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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

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.

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]

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.

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...

Continue reading "Nine Inch Nails taped for ACL TV (pics & setlist), now on the road with Austin's Explosions in the Sky (dates)"

photos by Tim Griffin

Justin Vernon w/ The Shouting Matches / Grimes / Autre Ne Veut
ACL Music Festival Week 2, Day 2 - 10/12/2013
ACL Music Festival Week 2, Day 2 - 10/12/2013
ACL Music Festival Week 2, Day 2 - 10/12/2013

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.

If you haven't been keeping up with our coverage of the festival, check out weekend 2 day 1 pics here and here, and weekend 1 pics here. More of weekend 2 day 2 below...

Continue reading "ACL Fest 2013 weekend 2 day 2 pics: Grimes, Parquet Courts, Autre Ne Veut, The Cure, Passion Pit, Shouting Matches & more"

photos by Tim Griffin

Atoms for Peace @ ACL Fest 10/6/2013
ACL Festval Week 1, Day 3 - 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.

Continue reading "Atoms for Peace streaming tonight's concert from ACL Live's Moody Theater ++ pics from their show last week"

oh no! (more photos of Austin City Limits Day 1 by Tim Griffin)
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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.

"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.

UPDATE: Check out a picture of the flooding that happened already.

Lots of cancellations lately: Tricky, Godflesh, and Delorean to name a few.

ACL 2013 Weekend 1 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
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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...

Continue reading "ACL Fest weekend 2 live stream starts today"

photos by Sarah Frankie Linder

The National, Thao ATGDSD @ Stubb's - 10/05/2013
The National, Thao ATGDSD @ Stubb's - 10/05/2013

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....

Continue reading "Justin Vernon joined the National in Austin (video/pics/setlist)"

photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin

Divine Fits / Tame Impala / Franz Ferdinand @ ACL Fest 10/6/2013
ACL Music Festival 2013 - Day 3 - 10/6/2013
ACL Music Festival 2013 - Day 3 - 10/6/2013
ACL Music Festival 2013 - Day 3 - 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.

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]

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.

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.

Pics from ACL day 1 are here (and an additional set of Depeche Mode here), and day 2 are here and here. More pics from day 3 below...

Continue reading "ACL Fest 2013 weekend 1 day 3 pics: Phoenix, Atoms for Peace, Divine Fits, Tame Impala, Franz Ferdinand & more"

photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin

The Cure / Kendrick Lamar / Passion Pit
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

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.

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]

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.

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...

Continue reading "ACL Fest weekend 1 day 2 in pics (The Cure, Kendrick Lamar, Wilco, Passion Pit, Haim & more)"

photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin

Vampire Weekend / Arctic Monkeys / Depeche Mode @ ACL Fest 10/4/2013
ACL Music Festival 2013 - Day 1 - 10/4/2013
ACL Music Festival 2013 - Day 1 - 10/4/2013
ACL Music Festival 2013 - Day 1 - 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.

ACL day 2 (10/5) is happening as we post this, with The Cure, Wilco, Passion Pit and others playing. Update: Weekend 1 day 2 pics are now up here and here, and day 3 pics are up here.

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...

Continue reading "ACL Fest Weekend 1 day 1 in pics: Depeche Mode, Vampire Weekend, Arctic Monkeys, Savages, Black Angels & more"

photos by Tim Griffin

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

Continue reading "ACL Fest begins; QOTSA taped for the ACL TV show (pics)"

ACL contest

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).

Festival

As BV Austin points out, Austin City Limits has revealed its 2-weekend Austin 2013 festival schedule. The C3 fest goes down Oct. 4-6 & 11-13 in Zilker Park.

Meanwhile though, C3 will be keeping busy with their Chicago festival Lollapalooza (check out the recently released map).

photos by Tim Griffin

Grizzly Bear at Stubb's in Austin - 4/8/13
Grizzly Bear

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...

Continue reading "Grizzly Bear played Stubbs, rescheduled their ATP, taped an episode of Austin City Limits, expanded tour (pics, dates)"

Die Antwoord @ ACL 2012 (by Glen Brown)
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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.

Muppets

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:

Speaking of, Menomena just toured through NYC and played Music Hall of Williamsburg and Bowery Ballroom.

The Lollipop King is suing South Park.

Watch Godspeed You! Black Emperor on Windy City kids show Chic-A-Go-Go.

More stuff below...

Continue reading "ALSO: Beyonce playing Super Bowl; Million Muppet March, Die Antwoord, Godspeed!, Julie Dorion, Lollipop King, ACL & more"

ACL
ACL

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...

