The tagline is "Live music. Pure and simple." A mainstay on PBS since 1976, Austin City Limits
showcases the finest in modern music. This two-CD set captures highlights from the fest's fourth year, opening with a rocker from Australia's Jet ("Cold Heart Bitch") and ending with a raver from Widespread Panic ("Love Tractor"). Twenty-four acts strut their stuff on the first disc, including a bonus selection from the John Butler Trio ("Treat Yo Mama"), and each is represented by one song. Some performances take place in the sunshine (it was 108 degrees on Sunday), some after dark. The heat means bare-chested bass players (the Bravery), drummers (Bloc Party), and vocalists (Thievery Corporation), and more than enough sweat to go aroundmost of it stuck to Britains Kaiser Chiefs ("I Predict a Riot"). The second disc consists of extras, including 14 short interviews and four mini-documentaries. Although it's fair to say there's something for everyone here, the emphasis is on alternative rock and there are few female-fronted combos, with the exception of Texas quartet Eisley ("Golly Sandra") and Illinois singer/songwriter Rachael Yamagata ("Be Be Your Love"), who also duets with Jason Mraz ("Did You Get My Message?"). Standouts include Washington DC's Thievery Corporation with the dubbed-out "Warning Shots" and Ohio duo the Black Keys with the smoking "Set You Free." Some of the notable 2005 participants not
featured on this collection include Lucinda Williams, Lyle Lovett, the Black Crowes, Wilco, and Spoonlet's hear it for a sequel! --Kathleen C. Fennessy
Twenty-four incredible performances from the landmark 2005 Austin City Limits Music Festival!
This 2-DVD Set features the Top Names In Music:
Jet, Allman Brothers Band, The Bravery, Thievery Corporation, The Black Keys, Kasabian, Bloc Party, The Frames, Kaiser Chiefs, Blues Traveler, Ambulance LTD, Eisley, The Decemberists, Jason Mraz, Mike Doughty, Aqualung, Keane, Rachael Yamagata, Robert Earl Keen, Steve Earle Keen, Steve Earle and the Dukes, Gov't Mule, John Prine, John Butler Trio and Widespread Panic!
SPECIAL FEATURES: Interviews with Ambulance LTD, Aqualung, The Black Keys, Blues Traveler, The Bravery, The Decmberists, Gov't Mule, Jason Mraz, Kaiser Chiefs, Kasabian, Keane, Mike Doughty, Rachael Yamagata and Widespread Panic
- Mini-Documentaries: "Ambulance LTD ACLMF 2005," "Voices from Within" featuring Blues Traveler, "214 Circle Drive" featuring Ruthie Foster, and "Roky Erickson"
- Rest of the Fest: 3 Days in 2 Minutes, Inside the Gates, Allman Brothers Band Bus Tour, and Movin' and Shakin'
- ACL Raw: "Did You Get My Message?" (Jason Mraz and Rachael Yamagata jam), "Hold On" (Nic Armstrong and the Thieves jam), "Bluegrass Instrumental" (South Austin Jug Band jam), "Rafiki" (Zap Mama), "PSC" (Palm Elementary School Choir), "Building a Boat from the Boards in Your Eye" (What Made Milwaukee Famous), and "I Know the Lord Will Answer Prayer" (Dan Willis and All Nations Choir")
- Photo Galleries