Is anybody else into these guys (and girls!) at all? I had heard a few of their songs and thought they were pretty good, but yesterday I had the pleasure of seeing them live up close at the Austin City Limits festival in (duh) Austin, TX. For those of you who aren't familiar with them, the Dallas based group has 24 members, dresses all in white robes, and plays very upbeat, gorgeous music. WHAT A SHOW! The energy projected from the band was AMAZING and had an obvious effect on the crowd. I became a big fan very quickly, and I'm thinking I'm not the only one...it was one of those shows that just makes your hair stand up on end. I know their star is on the way up (partially due to getting on the VW Beetle commercial), but I think they are going to go through the stratosphere. Sorry to be gushing, but I was just bowled over! On another happy note, I managed to get about 15 of the 24 members to sign my album at the autograph tent after the show. All of the members were genuinely nice people. I also enjoyed steller performances from the Dandy Warhols, Bright Eyes, The Shins, Beth Orton, and a wonderful finale set from R.E.M. Huge thumbs up to the ACL festival, I hope it continues!