Entries tagged with: Austin City Limits
photo: Sleater Kinney @ Austin City Limits (more by Tim Griffin)
The Sleater-Kinney episode of Austin City Limits, which taped back in April 2015, finally aired last night (1/30) on PBS. You can watch the program, featuring seven songs (edited down from the 22 they actually played), below...
photos by Tim Griffin
Leon Bridges taping for ACLTV - 10/8/2015
Bridges and his band, which includes our White Denim pals Austin Jenkins and Joshua Block, gently kicked things off with "River," a quiet, meditative hymn of desire. Bridges broke that spell immediately afterward, putting down his guitar to shimmy through the jumping "Flowers," a throwback to an earlier era of soul music. "Brown Skin Girl" and "Let You Down" (an as-yet-unreleased song) continued the vibe, conjuring the specter of Cooke without enslaving it. One of his best-known tunes, "Better Man" moved forward to the Stax era, hitting a mid-60s groove. Bridges slowed back down for "In My Arms," a classic R&B slow dancer that would have had all couples in the room in a clinch if we'd had a dance floor. - [ACL]Texas soul singer Leon Bridges is currently on tour and will play two sold-out shows in NYC next week. He's already announced a return trip, though, as part of his Spring 2016 tour which comes to Beacon Theatre on March 9. Tickets for the Beacon show are on fan presale (password: "cominghome") and AmEx presale right now, and go on sale to the general public Friday noon. All dates are listed below.
Bridges just wrapped up two weekends of the ACL Festival and in between he taped an episode of Austin City Limits' PBS series. Pictures from his ACLTV performance are continue below...
photos by Tim Griffin
The Strokes / Kurt Vile / The Decemberists
The 2015 Austin City Limits Festival wrapped up its first weekend yesterday (10/4) with The Strokes, The Weeknd, Dwight Yoakam, Alt-J, Chance the Rapper, Kurt Vile, The Decemberists, Sylvan Esso, Strand of Oaks, Kehlani, Daughter, Amason, The Suffers, Waxahatchee, Jidenna and more. Pictures are in this post.
ACL does it again this weekend (10/9 - 10/11). More pictures of Weekend 1 Day 3 below...
photos by Tim Griffin
TVOTR / A$AP Rocky / Father John Misty / Drake & Future (via)
Is Drake the new Kanye?The 2015 Austin City Limits Festival kicked off on Friday and continued on Saturday (10/3) with Drake, TV on the Radio, A$AP Rocky, Alabama Shakes, Jose Gonzalez, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Sturgill Simpson, Shakey Graves, Father John Misty, Vince Staples and plenty more. Pictures of the second day of ACL are in this post.
Explosive pyrotechnics. Mad energy. The "6 God" backdrop and the whole field on his team. Drake hit the stage like he owned the world. When the backdrop flashed "If You're Reading This We Made It" I felt it in my body the way I do when I see 'Ye live. I seriously thought, "Wow, Drake has done it." Kanye is tabloid fodder and bad fashion and Drake is totally running the game. Drake's the new Kanye. And in that moment I really wanted it for him. That feeling stuck for a good portion of the set. Weirdly, the thing that undid it was when he brought out Future. We knew it was going to happen next week but tonight was a surprise. With the new collab album out it was an obvious choice and the crowd went wild and I actually liked the tracks they did. But Yeezy would never have done that and, more importantly, he'd never have to. He'd keep his 90 minutes all to himself and be completely riveting the whole time. [Deborah Sengupta Stith for Austin 360]
As the above review points out, Drake brought out Future during his set to play three songs off DS2 including the Drake collab "Where Ya At," and then the duo made the live debut of "Jumpman" and "Big Rings" off their collaborative album What A Time To Be Alive. Videos below. Drake also released another Beyonce collab over the weekend, "Can I." He debuted on his Apple Music Beats 1 show, OVO Sound Radio, and you can listen below.
ACL fest's first weekend wraps up Sunday (10/4) and if you're not there you can stream it live (via Red Bull TV) below. ACL does it again this coming weekend (10/9 - 10/11) too. UPDATE: Day 3 happened and pics are up.
The 2015 ACL Festival returns from October 2-4 and October 9-11, and the schedules for both weekends have been revealed.
There are a few conflicts in there. Friday you'll have to chose between fast-rising soul singer Leon Bridges and punk/new wave vet Billy Idol; as well as furious rap duo Run the Jewels and post-hardcore bashers Brand New.
