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Friday Night Lights

Greetings from Texas, PopWatchers, where I have taken yet another vacation to attend a music festival, because I am a crazy person! Yes, I came home for this year’s Austin City Limits fest, three days that appealed to me for a variety of reasons: 1) I love Austin, 2) I’ve never been to ACL, 3) I haven’t seen Beck or the Foo Fighters yet this summer, 4) third headliner the Mars Volta scares the crap out of me, so I can just take a couple pictures that night and then go see Drive By Truckers at Emo’s…

and 5), and most important, I have devised a genius way to cover the festival without having to lift a pen: I have asked the cast of Friday Night Lights to write about it for me! (That said, I will be attempting to Twitter from on site, but I am betting $5 that my editors tell me to stop doing it by 3pm Saturday. Follow our feed at

So watch this space starting Saturday morning, because Scott Porter, Adrianne Palicki, EWwy nominee Connie Britton, Jesse Plemons, Aimee Teegarden, and Gaius Charles have all agreed to participate in my little guest-blogging experiment, and are taking at least one band each. Thus far I know Scott’s writing up N.E.R.D., Palicki wants Blues Traveler, and Connie has requested Beck — but I would like to emphasize the experimental nature of this project, and I make no guarantees it’s going to work. (Though how kickass is it gonna be when it does?!?) Meanwhile, I’ll be taking pictures that we’ll maybe slap into a gallery on Monday, and if you happen to be at ACL this weekend and feel like writing up a band or two yourself, go ahead and do it in the comments as we go along. Together, we can prevent Whitney from working on her days off! Do it for the children!

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