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You asked for a playlist featuring artists that will be performing at this year’s ACL Music Festival, and we listened.

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My good friend Austin Rubel was kind enough to put a playlist together for us (and you) on his music blog, Soundpan.net. It features some bands you’ve most likely heard of, and hopefully, some that you haven’t. So without further ado, here it is, your Austin City Limits Music Festival 2013 Playlist. We’ll be adding to it in the coming weeks, but feel free to make suggestions in the comments below!

One of the bands on this list that I wasn’t familiar with is Bear Mountain. They’re a band from Vancouver that released their debut album about a year ago. The ACL website describes them as a cross between Cut Copy and Passion Pit, and if you’re a fan of either of those groups, you’ll probably dig this too.

Thanks again to Austin Rubel for putting this together, and see you at the fest

You asked for a playlist featuring artists that will be performing at this year’s ACL Music Festival, and we listened.

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My good friend Austin Rubel was kind enough to put a playlist together for us (and you) on his music blog, Soundpan.net. It features some bands you’ve most likely heard of, and hopefully, some that you haven’t. So without further ado, here it is, your Austin City Limits Music Festival 2013 Playlist. We’ll be adding to it in the coming weeks, but feel free to make suggestions in the comments below!

One of the bands on this list that I wasn’t familiar with is Bear Mountain. They’re a band from Vancouver that released their debut album about a year ago. The ACL website describes them as a cross between Cut Copy and Passion Pit, and if you’re a fan of either of those groups, you’ll probably dig this too.

Thanks again to Austin Rubel for putting this together, and see you at the fest!

 

 

Over the next several weeks we’ll be sharing some of the acts we’re looking forward to seeing the most at this year’s Austin City Limits Music Festival. Since we aren’t a music blog, and the musical taste of our readers is about as diverse as the city of Austin itself, we’ll try to focus on performances that are worth catching regardless of your musical preferences.

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My first recommendation is the Arctic Monkeys. I once watched their entire hour-plus longGlastonbury performance online, but somehow I’ve always managed to miss seeing them live. They opened for a Black Keys performance a few years ago that I showed up to late, and they’ve played multiple times here in town over the years, but somehow I’ve always missed them.

Their 2006 debut Whatever You Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not, is one of those albums that you can start at track one and listen to the whole way through. And while their efforts since then have been a bit more pop, I still love their music.

The video below, of their performance at Glastonbury in 2007, may be the reason it pains me that I still haven’t seen them in person. I also included a track off their new album.  What bands are you most looking forward to seeing at this year’s Fest?

Over the next several weeks we’ll be sharing some of the acts we’re looking forward to seeing the most at this year’s Austin City Limits Music Festival. Since we aren’t a music blog, and the musical taste of our readers is about as diverse as the city of Austin itself, we’ll try to focus on performances that are worth catching regardless of your musical preferences.

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My first recommendation is the Arctic Monkeys. I once watched their entire hour-plus long Glastonbury performance online, but somehow I’ve always managed to miss seeing them live. They opened for a Black Keys performance a few years ago that I showed up to late, and they’ve played multiple times here in town over the years, but somehow I’ve always missed them.

Their 2006 debut Whatever You Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not, is one of those albums that you can start at track one and listen to the whole way through. And while their efforts since then have been a bit more pop, I still love their music.

The video below, of their performance at Glastonbury in 2007, may be the reason it pains me that I still haven’t seen them in person. I also included a track off their new album.  What bands are you most looking forward to seeing at this year’s Fest?

We recently checked out The Goodnight and were blown away by the drinks, and the food, and the service, and the games, and their awesome weekend brunch. We couldn’t eliminate any of these and not share them with you, so we made a list:

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 1.    The Food – Chef Danny Bressler, formerly of Frank Hot Dogs fame has created an impressive menu that features sandwiches, sliders, pizzas, and creative main-plate offerings such as bison meatloaf, with nods to local ingredients when possible.

We started with the Chili Cheese Fries, which could have easily been a meal in itself! The fries featured a five-pepper Texas Wagyu chili that was to die for. We also had to try the Chicken-Fried Antelope. I mean, wouldn’t you? They use antelope from Broken Arrow Ranch, it’s leaner than chicken, and has a lot more flavor in my opinion. They compliment every entree with delicious goat cheese mashed potatoes and seasonal veggies that included crispy Brussels sprouts that I could have eaten a whole bowl of by themselves.

They now offer a full lunch menu as well, so next week when Fred from the office opts for Subway, break up the monotony and take him to The Goodnight… he’ll thank you later.

2.    The Activities – They offer eight well-maintained vintage bowling lanes, complete with pool-ball style bowling balls (i.e. the nine pound ball looks like the striped nine-ball you would find on a billiards table). Bowling is free before 4pm and all-day Sunday.

 They also have pool, Ping-Pong, shuffleboard, and board games. All the equipment is in great shape (rare for a place that serves alcohol), and the tables are spaced out enough to give you plenty of room in the cold AC.

Every Tuesday night at 8:00pm Geeks Who Drink hosts a trivia night on The Goodnight’s patio (future post dedicated to this coming soon).  They also have a private Karaoke room that you can fill with your closest friends or random patrons recruited from the bar. Something about the private room makes it easier to scream lyrics and generally make a fool of yourself.

Goodnight Bowling

 3.    The Drinks- The Goodnight offers an extensive cocktail menu and a bevy of local and craft beer selections. Their happy hour runs everyday from 4-7pm and has a ‘777 Jackpot’ theme. It offers HUGE megamugs of draft beer, specialty pizzas, and select craft cocktails for; you guessed it, seven bucks each.

We tried several of the cocktails and they were all good. I especially liked the ‘Deep Down’, which features both Rye Whiskey and smoky Mezcal; somehow the two liquors compliment each other perfectly in this concoction.

4.    Ambiance – There are many bars/restaurants in Austin with bartenders that treat you like you should feel honored to be drinking in their presence. That couldn’t be further from the truth at The Goodnight. The bartenders were knowledgeable not only on the cocktails and local breweries, but they were very familiar with the dinner menu as well.

The interior should also be noted; we had a lot of fun taking pictures of the mural that includes cult-classic bowlers like ‘The Dude’ and  ‘Roy Munson’. The bar area is filled with flat-screens, comfy chairs and a wall lined with booths.  We also had to take a picture of the Zoltar machine as it took us back to one of our favorite childhood movies. The fortune-telling machine doubles as a lost-and-found we’re told.

 5.    Brunch – FREE Bowling, Ping-Pong, Pool, Shuffleboard and ONE-DOLLAR mimosas from 11am-4pm. And if you’re really thirsty, try the megamosa, served in a 32oz mug with almost a full bottle of champagne.

Pro tip: In addition to the standard Sunday brunch, they also offer the same menu and specials on Saturday until 4pm, and it’s much less crowded (easier to get on a lane).  You can bet that this will be our spot for college football this season.

Hours:
Sunday-Thursday 11am-12am
Friday-Saturday 11am-2am

Location:
2700 West Anderson Lane
Austin, Texas 78757

http://thegoodnightaustin.com/