Second verse, (almost) same as the first. Weekend two of of Austin City Limits Festival 2016 kicks off today. After rocking with most of these bands last week, here’s Team 360’s take on Friday’s must-see acts. More ACL Fest Critics’ picks.
Radiohead: The fans have been waiting for 15 years for this headlining set. You’ll hear some awkward falsetto from brave participants standing within earshot if you see Friday, but in the pantheon of rich and space-attacking ACL headliner sets, this is a gold-star instant classic. (8 p.m. Samsung)
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Major Lazer: Where to be if you want your first day to end with a turn up. There’s a reason Major Lazer is one of the biggest acts in America right now. They brought the booty-moving grooves, but they also made a hard play for the college crowd. Not only did both the chanters rock burnt orange jerseys and direct the crowd to throw up their horns, UT mascot Hook ‘Em joined them onstage. Twice. (8:15 p.m. Honda)
Austin360 October Artist of the Month, Keeper: On their new EP “Corners,” the synth soul outfit juxtaposes beguiling harmonies with ominous soundscapes in a captivating meditation on the art of letting go. (11:30 a.m., Miller Lite)
Corinne Bailey Rae: Combining elements of pop, jazz, R&B, folk, funk and more, Rae and her impressive four-piece band delighted those who managed to find a spot in view of the stage in the tight Tito’s tent. Dressed in radiant green velvet, Rae alternated between acoustic and electric guitar, sometimes simply singing and grooving to the sounds. One of the best sets of the weekend. (6 p.m., Tito’s)
Tory Lanez: Pound for pound, no other ACL performer put more into their gig. The Toronto rapper combines Drake radio sensibilities with a menacing underbelly that stirs set-closer “Diego,” a drug-trafficking trap anthem so nice he’ll perform it twice while simultaneously smashing festival records for distance crowdsurfing. (5 p.m., HomeAway)
Band of Horses: The band’s shimmery sound and joyful energy, topped by Ben Bridwell’s piercing, singular singing voice, are not to be taken for granted more than a decade in. They are what the most beautiful windchime would sound like if it were an indie rock band that sang about lakes, ghosts and first apartments. (7 p.m. Friday, Miller Lite)
Bombino: Tuareg artist Omara Moctar is emerging as one of the grand guitar masters of his generation, making him a must-see for folks who really appreciate six-string wizardry. (3:30 p.m., Tito’s)
Die Antwoord. We’re not going to call the South African rave rap outfit must-see. We’re also not entirely sure their music isn’t littered with morally repugnant jabs and jeers, cleverly disguised in Afrikaans. But we do promise you’ve never seen anything like them, massive inflatable phalluses and all.