Continue reading "Austin City Limits 2012 underway -- Day 1 pics & video, Day 2 stream, Black Keys setlist, more"

Alabama Shakes @ Outside Lands 2012 (more by Amoreena Lucero)
Alabama Shakes

As previously mentioned, YouTube will be streaming this weekend's Austin City Limits festival live from Zilker Park. Today/Friday's stream schedule looks like this:

FRIDAY - Oct 12, 2012 - ACL stream schedule
1:30 PM First Aid Kit
1:30 PM He's My Brother, She's My Sister
2:15 PM Asleep at the Wheel
2:30 PM The War on Drugs
3:00 PM Los Campesinos!
3:30 PM Delta Spirit
4:00 PM Patrick Watson
4:30 PM Tegan and Sara
5:15 PM A-Trak
5:30 PM Alabama Shakes
6:15 PM Ben Howard
7:30 PM Florence + The Machine
7:30 PM Thievery Corporation
8:30 PM The Black Keys
Saturday and Sunday's schedule is below. And remember those times are in CDT/Austin time.

Meanwhile, Alabama Shakes (who play ACL today) played an intimate AmFam presented Dream Show in Chicago recently, and some pro-shot video, as seen on BV Chicago, has emerged. Watch that with the rest of the ACL stream schedule, below...

Continue reading "Stream ACL live; Watch Alabama Shakes clips from Chicago "

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Radiohead kicked off season 38 of Austin City Limits last night on PBS. If you missed it, check your local listings for the repeat, or just watch the whole thing below....

Continue reading "Watch the new Radiohead episode of Austin City Limits (stay tuned for Bon Iver, Bonnie Raitt, Shins, Dr. Dog & more)"

wet fans watching the Shins (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
The Shins

The sold out 2012 ACL Festival happens October 12-14 in Austin and on YouTube (where you'll find the stream schedule if you scroll down - Jack White, Delta Spirit, A-Trak, Alabama Shakes, The Black Keys, Metric, Rufus Wainwright, Alt-J, Garcy Clark Jr., Polica, Kimbra, Steve Earle, The Weekend, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and the The Shins included).

If you actually will be there in person, you can also catch many of the bands at one of the many official late night shows (including the Shins)

And, speaking of the Shins, they played Conan O'Brien last night. Watch both songs below...

Continue reading "Austin City Limits 2012 livestream schedule posted; The Shins played Conan (videos)"

via @roboppy
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Tickets to Aimee Mann and Ted Leo's shows at Bowery Ballroom and Music Hall of Williamsburg go on AmEx presale today at noon.

Tickets to see Silversun Pickups & Cloud Nothings at Terminal 5 go on AmEx presale today at noon

Tickets to The Faint's Danse Macabre show at Terminal 5 go on AmEx presale today at noon today.

Tickets to former Pedro the Lion singer David Bazan 'Control' show at Music Music Hall of Williamsburg go on AmEx presale at noon today.

Dub icon Lee "Scratch" Perry is headlining Music Hall of Williamsburg on September 23. More details about this show TBA, but meanwhile tickets go on AmEx presale at noon today.

Tickets to the 2012 Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival are on sale now... act quick, some shows are already sold out (more specifically, the one with Sarah Silverman is already sold out).

Mika (remember "Grace Kelly") is playing Webster Hall on October 15. Tickets go on AmEx presale at noon today.

And if you're heading to Austin for the 2012 ACL Fest, their late night aftershows were announced and tickets are on presale now.

ACL Fest 2011 (more by Tim Griffin)

Following in Coachella's footsteps...

The Austin City Council just voted unanimously to allow C3 Presents [who also own Lollapalooza] to expand the Austin City Limits Music Festival at Zilker Park to two weekends next year.

The resolution states that City Manager Marc Ott is encouraged "to negotiate and execute an agreement with C3 Presents to include an additional weekend event for the Austin City Limits Music Festival," beginning next year. - [KUT News]

What's next, the ACL Cruise? As the article mentions, this takes effect in 2013. Meanwhile, the one-weekend, sold-out 2012 ACL Fest happens October 12 - 14.

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After teasing us with lineup addictions day by day over the past few days, the full lineup of Austin City Limits 2012 is finally here. Check it out below....

Continue reading "Austin City Limits Festival -- 2012 lineup "

a Sasquatch 2011 patron (more by Josh Darr)
Sasquatch

The new year is approaching, and while you're making last minute plans and thinking up your resolutions, you can also start thinking about what festivals to attend in 2012. Here are some updates on next year's US festivals (not in any particular order).

SXSW, which is taking place from March 9-18 in Austin, with the music portion form March 13-18, has already announced a bunch of bands. If you register before January 13, you'll be able to save a bit.

New Orleans Jazz Fest is taking place from April 27 - May 6. The lineup includes The Beach Boys 50th Anniversary Reunion, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Foo Fighters, Bon IverMy Morning Jacket, Feist, Janelle Monae, and others. The full lineup is below. Tickets are on sale now.

Sasquatch is taking place this year from May 25-28 in Gorge, Washington. 4-Day passes will be on presale through New Year's Eve, and general sale starts February 11. New for 2012, "Patrons who purchase a 4-day festival ticket will be allowed re-entry from the Festival grounds! This will not apply to any other ticket, only the 4-day pass."

Bonnaroo will be taking place from June 7-10 this year in Manchester, TN. Presale tickets have sold out but tickets will go on sale to the general public in the coming months. Also check out a Spotify playlist of the Bonnaroo staff's favorite songs of 2011.

