ACL 2015: real geniu5

Not entirely by accident, we timed our return to Texas with the annual Austin City Limits Music Festival. Brutally hot as always, the tech-forward event nonetheless made getting in, out, fed, watered, and entertained a breeze.

We caught a few familiar favorites (Tame Impala, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, José González, Amason) as well as pleasant surprises (Sylvan Esso, Shakey Graves, Kali Uchis); sample playlist below.

ACL is an eclectic festival, and it can be tough to compare across genres. But in this fan’s opinion, Saturday evening’s Deadmau5 set was in a league of its own. Even the Chronicle called out fans of Joel Zimmerman’s animatronic alter ego as the most engaged…during any set at ACL on Saturday. The majority of the crowd was completely engrossed in the live experience rather than trying to preserve the moment on their phones. If forgetting our devices for a few minutes is the new metric for a compelling show, Zimmerman has evidently found our better-than-Facebook frequency. Not like the real thing, but the sound in Channel 810’s live capture is solid; costume action around the 55-minute mark was hilarious at the time.

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