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Austin City Limits Jumps on Festival Bandwagon, Announces Lineup

The lineup for the 2009 Austin City Limits Music Festival has been announced and it is teeming with top-notch talent. The Beastie Boys, Pearl Jam and Dave Matthews Band round out the top slots of Outside Lands Lollapalooza this year's edition of the ACL, adding Kings of Leon, Theivery Corporation and Ben Harper to the big name mix. While I commend ACL for sticking to younger acts, at least by Coachella's standards, I can't help but note that their big name headliners (Beasties, Pearl Jam, DMB) are the exact same as San Francisco's Outside Lands festival. The exact same. While there is nothing wrong with recycling a few bands like this, it kind of puts your festival at a disadvantage, especially since ACL is about a month later than Outside Lands. But hey, the lineup is long and has some pretty intriguing acts to round out everything. The entire lineup, with a brief review of it all, is after the jump.

The full 2009 lineup for Austin City Limits Music Festival goes as follows:

Pearl Jam
Dave Matthews Band
Beastie Boys
Kings of Leon
Ben Harper and Relentless7
Thievery Corporation
John Legend
The Dead Weather
The Levon Helm Band
Ghostland Observatory
Sonic Youth
Mos Def
Flogging Molly
The B-52s
Lily Allen
Citizen Cope
Arctic Monkeys
The Decemberists
Coheed and Cambria
Andrew Bird
Girl Talk
STS9 (Sound Tribe Sector 9)
Bon Iver
The Avett Brothers
The Airborne Toxic Event
Medeski, Martin & Wood
Michael Franti & Spearhead
Grizzly Bear
Heartless Bastards
Passion Pit
White Lies
Dan Auerbach
The Walkmen
The Scabs
Reckless Kelly
Blitzen Trapper
The Virgins
Here We Go Magic
K' Naan
Asleep at the Wheel
Dr. Dog
The Raveonettes
The Knux
Black Joe Lewis & the Honeybears
State Radio
Los Amigos Invisibles
The Felice Brothers
Federico Aubele
Raul Malo
Daniel Johnston
Poi Dog Pondering
Brett Dennen
Henry Butler
Preservation Hall
Sam Roberts Band
The Greencards
Sara Watkins
Walter "Wolfman" Washington
David Garza
John Vanderslice
Zac Brown Band
Todd Snider
School of Seven Bells
The Dodos
Robyn Hitchcock and the Venus 3
Alberta Cross
Deer Tick
Bell X1
Alela Diane
The Wood Brothers
The Parlor Mob
Rebirth Brass Band
Marva Wright
Terri Hendrix
Lisa Hannigan
The Low Anthem
Sons of Bill
Sarah Jaffe
Cotton Jones
The Henry Clay People
Papa Mali
Vince Mira
Jonathan Tyler & the Northern Lights
Mimicking Birds
Jeffrey Steele
Jonell Mosser
Keith Gattis
Damien Horne
Sarah Siskind
Danny Brooks
Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band
The Soul Stirrers
The Durdens
Palm School Elementary
The Gospel Silvertones
Quinn Sullivan
Ralph's World
Q Brothers
Telephone Company
Loose Cannons
Lunch Money

Throwing in The Knux, !!!, Passion Pit, John Vanderslice, Girl Talk, Phoenix, The Virgins, Dr. Dog and Blitzen Trapper helps round things out nicely. Hell, they even got the B-52's, Toadies and Sonic Youth for those fans clamoring to recreate the summer of 1991. These bands also prove that your 2009 music festival must include some older acts to have any hopes of selling tickets.

This lineup makes me applaud Coachella for branching out and compiling a lineup that is much unlike any other festival this season -- no one but Goldenvoice, the folks in charge of Coachella, has the balls to book a band like Throbbing Gristle. However, comparing Coachella and ACL is apples and oranges. I commend ACL for booking such a youthful lineup and not pandering to older fans like Coachella ever so shamelessly does. It's just too bad that ACL's young, hip lineup looks exactly like the lineups of both Outside Lands and Lollapalooza.

The Austin City Limits Music Festival runs October 2-4 in Austin's Zilker Park. Three-day passes will set you back $185 -- a pretty decent price, if you ask me. Head to to take in the full lineup and find out other information about the festival.

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Michael Lopez