“This all-star crew caromed and careened through 80 minutes of punk-and-glam-fueled rock ‘n’ roll that treated beauty and damage as two sides of the same coin.”

By Peter Blackstock/Austin American-Statesman-Austin 360/December 1, 2016 – It’s almost impossible to nail down what Alejandro Escovedo will do next. From his first appearance on “Austin City Limits” in 1983 as a guitarist with cowpunk band Rank and File, to his next one nearly 20 years later performing a musical-theater folk tale centered on Mexican-American themes, to subsequent solo episodes featuring chamber-rock lineups from his Austin heyday, he’s been a constant chameleon.

From left, Kurt Bloch, Scott McCaughey, Alejandro Escovedo, John Moen and Peter Buck taping "Austin City Limits" at ACL Live on Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2016. Scott Newton/Courtesy of KLRU TV

From left: Kurt Bloch, Scott McCaughey, Alejandro Escovedo, John Moen and Peter Buck taping “Austin City Limits” at ACL Live on Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2016. Scott Newton/courtesy of KLRU TV

The Northwest-centric band he brought with him for the program’s Season 42 finale on Wednesday at ACL Live marked yet another fresh turn. Performing all but one of the 13 songs on Escovedo’s new album “Burn Something Beautiful,” plus three favorites from his back catalog, this all-star crew caromed and careened through 80 minutes of punk-and-glam-fueled rock ‘n’ roll that treated beauty and damage as two sides of the same coin.

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