Saturday, charismatic performer Father John Misty overlaps with rapper of the moment Vince Staples. Weekend one puts blues rockers Alabama Shakes against folk singer Jose Gonzalez and psychedelic rapper A$AP Rocky, while weekend two has that same conflict except Modest Mouse instead of the Shakes.
Sunday it's between shapeshiting rapper Chance the Rapper and laid-back guitar master Kurt Vile. Weekend one has headliners The Weeknd going against The Strokes, and on weekend two it's The Weeknd vs Florence + the Machine.
photo: ACL 2014 (more by Sarah Frankie Linder)
The Austin City Limits festival returns to Zilker Park from October 2-4 and October 9-11, and though the lineup wasn't supposed to be announced until this Tuesday, Austin 360 points out that the festival's website leaked it early. The posting was quickly taken down, but not before 365 Things Austin could screenshot it. It was accurate and the ACL 2015 includes Foo Fighters, Drake, The Strokes, The Weeknd, Disclosure, Deadmau5, Bassnectar, Alt-J, Alabama Shakes, Of Monsters and Men, Tame Impala, Sturgill Simpson, The Decemberists, Brand New, TV on the Radio, A$AP Rocky, Billy Idol, Chance the Rapper, Father John Misty, Brandon Flowers, Run the Jewels, Sylvan Esso, Kurt Vile, Waxahatchee, Florence + the Machine, Modest Mouse and more.
Check out the full lineup below. Tickets go on sale Tuesday (5/5) at 10 AM CDT.
Eminem / tUnE-yArDs / fans
...but then crowd density reared its ugly head again with the battle of the headliners: EDM master Skrillex and established rapper Eminem. From the midway point of the festival grounds, dozens of teens were spotted running full tilt in the direction of Skrillex from Major Lazer's set, while older generations seemed to migrate toward Eminem. Skrillex kicked off his bass-heavy dubstep right on time, dousing the electric crowd with lasers. In the meantime, Slim Shady got a slower start, getting underway nearly 10 minutes late and with a video intro that was lost on tens of thousands who just weren't close enough to hear. Including this one, who instead threw in the towel and headed for home. [Sound Spike]The first weekend of 2014's Austin City Limits Festival is now over, with the city gearing back up for a second round this weekend. Although the festival's second day was marred by some intermittent showers, killer sets were still plentiful from Eminem, Skrillex, Lana Del Rey, Major Lazer, Interpol, Broken Bells, tUnE-yArDs, Mac DeMarco, Polica, My Brightest Diamond, The Rosebuds and plenty more. Pictures from those sets and more are in this post.
Beck at Austin City Limits 2014 Weekend 1 (more by Tim Griffin)
The second weekend of this year's Austin City Limits is coming up (10/10-10/12), and unlike the first weekend (pics here) performances will be lived streamed all three days. Red Bull TV is streaming performances from over 45 artists throughout the weekend (much like they did with this year's Lollapalooza) including sets from Beck, Skrillex, Calvin Harris, Broken Bells, Lorde, Phantogram, Belle & Sebastian, Spoon, Interpol and many more. You can catch the stream which includes "live performances, artist interviews and behind-the scenes access" over at the Red Bull TV website from 2 PM to 10PM CST each day of the festival.
Red Bull TV is also premiering Skrillex's new 35-minute documentary, "Let's Make A Spaceship: Skrillex Mothership Tour 2014," which (if you couldn't guess) follows the process of the dubstep-king's ongoing and incredibly ambitious tour. The doc premieres immediately after Skrillex's headlining set at ACL and will be available to stream on demand through the Red Bull TV player immediately following the premiere.
Check out a list of all the artists you can watch on the stream below...
The NY Times reports:
Live Nation Entertainment, the concert and ticketing giant, is in advanced talks to buy a majority stake in C3 Presents, the country's largest independent promoter, with a portfolio that includes the popular Lollapalooza and Austin City Limits festivals.C3, best known for owning those festivals, is also a major force in the Austin rock club scene. They recently bought the Emo's name (and its new location, Emo's East), and book shows at Stubb's, Lambert's, The Parish and other places. They also had a lot to do with Metallica's Orion Festival (which took place in Atlantic City and then Detroit).
The prospective deal, in negotiations for months but still not completed, would give Live Nation a stake of 51 percent in C3 Presents, and value C3 at around $250 million, according to two people with knowledge of the talks.
