The Week in TicketCity Search – October 9th

It is with a slight sense of surprise I report ACL managed to hang onto the top spot this week. Propelled primarily by a strong showing over last weekend, ACL’s win wasn’t quite the all out domination of the previous week. The Longhorns were a much closer second this time. Will be interesting to see how long post-ACL fever lasts. The rain certainly didn’t seem to dampen the spirits of last minute ticket searchers. Next year’s festival is scheduled for October 8-10, and yes, you can line up your spot today on our ACL Tickets page.

Miley and Taylor once again find themselves in close proximity, after a steady U2 and a resurgent Aventura. The WWE makes a return appearance after a few months of absence. The Cowboys haven’t been absent quite so long, but weren’t around for the past few weeks. Which brings to the Twins, who appear in part due to their little pre-playoff playoff against the Tigers. The Twins and the Tigers finished their seasons tied and had an amazing 12 inning, 6-5 squeaker for the right to get steamrolled by the Yankees.

If you’re intersted in following the Twins, or a team with a shot at making it to the World Series, check out our MLB Playoffs Tickets page.

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1 1 ACL
2 5 Texas Longhorns
3 4 U2
4 10 Aventura
5 3 Miley Cyrus
6 8 Taylor Swift
7 - WWE
8 - Dallas Cowboys
9 - Minnesota Twins
10 7 Kings of Leon

The Week in TicketCity Search – October 2nd

It is with no sense of suspense I can announce that ACL once again topped the countdown in this, the week just prior to the festival. As the gray clouds gather, things are set to kick off in just a few hours time, in fact. Looks like it’s going to be a bit damp out there this weekend, so be sure to plan accordingly if you’re heading out there.

Journey pops into the countdown after a long absence. They were last seen back in June as their Revelation Tour was in full swing. Playing a date in Austin probably got them some additional interest on our site this week. Journey fans are quickly running out of dates, as only a few remain before the 2009 Revelation Tour is over.

The rest of the countdown features some of our usual suspects, with Miley Cyrus recovering from her dip last week, and U2 and the Longhorns battling it out for 4th and 5th. Kings of Leon once again appear, if only to let us wonder if they’ll manage to hang around longer than a week again. Aventura also manages to hang on to a spot in the top 10, but just barely, after tumbling from 2 to 10.

1 1 ACL
2 - Journey
3 8 Miley Cyrus
4 5 U2
5 4 Texas Longhorns
6 6 Metallica
7 - Kings of Leon
8 7 Taylor Swift
9 3 George Strait
10 2 Aventura

Beastie Boys cancellation opens ACL lineup spot

The unfortunate news that Beastie Boy, Adam Yauch, is going to seek treatment for cancer has prompted the group to cancel their tour dates in the Fall.  We wish Adam the best for a speedy recovery.

While many of the Beastie Boys tour dates can be rescheduled for a later date, one that cannot is the Austin City Limits Music Festival in October.  ACL Fest is a 3-day festival that features dozens of the top acts in music; the Beastie Boys were one of the headliners, along with Dave Matthews Band and Pearl Jam.   The Beastie Boys had the primetime Friday night timeslot on the main, AMD sponsored, stage.

There has been no word yet from the promoter, C3 presents, about who will replace the Beastie Boys.  But the opinions about who will replace them have rampant on the internet.  Austin360 lists these bands as potential replacements: NIN, Oasis, Phish, Public Enemy, Radiohead, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Snoop Dogg, The Cure, The Killers,  Tool and Willie Nelson.  Definitely some big names in that group that would draw a crowd, but it’s still speculation at this point.  Right now ACL Fest fans will have to wait until the new name is announced.  They shouldn’t lose too much sleep because the rest of the 2009 ACL Festival lineup is stellar.

Which band or performer do you want to see added to the ACL Festival lineup?

The Top 5 ACL Festival Artists in 2008

There are plenty of talented musicians and fans flocking to Austin, Texas in September for the 2008 Austin City Limits Festival, ready for three solid days of fun, music and sun. I have decided to give a little peek at the most notable performers in this year’s ACL lineup, so that all of you know exactly how much talent is going into this year’s festival. In my opinion, each act listed in the ACL schedule for 2008 is worthy of praise and recognition, but here are five of the biggest names in the biz for you to consider:

1. Robert Plant and Alison Krauss:
First of all, you have got to give props to (arguably) the world’s most notorious rock vocalist for pairing with one of the biggest names in country bluegrass. The pair is an inconceivable one, I admit, but only until you hear the beautiful soundscapes that emerge from the vocal instrumentation of each musician. Plant’s tremendous vocals, stemming from his legendary days as a scream machine in Led Zeppelin, blend ever so quaintly with the lush whispers of Krauss. This duo, with their new album Raising Sand, is revolutionizing the frontier of blues, rock-n-roll, folk and country western through their thoroughly momentous debut. You need to see these superstars. Period.

2. John Fogerty:
Wow, remember when this guy used to wail out classics such as “Midnight Special,” or “Fortunate Son?” Well, now that I think about it, these songs are some of the biggest staples in my “can’t get that song out of your head” repertoire. Fogerty’s tenure with the famous Creedence Clearwater Revival is enough convincing needed to park me on the lawn over at Zilker Park. Did I already mention Robert Plant was going to be at ACL too? Yes, I did. Legends, folks – these guys are the real deal.

3. Foo Fighters:
Since 1995, the Foo Fighter have dominated the alternative/pop scene. Dave Grohl, the band’s founder and frontman, moved on with his career almost immediately after the demise of his former band, Nirvana, which split up immediately after the tragic suicide of Kurt Cobain. Grohl, already famous for his percussion career with Nirvana, took his image and his sound to the corporate table. He recorded what would become Foo Fighter’s first album entirely by himself, and it boomed from there. Within six months after the release of the album, it went platinum, and the Foo Fighters were made. Their newest album, tentatively titled “Echoes, Silence, Patience and Grace” is set to release in September. This band is one of few veterans that manages to re-create itself with each album, and extend its hold on the genre we all like to call rock-n-roll. You need to see them at ACL.

4. Beck:
Beck has single-handedly revolutionized the modern music industry, starting with his cunning debut, Odelay! Beck wields his distinctive vocals on each album he has produced, interrupting the conventional genres of folk, pop and alternative. He turns them around, creating a frenzy of eclectic styles, musical mayhem, soft melodies and funky rhythms, essentially rendering his sound as genre-less and blindingly novel. I saw beck play at the Backyard in Austin, Texas almost two years ago, and it still ranks as one of the best shows I have experienced in my lifetime. You will be so impressed by his talent, that you just might go out and buy two turntables and a microphone.

5. Erykah Badu:
She is one of the leading African-American vocalists in the biz, and her style dictates her incredible feminine presence. Erykah Badu’s interpretations of jazz, hip-hop and soul still wrench my gut every time I hear her voice. Her indelible lyrics force you to recognize struggle, emotion, and experience – obviously much of her own. This hip-hop goddess is going to be right on the Capital of Texas’ front lawn, so you need to stop by and sample some of the her seriously heavy material – it might just change your life.

So, there they are. True, these are some obvious picks, and for obvious reasons – they’re the cream of the crop. Remember, 3-day ACL passes are selling quickly, so check our site for passes, because we will have them even after they are sold out. If you can’t make it out to ACL this year, please visit our site for tickets to see other rediculously awesome legends: Bon Jovi, Bruce Springsteen, Jimmy Buffet, Madonna, Tom Petty and The Police.