ACL Fest: Critics’ picks for Sunday, weekend two

Last day of Austin City Limits 2016. We recommend these artists to take your fest out right. More ACL Fest picks. 

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Mumford & Sons close out the first weekend of ACL Fest on Sunday, Oct. 2, 2016. Contributed by Charles Reagan Hackleman

Mumford & Sons close out the first weekend of ACL Fest on Sunday, Oct. 2, 2016. Contributed by Charles Reagan Hackleman

Mumford & Sons: Their Weekend One closing set was a back-and-forth mix of their older, acoustic songs and newer rock direction. (8 p.m. Samsung)

LCD Soundsystem: James Murphy and Co. threw the kind of party that breaks your heart just to make you feel you better. As far as closing night sets at ACL Fest go, this was top tier. It was the kind of sensory spectacle — laser guns, drum machines, the complexity of human relationships — that makes you love the stranger standing next to you. (8 p.m. Honda)

MUST-SEE ACTS

Lizzo, right, performs at the Austin City Limits Music Festival in Zilker Park Sunday October 2, 2016. Jay Janner/American-Statesman

Lizzo, right, performs at the Austin City Limits Music Festival in Zilker Park Sunday October 2, 2016. Jay Janner/American-Statesman

Lizzo: Hands down, one of our favorite performers of the weekend. It’s not just that’s she’s a killer rhyme-slinger who can also sing like an old school soul queen; it’s that she’s writing all her own rules. Creating her own definition of cool, sexy and beautiful and she comes so hard, no one can deny it. (12:15 p.m. Sunday, Honda)

Domo Genesis: This 25-year-old rapper oozes charisma and writes bulky raps performed with a delightful oddball zest for life. Spoiler alert: Mid-set, he’ll introduce a five-piece band, and smooth it out with jams like “Dapper.” (1 p.m., Miller Lite)

Margo Price: We knew the country sensation was a Doug Sahm fan, and she revealed her esteem for Billy Joe Shaver with a cover of “Black Rose” during Weekend One. (3 p.m. Sunday, HomeAway)

Watch: Margo Price and Shawn Sahm sing on Doug Sahm Hill

Willie Nelson plays songs for the Irish TV show "Other Voices" on Monday, Oct. 3, 2016. Suzanne Cordeiro for American-Statesman

Willie Nelson plays songs for the Irish TV show “Other Voices” on Monday, Oct. 3, 2016. Suzanne Cordeiro for American-Statesman

Willie Nelson: The Red-headed Stranger returns to ACL Fest for the first time since 2006. (6 p.m., Samsung)

RELATED: What’s Willie been up to in Austin this week?

St. Paul and The Broken Bones: The sharp-dressed Birmingham-based soul outfit brings big brass and a touch of class back for a second time this Sunday. Frontman Paul Janeway wears his James Brown influence as well as his dapper floral-printed blazer and has an eye-opening voice that bring to mind the power of Alabama Shakes’ Brittany Howard. (5 p.m. Sunday HomeAway)

 

 

Taylor Rice and Kelcey Ayer perform with Local Natives on the third day of the opening weekend of the 2016 Austin City Limits Festival at Zilker Park Oct. 2. 10/02/16 Tom McCarthy Jr. for AMERICAN-STATESMAN

Taylor Rice and Kelcey Ayer perform with Local Natives on the third day of the opening weekend of the 2016 Austin City Limits Festival at Zilker Park Oct. 2. 10/02/16 Tom McCarthy Jr. for AMERICAN-STATESMAN

Local Natives: After seven years, three strong albums and frequent stops in Austin that spanned private corporate parties and a Saturday night blowout at the Parish, one of the hardest-touring bands of the decade played out its weekend commitments as a powerful, united love letter of a set to a city that’s been great for business. While Local Natives climb the festival bill, you might compare their accessible indie rock to past ACL radio bands like Cold War Kids, Snow Patrol, or Alt-J, but there’s layered songwriting and bite here. (4 p.m., Honda)

Gregory Porter: There may come a time on Sunday when you have had enough. The sun is too hot and you have accidentally endured more folk-country or EDM or whatever genre is not your thing than you ever intended. You may be feeling a tad sunburned and, shall we say, stabby. We implore you: Get yourself to Gregory Porter’s 6 p.m. set in the tiny Tito’s tent. Get some shade, soak up some soul instead of sun, and heal your spirit with the gospel of jazz. Whoever booked Porter in this same place and time both Sundays knew exactly what they were doing (or had a stroke of divine intervention). (6 p.m. Sunday, Tito’s)

Sisters Alana, Danielle and Este Haim of the band Haim perform a cover of the Prince song "I would die for you" on the third day of the opening weekend of the 2016 Austin City Limits Festival at Zilker Park Oct. 2. 10/02/16 Tom McCarthy Jr. for AMERICAN-STATESMAN

Sisters Alana, Danielle and Este Haim of the band Haim perform a cover of the Prince song “I would die for you” on the third day of the opening weekend of the 2016 Austin City Limits Festival at Zilker Park Oct. 2. 10/02/16 Tom McCarthy Jr. for AMERICAN-STATESMAN

Haim: Rock ‘n’ roll needed these sisters to return and take their rightful place among the 7 p.m. evening rock stars.They cranked out a hard-driving set of furious guitar rock. Six-strings squealed, drums banged, hair whipped and the crowd went wild as they covered a good portion of “Days Are Gone.” They also threw in a spirited cover of Prince’s “I Would Die 4 U” and a few new tracks from their upcoming album. (7 p.m. Sunday, HomeAway)

Amanda Shires: She’s Jason Isbell’s wife and fiddler, and a great songwriter in her own right who started her career with a Texas Panhandle country band. ACL Fest put her up square against Willie. Come on! (6 p.m. Sunday, BMI)

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