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    The 2014 Austin City Limits Festival Lineup Has Been Released

    acl 2014The lineup for the 2014 Austin City Limits Music Festival was released this morning, and it’s one of the festival’s most diverse rosters to date. Like the television show from which it got its name, the festival has evolved and the roots rock feel that historically characterized the event seems significantly subdued. This year’s six headliners are split evenly between hip hop, electronic dance music and alternative rock. Absent from the lineup is a legacy act on the order of Neil Young or Tom Petty to close the festival, although last year the fest moved to a two headliner format on Sunday.

    As was widely predicted, Dirty South rap titans Outkast will bring their reunion show and the hottest hip-hop ticket of the summer to the festival as headliners. After a widely panned tour debut the first weekend of the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, the poet and the playa were reportedly back in fighting form for the just-concluded second weekend. Detroit battle rap veteran Eminem, whose 15-year catalog of impressive albeit often macabre singles will certainly provide more of a draw than his disastrous 2013 release “The Marshall Mathers LP 2,” also will headline.

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    On the alt-rock side, genre giants Pearl Jam, who thrilled audiences as festival headliners in 2009, will make an encore appearance. Beck, an artist whose career has taken a myriad of unexpected twists since he worked “two turntables and a microphone” back in the mid-’90s, will be at the fest supporting his critically acclaimed new album “Morning Phase,” a somber, introspective release. (Beck also tapes an episode of “Austin City Limits” on Sunday.) Eighties alt-garage-punks theReplacements, who played their first gigs in 22 years at last year’s Riot Festivals, will perform, but not in a headline spot, probably a smart move. Notoriously inconsistent frontman Paul Westerberg reportedly spent part of his second weekend set at Coachella seated on a couch.

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    Information courtesy of ACL and Austin American Statesman

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