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Buzz-worthy acts to see locally before or after they play Austin City Limits music fest

For the eighth year in a row, roughly 75,000 music fans will descend upon Austin's Zilker Park, beginning Friday, for the 2010 edition of the Austin City Limits Music Festival.

Over three days, more than 130 bands will take to eight stages, with a wide variety of genres represented. Headlining this year's festival are the Eagles, Muse, M.I.A., the Strokes, Phish and the Flaming Lips. (For a complete schedule, visit aclfestival.com.)

Although the event has been sold out for some time, those who missed out or don't feel like crowding into Zilker with nearly 100,000 others can get a flavor of the fest right here in North Texas. Here are a dozen ACL-bound bands hitting up Metroplex venues en route to or from Austin.

Local Natives (Wednesday at House of Blues)

This Los Angeles-based outfit has been steadily building up an enthusiastic fan base, thanks to relentless touring and critical acclaim for its engaging debut, Gorilla Manor. With propulsive, global-groove-accented tracks like Airplanes, Local Natives is poised to be one of the year's true breakout indie acts. ($16-$25. With the Love Language and the Union Line. 800-745-3000; ticketmaster.com)

Vampire Weekend and Beach House (Wednesday at Palladium Ballroom)

Separately, Vampire Weekend and Beach House have already breezed through North Texas once this year. Each played to sold-out rooms, so expect this bill to attract more than a few folks to the Palladium. VW is still touring behind its sophomore disc, Contra, while Beach House is likewise supporting its breakout effort, the luminous Teen Dream. ($32.50. With the Very Best. 800-745-3000; ticketmaster.com)

Mayer Hawthorne and the County (Thursday at the Loft at Palladium Ballroom)

Hailing from just outside Detroit, Hawthorne is another artist who's bubbling under. His debut, A Strange Arrangement, is a stunning re-creation of late '60s-early '70s soul music (fans of Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings, for example, will find a lot to love). So thorough is Hawthorne's approach that listeners may find themselves double-checking the calendar. ($13-$15. 888-512-SHOW; frontgatetickets.com)

Ryan Bingham & the Dead Horses (Thursday at House of Blues)

A little flick called Crazy Heart catapulted West Texas-bred singer-songwriter Ryan Bingham from little-known but critically beloved obscurity to the spotlight. Bingham's Oscar-winning contribution to the film -- The Weary Kind -- wasn't too far afield from his usual blend of earthy insight and plaintive yet melodic songcraft. Aided by T Bone Burnett, Bingham is riding high with his latest, Junky Star. ($17-$30. With Scott Copeland. 800-745-3000; ticketmaster.com)

The Gaslight Anthem (Friday at Palladium Showroom)

A quartet of punks hailing from New Jersey, the Gaslight Anthem is frequently tagged as the heir to Bruce Springsteen's legacy, although that probably has more to do with where the band is from than what it actually sounds like. The Anthem is more interested in angular, blue-collar rave-ups -- oddly enough, it drifts into territory mined by the Killers every so often -- and the band's latest, American Slang, has earned plenty of critical plaudits. ($25. With Rival School and Fake Problems. 800-745-3000; ticketmaster.com)

Matt & Kim (Friday at House of Blues)

This year, when Erykah Badu performed her infamous striptease in Dealey Plaza, Brooklyn dance-punk duo Matt & Kim, who'd first attempted the stunt in Times Square for their Lessons Learned video, were mentioned pretty frequently 'round these parts. That has all died down now, so we can get back to focusing on their music, like the sort found on their latest long-player, Sidewalks, which arrives in November. ($15-$20. With Fang Island. 800-745-3000; ticketmaster.com)

Richard Thompson (Friday at Lakewood Theater)

The Star-Telegram's Robert Philpot describes singer-songwriter Richard Thompson's latest, Dream Attic, like this: "[It] won't disappoint Thompson's relatively small but ardent following of listeners, who will get what they came for: that rich burr of a voice, capable of veering from abject melancholy to lascivious leer; sharp, clever lyrics that cover a lot of ground; and some jaw-dropping guitar playing." That about sums up what you can expect, yeah? ($24-$34.50. 800-745-3000; ticketmaster.com)

Two Door Cinema Club (Friday at the Loft at Palladium Ballroom)

Irish indie-pop trio Two Door Cinema Club released its debut, Tourist History, in March, a smart, edgy blend of glitchy effects and frenetic dance beats that should pop like firecrackers in concert. Think Travis or Belle & Sebastian hijacked by Franz Ferdinand or Hard-Fi, and you're in the ballpark. ($12 advance, $15 day of show. 888-512-SHOW; frontgatetickets.com)

The XX and Warpaint (Friday at Granada Theater)

The Mercury Prize-winning trio has had an extremely successful 2010, thus far. The London-based group's self-titled debut, released last year, landed on several year-end best-of lists. The XX's live show, a ferocious, minimalist affair, has likewise made critics delirious around the world. Warpaint, another up-and-comer, is an L.A.-based art-rock quartet touring behind its debut, The Fool, which drops Oct. 25. (Sold out. With Zola Jesus. 214-824-9933; tickets.granadatheater.com)

Devendra Banhart and the Grogs (Saturday at Palladium Showroom)

Indie folk pioneer Devendra Banhart has mellowed out since his first few albums, leavening his occasionally strident weirdness with truly gorgeous songs that linger pleasantly in the memory. Banhart's latest, 2009's What Will We Be, earned the singer-songwriter critical praise. He'll pull from that album, as well as classics like Nino Rojo and Oh Me Oh My. ($25. 800-745-3000; ticketmaster.com)

The National (Oct. 9 at House of Blues)

One of the most critically adored albums of the year, the National's High Violet has racked up raves from coast to coast. Fronted by the pit-of-despair baritone of Matt Berninger, the National's finely calibrated blend of dark, beautiful melodies and intense drama makes for spectacular live experiences. Expect to be hearing a lot more about this quintet as 2010 draws to a close. ($27-$35. With Owen Pallett. 800-745-3000; ticketmaster.com)

Lissie (Oct. 11 at Granada Theater)

The woman born Elisabeth Maurus is gaining steam, thanks to her just-released debut, Catching a Tiger. A singer-songwriter gifted with a powerful, appealingly gritty voice, Maurus, who performs as Lissie, effortlessly grabs hold of the audience's heartstrings. Riveting on record, she's all the more devastating in concert. ($12-$17. With Dylan LeBlanc and Trey Johnson. 214-824-9933; tickets.granadatheater.com)

Preston Jones is the Star-Telegram pop music critic, 817-390-7713

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