Austin City Limits Reveals Season 48 Lineup, Watch Japanese Breakfast Perform “Posing for Cars”: Exclusive

New season debuts October 1st with Brandi Carlile, Arlo Parks, Sylvan Esso, and more

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Japanese Breakfast, photo by Scott Newton courtesy of Austin City Limits

    PBS’ long-running live music series Austin City Limits is set to return with the first half of Season 48 this fall. In addition to announcing the show’s lineup of performers, ACL has today teased the new season with an exclusive performance from Japanese Breakfast.

    The first of seven fresh Austin City Limits installments will debut on October 1st at 8:00 p.m. CT/9:00 p.m. ET with an episode headlined by Brandi Carlile. New hour-long episodes will then drop weekly, with guests including Japanese Breakfast and Arlo Parks (October 8th), Sylvan Esso and Lucius (October 15th), Allison Russell and The Weather Station (October 22nd), Parker McCollum and Robert Earl Keen (October 29th), and Lyle Lovett and His Large Band (November 5th).

    Season 48 part one will close with Cuban funk sensations Cimafunk and The Tribe making their ACL debut by taking over the entire episode. That will air on November 12th, and the second half of the season will be announced in the near future.


    As a preview of what this new crop of Austin City Limits entries will bring, check out Japanese Breakfast performing the Jubilee cut “Posing for Cars.” The rendition opens with Michelle Zauner on the stage solo as her band slowly grows around her. First comes the acoustic guitar, than the bassist, and before long, a full eight-piece band is on stage, including a violinist and horn section.

    Watch the performance below, followed by the complete schedule for the first half of ACL Season 48. Check your local listings to watch the series live, or catch the replays immediately following their televised debut on the PBS website.

    Austin City Limits Season 48 Broadcast Lineup:
    October 1st — Brandi Carlile
    October 8th — Japanese Breakfast/Arlo Parks
    October 15th — Sylvan Esso/Lucius
    October 22nd — Allison Russell/The Weather Station
    October 29th — Parker McCollum/Robert Earl Keen
    November 5th — Lyle Lovett and His Large Band
    November 12th — Cimafunk and The Tribe