Austin City Limits Gets Bastardized

Gas up the ol’ Tivo (that's how they run, right?) and set it for Jan. 23, when the Austin City Limits live music TV program (one of the best shows on television, especially for real music fans, and the longest-running one) airs its episode featuring Cincy-bred/Austin-based rockers The Heartless Bastards. Each hour-long show is split between two artists (unless ACL gets a big-wig like R.E.M. or Pearl Jam or, apparently, Them Crooked Vultures) — the Bastards' show will be shared with Neo Roots kings The Avett Brothers.—-

You can check out some photos and video from the session — as well as the setlist — right here. Old-school local music fans might recognize an extra name in the “Band Credits” section — violinist Zy Lyn (aka Zy O. Lyn), who played with Middlemarch and his own (still-active) Mad Orange Fools locally and now lives in Portland, sits in with the band on the show. (Zy is also featured on the Bastards' latest album, The Mountain; check out some of his MOF tunes here.)

The rest of ACL's new season (its 35th) doesn't look too shabby, either:

Jan. 16: K'NAAN/Mos Def

Jan. 23: The Avett Brothers/Heartless Bastards

Jan. 30: Steve Earle/Kris Kristofferson

Feb. 6: Esperanza Spalding/Madeleine Peyroux

Feb. 13: Them Crooked Vultures (featuring Dave Grohl, Josh Homme and John Paul Jones)

Austin City Limits airs on local PBS affiliates on Saturday nights. Go here and put in your zip code/TV provider to search for the exact time.

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