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ACL SUNDAY REVIEW: Die Antwoord

Life & Arts Editor

October 16, 2012

South Africa's Die Antwoord prides themselves on being incredibly zef--an Afrikaans word describing a counter-culture movement in which the lower classes fake wealthy lifestyles. Comprised of Ninja, Yo-Landi Vi$$er and DJ Hi-...

ACL SUNDAY REVIEW: The Avett Brothers

Life & Arts Editor

October 16, 2012

Few sounds are as distinct and soothing as the bluegrass-inspired indie folk of The Avett Brothers. Brothers Scott (banjo) and Seth Avett (guitar), along with Joe Kwan (cello), Bob Crawford (stand-up bass) and Jacob Edwards (d...

ACL SATURDAY REVIEW: Big Gigantic

Life & Arts Editor

October 16, 2012

What is the one thing that will make hundreds of smashed-together, dancing dubstep fans go absolutely crazy? Ice-cold pouring rain. The weather was ominous the entire day but decided to finally release some precipitation the mom...

ACL SATURDAY REVIEW: Rufus Wainwright

Life & Arts Editor

October 16, 2012

Rufus Wainwright is our generation's Elton John. He does wonders on a piano, wears elaborate and fanciful clothing and knows how to put on a show. Wainwright donned a psychedelic zebra-striped suit as he tickled the ivories on ...

ACL FRIDAY REVIEW: Los Campesinos!

Life & Arts Editor

October 16, 2012

Los Campesinos! is an interesting act and not only because they have an exclamation point in their name. Los Campesinos! seems to defy all stereotypes. They have a Spanish name, were originally formed in England, but are more popu...

ACL SUNDAY REVIEW: The Civil Wars

Life & Arts Editor

October 16, 2012

From the moment Joy Williams and John Paul White of The Civil Wars walked out onto the stage, they meant business. Dressed in their usual formal wear, she in a black dress and he in a suit (at one point he admitted that he was...

ACL SATURDAY PREVIEW: DJ rises above EDM wannabes

Life & Arts Editor

October 9, 2012

In a world where every 13-year-old with an iPad is a DJ, Bassnectar is a beacon of hope and genius. His music is an experience, not just something to listen to. Bassnectar is San Francisco-based DJ Lorin Ashton who released his first...

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