The Austin City Limits Music Festival is one of the biggest music events of the year, and the 2015 lineup includes musicians beloved by many University of Dallas students. The festival is so large that it spans across two weekends, Oct. 2-4 and Oct. 9-11. One-day passes to the festival cost at least $100, and all passes are sold out. But despair not; between weekends, a slew of ACL artists are headed into Dallas: George Ezra, alt-J, Walk the Moon and Lord Huron. ACL, Weezer, and Fitz and the Tantrums will also be in Dallas during that week, though they will not be performing at ACL. Senior Maddie Pelletier and sophomore Rachel Sutherlin are taking advantage of the opportunity by going to see Lord Huron together at the House of Blues on Oct. 6.
“[Lord Huron’s music is] chill, but also upbeat in the sense that it has a lot of layers to it,” Pelletier said. “I like it because every time I listen to a song I’ll notice something else where I’ll be able to focus on something else.”
Sutherlin likens the lyrics to a kind of poetry. “They definitely have a little bit of country roots I would say, so it’s almost, yeah, folksy Americana … I really particularly enjoy their lyrics.”
Other students are heading to see George Ezra, for both his good looks and his music. Ezra is a singer from England, probably best known for his song “Budapest.” His lyrics are often deeply poetic and thought-provoking. In addition to performing in Austin, Ezra arrives Oct. 4 to perform a sold-out concert at the House of Blues.
Alt-J rocks a sound bridging the gap between that of vintage records and modern soft rock. The lyrics have meanings meant to be deciphered, and saxophone notes dance with electronic synth. After the first weekend of ACL, they arrive at the South Side Ballroom in Dallas on Oct. 5.
Walk the Moon is certainly best known for their hit single “Shut Up and Dance.” According to the band’s website, the band formed in Cincinnati, Ohio and they call their sound a unique form of rock ‘n’ roll. With a trademark of bright electronic leads and mellow rock guitar, they sing lyrics full of honest emotions. Walk the Moon arrives at the South Side Ballroom in Dallas on Oct. 7.
Though ACL is sold out, students can enjoy the many lower-priced concerts around town. If you are looking for someplace different to spend the evening, why not consider a concert? You might become an upcoming band’s biggest fan.