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Kendrick Lamar taping for ACLTV - 10/30/2015
Kendrick Lamar taping for ACLTV - 10/30/2015

The spirit may have been freewheeling, but the band was tight as any to grace the ACL stage. But as in control as the band seemed, Lamar was the dominant personality on the stage. Rappers often have a limited array of stage moves--going hard, pouring energy out to the crowd, running around the stage with the mic in their hand--but Lamar was much more interested in building his performance around true dynamics. Sometimes he was quiet; sometimes he was still; sometimes he bounded across the stage and shouted "Kendrick had a dreeeeeeeeam"; sometimes he raised his arms while his guitar player solo'd, demanding that the audience show their appreciation for what they were hearing, and then pointed those same arms toward the guitarist like he was channeling the crowd's energy directly to the musician. [Texas Monthly]
Kendrick Lamar is on tour now, and he stopped in Austin on October 30 for a taping of Austin City Limits. We've got pictures of that show in this post. He was joined by his 5-piece band The Wesley Theory (who opened with a bit of an Earth, Wind and Fire cover) as they ran through tracks from this year's To Pimp A Butterfly along with some hits from good kid, m.A.A.d. city in front of an enthusiastic crowd.

Check out more pictures of Kendrick Lamar and The Wesley Theory along with their setlist below...

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A$AP Rocky
ASAP Rocky

Weekend 1 of ACL Fest 2015 wraps up today (10/4). Yesterday (10/3) had sets from Drake & Future, TV on the Radio, A$AP Rocky, Father John Misty, Alabama Shakes, Jose Gonzalez, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Sturgill Simpson and more. Check out many more pics and videos at BrooklynVegan. Day 1 pics here.

UPDATE: Day 3 pics are up.

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Gary Clark Jr. Taping for Austin City Limits - 8/24/2015
Gary Clark Jr. Taping for Austin City Limits - 8/24/2015

Gary Clark Jr.'s second studio full-length for Warner Bros. releases on September 11. Second taping in three years, the homegrown guitar hero previewed The Story of Sonny Boy Slim Monday on Austin City Limits. Impossible to measure its merit given last night's live bombast.

At stadium volume inside the Moody Theater, Clark debuted nine of the album's 13 tracks. Soulful, plaintive burners, live they arrived engulfed by a war zone of guitars and drums. After warming up on showstoppers "Bright Lights," "Ain't Messin 'Round," and "When My Train Pulls In," blazing from chunky to muddy to Robin Trower on the latter - which recalled Jimi Hendrix's "Machine Gun" by embodying its title (in this case a roaring locomotive) - falsettos began introducing the new material.

"First time it's all coming together," said the bluesman. [Austin Chronicle]

Just after his appearance at NYC's Afropunk Festival and shortly before his upcoming tour with Foo Fighters, Gary Clark Jr. stopped by Austin's Moody Theatre last night (8/24) for an Austin City Limits taping. It will air as part of ACL's 41st season, which kicks off on October 3 on PBS and also includes Sturgill Simpson, Courtney Barnett, TV on the Radio, The War on Drugs, Don Henley and more.

More pictures and the setlist from last night's show, below...

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photo: ACL 2014 (more by Tim Griffin)

The weekend one (10/2-4) and weekend two (10/9-11) schedules for the 2015 ACL Festival have been released. Check them out at those links, and head to BrooklynVegan to see some of the tougher conflicts.


Today's announcement:

Three-day passes for both weekends of Austin City Limits Music Festival are officially sold out. The lineup-by-day for both weekends was revealed this morning, and a limited supply of $100 single day passes go on-sale today at www.aclfestival.com.

The lineup by day announcement reveals headliners Foo Fighters performing on Friday night both weekends, Drake performing Saturday night both weekends, The Strokes on Sunday night of Weekend One, and Florence + The Machine closing the festival on Sunday of Weekend Two.

A limited number of VIP & Platinum Passes, as well as Travel Packages, are still available for both weekends at www.aclfestival.com.

The 2015 edition of the Austin City Limits Music Festival happens October 2-4 & October 9-11 in Zilker Park. More information is available at www.aclfestival.com.

