ACL Aftershows offer opportunities for festival forgoers to enjoy live performances

Lauren L'Amie

Whether you are one with the masses at Zilker Park this weekend or you find yourself ticket-less, there will be no shortage of live music outside of the festival grounds.

Despite complaints about ACL running for two weekends instead of one, there is one obvious advantage: The week in between. Austin will be hosting the festival’s musicians for a glorious week of fantastic shows at venues all over town. Here’s just a few of the greats:

The Black Angels with The Joy Formidable 

Official after shows this Saturday night start out with a bang and some righteous guitar riffs. The Joy Formidable, playing the Bud Light Stage on Saturday, are a Welsh alternative rock trio who are sure to pack a punch. Their most recent album, Wolf’s Law, released this past January, has been praised for its guitar hooks and punchy ballads. The Black Angels will be playing ACL’s Bud Light Stage on Friday, and playing with The Joy Formidable at Emo’s. The psychedelic rock group recently released their fourth full-length album, Indigo Meadow, this past April. 

Widowspeak with Boy Friend

In the mood for something a little dreamier Saturday night? Check out Brooklyn-based duo Widowspeak, playing at Stubb’s indoor stage. Guitarist and vocalist Molly Hamilton and guitarist Robert Earl Thomas released their most recent album, Almanac, in November of 2012. The pair has been categorized as shoe-gaze, featuring feathery guitar harmonies and dream-pop vocals. They will be playing on ACL’s Samsung Galaxy Stage on Friday. 

Ditch the Fest Fest

Even with ACL being exhausting, the DTF Fest at the historic Scoot Inn should be worth it. On both weekends, it will be featuring more than 35 local and regional musicians on their outdoor stage. Come check out and fall in love with some lesser known and local bands. If supporting homegrown Austin musicians isn’t enticing enough, maybe the price will be — admission is a mere $5 for a day filled with local pride.