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EVery Other Summer Wilco documentary

The 2015 edition of Wilco's Solid Sound Festival happens June 26-28 at Mass MoCA in North Adams, Massachusetts, with performances from Real Estate, King Sunny Ade, Mac Demarco, Bill Frisell, Parquet Courts, Shabazz Palaces, Jessica Pratt, Wilco themselves and lots more. Tickets and festival passes are still available, and WFUV will be broadcasting Real Estate and Wilco's sets on Friday (6/26).

Meanwhile, a documentary about the festival, titled Every Other Summer, was just released today (6/19):

Directed by Christoph Green and Brendan Canty, Every Other Summer is a documentary about the Solid Sound Festival, Wilco's three day music and arts gathering that takes place once every two years at MASS MoCA. Shot in 2013 and featuring performances by Wilco, Neko Case, Yo La Tengo, The Dream Syndicate, Lucius, Foxygen, Sam Amidon, Sean Rowe, The Relatives and appearances from Reggie Watts, John Hodgman, Jen Kirkman and others, Every Other Summer offers a peek into the festival's utopian vibe, and the positive transformative impact it has had on the small rust belt town of North Adams, MA.
You can rent or buy it digitally via Vimeo. Watch the trailer and a segment where Wilco covers Pavement's "Cut Your Hair" below.

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Massachusetts' Wilco-created Solid Sound Festival is back for its fifth year, taking place on June 26-28 at MASS MoCA in North Adams, MA. The festival's creators return for two headlining sets on Friday and Saturday, with frontman Jeff Tweedy's solo project taking the top spot on Sunday. The rest of the lineup features a diverse set of artists including Real Estate, King Sunny Ade, Mac Demarco, Bill Frisell, Parquet Courts, Shabazz Palaces, Jessica Pratt and more. Single day tickets for the festival are on sale now and you can still get three-day passes too.

Check out the full lineup below...

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Wilco's annual festival Solid Sound returns this year from June 26-28 at MASS MoCA in North Adams, MA, and the 2015 lineup has been announced. Joining Wilco will be Mac Demarco, Parquet Courts, Tweedy, Shabazz Palaces, Taj Mahal, Richard Thompson Trio, Real Estate, Jessica Pratt, Stained Radiance: Nels Cline & Norton Wisdom, Ryley Walker, Felice Brothers, Autumn Defense, Cibo Matto, William Tyler, Bill Frisell, NRBQ and more. 3-day passes are on sale now. Full lineup below.

Wilco have other tour dates coming up too, including NY-area jam band festival Gathering of the Vibes, happening July 30 - August 2 in Bridgeport, CT's Seaport Park with Weezer, Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings, The Gaslight Anthem, Gregg Allman, Dark Star Orchestra ft. Melvin Seals, Tedeschi Trucks Band, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, New Riders of the Purple Sage and more. Full initial lineup here. Tickets here.

All Wilco dates are listed below...

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"Climbin'" Sam France of Foxygen, Firefly Fest 2012 (more by Dana [distortion] Yavin)

Foxygen's Sam France is a wildcard frontman, prone to funny anecdotes, nonsequeitors and the occasional outburst, fully diving into his performance. And sometimes the crowd. He's also fond of climbing, as seen in the above picture from their performance at last weekend's Firefly Music Festival in Dover, DE (which he did without incident). A similar excursion up the scaffolds the next day at Wilco's Solid Sound Fest wasn't tolerated as much by security there. Loyal BV reader Joe wrote in with this report:

The only bullshit that went on was when Sam from Foxygen started climbing a stage truss (mind you it was the smallest stage at SS). A security guard ran over and ripped him down (see video below)...The video doesn't show it - but they exchanged words after Sam got back up to his feet...

...Given the SXSW incident - I honestly thought Sam was going to storm off. But no - he handled it like a pro and even made light of it.

Video of the incident is below.

Foxygen's next NYC show is a free one on July 25 at Hudson River Park's Pier 84 as part of the River Rocks 2013 with Thao & the Get Down Stay Down opening. The band have announced some fall tour dates as well -- no additional NYC show, at least not yet -- and all are listed below.