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Courtney Barnett taping for Austin City Limits - 6/4/2015
Courtney Barnett taping for Austin City Limits - 6/4/2015

Opener "Elevator Operator," from Sometimes, was a good introduction to her basic style: straightforward, unfancy guitar rock, vibrant but not aggressive, with conversational vocals and an observational lyrical style. Aided by her tight band featuring bassist Bones Sloane and drummer Dave Mudie, she stretched out within her framework, adding variety to her performance while remaining consistent in sound. The trio ranged from the garage-rocking "Canned Tomatoes" and melancholy balladry of "An Illustration of Loneliness" to the lovely folk rocking "Depreston" and the power popping "Dead Fox." She earned special kudos from the eager audience with "Small Poppies" and "Avant Gardener," both featuring rambling lyrics that move from mundane observation to philosophical contemplation - a Barnett specialty. - [ACLTV]
Australian charmer Courtney Barnett is currently in town, having taped an episode of Austin City Limits that will air later this year. You can check out pictures from her ACL performance, and the setlist, in this post.

Courtney is sticking around Austin tonight (6/5) for a sold-out show at Mohawk with tourmates Chastity Belt and Darren Hanlon. More pics from Austin City Limits below...

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Sleater-Kinney taping for ACLTV - 4/15/2015
Sleater-Kinney taping for ACLTV - 4/15/2015

Sleater-Kinney taped an episode of Austin City Limits last night (4/15) and we've got a set of pictures and their 22-song setlist up over at BrooklynVegan. They'll be back in Austin on Friday (4/17) to play Stubb's (VIP tickets are still available).

It's been a somber week for the Austin City Limit's family: ACL's founder Bill Arhos passed away Saturday (4/11) at age 80. After paying his respects to Bill, ACL executive producer Terry Lickona reminded the packed Moody Theater that the show must go on.

Check out all of our Sleater-Kinney ACL pics, plus tour dates, over at BV.

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Sturgill Simpson tapes an episode for ACL TV - 4/1/2015
Sturgill Simpson tapes for ACL TV - 4/1/2015

Sturgill Simpson taped an episode ACL TV Season 41 last night before his shows at Stubb's tonight (4/2) and Sunday. Dr. Dog play Stubb's on the two nights in between. We've got pictures here from the ACL Moody Theater show.

Upcoming ACL tapings include The War on Drugs on Monday, and Sleater-Kinney on 4/15. Catch those or Sturgill when they air on TV, or stream them live (they do that now too).

More pictures from the 4/1 Sturgill show, below...

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The Black Keys - ACLTV Taping - 11/17/2014
The Black Keys - ACLTV Taping - 11/17/2014

Blues rock duo The Black Keys, who played ACL TV's 36th season, returned on Monday (11/17) for a taping of the 40th season's final episode. They did a good job splitting the set pretty evenly between their last three albums -- 2010's Brothers, 2011's El Camino and this year's Turn Blue -- and threw in some older cuts as well. More pictures of their set, and the full setlist, below...

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Samuel Herring reaches out @ Austin City Limits - 9/25/2014
Future Islands @ Austin City Limits - 9/25/2014

Future Islands came to Austin last night to tape their first-ever Austin City Limits performance, which included a ton of their big new album Singles like "Seasons (Waiting On You)," "Back In The Tall Grass," "Spirit" and plenty more, plus old favorites too. Did you go? If not, did you stream it live?

More pictures of the taping, and their full setlist, below...

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J Roddy Walston and The Business - ACL Live - 9/2/2014
J Roddy Walston and The Business - ACL Live - 9/2/2014

Now in its 40th season, Austin City Limits continues to bring some of music's most engaging live performers to the small screen (even though screens are getting bigger). On Tuesday night (9/2), Richmond, Virginia's J Roddy Walston and The Business, who are still going strong off 2013's Essential Tremors, hit ACL live for a taping. While their set streamed live on ACL's YouTube channel, folks will have to wait till their episode airs later this year on PBS to see it again. We do have pictures from their set which are in this post. More below...

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ACL Music Fest (more by Tim Griffin)

The official 2014 ACL Festival Late Night Shows have been announced for both weekendss of this year's Austin City Limits festival. Highlights of the first weekend include Beck at Stubb's, Jenny Lewis at Stubb's, Interpol at Stubb's, Rhye at the Paramount, and Mac DeMarco at Scoot Inn. Highlights of week two include Polica at the Parish, CHVRCHES at Emo's, Spoon at Stubb's, and Robert Ellis at Stubb's Indoors. Check out C3's entire list.

