ACL is happy to announce the return of the great Los Lobos to our stage. The East L.A. rock & roll band honored its 40th anniversary with the 2013 live album Disconnected in New York City. Read more
Austin City Limits is excited to unveil more tapings for our upcoming 40th Season! It’s an eclectic line-up of music icons and innovators including Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, Valerie June, Eric Church and Thao & The Get Down Stay Down.
We’re thrilled to have the debut of Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, taping their episode on July 20th. One of contemporary music’s most powerful personalities, the Australian-born singer-songwriter of dark songs and dark voice will take the ACL stage with his longtime band for what promises to be a mesmerizing performance.
Tennessee-to-New York transplant Valerie June makes her first appearance on the ACL stage on May 28th, performing songs from her luminous debut, hailed one of “the 50 Best Albums of 2013” by Rolling Stone.
San Francisco-based folk-rockers Thao & The Get Down Stay Down tape their ACL debut on August 14th. Led by enigmatic singer-songwriter Thao Nguyen, the band has built a devoted following based on their spirited live shows.
Breakout country star Eric Church tapes his ACL debut on September 23rd, performing songs from his critically-acclaimed new album The Outsiders, which debuted at #1 on Billboard‘s Top 200 and Country charts. Spin proclaimed Church “the most exciting, sonically fearless singer in Nashville.”
And as previously mentioned the first taping of the new season features the return of music legends Los Lobos to the ACL stage on April 14th.
Broadcast episodes begin airing this fall as part of ACL’s Season 40. Select tapings will be live streamed so music lovers everywhere can experience the performances as they happen, live and unedited. Visit acltv.com for news regarding future tapings, episode schedules and 40th Anniversary updates.
Austin City Limits and the show’s producing station KLRU-TV have teamed up with artist Tim Wakefield to showcase his art collection Soundwaves celebrating 40 years of Austin City Limits. Each stunning piece of artwork in this exclusive collection captures the soundwave of a famous recording. Wakefield then customizes the soundwave image into finished piece that represent his interpretation of each song.
Later this month, portions of the ACL Soundwaves collection will be displayed at various locations across Austin. Follow #ACLSoundwaves on Facebook and Twitter for additional details as they become available.
On April 14th to April 26th, the art will be auctioned online with net proceeds benefiting KLRU and Austin City Limits. Featured songs include (click on song title for more about each painting).
- Willie Nelson “My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys“
- Civil Wars “Barton Hollow”
- Kings Of Leon “Use Somebody”
Additional ACL Soundwaves pieces will be auctioned at the invitation-only Austin City Limits Hall of Fame event on April 26th.
ACL is happy to announce the return of the great Los Lobos to our stage. The East L.A. rock & roll band honored its 40th anniversary with the 2013 live album Disconnected in New York City. As we’re hitting the 40-year-milestone ourselves, we’re thrilled to join them in keeping the celebration going. Los Lobos has wowed the ACL audience four times during our shared 40 years. They were last on the show in 2002 — a performance that was so full of energy that it knocked some of our tree set pieces down, forcing the ACL crew to conduct a repair while the band continued playing! We hope you can join us in welcoming back the legendary Los Lobos on April 14th. Information about how to get tickets to this taping will be posted in April.
Austin City Limits announces a special broadcast featuring NINE INCH NAILS making a rare television appearance in an epic, full-hour performance. The new episode premieres on Saturday, April 5th as a preview of ACL’s 40th Anniversary Season. NIN’s arena-worthy ACL debut showcases ten songs, and will encore during the PBS music series Season 40, launching in the fall of 2014.
Nine Inch Nails joins the list of legendary artists that have performed on ACL. NIN’s Trent Reznor and the seven-piece Tension Tour band—Alessandro Cortini, Josh Eustis, Robin Finck, Lisa Fischer, Sharlotte Gibson, Pino Palladino and Ilan Rubin—deliver an electrifying performance that is a masterpiece of tension and release. In his remarks from the ACL stage, Reznor said, “We didn’t want to make ACL a NIN show. We wanted to be out of our element.” Reznor added in a recent Reddit AMA: “I have a lot of respect for ACL and I wanted us to be a guest on THEIR show, not to convert their show into our concert. It was unusual to perform in that environment, and ended up being one of the best shows I think we played.”
NIN deliver one of the best live shows on the planet, are considered a pioneer in the industrial music movement and have been highly influential in the evolution of electronic music. The band recently released their first album in five years, the critically-acclaimed Hesitation Marks, which Spin magazine called “the most important artistic statement from Reznor since the late 90s” and Rolling Stone hailed “one of his best” in a four-star lead review.
Stay tuned to acltv.com for episode schedules, news regarding live streams of upcoming tapings and 40th Anniversary updates.