Austin City Limits Fest

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Texas Prisons Hard Up for Execution Drugs?

Texas state prisons are running low on a key execution drug, according to a report released Tuesday. According to the Austin American-Statesman, state prison officials say there is enough of the drug to continue with six executions that are scheduled over the next four months.

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It’s safe to say a music-loving town like Austin’s familiar with Bon Iver, the folk-tinged indie band fronted by Justin Vernon. But that might not be the case for the public at large.

Bon Iver has made numerous stops in Austin: at South by Southwest, the Austin City Limits Music Festival, and most recently, a performance at the Long Center. (KUT is a fan as well.)

Nationally, Vernon’s stature has grown since appearing on Kanye West’s platinum-selling “My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy”, and Bon Iver’s self-titled 2011 album was named album of the year by numerous critics, including music-review site Pitchfork.

But for many, Vernon’s Grammy win for “Best New Artist” last night was the first many had heard of him. And moments after his acceptance speech, the confusion took to Twitter, with hilarious results.

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Bastrop County Complex Fire Update

Bastrop county officials say the Bastrop County Complex fire was 95 percent contained as of Sunday. Officials released The Bastrop County Complex Fire Factsheet on the county's Office of Emergency Management Facebook page.

Austin City Limits Festival 2011

Yesterday rounded out  the last day of the ACL festival. If you were not part of the 75,000 people there each day, KUT's Texas Music Matters has reviews of the headlining acts. Here is just a handful:

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The city really, really doesn’t want you to smoke if you plan to attend the Austin City Limits music festival. Austin Parks and Recreation director Sara Hensley even said “please” during a news conference this morning. But there will be no parks rangers at the festival, and ACL organizers’ private security guards may not be actively hunting down those who do light up.

“We’re not going after the smokers,” Austin Parks and Recreation spokesman Victor Ovalle clarified on the telephone this afternoon. “We’re asking them to please help comply with the smoking and the fire ban in the park.”

“We’re really not trying to ruin anyone’s experience,” he said.

Because the smoking ban in parks is not a city ordinance, people can’t be fined for lighting up. But they can be asked to leave the park. If the smoker refuses, he or she could be issued a criminal trespass notice and be banned from city parks for a year.  

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ACL festival goers who like to enjoy live music with some drinks and cigarettes will have to leave their smokes at home this weekend. Smoking is banned in all city parks because of the drought, and that includes Zilker Park during Austin City Limits.

“There’s a high propensity for fire if there’s any kind of spark out there,” City of Austin Parks and Recreation Department (PARD) spokesman Victor Ovalle told KUT News. “It’s critical that we continue this ban of smoking and the use of grills in our parks.”

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You want to take in some of the artists in town for Austin City Limits Music Festival but don’t want to sweat it out in Zilker Park?  The ACL after shows let you watch musicians perform from the comfort of a downtown night club without the inflated drink prices.

Here’s the list of official after shows, released this morning by ACL.

Austin City Limits announced today that is has scheduled six tapings over August and September at the Moody Theater on Second St. In a post on its blog, ACL released these dates:

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Austin City Limits released the bands that will be performing at the tenth edition of the outdoor festival, which will come in September this year rather than October.

Updated at 2:57 pm: Friday and Saturday one-day tickets are already sold out after going on sale at 10 am today. Three day passes sold out earlier this month.

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2011 ACL Lineup Released

This year's ACL lineup is out, and it's causing a stir. Stevie Wonder, Kanye West, Arcade Fire and Coldplay are headlining the 10th annual Austin City Limits Music Festival. My Morning Jacket, Fleet Foxes, Alison Krauss & Union Station, and Cee Lo will also grace the stages of the three day music fest. 

ACL Live in W Hotel
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ACL Live, the new Austin City Limits TV studio and music venue in downtown Austin, launched its new website and show calendar a week ago. Tickets are on sale today at noon for that initial round of concerts.

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President Bush Kicks Off Book Tour

Former President George W. Bush will be at a Borders bookstore near his Dallas home today to sign copies of his newly released book "Decision Points".  In the book, President Bush writes about the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and Hurricane Katrina.  

Lyle Lovett and Terry Lickona
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Austin City Limits, the legendary live music TV show, has taped in the same building as KUT for the past 36 years, on the sixth floor of Building B in the Jesse H. Jones Communication Center at the University of Texas.

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