This past weekend, Austin City Limits had its 33rd season premiere, and for its second week, this Saturday* features the double billing of The Decemberists and Explosions In The Sky. Let me back up a minute, and re-emphasize something in that last sentence -- this is the 33rd season. That's a lot of Willie Nelson. But really, the series has come a long way from being a Willie and friends get-together. Besides this week's great lineup, this season boasts Arcade Fire, Wilco, Regina Spektor, Bloc Party, Ghostland Observatory, Kings of Leon and Texas' own Roky Erickson. Norah Jones headlined the premiere the other night, which helps explain why I waited until this week.
Elsewhere, Atlanta's rambunctious Black Lips are bound to tear up Conan's set with their unique brand of punk garage rock. When they make their network television debut on Tuesday night, there's no question about whether they'll bring the rock, but rather whether they'll be with or without mustaches. I'm placing my bet firmly on the 'stache.
Playlist: Picks for the week
Monday, October 8
Tuesday, October 9
ABC: Jimmy Kimmel Live: Justice
FUEL: The Daily Habit: Jamie T
Wednesday, October 10
ABC: Jimmy Kimmel Live: Data Rock
CBS: Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson: Modest Mouse
Thursday, October 11
ABC: Jimmy Kimmel Live: Jose Gonzalez
FUEL: The Daily Habit: Bedouin Soundclash
NBC: Late Night With Conan O'Brien: Klaxons
Friday, October 12
ABC: Jimmy Kimmel Live: Q-Tip
Saturday, October 13
*Please check local listings. Our Seattle (poor excuse for a) PBS station, for example, broadcasts these one week later then scheduled.