Austin City Limits

Top 10 Things to Expect at ACL Fest This Year

The Austin City Limits Music Festival burned the midnight oil overnight, announcing the 2012 lineup at precisely 12:01 a.m. Mercifully, all the rumor-spreading and speculation is now at an end and people can either go about the business of buying $200 three-day passes or shutting the hell up about Radiohead.

(Now that's a band I'd like to see ACL get... Midnight Oil. So what if they're broken up?)

There aren't any real big surprises in this year's lineup, except maybe that it took ACL so long to book Neil Young & Crazy Horse. It's still heavy on roots and indie-rock, paying a little more than just lip service to electronica (M83, Thievery Corporation), and lacking a true Coachella-style "get" like Pulp or the Tupac hologram.

But pound for pound, it's a pretty good one, especially if you like white guys with guitars. Just like every year. Maybe the biggest surprise is that there's only one real jam band this year, Umphrey's McGee, but I don't really count that as a cause for complaint. Here are ten things I'd be willing to bet you can count on in Zilker Park come October 12-14.

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Chris Gray has been Music Editor for the Houston Press since 2008. He is the proud father of a Beatles-loving toddler named Oliver.
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