10 Reasons You Should Rethink Not Going To Austin City Limits

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Photo Courtesy Flickr user Jack Newton

Austin City Limits music festival is just around the corner, kicking off its first weekend this Friday and running through Sunday. With eight stages, two weekends and over 150 acts, ACL is one of the largest music festivals in the country. Lucky for us, it's practically in our backyard. Sure, you can makes excuses, but if you've never been to ACL, or any music festival for that matter, it's time to pull the ripcord. For those still on the fence, here are 10 reasons to rethink not going to ACL 2014.

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Lights All Night Reveals Full Lineup, Announces Zedd as Co-Headliner

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Ed Steele
Listen, bro, there's no reason to flip us off. Just enjoy Lights All Night, OK?
And now we have the whole picture. Lights All Night Fest has been slowly rolling out the details of its fifth-annual, year-end dance music bash to be held at Dallas Convention Center on December 26 and 27. Last month it unveiled the headliners, which were no slouches as far as EDM goes these days: Skrillex headlines the first night of music, while the second is topped off by Armin Van Buuren and Disclosure.

As of early this afternoon, LAN has announced the entirety of the 47-band lineup, including a new co-headliner for the first night. (Sorry, Skrillex. You'll have to share the spotlight.) That new co-headliner is none other than Zedd. Check out the rest of the acts after the break.

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Can Oaktopia Become a Destination Festival in Denton?

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Ed Steele
Oaktopia is set to grow exponentially this year compared to 2013 -- and could be even bigger in 2015
Last year, when Dentonites Matt Battaglia and Corey Claytor set out to bring local bands together for an Oak Street music fest, there was no one who could have predicted what the small, five-stage festival would grow into in just one year. This year's incarnation of their young festival -- known as Oaktopia and set to take place this Friday and Saturday, September 19 and 20 -- is so much broader and larger that it's almost unrecognizable.

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At Dia de Los Toadies, Hometown Pride Was the Main Attraction

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Dia de Los Toadies Facebook Page/Michelle Pelissero
The Toadies on Saturday Night in Fort Worth.

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With the Toadies, Old 97's, Ume, Quaker City Night Hawks, Pleasant Grove, Somebody's Darling, Residual Kid, The Longshots and Blank-Men
Panther Island Pavilion, Fort Worth
Saturday, September 13, 2014

With apologies to the out-of-town artists that performed during Saturday's Dia de Los Toadies concert at Panther Island Pavilion in Fort Worth, the event was indeed a parade of musical civic pride. And with further apologies to any attendees under 30 years of age, and there were a good bit of you there, you may have enjoyed the near flawless sets from such pedigreed acts as the Toadies, Old 97's and Pleasant Grove, but you likely did so without the nostalgic gut punch that most of us older folks experienced.

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Clearfork Music Festival was Plagued By Poor Attendance Saturday in Fort Worth

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Kelly Dearmore
Clearfork Looks Lonely

Inside of the half-empty Clearfork Music Festival in Fort Worth this past Saturday, it was impossible to not wonder what exactly constitutes a true festival. Any view of the festival grounds at Panther Island Pavilion from one of the slightly elevated spots of the land provided a view of a vibrant festival skeleton complete with tents for local artisans and activists, food trucks, beer trailers and three performance stages. Indeed, Saturday at Clearfork looked very much like a proper festival, even if it failed to feel like one for the most part.

While few would (or should) ever complain about not approaching a line of any kind -- whether it was for restrooms, craft beer or food -- that stretched longer than six people, such unadulterated free-reign over the grounds seemed eerie.

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A New Way to Sneak Pot Into Music Festivals

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Megan Arseneaux
Arseneaux shows off how to smoke out of her handmade Secret Smoker Bracelet

By Amanda Lewis

One challenge of music festivals is figuring out how to sneak some pot inside, even while wearing as little clothing as possible. Is there really a good way to do it without sticking it up somewhere really uncomfortable?

Enter the Secret Smoker Bracelet, a colorful hemp-braided wrist accessory that unscrews to reveal a nickel bowl and wooden bead mouthpiece. It complements the Secret Smoker Headpiece, a headband that camouflages your intentions with three festival-friendly fabric flowers. The products are the brainchild of the sunny, pink-haired pothead Megan Arseneaux, who sells about 25 to 35 a week on her Etsy shop, she says, under the name Alice Moon.


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Fun Fun Fun Fest Add Modest Mouse and Murder City Devils to Lineup

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Mike Brooks
Isaac Brock and Modest Mouse played the Palladium in 2011
Last week was a bad week for anyone who loves Death Grips. The band's break-up announcement was at once a surprise and not a surprise, given the band's history of no-showing its own concerts. (Granted, fans of Death Grips probably also like getting stood up, so who knows, their demise could be just what everyone secretly wanted.)

But it created some real-world complications for people too: both Nine Inch Nails and Fun Fun Fun Fest were left hanging on Death Grips' scheduled upcoming visits to Texas, and neither were too happy about it.

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The 5 Most Enlightening Facts from the Texxas Jam 78 Documentary

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For any music fan who has lived in or around Dallas for at least a few years, stories (and probably grand exaggerations) of times had at one of the Texxas Jam Music Festivals in the late 1970s or early 1980s are commonplace at this point. The Texxas World Music Festival, which was held annually in the Cotton Bowl from 1978 until 1987, showcased the best in hard rock at that time. The inaugural event featured names that remain large (Aerosmith, Ted Nugent), are now small (Head East), and were only promising youngsters at the time (Van Halen). After years of waiting, Texxas Jam 78, a documentary highlighting the event, is now available.

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Fun Fun Fun Fest Reveals Date and Stage Schedules

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Mike Brooks
This is not a stage. It is a van. Nice try though.
They've already let us "Guess the Fest." They've also given us the full lineup. Now the folks at Fun Fun Fun Fest have gone a step further and laid out the day-by-day schedule, which will be spread out over three days (and three stages) this fall from Friday, November 7 to Sunday, November 9. That means thrifty concertgoers who are looking to pick out the best individual days to attend can start planning their Austin trek in earnest. Oh and conveniently enough, single-day passes went on sale as well this morning.

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Reverend Horton Heat on Elm St. Music and Tattoo Festival: "I Want to Fly the Dallas Flag"

Photo courtesy Flickr user Marnie Joyce

Reverend Horton Heat is one of Dallas' gems. The stage name of artist Jim Heath (as well as the moniker of his backing band), Rev. Horton Heat is arguably the most recognizable psychobilly outfit of all time. Forgetting for the moment Heath's legendary pedigree and white-hot '90s heyday, he's more recently helped birth one of Dallas' newest music festivals, Elm Street Music & Tattoo Festival.

In collaboration with famed ink-master Oliver Peck, not to mention a legion of behind-the-scenes personnel, Heath is aiming to create a festival experience unlike any other. Now in its second year, the event has grown to five days, taking over the neighborhood for the better part of a week.


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