Luke McCormick

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Biography

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    Lucero Chat with SPIN at ACL Fest

    During this year's Austin City Limits Music Festival in Austin, TX, artists stopped by the American Express® ZYNC ZONE, to chat with SPIN about their summer festival experiences and much more, among them Memphis alt-country vets Lucero -- watch our video interview, plus performance footage below! Lucero frontman Ben Nichols is a big fan of the festival set-up, even if his band hasn't been playing them for too long."Festivals today are really important and we hadn't done a whole lot until this year and these things are crazy," he said."It's bright and daylight and there's a ton of people." That daylight is the one thing that seems to be hampering the band's style when performing at fests."If they would build a little tavern, like somewhere dark and cold where I could drink whiskey, that's what I miss at the festivals," he said. Nichols also mentioned the band has a new record comin

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    Portugal. The Man Chat with SPIN at ACL Fest

    During this year's Austin City Limits Music Festival in Austin, TX, artists stopped by the American Express® ZYNC ZONE, to chat with SPIN about their summer festival experiences and much more, among them psychadelic rock act Portugal. The Man-- watch our video interview, plus performance footage below! Fans come first for Alaska's Portugal.

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    Foals Chat with SPIN at ACL Fest

    During this year's Austin City Limits Music Festival in Austin, TX, artists stopped by the American Express® ZYNC ZONE, to chat with SPIN about their summer festival experiences and much more, among them Oxford England's Foals-- watch our video interview, plus performance footage below! For frontman Yannis Philippakis and Foals, their live performances are all about the music. "We have a way of thinking before we play, not matter what the occasion it's usually don't think about anything but allow ourselves to be vessels for the music," he said. Growing up the band was heavily into the Seattle grunge scene and now calls one of that scene's purveyors, Sub Pop Records, home. "The first bands I got into were Seattle grunge bands.To think we're at the same level is pretty sweet," Philippakis said."We might not be an obvious choice as a Sub Pop band, but we share similar values about t

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    The National Chat with SPIN at ACL Fest

    During this year's Austin City Limits Music Festival in Austin, TX, artists stopped by the American Express® ZYNC ZONE, to chat with SPIN about their summer festival experiences and much more, among them indie rock heavyweights the National-- watch our video interview, plus performance footage below! Over the years, the National met loads of bands they adored at festivals, but gleaned particularly poignant advice from R.E.M.

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    Flaming Lips Chat with SPIN at ACL Fest

    During this year's Austin City Limits Music Festival in Austin, TX, artists stopped by the American Express® ZYNC ZONE, to chat with SPIN about their summer festival experiences and much more, among them Wayne Coyne, frontman of indie rock veterans the Flaming Lips -- watch our video interview, plus performance footage below! According to frontman Wayne Coyne, Austin has always been very welcoming to his band's unusual antics. "Austin was one of the first places that allowed us to play, this was in 1984," Coyne said."We ran into a lot of weirdos and suddenly we didn't feel like being the Flaming Lips from Oklahoma was such a bad thing." Coyne also said creating music with the band is a necessity to his own well being. "If you're lucky or however you want to call it, if you're like me you do it because...

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    Silversun Pickups Chat with SPIN at ACL Festival

    During this year's Austin City Limits Music Festival in Austin, TX, artists stopped by the American Express® ZYNC ZONE, to chat with SPIN about their summer festival experiences and much more, among them Los Angeles rock quartet Silversun Pickups -- watch our video interview, plus performance footage below!The band's weekend set was the last of their tour and frontman Brian Aubert was excited about it being at ACL.The band has been appearing on festival stages since 2007 when they pulled into Coachella."We arrived really early and they moved us on the mainstage," Aubert said. "It's hard for us to wrap our minds around how fast things were accelerating...

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    Pete Yorn Chats with SPIN at ACL Music Festival

    During this year's Austin City Limits Music Festival in Austin, TX, artists stopped by the American Express® ZYNC ZONE, to chat with SPIN about their summer festival experiences and much more, among them New Jersey singer-songwriter Pete Yorn-- watch our video interview, plus performance footage below! Yorn said he thought about filling his ACL slot with older material but decided to go with new tracks off his 2010 self-titled release in an attempt to "win people over" playing his songs. Yorn's no stranger to festivals with his first being New Orleans' Voodoo Fest around 2000 before his debut came out. "I was on tour with Blues Traveler and it routed through there and we played on a little side stage and there were like forty people there to see us," Yorn said."Afterwards some guy gave me a hundred dollar bill and said, 'I loved that set!' It was the coolest thing ever." See our

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    The Sword Chat with SPIN at ACL Music Festival

    During this weekend's ACL Music Festival in Austin, TX, artists stopped by the American Express® ZYNC ZONE, to chat with SPIN about their summer festival experiences and much more, among them Austin's own metal dudes the Sword-- watch our video interview, plus performance footage below! Hot off a quick West Coast jaunt, the Sword blasted hometown fans with a blistering set this weekend, and being from Austin, the band has always wanted to play the fest. "It's about time, if you know what I mean," quipped guitarist Kyle Shutt. The metal mainstays have logged many hours on the road, including a stint with Metallica where the band learned some valuable lessons. "Being on tour with Metallica, we learned how to play a show on a stage with lasers and propane tanks on it, where you could die any minute," Shutt said."It's a rough game out there." See our exclusive interview with the Swo

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    Robert Randolph Chats with SPIN at ACL Festival

    During this year's Austin City Limits Music Festival in Austin, TX, artists stopped by the American Express® ZYNC ZONE, to chat with SPIN about their summer festival experiences and much more, among them pedal steel guitar wiz Robert Randolph, accompanied by his Family Band-- watch our video interview, plus performance footage below! For the past decade, Randolph has been blending soul, blues, funk and rock'n'roll to create a stirring sound all his own.This weekend Randolph met a man who his music had touched directly. "It's great for me to make music that uplifts people," Randolph said."Early this morning we had a guy tell me he was getting chemo and he didn't think he would make it and he heard one of our songs and now he's a cancer recovery patient, he's fully recovered." Randolph also discussed his T-Bone Burnett produced album We Walk This Road, a record full of covers rangin

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    Grace Potter Chats with SPIN at ACL Music Festival

    During this year's Austin City Limits Music Festival in Austin, TX, artists stopped by the American Express® ZYNC ZONE, to chat with SPIN about their summer festival experiences and much more, among them roots-rockers Grace Potter -- watch our video interview, plus performance footage below! Potter has had a busy 2010 touring with her band, the Nocturnals, and is showing no signs of slowing down.In an unlikely pairing, she duets with Kenny Chesney on the country star's new album, has written the theme song for the upcoming Disney film Tangled (based on Rapunzel), and has been burning up the summer fest circuit. "Regardless of where you're at in your career or what you've accomplished, a festival is a good way to remind people that there's still awe," Potter said."I don't ever want to stop playing festivals, it's extremely important for us as a band.We're the Nocturnals and that

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