Coachella, will take place over the course of two weekends this year (April 13-15 and 20-22). Other than a fake lineup poster that has been floating around, no artists have been officially announced yet.

Noise Pop will be celebrating their 20th anniversary in 2012 from February 21-26 in San Francisco. So far the lineup includes Archers of Loaf, Built to Spill, Big Freedia, Surfer Blood, Grimes, Bleached, John Vanderslice, Ume, and others. Check out the full list below.

Austin City Limits is taking place from October 12-14 in Zilker Park in Austin. Souvenir 3-day passes and early bird 3-day passes have sold out but regular 3-day passes are on sale now.

Lollapalooza will take place in 2012 from August 3-5 in Grant Park in Chicago. Tickets will go on sale this spring. As BVChicago mentioned, Lollapalooza is also taking place in Chile and Brazil this year.

Bamboozle, now in a new location, is taking place from May 18-20 in Asbury Park in New Jersey this year. So far the scary lineup includes Bon Jovi, Foo Fighters, Skrillex, Blink 182, Incubus, and Mac Miller. 3-Day wristbands are on sale now.

Bumbershoot is taking place from September 1-3 at Seattle Center in Seattle, WA. Tickets are available and Bumbershoot are currently having a holiday sale where single day tickets are half off (originally $150, now $75).

NYC's own Governors Ball, which took place at Governors Island in 2011, has been moved to the bigger Randall's Island and will take place over the course of two days, June 23 and 24. Like last year, there will be no overlapping sets. Compared to the others listed here, this is not quite a big "festival", but unlike anything else listed above, it does happen in NYC. Artist announcements and tickets are coming soon.

Current NoisePop and Jazz Fest lineups below...

Continue reading "2012 Music Festival Roundup (Jazz Fest, Sasquatch, Bonnaroo, Noise Pop, ACL, Coachella, Bamboozle, SXSW, Bumbershoot & more)"

photos by Tim Griffin

Jeff Tweedy of Wilco @ The Moody Theater in Austin 11/30/2011
Wilco at ACL Live - Moody Theater -  Austin -  11/30/2011

Wilco taped an episode of the TV show Austin City Limits last night (11/30). They were probably playing around the time the Grammys announced that their new album The Whole Love is nominated for the "Best Rock Album". Pictures from that TV show taping, including one of the setlist, are in this post. Look for the show to air sometime next year.

Who picked up a copy of the limited edition "Speak Into the Rose" 10" that the band released for Record Store Day on Black Friday?

Wilco play the same Austin venue, but to the public and not for TV and with an opening set by Nick Lowe (he did make a special appearance at the TV taping), tonight, before continuing on a tour that includes five Chicago shows later this month. All dates and more ACL pictures below...

Continue reading "Wilco taped an Austin City Limits episode (pics), now on tour "

photos by Tim Griffin

Fleet Foxes

Fleet Foxes visited the Austin City Limits studio at Moody Theater in Austin on Friday (10/7) to tape an episode of the ACL TV show. We now have tthat look forward to in the near future. Meanwhile here are some pictures from the show, including one of the setlist. More below...

Continue reading "Fleet Foxes taped an Austin City Limits episode (pics, setlist)"

photos by Tim Griffin

Arcade Fire / The Walkmen
Arcade Fire
The Walkmen

The 10th annual Austin City Limits festival came to a close on Sunday with a headlining set by Arcade Fire (who also taped an edition of Austin City Limits the TV show one day earlier). It was a rough year for some attendees. I'm talking about smokers. Austin Statesman posted the following before the weekend:

We welcome all the people and music artists attending this year's Austin City Limits Music Festival. It's a special year for the music festival, which is celebrating its 10th anniversary. The talent this year is incredible, with headliners Kanye West, Stevie Wonder and Arcade Fire, as well as local favorites such as Asleep at the Wheel.

Before we get this party started, we must advise attendees that the Austin Parks Department has banned smoking at all Austin parks, greenbelts, trails and golf courses. That includes Zilker Park, site of the festival.

We realize that a smoking ban might be an inconvenience for some. But it is necessary to keep everyone safe. So please have fun at the events, which run today through Sunday, but leave the cigarettes, cigars, pipes -- or whatever else one might be smoking -- behind. (The ban also prohibits wood or charcoal grilling in Zilker and other parks.)

Smoking was allowed at previous ACL festivals, but this year is different. This year, Central Texas is dealing with wildfires that have killed two people, destroyed about 1,500 homes and burned tens of thousands of acres in Bastrop County, Steiner Ranch, Pflugerville and other Central Texas communities. In Austin, city firefighters responded to 469 brush fires from January through July. Cigarettes caused about a fourth of those fires, officials said. [Austin Statesman]

I don't know how many people obeyed that, but it's safe to say that ACL was fire free. In fact, much to the delight of many, it actually rained a bit on Friday and Saturday. Pictures from Sunday continue, with Arcade Fire's setlist, below...

Continue reading "Austin City Limits 2011 -- Day 3 in pics (Arcade Fire, Walkmen, DFA1979, Manu Chao & more)"

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