The best music show on TV, PBS’s Austin City Limits, has announced the lineup of artists for its 35th anniversary season (yup, ACL can now officially run for President) starting Oct. 3. The roster is another great mix of established artists and relative newcomers, with the Dave Matthews Band, Pearl Jam, Beastie Boys, Sonic Youth, Elvis Costello, Ben Harper, M. Ward, Andrew Bird, St. Vincent, Band of Heathens and Okkervil River slated for episodes. The season will also feature the first appearance by Cincinnati’s Heartless Bastards.
It will be the band's first major TV appearance since they did Letterman in February and corrected Dave when he asked if they were from Austin.
There will also be a special Willie Nelson/Asleep at the Wheel episode of ACL (Willie was on the initial ACL pilot in 1974 and Asleep at the Wheel was on the first episode of the first season in 1976). It’s nearly impossible to find good music television these days; thank the Baby Jebus for Austin City Limits’ endurance.
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