ACL Buzz: Austin City Limits Announces 2012 Headliners!

May 29, 2012by Brian Talley

On May 21st, Texas music-lovers from Circle C to Lake Travis and Avery Ranch were up late awaiting some very important Austin music news.  When the Austin City Limits Music Festival finally announced its 2012 line-up around midnight, 1-Day and 3-Day Passes sold out within 48 hours!  It didn’t hurt that this eight-stage, three-day festival in the heart of the Music Capital of the World started its list off with the Red Hot Chili Peppers.

Read on for short bios of all the ten 2012 headlining bands, compliments of the official ACL homepage… 

Red Hot Chili Peppers at ACL 2012Red Hot Chili Peppers

“Children are born, but a friend dies. A new guitarist arrives as the old one leaves. And a band is reborn after an overdue break. Beginnings and endings. That’s I’m With You, truly the beginning of a new era for the Red Hot Chili Peppers. The 10th album of the Los Angeles band’s singular career sees the band refreshed, renewed, once again working with producer Rick Rubin (their fifth partnership, including the last album, 2006’s monster Stadium Arcadium two-CD tour de force). It expands the same combination of funk and finesse, intensity and tenderness that’s made the Peppers sine qua non in modern rock, but with a new set of life experiences from the intervening years that coalesced into a dynamically fresh start.”

Neil Young and Crazy Horse, ACL 2012Neil Young and Crazy Horse

“Neil Young and Crazy Horse made their first live appearance since 2004 last month at the MusicCares tribute to Paul McCartney in Los Angeles. They played ‘I Saw Her Standing There’ that many critics called a highlight of the star-studded show, though the band has released no touring plans.

“Neil Young and Crazy Horse will release their new LP Americana on June 5th. It’s their first album together since Greendale in 2003, and their first album with the full Crazy Horse line-up of Billy Talbot, Ralph Molina and Frank ‘Poncho’ Sampedro since Broken Arrow in 1996. The songs on Americana are all classic American folk songs, including ‘This Land Is Your Land,’ ‘Gallows Pole,’ ‘Tom Doole’ and ‘Clementine.’”

The Black Keys, ACL 2012The Black Keys

“The Black Keys—Akron, OH natives Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney—released their debut album, The Big Come Up, in 2002, followed by Thickfreakness (2003) and Rubber Factory (2004). In 2006 they signed to Nonesuch Records in the U.S. and released their fourth album, Magic Potion, which was followed by the Danger Mouse-produced Attack & Release in 2008. El Camino is the first Black Keys album Nonesuch will release worldwide.”

“El Camino follows the most successful two years in The Black Keys’ career. In May 2010, they released their breakthrough album, Brothers, to widespread critical acclaim. Debuting at #2 in the U.S., it went on to win three Grammy Awards and an MTV Video Music Award, and topped numerous year-end lists, including iTunes, NPR, and Rolling Stone. Brothers, which included the hit singles “Tighten Up” and “Howlin’ for You,” has been certified Gold in the U.S. and U.K., and Platinum in Canada. Worldwide sales are now over one million and counting.”

Jack White, ACL 2012Jack White

“Born the youngest of ten children, raised in Southwest Detroit and a resident of Nashville since 2005, Jack White is one of the most prolific and renowned artists of the past fifteen years. When the White Stripes started in 1997 no one, least of all Jack, ever expected that a red-and-white two-piece band would take hold in the mainstream world. With the release of 2001’s White Blood Cells the band was thrust on magazine covers and captivating audiences through worldwide touring. ‘Fell in Love With a Girl’ served as the band’s breakthrough hit and its accompanying Michel Gondry Lego clip was chosen by Pitchfork Media as the #1 music video of the 2000’s.”

“The release of Elephant in 2003 not only cemented the band’s reputation as a force to be reckoned with, but it also offered the hit ‘Seven Nation Army’ which has since become appropriated as a de facto stadium chant for many sports teams the world over. In 2004 White teamed up with Loretta Lynn to produce and perform on her Van Lear Rose album, an effort that won Grammy’s for Best Country Album and Best Country collaboration with vocals for the single ‘Portland, Oregon.’ To date White has won nine Grammys in seven different categories.”

Florence and The Machine, Austin City Limits 2012Florence + The Machine

“A lot can happen to a daydreaming girl in the world, and in the last few years, it’s all happened for Florence. The debut album she dreamt up in her bedroom in South London burst into being and swept the planet, selling over three million copies, winning the coveted Brits ‘Best Album’ award and etching itself indelibly into the popular consciousness. Now she has been everywhere: the girl has seen the world and the world has seen the girl. And after months of lying low on home turf, writing and recording in the London she’s long been in love with, Florence returns with her triumphant second album.”