A spokeswoman for Live Nation declined to comment, and representatives of C3 did not immediately respond to requests for comment on Monday afternoon.
C3, based in Austin, Tex., is run by three friends all named Charles or Charlie -- in the music industry, they are widely known as "the Charlies" -- and the company has grown quickly from its founding in 2007.
The Austin City Limits Festival returns to Austin's Zilker Park for two weekends, October 3-5 & October 10-12. The lineup was just announced and includes Eminem, Pearl Jam, Outkast, Beck, The Replacements, Spoon, Belle & Sebastian, Interpol, Broken Bells, St. Vincent, Jimmy Cliff, The Gaslight Anthem, Jenny Lewis, The Rosebuds, Sam Smith, Real Estate, tUnE-yArDs, Jagwar Ma, Mac DeMarco, Polica, My Brightest Diamond and many more.
Tickets go on sale today (4/22) at 10 AM CDT. Full lineup below...
photos by Tim Griffin
Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails on 11/4/2013
From very early in the set Mr. Reznor said that he didn't want to bring a Nine Inch Nails show to Austin City Limits. He wanted the band to be a bit out of their comfort zone. He also remarked how it was very strange for him to be able to see himself since he is so used to being shrouded by the lights rather than illuminated by them.Announced just a week earlier, Nine Inch Nails taped an episode of ACL TV at the Moody Theater in Austin Monday night (11/4). As always, the taping included a lucky studio audience that was at least partially made up of those who gained entry via ACL's lottery system. We've got pictures and the setlist, some of which will make it into the shorter version of the show that airs on TV.
As performers, Nine Inch Nails are damned-near flawless. With more than twenty years of experience they brought an unparalleled intensity to the stage. These are musicians who are used to headlining festivals and playing sold-out arena tours and they brought all of that volume and intensity to an intimate theater space. With a set that lasted an hour and forty-five minutes without a break, Mr. Reznor sweat clear through his all-black attire, which included a pair of dropped-crotch pants.
[Austin Bloggy Limits]
Nine Inch Nails played Voodoo Fest over the weekend and continue their tour in Texas in San Antonio tonight (11/5). Texas band Explosions in the Sky are also now the opener through 11/22 in Seattle. We caught NIN earlier on the tour at Barclays Center in Brooklyn with Godspeed You! Black Emperor who were the opener of the earlier leg. Brand new dates on NIN's future itinerary include Lollapalooza Brazil and Argentina in 2014 (they played Lollapalooza Chicago in 2013).
More pictures and the setlist from Austin City Limits (the TV show) along with tour dates, below...
photos by Tim Griffin
Justin Vernon w/ The Shouting Matches / Grimes / Autre Ne Veut
The second weekend of Austin's 2013 ACL Festival went down this past Friday (10/11) and Saturday (10/12) (Sunday was cancelled) with the second day giving us sets from The Cure, Passion Pit, Kendrick Lamar, Shouting Matches (Justin Vernon's blues band), Wilco, Grimes, Junip, Haim, Autre Ne Veut, Parquet Courts and more. Pictures of those artists (except none of Kendrick), and others from weekend 2 day 2 are in this post.
photos by Tim Griffin
Atoms for Peace @ ACL Fest 10/6/2013
As you may have heard today's final day of Austin's ACL Fest's weekend 2 (10/13) was canceled due to flooding. Venues scrambled to book bands elsewhere and Atoms for Peace (who were to have headlined the Lady Bird stage tonight) landed at ACL Live / Moody Theatre. ACL will be streaming their performance live tonight at 10 PM CDT (11 PM Eastern). Watch it here.
Atoms for Peace played last Sunday (10/6) at weekend 1 of ACL and we already published a set of that and other W1D3 pics. A second set of Atoms for Peace pics from last weekend are in this post. You can check out pics of Weekend 2, Day 1 here and look for pics of the second day of ACL Weekend 2 soon. More of those Atoms for Peace pics below.
Like Passion Pit said, bands sometimes cancel shows due to weather. 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.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.
"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.
UPDATE: Check out a picture of the flooding that happened already.
ACL 2013 Weekend 1 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
The 2013 ACL Festival completed its first weekend last week (10/4-6) and official ACL Late Night shows have been going on all week. Now the festival returns for its second weekend today (10/11) through Sunday (10/13), and if you're staying home for this one, you can still stream it live. The fest streams across two channels from 1:30-10:00 each day, and you'll be able to watch sets from Queens of the Stone Age, Vampire Weekend, The Cure, Depeche Mode, Phoenix, Arctic Monkeys, Passion Pit, Kendrick Lamar, The National, Atoms for Peace, Franz Ferdinand, Wilco, Savages and more. Check out the full streaming schedule and the webcast trailer video, below.
