Austin City Limits Music Festival 2011 – Saturday

On Saturday, I started the day with the cosmic cowboys vibes of Phosphorescent. I especially liked the song “Nothing Was Stolen (Love Me Foolishly)” off their album Here’s To Taking It Easy. Alex Ebert of Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros performed songs from this new solo release Alexander. As Alexander the hippy guru brings folksy grooves like the opener “Awake My Body.”

Alison Kraus with the voice of an angel and bluegrass band from heaven performed a sweet set of classics. The band Union Station includes the fantastic pickers Jerry Douglas and Dan Tyminski.  Tyminski sang the crowd please “I Am A Man Of Constant Sorrow,” the hit track from the Cohen Brothers film O Brother, Where Art Thou?. Alison Krauss and Union Station’s set list also included my favorites “When You Say Nothing At All,” “The Lucky One,” and “Let Me Touch You for Awhile.”

From the soft bluegrass of Alison Kraus to the ear crushing dubstep of Skrillex was a nice juxtaposition. Skrillex’s wobbling sounds and remixes included samples from Damian Marley and Major Lazer. This was the youngest and most energetic crowd I have seen in a long time. It reminded me of the grunge rock shows of the 1990s in an odd way. Skrillex has a punky feel in a in your face type of way. The music literally fucks with your brain. The crowd responded with gusto to the hit single “Scary Monsters And Nice Sprites.” 

Cee-Lo followed Skrillex with a poppy soul set that included the summer banger and middle finger to the world jam “Fuck You.” He also performed the Gnarlz Barkley smash hit “Crazy.” The real musicianship though was under the tent where the Del McCoury Band joined forces with the Preservation Jazz Hall Band playing songs like “I’ll Fly Away” and “Jambalaya from their album American Legacies.

The evening concluded with a magnificent set by the king of Motown Stevie Wonder. “Superstition,” “Signed, Sealed, Delivered (I’m Yours),” “Sir Duke,” “For Once In My Life” and “My Cherie Amour” were all on the set list.  The funky politicized jam “Living For The City” rocked the park while the reggaefied funk of Master Blaster (Jammin’) brought people to their feet. My favorite song of the day was Stevie’s high powered “Higher Ground.”

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Austin City Limits Music Festival 2011 – Saturday

Top Ranking Albums of March 2011

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March 2011

    1. Johnny CashBootleg, Volume 2: From Memphis To Hollywood [Legacy/Columbia 2011]
    2. Paul Simon So Beautiful or So What [Hear Music/Concord Music Group 2011]
    3. Richie SpiceBook Of Job [VP Records 2011]
    4. Radiohead The King Of Limbs [thekingoflimbs.com 2011]
    5. R.E.M.Collapse Into Now [Warner Brothers 2011]
    6. Diplo and Various Artists –Riddimentary: Diplo Selects Greensleeves [Greensleeves 2011]
    7. TigerMost Wanted [VP Records 2011]
    8. AssassinMost Wanted [VP Records 2011]
    9. Robbie Robertson How To Become Clairvoyant[429 2011]
    10. Bob Marley & the WailersLive Forever: The Stanley Theatre, Pittsburgh, PA, September 23, 1980[Axiom/Zion Records 2011]
    11. The Low Anthem Smart Flesh [Nonesuch 2011]
    12. TV on the Radio Nine Types of Light [Interscope 2011]
    13. Mumford & Sons – Sigh No More [Glassnote 2011]
    14. Peter Bjorn & John Gimme Some [Startime International 2011]
    15. Grupo Fantasma – El Existential [Nat Geo 2011]
    16. Adele 21 [XL/Columbia 2011]
    17. Smith Westerns Dye It Blond [Fat Possum 2011]
    18. Yuck Yuck [Fat Possum 2011]
    19. Nicole Atkins Mondo Amore [Razor & Tie 2011]
    20. Wye Oak Civilian [Merge 2011]
    21. Drive-By TruckersGo Go Boots [ATO 2011]
    22. Cowboy Junkies Demons [Latent 2011]
    23. Los Lonely Boys Rockpango [Lonely Tone 2011]
    24. Alexander Ebert Alexander [Community 2011]
    25. Wiz Khalifa Rolling Papers [Atlantic 2011]

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