It can be hard to remember every single moment of a fast-paced, multi-stage festival such as ACL but we try our best to hold onto a few here and there and usually come up with at least one “never forget” memory during the three days. Below is our list (in no particular order) of the top moments of Austin City Limits 2012.
Neil Young and Crazy Horse, in all of their rock ‘n’ roll glory playing songs from the deep, dark archives while still managing to get in crowd favorites like “Cinnamon Girl” and “Hey, Hey, My, My”.
Every single person squished into the Austin Ventures stage for The Lumineers. It always makes me happy to see some folks from the old hometown (Denver) doing so well, and their legions of “Hey, Ho” singing fans made my day.
Ruthie Foster always brings some soul-reviving tunes but her latest record, Let It Burn has some great keepers.
The Avett Brothers with their sometimes wanna-be punk banjos and long hair displaying new songs from The Carpenter proving they’re not a one-trick pony of “I and Love and You”
Gary Clark Jr. ‘Nuff said.
Rufus Wainwright and Teddy Thompson on stage together. Musical royalty (Rufus being Loudon Wainwright III and Kate McGarrigle’s son and Teddy’s parents are Richard and Linda Thompson) bringing their own take on music and Rufus’ zebra suit.
Lera Lynn, who could be Americana’s next big thing. While the Civil Wars are still “it.”
He’s My Brother, She’s My Sister, with their first full-length record and catchy, foot-stomping harmonies (and tap-dancing drums) and another animal-print suit.
Florence + the Machine as the sun went down with her ethereal stage presence making us wish we had experienced some early Stevie Nicks solo shows.