If you missed our weekend 1 coverage, you can see day 1 pics here and here, day 2 pics here and here, and day 3 pics here, plus pics of The National's aftershow where they were joined by Justin Vernon.
Webcast trailer and schedule below...
photos by Sarah Frankie Linder
The first of two weekends of Austin City Limits went down in Austin over the weekend, a ton of official aftershows included. One of those shows was headlined by The National at Stubb's on Saturday. Thao and The Get Down Stay Down opened. Justin Vernon (aka Bon Iver), who was in town to play with his band The Shouting Matches, surprised the lucky crowd by joining the National for their last two songs, "Terrible Love" and "Vanderlyle Crybaby Geeks" (Justin also sings on the album version). National frontman Matt Berninger gave the crowd even more love by jumping into it at the end of the latter. Watch video of both, along with a set of pictures from the show (though no pictures of Justin), and the National's setlist, below....
photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin
Divine Fits / Tame Impala / Franz Ferdinand @ ACL Fest 10/6/2013
Going by evidence presented all weekend at ACL Fest, of all the bands of their generation, Franz Ferdinand might be the only ones with a sense of humor.The first weekend of the 2013 ACL Music Festival wrapped up on Sunday (10/6) with another big day of bands, including Phoenix, Atoms for Peace, The National, Tame Impala, Divine Fits, Franz Ferdinand, Toro Y Moi, Dawes, pop superstar Lionel Richie and lots more. Pictures from those bands and other Sunday performers are in this post.
You can see it in the deliberately cartoonish oversized guitar amps with huge dials, knobs, and red lights erected in front of their actual backline. You can hear it as they morph one of their songs into Donna Summer's "I Feel Love."
The Glaswegian New Wave revivalists prove a master class in taut, muscular rock & roll and how to engage and entertain even the largest audience. - [Austin Chronicle]
ACL will do it all again -- almost identically -- this coming weekend (October 11 - 13). Many of the bands will be sticking around Texas in between to play official ACL Late Night shows which happen not just in Austin, but Dallas, Houston, and San Antonio too.
Divine Fits will be in NYC this weekend for the CBGB Festival, playing the big free Times Square show on Saturday afternoon (10/12) with My Morning Jacket, Grizzly Bear and a DJ set from James Murphy.
photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin
The Cure / Kendrick Lamar / Passion Pit
Opening with a sluggish "Plainsong," the band - led, as always, by founder Robert Smith - scanned tentative, with a chunky and worn-looking Smith seeming particularly unhappy. Yet the Cure founder emoted the follow-up "Pictures of You," and by the time the band hit "Lullaby," the entire group was more animated. Momentum established, the Cure could do no wrong.Austin's 2013 ACL Festival kicked off on Friday (10/4), its first day of two consecutive weekends, and continued on Saturday (10/5). Day 2 gave us sets from The Cure, Kendrick Lamar, Wilco, Passion Pit, Haim and more. Pictures from the second day of the fest are in this post, and there's another set at BV Austin.
Loosely dividing the concert into thirds, the band spent the first part on hits both massive and missed, from the jangly "High" and moody "Lovesong" to the funky "The Walk" and brooding "Fascination Street." A buoyant "Just Like Heaven" indicated the band isn't burned out on its biggest hit yet. [Austin Chronicle]
The festival's first weekend 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 pics of day 1 here and more here.
Update: Day 3 pics are up now.
More day 2 pics below...
photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin
Vampire Weekend / Arctic Monkeys / Depeche Mode @ ACL Fest 10/4/2013
Austin's 2013 ACL Festival kicked off the first of its two consecutive weekends on Friday (10/4) with bands across eight different stages at Zilker Park, including Depeche Mode, Queens of the Stone Age (who taped an episode the ACL TV show the night before), Arctic Monkeys, Muse, Jimmy Eat World, Pinback, Savages, hometown heroes Black Angels and more. Pictures from those bands -- and more -- are in this post.
