ACL Fest 2019: Under the Radar Artists to See

by Dan Radin

With two weekends, 12 stages, and 130+ bands, there’s one lingering question: “Who the F*CK should I go see?”.

We all know the headliners, but let me be the first to tell you- this is a DEEP lineup of upcoming artists that may have flown under your radar. Props to ACL for giving us some of the best talent; you’ll want to drag your friends there early each day.

Maybe You Know ‘Em:

Jai Wolf – Electronic producer with a taste for indie pop. He’s been touring with Odesza on their Foreign Family Collective label. View

Caamp – Folk band from Columbus, OH. Think Mumford fronted by an old grizzled southern man. View

Taylor Bennett – Working from the shadows of older brother Chance the Rapper, Taylor’s a pretty damn talented dude in his own right. View

Finneas – Known also as Billie Eilish’s producer and brother, expect Finneas to bring a deep bag of cleverly-crafted songs. View

Flora Cash – With one breakout hit in the books, the duo got rave reviews during their shows at SXSW this year. View

Rising Stars:

Pink Sweat$ – Slow R&B, like Khalid + The Weeknd. View

Still Woozy – Hoodie Allen-y with sly/goofy dance moves. View

Men I Trust – If CHVRCHES did disco. View

Sam Fender – Real instruments, like The Strokes meets Springsteen. View

Ximena Sariñana – Grammy-nominated Mexican singer with an incredible voice. View

Erin Rae – Country Joni Mitchell. View

Yola – Warm southern soul, worked with Dan Auerbach (Black Keys). View

Kevin Garrett – Grammy-nominated for work with Beyonce, pretty solid pipes himself. View

Chris Shiflett – Of course a Texas festival wouldn’t miss country artists- but not everyone knows he’s the guitarist for Foo Fighters! View

Madison Ryann Ward – One of the artists I most look forward to seeing. View

King Princess- A must see ‘queer pop’ performance from Brooklyn’s 20 year old. View

Scarypoolparty – Another must-see. American Idol finalist with virtuosic talent. View

Laundry Day – Poppy, tight, and under the radar. View


Must-See Austin Locals:

Abhi the Nomad – MC dripping with talent. View

Jane Ellen Bryant – One of the best voices in the Austin music scene. View

Billy Strings – The chops on these fellas though. View

Rob Baird – You can hear the Memphis in this Austin musician. View

There are just too many acts to preview them all. Did we miss a MUST SEE artist? Who are you excited to see? DM us Insta @austin101mag  and check out all our ACL coverage on Austin 101 Magazine.

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