TEXAS///MUSIC///LOST AT THE AUSTIN CITY LIMITS FESTIVAL

October 2, 2008  |  Austin, Feature, Futura, Lance Armstrong, Music, News

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Tour de Lance with fellow hessian Dave Grohl close out the best little music festival in Texas...

Just got back from a very long, lost weekend in Austin at LANCE ARMSTRONG's epic (and ridiculously underrated) AUSTIN CITY LIMITS FESTIVAL, where 40,000+ revelers gathered for three days of incredible music, beer, and BBQ. With a lineup featuring over 140 bands including ROBERT PLANT & ALISON KRAUSS, BECK, FOO FIGHTERS, THE BLACK KEYS, NERD, THE MARS VOLTA, SHARON JONES & THE DAP KINGS, NEKO CASE, MGMT, HOT CHIP, and CSS, performing on multiple stages, the sun-drenched sonic rendezvous was only enhanced by the unparalleled coolness of the mostly Austinite crowd that still appreciates rock 'n' roll on a level rarely seen outside of Europe. Highlights of the run included The Mars Volta's earth-shattering set that nearly broke the sound barrier, Beck's front-of-stage mid set electronic beatbox breakdown, Jack White shredding eardrums on his copper guitar, and a ragged late-nite session with DAVE GROHL following his epic FOO FIGHTERS festival finale. HAVE A LOOK:

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Earplugs, anyone?

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Mellow Johnny's massive bike parking lot quickly filled to overflowing...

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Luckily, Austinites are resourceful...

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Pharrell sees red..

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Loves the ladies...

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And struts NERD chic with glasses he doesn't even need...

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Beck slaughtered with an album-spanning set...

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The beatbox breakdown...

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In full effect...

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Girls rip...

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Beck gets big sound on cheap guitars...

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This guy held the sign for two hours straight...

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This English guy never stopped texting, ever...

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A LONG way from LA...

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It's all about the kids...

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MGMT stole Jimmy Page's guitar...

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Aaaaahhhh, Texas...

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Zeppie Plant retools "Black Dog" with Alison Krauss...

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And barred everyone from watching backstage, even mate Dave Grohl AND his mom...

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The young Alison Krauss (left), and her elder visage...

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Warm Fall nites...

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Neko Case lives out her Ace Frehley fantasy...

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Citified...

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CSS Suxxx...

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Fashion doesn't...

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The camera generation...

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John Holmes and Sweeny Todd are The Raconteurs...

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The masses approve...

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Jack's copper top Gretch delivers the ill tone...

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Well put...

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The ladies, the ladies...

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Akron's finest, the Black Keys, open up the rubber factory...

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No bass needed...

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Heavy liquid...

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The Mars Volta electrify...

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Omar drives the drummer...

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And delivers epic prog madness to the masses...

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Kind of blue...

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Sharon Jones delivers real soul...

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And demonstrates why...

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Amy Winehouse stole her band, the Dap Kings, to get over...

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Foo Fighters kill in the festival finale...

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Lance Livestrong in the Foo's glow...

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Mr Green Jeans delivers...

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The kids approve...

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One of these things is not like the other...

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The boys discuss their following 8am workout at Lance's house (Dave's verdict: "I rock, you ride")...

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Ghrolie takes Nike's Mark Parker to the gun show...

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Dawn of the dead...

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