Postcard From Austin #2 – Saturday September 17


Maybe the best weather ever for a day at ACL Fest: cloudy for most of the day, a brief rain shower (which was applauded) then sunny for the late afternoon and early evening. It was said to be 92F but that felt positively cool!

James Blake was outstanding with what they labelled as ‘dub step.’ Beautiful at times (though man wearing Lynyrd Skynyrd t-shirt said ‘this sucks’ as he walked away).

Gary Clark Jr put in a blistering set on the small BMI stage. Please get this young blues guy to a festival in Australia! Charles Bradley was fabulous and seemed to be channeling Otis. Mavis Staples was inspirational.

Others: Asleep At The Wheel, Secret Sisters, Damian Marley, Brandi Carlile, Ray Lamontagne, North Mississippi Allstars. (More later).

Dinner at El Meson on South Lamar. Flautas de carne as entree, then enchiladas as main. Great. US$21 (including a beer).


Brian Wise

Brian Wise was the Editor of Addicted To Noise‘s Australian site from 1997 – 2002. The site won two ONYA Awards as Best Online Music Magazine in 1999 & 2000. He has also been Editor since its reincarnation in 2013. He also presents the weekly music interview program Off The Record on 102.7 Triple R-FM ( in Melbourne. It is networked to 45+ stations across Australia on the Community Radio Network and is a four-time winner of the Best Music Program Award from the Community Broadcasting Association of Australia. In 2012, it was nominated as a finalist in the Excellence in Music Programming category. Brian was also the Founding Editor & Publisher of Rhythms Magazine and is now its Senior Contributing Editor.

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