Foo Fighters will return to Austin this Friday to tape an episode of Austin City Limits to promote their latest album Sonic Highways. In addition to the taping there will be a special screening of the Austin episode of Dave Grohl's documentary series of the same name. The band wanted to do something different for their latest release so they set out to record and document the history behind several cities known for their rich musical history. In addition to Austin the band visited Chicago, Nashville, Washington DC, Los Angeles and Seattle. The Austin episode premieres on Friday on HBO. You can enter for a chance to win a pair of tickets to the taping by following the link below.
Austin City Limits announces KLRU Presents: Austin City Limits Celebrates 40 Years, an all-star benefit concert on Thursday, June 26 featuring some of the brightest stars in the show's history returning to the Austin City Limits stage. The star-studded evening, hosted by Jeff Bridges and Sheryl Crow, will feature Alabama Shakes, Gary Clark Jr., Joe Ely, Robert Earl Keen, Kris Kristofferson, Lloyd Maines, Bonnie Raitt, T Bone Burnett, Jimmie Vaughan, Grupo Fantasma and Doyle Bramhall II along with musical performances from Bridges and Crow, celebrating Austin City Limits legacy as an American music institution over the last four decades.
Commemorating the trailblazing music series 40th Anniversary, the evening will benefit KLRU-TV, Austin PBS, which created Austin City Limits in 1974 and still produces the show today. The concert will take place at ACL's home, ACL Live at The Moody Theater, and will be taped as part of a two-hour primetime special, Austin City Limits Celebrates 40 Years, airing Friday, October 3, 9 – 11pm ET, on PBS. ACL continues its remarkable run, kicking off its milestone 40th year with the series season premiere on October 4. The complete broadcast episode schedule for Season 40 will be announced at a later date.
Tickets for KLRU Presents: Austin City Limits Celebrates 40 Years will go on sale to the public Friday, May 16th at 11 am at klru.org/benefit. Tickets start at $75.
Learn more about Austin City Limits, programming and history at acltv.com.
A few weeks ago I was lucky enough to attend Phoenix's Austin City Limits taping and came back rather surprised. The first clip of that performance is now available with the band performing "Entertainment" off their latest release Bankrupt!. The show will air in it's entirety on October 12th. The band will be returning in October for the Austin City Limits Festival.
After weeks of speculation and quite a few sneak peeks, The 2013 Austin City Limits line up is here in all it's glory. While the last few days has given us headliners like Muse, Phoenix and The Cure alongside exciting acts like D'Angelo, Toro Y Moi, Local Natives and Haim, festival organizers saved the best secrets for last. Can we start off with the fact that DEPECHE MODE will be headlining!? That's reason enough for me but we also have Atoms For Peace, Queens of the Stone Age, Arctic Monkeys, Vampire Weekend and so many more to sweeten the deal.
The Line Up:
Depeche Mode, The Cure, Atoms For Peace, Kings of Leon, Muse, Wilco, The National, Queens of the Stone Age, Vampire Weekend, Arctic Monkeys, Kendrick Lamar, D’Angelo, Passion Pit, Franz Ferdinand, Tame Impala, Local Natives, Portugal. the Man, Neko Case, Grimes, Jimmy Eat World, Dawes, The Joy Formidable, Purity Ring, Divine Fits, Toro Y Moi, The Shouting Matches, Haim, Smith Westerns, Savages, FIDLAR, Parquet Courts, Autre Ne Veut, Phosphorescent, Wild Belle, and Hundred Waters, Lionel Ritchie, Kaskade, Silversun Pickups, Grouplove, The Black Angels, Okkervil River, Shuggie Otis, Wild Nothing, Pinback, Foxygen, Reignwolf, Deap Vally, Bright Light Social Hour, Lissie, Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, Thao and the Get Down Stay Down, White Denim, The True Believers, Mona, Roadkill Ghost Choir, JC Brooks and the Uptown Sound, Typhoon, The Blind Boys of Alabama, Dan Croll, Shovels & Rope, Electric Guest, Valerie June, The Band of Heathens, Red Baraat, Jacuzzi Boys, Widowspeak and more.
This will be the first year that the festival is split in to two weekends taking place on October 4-6 and again on October 11-13th.
General Admission 3 Day Passes, VIP 3 Day Passes, Platinum and Travel Packages will be available this morning (5/7) at 10am, while supplies last. Single day tickets will not be available this year.
For more information head over to the ACLFestival.com
After seeing a fantastic Grizzly Bear show at Stubb's on a few days earlier, I could barely contain myself knowing what was in store for me on Wednesday evening. The Austin City Limits tapings are the most incredible concerts. The shows are intimate, the sound is perfect, and the lighting is flawless. If you've ever been, you know I speak the truth.
We arrived at the Austin City Limits' studios at the Moody Theater a few minutes after 7. I passed by the merchandise setup and couldn't take my eyes off the one-night-only special poster (pictured down below) for the taping. Created by the extremely talented James Flames, the poster is entitled "Some Great Beyond", with the image directly influenced by the lyrics of the song "Half Gate", specifically the last verse.
With poster in hand, we took our seats on the left side of the theater, three rows up from the floor with a perfect view. Having sat in many spots around the theater, I have to conclude there really doesn't seem to be a bad seat in the house. At 8, right on cue, long-time ACL producer, Terry Lickona took to the stage to introduce Grizzly Bear. The band seem to run out on stage, letting their excitement show about how eager they were to put on a show for the audience at the famed Austin City Limits. The crowd stood up and applauded loudly, cheering the band on.
Throughout the set, Grizzly Bear chose to focus on material primarily from their previous two albums, Shields and Veckatimest. In between songs, the band's shyness came to light while engaging in nervous banter with the audience. The music, on the other hand, proved to everyone in attendance that Grizzly Bear exuded confidence and is why they're arguably one of the best bands making music today.
The highlight of the evening for me would come to fruition halfway through the band's set. I've always enjoyed hearing "Foreground", but tonight it just sounded different. It was so much more hauntingly beautiful and really showcased the power of Ed Droste's voice. It seemed like it was made to be heard in a venue like the Moody Theater.
Thank you to the amazing people at Austin City Limits for the opportunity to take in such an incredible show! This marked my sixth time seeing Grizzly Bear live and I can say without a doubt it was the best one yet.