“In the last year she’s graced the stages of Saturday Night Live, Good Morning America, The Colbert Report, the 53rd Grammy Awards – where she performed as part of an all-girl, all-star Aretha Franklin tribute and was nominated for Best New Artist – the 83rd Academy Awards, Anna Wintour’s obscenely star-studded annual Met Ball, and the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony in Oslo. Time Magazine ranked her at number fifty-one in their 2011 list of the one hundred most influential people in the world. She has officially graduated from up-and-coming fashion influence to full-blown style icon.”

The Avett Brothers, ACL 2012The Avett Brothers

“That magic is abundantly evident on I and Love and You, the Avett Brothers’ big-label debut. Its 13 songs are delivered in a style that defies pigeonholing but might be described as a rootsy amalgam of folk, country, bluegrass, rock and pop – even a jab of punk-style dynamics here and there. Drawn by the naked honesty of their songs and the rousing intensity of their live shows, legendary producer and talent scout Rick Rubin signed the Avett Brothers – consisting of siblings Scott and Seth, plus bassist Bob Crawford – to his American Recordings label in 2008.”

“The Avett Brothers formed in 2001 in Charlotte, North Carolina when banjoist Scott Avett and guitarist Seth Avett joined forces with standup bass player Bob Crawford. At the time, the brothers fronted a neo-punk band called Nemo. They enjoyed blowing it out on electric instruments but eventually began feeling the tug of the acoustic music they’d heard growing up. They were raised in the textile town of Concord, about a half-hour north of Charlotte. Their dad, Jim Avett, had a box of eight-track tapes that Scott and Seth picked through, listened to and digested. It included albums by Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Crosby, Stills & Nash, and Jim’s own folksy duo, Common Decency.”

Iggy And The Stooges, ACL 2012Iggy & The Stooges

“In VERY short… Iggy and The Stooges is an American rock band from Ann Arbor, Michigan first active from 1967 to 1974, and later reformed in 2003. Although they sold few records in their original incarnation and often performed for indifferent or hostile audiences, the Stooges are widely regarded as instrumental in the rise of punk rock, as well as influential to alternative rock, heavy metal and rock music at large. The Stooges were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2010.”


“To put it lightly, what Avicii and his manager Ash have managed to achieve in just a few years is truly astonishing. Commencing his dizzying journey at the tender age of 18, the self-taught, fresh-faced Swedish luminary has unquestionably amassed greater success by the age of 22 than most could ever hope to achieve in a lifetime. The mastermind behind chart-topping phenomena Seek Bromance, My Feelings For You, Fade into Darkness and the current global obsession that is Levels, he has soared from budding bedroom music-maker to international electronic sensation in a matter of years. Reaching #6 in the ‘DJ Mag Top 100’ 2011 poll, without even a whisper of promotion, Avicii already stands shoulder-to-shoulder with just a handful of the most in-demand and elite DJs on the planet. We can only dare to imagine what will be accomplished in a whole career…”

“From the off, the prodigal wiz-kid has been driven by a determination to sculpt fresh, innovative and forward thinking electronic music. It’s what he does best. Enamored with production technology, and never one to get caught up in the particularities of sub-genres and musical trends, the countless hours he spent as a youngster immersed in the screens, synths and keyboards of his home studio have paid serious dividends. As he continues to deliver record after record of truly original and blissful makings, one thing has become blatantly clear for all to see – Avicii is a young man gifted with an unparalleled, innate ability to create inventive electronic sounds of the highest order.”


“By combining sound and force with weight, the Bassnectar experience engulfs the senses. It is as physical as it is auditory; the adventure has no rules, no limitations, and no hesitation in fusing the familiar with the strange or the classic with the cutting edge.”

“Bassnectar is the brainchild of Lorin Ashton, and it exists as an open-sourced musical project that is as diverse as it is heavy, as raw as it is meticulous, and as fierce as it is imaginary. Spanning the spectrum of sonic style, the music covers every genre imaginable and smashes it all into a synthesis of intense, wobbling basslines and hypnotic soundscapes.”

The Roots, Austin City Limits 2012The Roots

“Formed in 1987, in Philadelphia, PA, the legendary Roots Crew, consists of Black Thought (MC), Ahmir ‘Questlove’ Thompson (drums), Kamal Gray (electronic keyboards), F. Knuckles (percussion), Captain Kirk Douglas (electronic guitar), Damon Bryson (sousaphone) and James Poyser (electronic keyboard) Having previously released twelve projects, The Roots have become one of the best known and most respected hip-hop acts in the business, winning four GRAMMYs, most recently for Best R&B Album for Wake Up!, Best Traditional R&B Vocal Performance for ‘Hang in There’ (with John Legend) and Best Group or Duo R&B Vocal Performance for Shine.”

“Additionally, The Roots have also become the faces of Philly’s Fourth of July Jam, an annual concert held during the Fourth of July with the biggest names in music, and The Roots Jam Session, a yearly star-studded mix of musicians, that has become a celebrated institution during awards season. In 2009, The Roots, named one of the greatest live bands around by both Spin and Rolling Stone, became the official house band on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon where they currently perform every Monday-Friday.”

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P.S. Want to learn more about ACL 2012?

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