Posted in comedy | music | tour dates on March 1, 2011

Sold Sound

"The 2011 Solid Sound lineup thus far: Wilco (Fri. & Sat.), the Levon Helm Band, Thurston Moore, Syl Johnson & the Sweet Divines, Here We Go Magic, Dave Douglas & Brass Ecstasy, Pillow Wand (Nels Cline/Thurston Moore duo), Handsome Family, Liam Finn, Sic Alps, JC Brooks & the Uptown Sound, Sarah Lee Guthrie & Johnny Irion, Glenn Kotche, Pronto, the Autumn Defense, Comedy Cabaret curated by John Hodgman featuring Wyatt Cenac, Eugene Mirman & Morgan Murphy, plus the return of the Story Pirates -- all at the largest contemporary art museum in the country with the backdrop of the Berkshire Mountains of Western Massachusetts."
Solid Sound goes down from June 24-26 at MASS MoCA in North Adams, MA. Tickets are on sale now.

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Comments (45)

what?? no smith westerns?

Posted by Anonymous | March 1, 2011 4:24 PM

no Mumford & Sons?

pass...

Posted by Anonymous | March 1, 2011 4:29 PM

"Eugene Mirman, Wyatt Cenac, Morgan Murphy"

Dear people who book comedy for musical events. There are other comedians out there.

Sincerely
Tired of seeing those three everywhere music and comedy unite

Posted by Anonymous | March 1, 2011 4:36 PM

Seems like this is just the members of Wilco shuffled around a bunch of times!

Posted by Anonymous | March 1, 2011 4:42 PM

Wilco x 2, Levon Helm, Thurston, Nels with Thurston....Wow, that sounds like it'll be amazing!!

Posted by Anonymous | March 1, 2011 4:43 PM

"Seems like this is just the members of Wilco shuffled around a bunch of times!"

Yeahhh, and you're point being???

ps - you're wrong

Posted by Anonymous | March 1, 2011 4:50 PM

Lineup's got some cool stuff, but this festival is too much money. Price should easily be dropped about 20 bucks.

Posted by Anonymous | March 1, 2011 5:03 PM

My money is on this being cancelled due to "unforseen circumstances."

AKA - lack of ticket sales/interest.

Some good stuff, but this won't bring in the masses.

Posted by Anonymous | March 1, 2011 5:05 PM

"Dear people who book comedy for musical events. There are other comedians out there."

Don't forget about David Cross and Showalter. They are also everywhere. I agree. Enough of Eugene Mirman, but then again, they are easy to ignore at festivals.

Posted by Anonymous | March 1, 2011 5:06 PM

>

Hey, what about me? Sincerely, Todd Barry

Posted by Todd Barry | March 1, 2011 5:15 PM

"Tired of seeing those three everywhere music and comedy unite"

They dropped the quote.

Sincerely,

Todd Barry

Posted by Todd Barry | March 1, 2011 5:17 PM

Dear 4:36 and 5:06 -

Many people in the audience are tired of seeing YOU at shows.

Please stay home.

Posted by Anonymous | March 1, 2011 5:34 PM

Purling Hiss should confuse the family set.

Posted by nygrump | March 1, 2011 5:39 PM

5:05=a nobody who comments on BV about a wilco festival. wilco and named comedians are famous. you, not so much.

your wagering money probably does not amount to much, and your opinions ranks even lower

GOOF

Posted by Anonymous | March 1, 2011 5:40 PM

This festival is tailor-made for aging hipsters and their toddlers. Avoid!

Unless you like being around Volvo-driving, rich people pretending to be poor accompanied by their entitled kids with oh-so-quirky names, then Go!

Posted by Anonymous | March 1, 2011 5:55 PM

No Neil Hamburger? Pass

Posted by Anonymous | March 1, 2011 6:00 PM

damn i wish there were a couple more cool bands and i'd go

Posted by Anonymous | March 1, 2011 6:11 PM

5:05 this is the second year obviously they wouldn't do it again if it wasn't successful.

Posted by Anonymous | March 1, 2011 6:12 PM

Needs More Loose Fur

Posted by Anonymous | March 1, 2011 6:16 PM

5:55 is right, this will be a yuppie-centric weekend in Northern Mass.

Posted by Anonymous | March 1, 2011 6:41 PM

It WILL bring the masses. Its Wilco.
You guys are crazy.

Posted by Anonymous | March 1, 2011 6:43 PM

No free hummus bar? Pass.

Posted by Anonymous | March 1, 2011 7:14 PM

Re: Needs to be $20 cheaper? That is what a broke ass hipster would say. Stay the fuck home and jerk off into your mashed chickpeas, you talentless assclown.

(snicker snicker)

Posted by Bob Roberts | March 1, 2011 7:24 PM

To whoever was talking about it not "bringing the masses", its a boutique festival, it worked just fine last year with about 5,000 people. It was very relaxing last year to not have the masses at Solid Sound, here's to hoping for another great year

Posted by Anonymous | March 1, 2011 8:07 PM

Good to see 5:55 has his copy of "Stuff White People Like."

But he/she sounds like one of the folks who transplanted to New York (from some hole where folks could not afford Volvos), and hopes to move out of their shitty first/second/third BK apartment, and into a nice loft in The Edge.

