This week has seen a temporary lull in festival season, after Bonnaroo and Electric Daisy Carnival this past weekend. Wait. Never mind. According to musicfestivaljunkies.com (who are these people?), three of them start today: BamaJam in Enterprise, Ala.; The Friendly Gathering in Windham, Vt.; and the Northside Festival in Brooklyn. Today. Call your travel agent.
So yes, festival season is in full swing, and it still more or less closes with the Austin City Limits Music Festival Oct. 12-14 in Zilker Park. As we all know by now, some ACL acts add piggyback shows in Houston-area venues large and small to capitalize on the proximity to a major market they sometimes don't visit that often, and also because there's a couple of big airports near here.
Normally Rocks Off would have put on our promoter's hat and handicapped the top of this year's lineup -- we did the top 20 artists, just to make it a round number -- a little closer to the announcement last month, but we wanted to wait and see how many more artists would announce their fall tours.
Plus we got busy.
RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS
Confirmed: October 20, Toyota Center
NEIL YOUNG & CRAZY HORSE
Possible Availability: U.S. fall tour already booked; closest Southwest date is Oct. 14 in Tulsa. Houston Outlook: Unlikely. Shame, because we hear that new album Americana is a keeper. A loud keeper.
THE BLACK KEYS
Possible Availability: No fall tour dates booked; headed to Australia Oct. 21. Houston Outlook: You didn't get enough in April? As popular as the Keys are now, though, they'll probably go back on the road soon. Or they'll wait five years.
Possible Availability: No fall U.S. tour dates booked. Houston Outlook: Considering White has been here exactly once with each band since that famous White Stripes September 2001 Rudyard's show -- the White Stripes' Elephant in 2003, with the Raconteurs in 2006, and with the Dead Weather in 2010. A solo show with his new band (boy or girl) would have a certain symmetry.
FLORENCE & THE MACHINE
Confirmed: Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, Sept. 29
THE AVETT BROTHERS
Possible Availability: No non-ACL U.S. dates apart from the Clearwater Jazz Festival in Florida Oct. 21. Houston Outlook: Did you miss Free Press Summer Fest a couple of weeks ago?
IGGY & THE STOOGES
Possible Availability: No other fall U.S. dates booked outside September's Riot Festival in Chicago. Houston Outlook: Don't get your hopes up. Iggy hasn't played Houston for so long we're wondering if something happened to him here once. Anybody know?
Possible Availability: Scattered fall U.S. dates booked; no full-fledged tour. Houston Outlook: Not impossible. The Swedish house DJ/producer is one of music's biggest names right now, and his Reliant Arena date in May would have sold out easy if he hadn't canceled to reboot his stage show, which reportedly now includes 3-D.
Possible Availability: No fall U.S. tour dates announced; festivals only. Houston Outlook: It could happen.
Possible Availability: We don't think the Roots even still "tour" anymore, at least not while Late Night With Jimmy Fallon is shooting. Houston Outlook: Never say never, but probably not. If they're flying in or out of Houston, though, a one-off gig sure would be nice.
Confirmed: House of Blues, Oct. 10
Possible Availability: Only a couple of festivals; no fall U.S. tour. Houston Outlook: Played Summer Fest last year. Rocks Off can't imagine the demand is that great for them to come play here so soon, especially with no new album, but we're not a huge fan either. Note: We have been wrong before.
Confirmed: Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, Oct. 11. We may have told you about this recently.
THE CIVIL WARS
Possible Availability: Played Wortham Center in January. No non-ACL U.S. dates booked. Houston Outlook: Meh. Again, not a big fan.
Confirmed: Bayou Music Center, Oct. 10
TEGAN & SARA
Possible Availability: brief pre-ACL West Coast tour with Black Keys; nothing else. Houston Outlook: They did play Warehouse Live in February 2010 and again in September of that year with Paramore at The Woodlands, so after twice the same year, even once two and a half years later feels a little soon for the Canadian sisters to be coming back.
TWO DOOR CINEMA CLUB
Possible Availability: Nothing in the U.S. apart from ACL booked. Houston Outlook: We saw them at Summer Fest and would like for them to come back, but they're Irish and already heading to Germany in November. They would have announced any other fall U.S. dates by now. Note the second: We have been wrong before.
Possible Availability: Right now just a few summer and fall festivals like ACL. Houston Outlook: It seems like Thievery Corporation is here often enough that House of Blues has them on standby, but that may be just us. So why not?
Possible Availability: Greg Dulli's soulful love monsters have added a few East Coast club dates in September, but otherwise look to be sticking to festivals in the U.S. Bummer. Houston Outlook: No. Oh, do we wish it would happen, but... no.
Possible Availability: Only festival dates this fall in the U.S. Sound familiar yet? Houston Outlook: It will have been more than two years since Alice Glass and crew came to HOB, so a return to the venue isn't hard to imagine.
- One electronica act adds a local date. Our pick is AVICII, but that's just a hunch.
- Several ACL artists just a little further down the bill (Gary Clark Jr., Metric, Alabama Shakes, the Weeknd, maybe even M. Ward or Andrew Bird) add shows at Fitz, Warehouse Live, the Continental and/or HOB.
ACL HOUSTON 2012 WISH LIST
The Roots at Fitzgerald's Afghan Whigs at House of Blues Jack White at Bayou Music Center Gary Clark Jr. at the Continental Club/Warehouse Live M. Ward at McGonigel's Mucky Duck
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BONUS DOUBLE BILL
Neil Young & Crazy Horse/Iggy & the Stooges at Toyota Center (we know, we know, Tulsa, but still)