Austin City Limits, guest-starring 'Friday Night Lights'

Fridaynightlights_lGreetings from Texas, PopWatchers, where I have taken yet another vacation to attend a music festival, because I am a crazy person! Yes, I came home for this year’s Austin City Limits fest, three days that appealed to me for a variety of reasons: 1) I love Austin, 2) I’ve never been to ACL, 3) I haven’t seen Beck or the Foo Fighters yet this summer, 4) third headliner the Mars Volta scares the crap out of me, so I can just take a couple pictures that night and then go see Drive By Truckers at Emo’s…

and 5), and most important, I have devised a genius way to cover the festival without having to lift a pen: I have asked the cast of Friday Night Lights to write about it for me! (That said, I will be attempting to Twitter from on site, but I am betting $5 that my editors tell me to stop doing it by 3pm Saturday. Follow our feed at

So watch this space starting Saturday morning, because Scott Porter, Adrianne Palicki, EWwy nominee Connie Britton, Jesse Plemons, Aimee Teegarden, and Gaius Charles have all agreed to participate in my little guest-blogging experiment, and are taking at least one band each. Thus far I know Scott’s writing up N.E.R.D., Palicki wants Blues Traveler, and Connie has requested Beck — but I would like to emphasize the experimental nature of this project, and I make no guarantees it’s going to work. (Though how kickass is it gonna be when it does?!?) Meanwhile, I’ll be taking pictures that we’ll maybe slap into a gallery on Monday, and if you happen to be at ACL this weekend and feel like writing up a band or two yourself, go ahead and do it in the comments as we go along. Together, we can prevent Whitney from working on her days off! Do it for the children!

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  • Jill

    This is a great idea! I’m a big fan of FNL and ACL and it will be nice to hear some tidbits from residents (at least during filming!) of Austin.
    Look foward to reading! And stop working Whitney!! ;)

  • daisyj

    I’ll take you up on that five dollars. My money says they don’t pull the plug until about 9 AM Sunday.

  • KE

    I went to ACL Friday and caught a few acts. Gogol Bordello are freakishly frenetic, but a great band to see live. They were loud, catchy, and fun. I’ve never seen Hot Chip before, but they were a fun surprise and closed with a memorable cover of “Nothing Compares 2 U.” Mates of State was another new band for me, although they had some intonation problems, I appreciated their songcraft, but I’m not sure that a festival venue was the best place to hear them. Finally, I caught The Swell Season, whose set was unfortunately plagued by mic and piano problems were clearly frustrating Glen Hansard. For fans of ACL the show, TSS are recording a session while in town.
    The weather wasn’t as oppressive as last year, but the dust that’s been a problem in the past was kicking up.

  • Lynn

    So far, my faves have been Jamie Lidell and Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings. It’s turning out to be an R&B/Soul/Gospel kind of weekend for me. I was really looking forward to The Swell Season, but 1)the technical difficulties were troubling, 2) the bleed from the Austin Ventures stage was distracting and 3)I don’t think a festival is the best venue for them.
    Looking forward to tomorrow and spending the day at the FDIC/JP Morgan Chase/WaMu tent.

  • donner

    Welcome home Whitney…at least the weather is cool and comfortable for ya…Go see Robert Plant and Allison Krauss tonight…sweet…

  • Shae

    Hi Whitney,
    I was the girl standing next to the boy you had a conversation with about journalism and Twitter. I’m looking forward to reading more of your articles!

  • whitney pastorek

    daisyj, I owe you $5. Lynn, you win the award for best comment regarding a tent ever made. Shae, it was fun talking with you guys– flag me down if you’re in the front row of a stage and see me in the pit again… and everyone else, stay tuned, because I swear these FNL folks are gonna blog if I have to do it under a pseudonym myself.
    meanwhile, Sharon Jones rocked it this morning, the Black Keys got a late start but made up for it tonight, and the Beck set was a strange, occasionally wonderful, but mostly strange experience. oh. and for someone as wordy as me, Twitter is a challenge, but I’m doing the best I can– keep following me at the link above, and write back!

  • BC

    Maybe next time Beck won’t have his volume at maximum so fans can actually hear Plant/Krauss?

  • E Quiroz

    I saw you at Heartless Bastards at ACL! I KNEW you looked familiar! My sister and I were in the front. Did you see Britt Daniel in the audience? We ran in to him after the set ended. It’s so cool you guys come to Texas and brave the heat to see all the bands. Thanks for all the coverage. A treat as always!

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