My Pilgrim Spirit

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Month: October 2013

ACL 2013

Another year in the books and here was the agenda.  Highlights for me included: .fun, The Cure, Mowgli’s, Dawes, Grouplove, The National, and Red Baraat.   And then there is Lionel Richie – still not sure where to put this one.  Definitely a consumate professional and musician.  I knew all the songs and the crowd did too.  Having said all that, it’s hard for me to put him in the same category as some previous Sunday closers.


Friday, Oct 4th

Shovels & Rope, Smith Westerns, fun., Depeche Mode, Muse

Saturday, Oct 5th

Autre Ne Veut, HAIM, Silversun Pickups, Little Green Cars, Grimes, Passion Pit, Kendrick Lamar, The Cure

Sunday, Oct 6th

The Mowgli’s, Dawes, Grouplove, Divine Fits, Toro Y Moi, The National, Red Baraat, Tame Impala, Phoenix, Atoms for Peace, Lionel Richie

Post Script…..I felt bad for the folks that got rained out Sunday on the second weekend.  It was, however, fantastic to see so many of the scheduled musicians putting together pop-up shows to exercise their chops and reward some otherwise frustrated fans.

Friday Five – Burger Joints

I thought I’d post another Friday Five because I’m not getting nearly enough Chinese spam yet.   So, without further ado….a completely subjective list of burger places that I like.  Most are in the Austin area, but I had to throw in Fatburger because it’s one of the only things I look forward to when business takes me to Vegas.   And I’m willing to give In-N-Out another try when they open here, but I’m not sold yet

Andice General Store (Florence, TX) – well worth the drive, particularly if the weather is nice.  It’s one of those places you debate keeping as a secret, but too good not to spread the word.

Hopdoddy – I wish it wasn’t so popular, but still worth waiting in line.  Possibly my #1 favorite burger anywhere.  And the fries are good too!

Hut’s – I admittedly don’t go here much anymore, but it was a favorite in college and still a good stop.   And speaking of college, while maybe not the best burger, I’d feel bad for making a burger list and not including Player’s

Mighty Fine – really good burger.   They keep it simple intentionally, but lack of options keeps it from being higher on my list.  Plus the decor – while ago intentionally simple (and borrowing from Rudy’s) – doesn’t add anything.

Fatburger – First time I went here was because it was closer than In-N-Out and I was hungry.  Now it’s a must stop when I’m in a town that has one.



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