Photos from the Austin City Limits Festival


Originally shot for Speakers in Code, our friend Nate Burrell has allowed us to share some of his photos from this year’s Austin City Limits Festival. The shots are so gorgeous, I’m not even going to begrudge him the fact that he didn’t shoot the Afghan Whigs. who played yet another stellar set at the fest.

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For even more great ACL Fest photos, visit Nate’s site.


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Trampled by Turtles/The Infamous Stringdusters at the Beachland Ballroom, Cleveland, Ohio, 11.6.10

Trampled by Turtles

Many times, when you hear one song by a band and are instantly excited
by it, the rest of that band’s repertoire can be disappointing. I
heard Trampled by Turtles’ “Wait So Long” a while back and loved it
instantly, so when they started off their set at the Beachland
Saturday night with a mellow number, while it was a lovely song, I
wondered if I was in for impending disappointment. But all misgivings
were completely wiped out by the second song when TBT launched into
the thrash-grass sound that’s been garnering them fans all over the

TBT played a very good mix of slower tunes with their fast tunes, but
it was obviously the fast ones the audience had come for, and I don’t
think anyone was disappointed. Between the foot-stomping that was
going on out on the floor and the guy who was headbanging to my left,
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Trampled by Turtles and the Infamous Stringdusters are coming to Cleveland.

The Beachland Ballroom will become string-band-a-topia this Saturday, November 6, when Trampled by Turtles and the Infamous Stringdusters descend for the night (the show will be a part of a stringband weekend to which the Beachland is offering special package deals that include a Friday night show from Cornmeal and Railroad Earth). These bands are like two sides of the same coin. The Infamous Stringdusters offer up a polished stringband sound in the tradition of classic Grand Ole Opry mixed with the longform solo proclivities of the jam band genre (NTSIB normally detests noodling, but when said noodling is done on banjo, fiddle, mandolin and steel guitar, somehow it doesn’t seem so bad). Trampled by Turtles is the faster, more immediate, slightly more ragged cousin to the Stringdusters’ sound – it’s stringband music with a rock ‘n’ roll heart. (You’ve likely heard, and loved, their song “Wait So Long”.)

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