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Tweedy - ACLTV - 6/20/2014
Tweedy - ACLTV - 6/20/2014

...Father and son (Tweedy and pop?) had just finished playing a full album's worth of new material at ACL Live along with guitarist Jim Elkington, multi-instrumentalist Liam Cunningham, bassist Darin Gray, and backing vocalists Holly Laessig and Jess Wolfe of the band Lucius. It's not common for a show to begin with 14 songs no one has yet heard: "That's always fun at a concert," Tweedy acknowledged apologetically as he thanked the audience for the indulgence.

The pleasure, as it turned out, was all ours. Though Tweedy followed the new stuff with nine Wilco and Uncle Tupelo favorites played solo plus a couple of full-band ringers for an encore, it was the sneak preview of "Sukierae," the upcoming debut from the band just called Tweedy, that made the night special. [Austin 360]

The setlist from that show along with pictures from the taping (which happened back on June 20th) are in this post. Stay tuned for the episode to air on TV.

More below...

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ACL 2013 (more by Tim Griffin)

It was just announced that the Austin City Limits Festival returns to Austin's Zilker Park for two weekends, October 3-5 & October 10-12. The lineup includes Eminem, Pearl Jam, Outkast, Beck, The Replacements, Spoon, Belle & Sebastian, Interpol, Broken Bells, St. Vincent, tUnE-yArDs, Mac DeMarco, Sam Smith, Polica, Jenny Lewis and many more.

Tickets go on sale today (4/22) at 10 AM. Full lineup at BrooklynVegan.

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Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails on 11/4/2013
Nine Inch Nails tape for Austin City Limits on 11/4/2013
Nine Inch Nails tape for Austin City Limits on 11/4/2013

More pictures, info and the setlist from NIN's recently announced Monday night ACL taping, at BrooklynVegan.

The band's tour, now with Explosions in the Sky, hits the AT&T Center in San Antonio on November 5 and the Don Haskins Center in El Paso on November 11. Tickets are still available for both.

Nine Inch Nails @ Made in America Fest 2013 (more by Dana [distortion] Yavin)

Nine Inch Nails are making space in their current tour to tape a performance of Austin City Limits on November 4 at ACL Live at The Moody Theater. As usual, tickets to attend are being given away via online lottery. Just fill out the form by 9 AM Friday (11/1).

The band's tour with Explosions in the Sky hits the AT&T Center in San Antonio on November 5 and the Don Haskins Center in El Paso on November 11. Tickets are still available for both.

Zilker Park flooded! (photo via Sarah Rodenberg)
Zilker Park flooded

Check out all that water in Zilker Park! No wonder they had to cancel ACL. Click the pic for a bigger version.

UPDATE: Check out a second picture of the flooding below...

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Haim @ Antone's - 10/04/2013
Haim, MS MR @ Antone's - 10/04/2013

Haim and MS MR planed an ACL aftershow at Antone's last weekend. Pictures in this post. More below...

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black clouds over Austin (more photos of Austin City Limits Day 1 by Tim Griffin)

Austin City Limits reports:

Due to current weather conditions with flash flood warnings, The Austin City Limits Music Festival organizers have canceled the festival for Sunday, October 13.

"Our first priority is always the safety of our fans, staff and artists," said Shelby Meade, communications director for C3 Presents, the promoter behind Austin City Limits Music Festival. "We regret having to cancel the show today, but safety always comes first."

Refunds will be issued automatically by check from Front Gate Tickets within three weeks. One-third of ticket price will be refunded to all ticket buyers based on original ticket price paid, and will be mailed to the billing address on the original order. For questions, please visit http://support.frontgatetickets.com.

This would have been the sixth day of Austin City Limits which is now two weekends. Check out our pictures from Friday, and the ones from last Sunday which would have been the same lineup as today.

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Haim / The Cure/ Junip
ACL Music Festival 2013 - Day 2 - 10/5/2013
ACL Music Festival 2013 - Day 2 - 10/5/2013
ACL Music Festival 2013 - Day 2 - 10/5/2013

2013's ACL Festival continued its first weekend on Saturday (10/5) with sets from The Cure, Kendrick Lamar, Passion Pit, Silversun Pickups, Lissie, Junip and more. We already posted one set of pictures from day 2 on BrooklynVegan, and there's another set in this post.

