Because there's no better guide through the treacherous
dust bowl mud pit fire hazard that is ACL than locals who've seen it all, we've enlisted Fresh Millions to compile a list of sure-shots by acts guaranteed to light the stage...oy...aflame.
- Cee-Lo feat. Melanie Fiona - "Fool for You"
- A crooning duet between the Lady Killing F-bomber and the up-and-coming RnB diva, with hard-hitting drums contrasted by a pulsing orchestra, proving Green doesn't need cursing to pull your strings.
- Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. - "Morning Thought"
- A dense collage of distorted guitars, soaring vocal harmonies, and xylophone counter-melodies make this artist worthy to follow in the tire treads of #3. Seriously, nothing says "Intimidator" like xylophone counter-melodies.
- Death from Above 1979 - "Black History Month (Alan Braxe remix)"
- Reunited earlier this year, the dance-punks here get the remix treatment by a Daft Punk collaborator, turning the aggressive wash of guitars into controlled feet-moving blasts and adding an epic synth build-up, making the tune much more X-cessible.
- Fool's Gold - "Surprise Hotel"
- This rapid-paced, "Graceland"-esque jam features a wailing sax solo, blazing African-influenced guitars, and volleys of Hebrew lyrics -- so, the "surprise" is that the continental breakfast is stocked with latkes.
- Aloe Blacc & The Grand Scheme - "The Dark End of the Street"
- The ever-velvety voice of Orange County's Blacc does justice to the '60s soul classic about where writer James Carr always found himself parked.
- The Antlers - "Two"
- Starting as an acoustic ballad and building into a swirl of dissonance, this rambling story of family dramatics perhaps would've been better served by the band The Auntlers.
- Chromeo - "When the Night Falls (Breakbot Remix)"
- Two concurrent masters of replicated '80s electro-funk come together in this remix that also features Beyonce's sister, the only Knowles who's still a single lady.
- Stevie Wonder - "Signed, Sealed, Delivered"
- As an homage to the headliner, FM recs "the world's most perfect song", Stevie's first self-produced single, impressively written at age 20 -- the heyday of his "Don't Call Me Little" phase.