2017 ACL Playlist: Songs to get you pumped for ACL


LCD Soundsystem at ACL 2016. Photo by Emily Weaver.

2017 ACL Playlist: Songs to get you pumped for ACL

ACL is quickly approaching, so grab a pair of sunglasses, a bottle of sunscreen, and some headphones for the new silent disco. In order to be all ready for this year’s round of music, here’s the perfect playlist for ACL 2017.

Feel it Still – Portugal. the Man

This bop was released over the summer, and could pretty much be heard everywhere, from your local trendy farmer’s market to an iPad commercial. The smooth, falsetto voice paired with a quick guitar riff makes this song a great start to a breezy, sunny ACL weekend.

99 Problems – Jay-Z

This song is a classic from Jay-Z, and will naturally get you pumped for the show. Though Jay-Z has remained somewhat of an enigma since he switched over to streaming service Tidal  as a primary platform to share his music, 99 Problems evokes images of classic hip-hop, and reminds you about Jay-Z’s natural knack for good lyrics.

Lie, Cheat, Steal – Run the Jewels

Run the Jewels is a rap duo consisting of Killer Mike and El-P. The pair have created a name for themselves in both political and musical spheres, and use their music to draw parallels between social issues and music. “Lie, Cheat, Steal” blends seamlessly between the two’s voices, with genius rhymes that will leave you thinking long after the song is over.

Don’t You Evah – Spoon

Native Austin band Spoon has made numerous ACL appearances in years past, which makes it no surprise that they’re back again for 2017. Spoon’s music crosses genre from album to album on a spectrum, with older material leaning to rock and newer music on the edge of pop. “Don’t You Evah” gets caught in the crossfire, with attitude-spiked lyrics and a deep beat that gives listeners the best of both worlds.

I Wanna Prove to You – The Lemon Twigs

This band brings 60’s inspired rock music with crooning, sweet vocals, and escalating piano notes. “I Wanna Prove to You” is a great song to start out with – it’s witty, catchy, and upbeat as it details the narrator’s misfortune with unrequited love.

Don’t Touch My Hair – Solange

Solange’s sweet voice commands her listener’s attention, as she speaks to a common micro-aggression black women are regularly asked. This song is expertly mixed, with repeated lyrics “What you say to me?” guaranteed to be stuck in your head for hours.

Night Ride – The Growlers

This song is brooding, mysterious, and charming at the same time. With melodic lyrics detailing a late-night city drive, this song is a fantastic peak for when the sun goes down. The band’s latest album was produced by Strokes frontman Julian Casablancas, and has the same sleepy vocals tinged with the perfect edge of sarcasm.

Spaceman – the Killers

The same band who brought you the catchy Mr. Brightside has an entire discography of upbeat alternative songs. “Spaceman” conjures up imagery reminiscent of 80’s space songs, with a swanky synthesizer playing in the background.

Houdini – Foster the People

This dance-oriented indie-pop song has a fantastic beat, and is perfect for anyone who wants a song they can tap their foot along to. Foster the People’s latest album, Sacred Hearts Club, is described as a hybrid of eras and genres by group newcomer Isom Innis. The group’s energy remains constant, making this show one you can’t miss.

Black Mambo – Glass Animals

This song – which, according to band members, is inspired by the show Breaking Bad, gives off an overall chill vibe, with a slinking xylophone making it’s way throughout the verses. This song is perfect for breezy Austin nights, and has a beautiful music video to go along with it.

Unforgiving Girl (She’s Not A Single Version) – Car Seat Headrest

Car Seat Headrest has a rather extensive discography for such a short-lived band. With upwards of seven albums, frontman Will Toledo often reuses content from album to album, tweaking songs to perfection. With songs ranging from angsty, loud, 12-minute ballads to quick, upbeat, three minute singles, Car Seat Headrest gives listeners plenty of range. “Unforgiving Girl (She’s Not A Single Version)” definitely falls into the latter of the two categories, and is a remix of the song “(She’s Not an) Unforgiving Girl” off of the band’s most recent album, Teens of Denial.