There is a light that never goes out

Posted by Anonymous | March 1, 2011 8:09 PM

it is a bit too far for brooklyn poseurs to rent a zipcar and drive to north adams plus their arcade fire collection would get way boring half way to massachusetts

thankfully wilco has the good sense to avoid playing this fest within 100 miles of NYC

Posted by Anonymous | March 1, 2011 8:25 PM

A weekend with Wilco, Levon Helm and Thurston Moore and all the majority can do is bitch about it.

STAY THE FUCK HOME YOU PUSSY-ASS HIPSTER DOUCHEBAGS!

Posted by Anonymous | March 1, 2011 8:55 PM

wilco are good peoples.

Posted by Anonymous | March 1, 2011 10:17 PM

It's funny to me how polarizing these comments are.

As a fan of Wilco, Levon, and Thurston-it's still not worth it to go to this. The fact that Wilco, Autumn Defense, and Glenn Kotche are all playing sets just goes to show that the members of Wilco are most concerned with themselves- which is pretty sad.

No question, the acts mentioned are all good, but as a package- it totally does not seem worth it for people to travel there for this. This seems like mostly a regional event and a vanity affair.

And as much as I hate to agree, I do think that there will be lots of kids running around, and wealthy older hipsters slumming it too.

When I think of the travel costs (and NYC is not even that far! Imagine travelling from other parts of US), high ticket prices, and lodging- that's a lot of cash to drop on a "Wilco-themed" festival. Let's be honest, even for diehards.

My advice: spend your cash more wisely and go see Levon at a Midnight Ramble while he's still doing them, hold off to see Wilco until they put out the next LP in 2012, and see the other acts when they play NYC/ Brooklyn at the Bell House, Bowery, MHOW, or even smaller venues for like $15.

Posted by Anonymous | March 2, 2011 8:50 AM

IT's funny that they do this in North Adams. I currently live in NA while going through school as a music major. This place is pretty bogus. Last year though, when this festival occurred, there were more people, of ALL varieties, hanging out downtown. It was prett cool, even if you aren't super into all the groups there. I mean to be fair, the Books played last year, and not this year. That's kind of a bummer but the show will still bring thousands...again.

Posted by Bob | March 2, 2011 9:23 AM

This is a festival started and curated by Wilco for it to play with its various solo bands and other non-Wilco bands it likes. Stop the complaining and aging-hipster comments. If you don't care for it, put on your "I love bands that don't even exist yet" tee shirt, go to the coffee shop where you work, and pour me a coffee. And tell your four roommates to do the same. They'll hear you through the temporary walls you built in the studio you share. Whining teeniebopper douchbags.

Posted by Three dollars and sixty-three cents | March 2, 2011 11:13 AM

didnt everyone transplant to new york?

i love that the first person off the boat is still kicking second.

Posted by Anonymous | March 2, 2011 11:55 AM

Jeff Tweedy is gonna sing with LCD SS at Solid Sound.

Posted by Anonymous | March 2, 2011 11:59 AM

"didnt everyone transplant to new york?"

Nope. I am a native.

Posted by Anonymous | March 2, 2011 11:59 AM

>"didnt everyone transplant to new york?"
>Nope. I am a native.

I'll trade you a pair of Wavves tickets for two pelts.

Posted by Me Rikey | March 2, 2011 12:41 PM

11:55=obviously transplant trash.

And 11:13 sums it up just perfectly. So glad this festival is out of town, so the elitists who prefer to see BK/NY "shows" - where all you do is stand around and read your email from your friends (who won't be your friends in a year's time) - and see bands that won't be around in a year's time.

Gimme aging hipsters and cool little kids any day. Hipster poseur faxuhemians are so lame.

Posted by Anonymous | March 2, 2011 12:54 PM

Wilco has become so boring and routine. And no- I'm not an aged-hipster, one of 4 roomates living in Bushwick, or an elitist who likes bands that no one knows.

I've been following this band since the mid-90's (so do the math and you can guess my age bracket). I've enjoyed all of their stylistic-changes and what they bring to their fans, which is a ton. But that said, with so many other great festivals that bring a greater variety of artists, it's hard to choose Solid Sound over any of them.

And it really bums me out becuase I think that Solid Sound could be awesome if it wasn't soooo Wilco-themed. Do we really need all of the Wilco side-projects and too headling sets by the band too? Sorry folks- but there's other bands out there besides Wilco...

Posted by Anonymous | March 2, 2011 1:34 PM

1:34 - I understand what you're saying, but you have to understand that Wilco created the festival for it and it's side projects to play. The festival is not someone else's who invited Wilco and decided to make it top-heavy with Wilco projects.

Posted by Mega Mind | March 2, 2011 1:47 PM

8:50 - seeing bands in smaller Brooklyn and New York venues means we would have to hang out with people like you. That is the problem.

Posted by Anonymous | March 2, 2011 9:25 PM

Here's and amazing video from Solid Sound 1. I can't wait for this year

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bj9gq31BLu8

Posted by Steve | April 11, 2011 11:54 PM

My money is on this being cancelled due to "unforseen circumstances."

AKA - lack of ticket sales/interest.

Some good stuff, but this won't bring in the masses.

Posted by Would You Rather Questions | May 9, 2011 11:18 AM

^ Last year was very successful I believe it was at or almost at capacity...hotels arepretty booked right now up there for that weekend. To me that indicates another successful weekend ahead.

Posted by Anonymous | May 9, 2011 11:41 AM

Looks like your prediction was wrong "would you rather". The masses came, even in the pouring rain.

Posted by agirl | June 27, 2011 8:21 PM

the most fantastic festival i've ever been to. LONG LIVE WILCO!!!

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