Weekend 1 wraps up today (10/6) with sets from Atoms for Peace, The National, Phoenix and more. Then it all happens again next week (10/11-10/13). If you haven't been keeping up with our coverage, check out day one pics here and more day 1 pics, and day 3 pics here. More day 2 pics below...

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Depeche Mode @ ACL Music Festival - 10/4/2013
Depeche Mode @ ACL Music Festival - 10/4/2013

We are in the midst of the first of two weekends of ACL 2013 which is happening as we speak in Zilker Park. Depeche Mode headlined the AMD Stage on Friday night (10/4), delivering a hit-filled 90-minute set that included such faves as "Personal Jesus," "Never Let Me Down Again," "Just Can't Get Enough," "Enjoy the Silence" and more. Setlist and pictures from their ACL performance are in this post.

UPDATE: Weekend 1 day 2 pics are now up here and here and day 3 pics are here.

There's a full set of pics from ACL day 1 over at BV (including a second set from DM) and look for more pics from day 1 here on BV Austin soon, as well as more coverage of the fest. Meanwhile, more Depeche Mode ACL pics below...

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QOTSA @ The Moody Theater - 10/3/2013
QOTSA @ The Moody Theater - 10/3/2013

Queens of the Stone Age taped for ACL Live last night (10/3), the day before the festival kicked off (aka today). We made it to the Moody Theater taping and a full set of pictures is at BrooklynVegan.

You can also catch Queens of the Stone Age tonight at the fest on the Bud Light stage, next weekend at the fest on the Bud Light stage, and in Grand Prairie at Verizon Theatre on October 5 as part of the 2013 ACL Late Night Shows.

Some videos (not from ACL), including a cover of Arctic Monkeys who Josh Homme joined on stage in LA one day earlier, below...

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David Yow (L) in his Scratch Acid days
Scratch Acid

I learned about being a frontman while coming up punk rock in central Texas, going to see local bands like the Butthole Surfers, the Big Boys and the Dicks. They were all really fun to watch; it was kind of a spectacle. I remember the night that Gary Floyd, the singer of the Dicks, was dressed as a nurse, and he'd stuffed a bunch of liver in his underwear. He kept pulling it out and smearing it all over his enormous belly. It was hideously beautiful; he was a huge Divine fan and was inspired by all that weird, flamboyant John Waters shit like Female Trouble. - [Magnet]
David Yow, onetime of seminal Texas punk band Scratch Acid (and sometimes still Jesus Lizard) will fill in for The Dicks' singer Gary Floyd, who is undergoing multiple knee surgeries, at the Austin Corn Lovers' Fiesta at Infest on October 5. (Not to be confused with the other ACL happening that same weekend.) It's being billed as "David Yow & The Dicks" and features original members Dicks Buxf Parrott and Pat Deason, along with more recent players Mark Kenyon and Hickoids' Davy Jones. No word on tickets as of yet.

This is not the first time Yow has sung with The Dicks -- he joined them onstage at the 2009 Austin Music Awards. Meanwhile, Yow recently guested with another band -- Girls Against Boys -- at NYC's Bowery Ballroom.

Savages at Pitchfork Festival 2013 (more by Amanda Hatfield)

UK post-punk band Savages are kicking off a North American tour next week that will bring them to Austin City Limits. They have also since announced that they'll play an official ACL Late Night Show on October 11 at The Parish with Not in the Face. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (9/6).

Check out other previously announced 2013 ACL Late Night Shows. More on Savages' current tour at BrooklynVegan. Watch a video of the band at Pitchfork Festival below...

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Christian Bland and Alex Maas @ The Black Angels' first ACL Taping
The Black Angels taping for Austin City Limits - 8/28/2013

The Black Angels (Alex Maas, Stephanie Bailey, Christian Bland, Kyle Hunt and Nate Ryan) taped an episode for Season 39 of Austin City Limits on 8/28. Maybe you watched the live stream? If not, stay tuned for when it airs on PBS.

We were there and took some pictures. More of them along with the setlist, below...

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