Friday, November 07, 2014

Sights and Sounds: Austin City Limits, The Pretty Reckless, Kurt Cobain

Happy Friday everybody! Here is my final roundup for the week...

Austin City Limits presents two American Originals:
Los Lobos and Thao & The Get Down Stay Down

New episode premieres Saturday, Nov. 8, 2014 on PBS

Austin, TX—November 7, 2014—Austin City Limits (ACL) presents true American originals—the legendary Los Lobos and folk rock wonders Thao & The Get Down Stay Down. Los Lobos return to the ACL stage for their fifth appearance, while innovator Thao Nguyen and her band The Get Down Stay Down make their ACL debut. Music mavericks with far-reaching influence, both acts personify ACL's legacy of “Great Music, No Limits.” The episode premieres Saturday, November 8th at 9pm ET/8pm CT as part of ACL's milestone Season 40. ACL airs weekly on PBS stations nationwide (check local listings for times) and full episodes are made available online for a limited time at immediately following the initial broadcast. The show's official hashtag is #acltv40.

As they enter their fifth decade, Los Lobos soldier on as one of America's great bands. The influential and enduring East L.A. combo return to ACL celebrating their recent 40th anniversary alongside ACL’s. “Los Lobos are still one of America's best, bravest, and most satisfying bands, and their skills and their instincts remain razor-sharp,” raves AllMusic. They continue to create music that resonates with audiences around the world, and, this year, the three-time Grammy winning group will be honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Latin Recording Academy. Opening their ACL set with the fan favorite “La Pistola y el Corazon”, the group perform highlights from their vast catalog. The standout performance displays their world-class musicianship, as the veteran rockers perform their signature style of “Chicano rock” featuring an eclectic mix of rock 'n roll, country, folk, R&B, blues and norteƱo music.

"Los Lobos and ACL have always felt like kindred spirits," says ACL executive producer Terry Lickona. "We share the same impulse towards originality, experimentation and fun with music. They're still one of the best rock-and-roll bands in America!"

Led by charismatic singer-songwriter Thao Nguyen, the San Francisco-based Thao & the Get Down Stay Down have built a devoted following based on their spirited live shows and their catalog of smart, genre-blending indie rock. The band’s ACL debut features them performing songs from their critically-acclaimed 2013 release We the Common. The group’s blend of rhythms and Thao’s folk-influenced fingerpicking give the band a distinctive sound that truly makes it stand out from the pack. Bandleader Thao’s natural exuberance and confessional songwriting make for an upbeat, must-see ACL appearance. The band close out the scorching set with the singalong indie pop of the title track, as the Austin crowd happily sings along.

"Thao is a true artist for the 21st century,” says Lickona. “Her influences are wide-ranging, and her live performances are mesmerizing and infectious!"

Los Lobos Setlist:
La Pistola y el Corazon
Chuco's Cumbia
Little Things
Wicked Rain
Mas y Mas

Thao & The Get Down Stay Down Setlist:
The Clap/City
Know Better Learn Faster
Kindness Be Conceived
Every Body
We The Common

Season 40 Fall 2014 Broadcast Schedule (additional episodes to be announced)

October 4 | Beck
October 11 | Ed Sheeran | Valerie June
October 18 | Nine Inch Nails
October 25 | Tweedy
November 1 | Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds
November 8 | Los Lobos | Thao & The Get Down Stay Down
November 15 | Eric Church
November 22 | ACL Presents: Americana Music Festival 2014

The complete lineup for the full 13-week season, including new episodes to air beginning January 2015, will be announced at a later date. Check the news section of for additional episode updates.

Taylor Momsen of The Pretty Reckless
The Pretty Reckless to open for Nickelback in 2015

Taylor Momsen and The Pretty Reckless will hit the road in early 2015 as direct support for Nickelback. The Pretty Reckless will kick off the tour on Feb. 14, 2015 in Allentown, PA and stay on through March 15 in Vancouver, BC.  For more information, visit the band's official Web site here.

Kurt Cobain: The Last Session update

Photographer Jesse Frohman will sign copies of his new book, Kurt Cobain: The Last Session (Thames & Hudson) at Morrison Hotel Gallery from 6 to 8 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014.

Kurt Cobain: The Last Session captures the rocker at a critical moment in his life and career.

The event is open to the public, and books can be purchased at the signing.

Morrison Hotel Gallery is located at 1200 Alta Loma Road, West Hollywood, CA 90069. For more information, visit

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