on the back. Phish (pictured) will headline Friday, while Muse will anchor Saturday and the Eagles take Sunday. The remaining marquee acts are the Strokes, M.I.A., Flaming Lips, LCD Soundsystem, Spoon, Vampire Weekend and Norah Jones. Other acts in the class of 2010 include Monsters of Folk, Band of Horses, the National, Broken Bells, the xx, Sonic Youth, Yeasayer and Gogol Bordello.
As always, ACL will host its share of singer-songwriters. This year's list is topped by Devendra Banhart, Pete Yorn, Robert Earl Keen, Richard Thompson and Martin Sexton. In keeping with its own tradition, the event will also welcome first-year indie darlings such as Miike Snow, Beach House, Girls and Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros.
Much like SXSW, which also takes place in Austin, ACL is known for showcasing a lot of tomorrow's bands today. This year's contingency of breakout bands will include the Dawes (who impressed at SXSW), Henry Clay People (who recently toured with Drive By Truckers) and Beats Antique (who recently won over Coachella with a DJ set at the Do-Lab's midfield oasis.)
A full list of bands and additional information can be found at the official website. And while it is true that three-day passes are completely sold out, the festival was wise enough to hold back an allotment of single-day passes -- all of which go on sale Tuesday. In other words, you may wish to stop reading this now and get on it if you hope to make it to Zilker Park this year. Good luck.