by S. Pulse
We read the headliners and we were impressed, but what about the other acts? Check out our Top 10 ACL music festival 2019 picks (not headliners).
Kacey Musgraves: Some folks were surprised that the darling of the Grammy’s was not slated for a headliner slot. Describe her? Think Neil Young and Loretta Lynn had a lovechild that grew up to be a smoking-hot singer-songwriter with a sassy attitude. And with lyrics like “Grandma cried when I pierced my nose”, how could you possibly afford to miss this onetime Austinite’s set. It will be on everyone’s must see list, including ours. Check out our photo gallery on Austin 101 magazine.
The Raconteurs: Jack White’s side project, the Raconteurs, is set to drop their first album in a decade on June 21st. Known for their blues-based guitar riffs, the Raconteurs new album will likely garner a lot of attention from rock-starved fans.
Gary Clark, Jr.: Austin’s own blues man and guitar genius, Clark delivers his best work to date on his recently released “This Land” album. His star keeps rising and the hometown crowd will likely give him a hero’s welcome.
Lizzo: She slayed at Coachella and has been tearing up the Billboard charts, but we Austinites knew about her first. Back in 2017, we declared her the unofficial darling of SXSW. Her super-sexy, high-energy show with a message of self-love will ignite the park. Blame it on her “Juice” baby. Festival tip: Get to Lizzo early! Check out her video
King Princess: Only 19 years old, King Princess was the first signee on uber-producer Mark Ronson’s new record label Zelig. She is lighting up the pop world with her singles “1950”, “Thalia”, and “Your Pussy is a God”. Her sultry voice will melt you from the inside out. By ACL fest time, the demand for King Princess will likely be fever pitch.
Lil Uzi Vert: Following a few “leaks”, Philly artist Uzi is poised to finally officially drop his new album, “Eternal Atake”. Uzi blurs the lines of traditional rap with a heavy use of melodic synths peppered with intense discordant lyrics that stick in your head like “Push me to the edge, all my friends are dead.” Okay, I said they were catchy, not peppy. He will likely have one of the most talked about and heavily attended pre-headliner performances.
Lauren Daigle: An interesting pick for ACL, Daigle is a contemporary Christian artist. Now hold on, hear us out. Her single “You Say” is an empowerment anthem that has propelled her into mainstream music. Faster than you can say Amy Grant, this young woman has used her fabulous vocal ability and uplifting lyrics to become a successful cross-over artist. Check out our photos from her recent ACL Live Austin show.
21 Savage: In January, he was taken into custody by ICE and held for 9 days in detention before being released on bond for an immigration violation. The British-born, Atlanta-based rapper’s case is still pending. His current album “I am > I was” features R&B melodies and clever hooks how many times? “A LOT!”, like his infectious single featuring J. Cole. The crowd at this show will be bouncing in unison and know every word to every song.
Tyler Childers: Named Americana Music’s “Emerging Artist of the Year”, Childers’ bluegrass strings sound like something familiar, but stirringly new all at the same time. His lyrics, largely inspired by his East Kentucky roots, will make you smile and get you “higher than the grocery bill.” Be sure and give him a taste.
Rosalía: An international super-star from Barcelona, Rosalia’s dance-heavy pop is infused with flamenco beats. We dare you to attend her set without clapping along and dancing along. Ole’!
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