Fly Lo and Thom Come of Age, .Paak and Kendrick Soar Predictably in Austin

The sun rose hot over Zilker Park on Friday morning, ushering in Weekend Two of Austin City Limits, also known simply as ACL. The festivities started off at 11, with early risers filtering in to see alt-rock acts like Bear Hands and SUSTO, both of whom will play at Voodoo later this month. Both groups put on solid sets.

French Quarter Fest: Alexandra Scott's Milky Way

I'm always struck by how expressive Alexandra Scott's voice can be. In measured, conversational ways, she moves convincingly through the full range of complex emotions and modes of expression we employ daily if not hourly. There's nothing theatrical in her singing, but her sadness sounds earned, her joy is felt, her heartbreak is painful, and much of it is modulated by humor--gallows, antic, or otherwise. When a song focuses on a single, simple emotion, that's telling.

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