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September 26-28, 2008
Austin, TX

My 6th ACL Fest!! The year had the most pleasant temperatures since the overcast and rainy 2003 festival. The heat was bad for less than an hour on Sunday. And on days 2 and 3, I got to hitch a ride with Michelle and Barbara, who'd scored a rock-star parking pass just a short walk from the front gates.

This year proved to be a bit dusty, though nowhere near as bad as the Dust Bowl of '05. But it was bad enough that I got bandanas for Barbara, Michelle, and me before Day 2, and they came in handy. Also coming in handy, the rum that I bought before heading out on Day 2. Llght rum. You know, the type that's clear. Like, um, water.

The highlights of this year's show for me were Jakob Dylan, the Raconteurs, Beck, Against Me!, CSS, MGMT, and of course the closing act, Foo Fighters. Silversun Pickups were good too. Robert Plant was wayyyy too mellow with Alison Krauss. Manu Chao was cool at first, but then every song started sounding the same. The Swell Season was borrrrring, and the Mars Volta was just noise.

You can find videos of some of the bands with their photos.

Jakob Dylan Jakob Dylan Jakob Dylan

VIDEO: Jakob Dylan

Jamie Lidell

Jamie Lidell

VIDEO: Jamie Lidell

Friday crowd

Friday crowd

Gogol Bordello

Gogol Bordello

VIDEO: Gogol Bordello

Brian guards the flag

Brian, Amy K., Tim T., & Trish Base camp
Slightly Stoopid Slightly Stoopid David Byrne Trish, Brian, Barbara, & me

Bob at base camp

David Byrne

VIDEO: David Byrne performs "Once in a Lifetime"

Dusty horizon

The Swell Season

The Swell Season

VIDEO: The Swell Season

ACL spotlights

ACL spotlights

The Mars Volta

VIDEO: The Mars Volta

Barbara watches the debate Obama on TV Nighttime skyline Nighttime skyline Manu Chao
Manu Chao Brian surfs his iPhone

VIDEO: Manu Chao

Dusty night

No flash means no dust

Dusty base camp

CSS

CSS

VIDEO: CSS

Brian mans the flag

VIDEO: CSS performs their iTunes commercial song

CSS

CSS

Brian mans the flag Saturday crowd
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