Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Austin City Limits

We all know how profound live music can be, and somehow, although I've not gone, I sense that seeing any artist live at the Austin City Limits festival has to be epic.  While I was not there this past weekend, and I suspect many of you were not either, there is plenty of footage for us to pretend we were.

A new song by Coldplay, Up In Flames, live at Austin City Limits this weekend (via Idolator) can be viewed HERE.  This song is much slower and much more chill than all of the other songs they've recently performed from their upcoming album, a welcomed difference since many songs from the forthcoming album sound very much like they could have been on Viva La Vida.  Which is fine by me, but its nice to hear something a little different.

Again via Idolator, lots of great, amazing high quality footage from Austin City Limits, featuring Coldplay doing Paradise, Viva La Vida and Charlie Brown.  Idolator's Austin City Limits footage also includes Foster the People and Cee Lo.  All found HERE.

You can also view Kanye West's performances here, although the footage is from the audience.  That said, the audio quality is better than your typical "Random guy in audience recording the show and posting on YouTube" footage, so check it out.

Austin City Limits You Tube Channel
The festival has posted lots of great, high quality, well produced footage from the festival on its Youtube channel at the above link.  Footage is available from:
The Head and The Heart
Fleet Foxes
Ryan Bingham & The Dead Horse
Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr.
Ray LaMontagne
Smith Westerns
The Walkmen
Yellow Ostrich
Delta Spirit
Young The Giant
J Roddy Walston & The Business
Mariachi El Bronx
Brandi Carlile
Iron & Wine
The Antlers
Foster the People

Austin City Limits was kind enough to post a wide array of artists and videos for us to enjoy and pretend we were all there.  Here are a few of my favorite live performances:

The Head and The Heart, Down in the Valley

Fleet Foxes, Helplessness Blues

Ryan Bingham & The Dead Horse, Bread & Water

Ray LaMontagne, Beg Steal or Borrow

This performance is what live music is all about. Check it out:
Young the Giant, My Body  

Iron & Wine, Walking Far From Home  (its pouring rain during this performance. making it all the more poignant. With Marketa Irglova of The Swell Season singing backup)

Coldplay, Charlie Brown
A natural extension from Viva La Vida.

Coldplay, Paradise

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