Another set of Depeche Mode pics from ACL Friday are up at BV Austin. Stay tuned for more ACL coverage. More day 1 pics below...
photos by Tim Griffin
QOTSA @ The Moody Theater - 10/3/2013
The first weekend of the two-weekend 2013 Austin City Limits Festival begins in Austin today (10/4). Queens of the Stone Age, whose frontman Josh Homme joined the Arctic Monkeys on stage in LA one night earlier, headline the Bud Light stage tonight, overlapping with 30 minutes of Depeche Mode who overlap an hour with Muse who close down Zilker Parl tonight.
Other weekend headliners include The Cure, Kings of Leon, Atoms for Peace, Phoenix and last but not least Lionel Richie. Passion Pit, Kendrick Lamar, Wilco, The Shouting Matches (a side project of Bon Iver's Justin Vernon), Grimes, Passion Pit, The National, Tame Impala, Neko Case, and many, many more are also on the 8-stage, 3-day, 2-weekend bill.
Queens of the Stone Age, whose next NYC show is a headlining one at Barclays Center with the Kills, unofficially kicked things off last night (10/3) with a taping at Moody Theater in Austin for the Austin City Limits TV show. Stay tuned next season for that episode, but meanwhile you can check out our pictures from the rock action. More below....
BrooklynVegan and BV Austin have teamed up with Interscope Records to send two lucky people to Austin for the second weekend of the 2013 Austin City Limits festival (October 11-13). One winner + guest will receive round-trip airfare to Austin, TX, three nights hotel stay and tickets to attend the fest! Enter now for your chance to win!
Austin City Limits happens two weekends this year and, as you can see in the graphic above, includes Interscope artists Kendrick Lamar, Tame Impala, Deap Vally and many more. Check out the schedule to get excited. And look at pictures from last year.
Meanwhile back in the NYC area you can catch Kendrick Lamar at Barclays Center and at Rock The Bells. He recently played Williamsburg Park and is going on tour with Kanye West (two shows in Texas included).
photos by Tim Griffin
Grizzly Bear at Stubb's in Austin - 4/8/13
The Grizzly Bear-curated ATP, which was to go down in the UK on May 5, has been rescheduled to November 2 due to two headliners dropping off. All tickets for May 5 will be honored on November, but if you can't make it, refunds are available. Grizzly Bear's day was set to happen the day after the Yeah Yeah Yeahs-curated portion, which will still go down on May 4 as planned.
Grizzly Bear have also recently expanded their tour to include a number of other dates, all of which are listed below. Still, their only NYC show is their slot at Governors Ball in June.
They were also just in Austin for a show with Owen Pallett, and while they were there, they taped an episode of Austin City Limits on April 10. Stay tuned for that episode to air. And check out more pictures from the show (like the one above) on BV Austin and below, along with the list of updated dates...
Die Antwoord @ ACL 2012 (by Glen Brown)
We've completed our coverage of this past weekend's Austin City Limits festival with a set of pictures from Sunday, Die Antwoord (like the above) included.
Die Antwoord have a new and controversial video for "Fatty Boom Boom" which you can watch below.
Still no word on the identity of the body found near Austin Music Hall.
Maybe you heard it's CMJ week here in NYC and we're already tired and we haven't even seen any shows yet. But we are pumped to be throwing two day parties on at Public Assembly. Saturday's line-up hasn't been announced yet, but you can check out Friday's (10/19, including METZ, Savages and The Intelligence) here.
We also are sad to report that, despite what the flyer says, Sharon Van Etten is NOT playing that Thursday day party at Ace Hotel.
A "Million Muppet March" is being planned in Washington DC on November 3 (three days before the election) to protest Mitt Romney's pledge to cut funding to PBS if elected president. The second of three Presedential Debates happens tonight at 9 PM EDT... UPDATE:
The Lollipop King is suing South Park.
Watch Godspeed You! Black Emperor on Windy City kids show Chic-A-Go-Go.
More stuff below...
Austin City Limits 2012 is happening as we speak in Zilker Park in Austin, Texas. If you're not there, you can always livestream it (Saturday's sets include Rufus Wainwright, Metric, Big K.R.I.T., The Shins, Black Lips and Andrew Bird). Our pictures from Friday, like the two above, are exclusively over at BV Austin (where you'll also find pictures from last night's Shins show).
UPDATE: Neil Young and Crazy Horse co-headlined Saturday night with a 2 hour set. Check out what they played.
UPDATE 2: check out a few pics and the setlist from Jack White's set.
A selection of videos from Friday, and some setlists, below...