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Kacey Musgraves performing during opening weekend of ACL.The thing is, I was really looking forward to rage-screaming about heartbreak over the first weekend of Austin City Limits. The festival’s headliner lineup seemed stacked for brokenhearted catharsis and top-of-your-lungs excoriations of former lovers. One headliner would deliver on that hope, but the other disappointed in her idiosyncratic, still-entertaining way. On Friday night, the Chicks opened their set with lively, barn-burning anthems from their latest album, Gaslighter, about Natalie Maines’s lying, cheating husband and his tights-wearing mistress. Later, they roused the crowd and closed out their performance with “Goodbye Earl,” a song about literally killing an abusive man. There’s the type of music one might expect from the recently heartbroken, the kinds of songs that can be belted at high volume with the full force…

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