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photos by PSquared Photography

Wilco w/ Tommy Stinson // Wilco w/ Yo La Tengo

Wilco have been pretty busy this year. After playing Bonnaroo on June 14, they made their way to North Adams, MA this past weekend (6/21-23) for their own Solid Sound Festival. Wilco themselves performed day 1 and day 2, and we caught them the first day when they did an all-covers set (except for "Kingpin") with a number of special guests.

Yo La Tengo joined them on a cover of YLT's "Tom Courtenay" and during the encore for The Modern Lovers' "Roadrunner." Replacements/Guns N Roses bassist Tommy Stinson joined them on a cover of The Replacements' "Color Me Impressed." And Brooklyn indie pop band Lucius appeared for covers of of The Kinks' "Waterloo Sunset," Abba's "Waterloo," (there's a transition) and The Band's "The Weight." They also did a couple Big Star covers, Pavement's "Cut Your Hair," Grateful Dead's "Ripple," Velvet Underground's "Who Loves the Sun," Neil Young's "Cinnamon Girl," Daft Punk's "Get Lucky," and many more. Pictures from the show are in this post. The full setlist and some videos are below, and you can also download audio of the entire set at NYC Taper.

Wilco have no plans to slow down this summer. They're about to kick off a tour with Bob Dylan (who they also covered at Solid Sound), which comes to the NYC-area for four shows in July. Most of the tour (and three of those NYC-area dates) are with My Morning Jacket, except the Jones Beach (7/27) show, which is with Beck (who also plays Prospect Park in August).

On day 1 of Solid Sound, we also caught a set from the reunited legendary gospel funk group The Relatives. Pictures of their set, more of Wilco's, and the Wilco setlist/videos, below...

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Golden ticket

I'll let the video and press release below. do the talking, but keep your eye out for limited edition Sea Salt-flavored Mast Brothers chocolate bars while doing your shopping at the Park Slope Food Co-op this weekend!

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Tickets to see How To Destroy Angels at The Wellmont Theatre and The Apollo Theatre go on presale today at noon. FYI: You need to make an account at the band's website.

Tickets to see Clutch, The Sword and Lionize at Terminal 5 go on AmEx presale today at noon.

Tickets to see Stornoway at Music Hall of Williamsburg go on presale today at noon.

Tickets to see Mikal Cronin at Bowery Ballroom go on presale today at noon.

Tickets to see Steve Earle & The Dukes and The Mastersons at Music Hall of Williamsburg go on presale today at noon.

 to see Total Control at Mercury Lounge go on AmEx presale today at noon.

Tickets to see Alice Cooper at Beacon Theatre are currently on presale (code: COOPER).

Single day tickets to Wilco's Solid Sound Festival are now on sale.

Tickets to see Pac Div plus Johnny Polygon, After the Smoke, Cypher Clique, Noah Caine and Smokey Robotic at The Studio at Webster Hall are on sale now.

Art Decade, Rain Machine (Kype Malone of TVOTR), Kelli Rudick is playing Cameo Gallery on March 8. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

Tickets to see Death to All at Irving Plaza are currently on CITI presale.

Tickets to Orion Music & More festival in on Belle Isle in Detroit are on Orion E-list presale now.

Dorsia, The Growl and RIBS are playing Mercury Lounge on March 14. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

Tickets to see Chad Valley and Selebrities at Mercury Lounge are on sale now.

Dark Star Orchestra is playing The Wellmont Theatre on May 11. Tickets for the show are on sale now.

Solid Sound

We already told you that the 2013 edition of Wilco's Solid Sound Music & Arts Festival will go down June 21 - 23 at MASS MoCA in North Adams, MA. The line-up has now been revealed and includes sets from Yo La Tengo, Os Mutantes, Low, The Dream Syndicate, Reggie Watts, onetime Miracle Legion frontman Mark Mulcahy, Neko Case and more. And Wilco, of course. "Early Worm" tickets are sold out but you can still get "Early Bird" and regular three-day passes here.

Full line-up for 2013 Solid Sound fest is below...

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Wilco's Solid Sound Festival, will return to MASS MoCA in North Adams, MA, where it's been in previous years, from June 21 - 23. Wilco curates the festival and the lineup for 2013 is TBA, but Early Worm 3-day passes are available now. Single day tickets will become available in early 2013.

In addition to music, the festival will feature comedy chosen by returning guest, John Hodgman. More info on directions and transportation is available at the festival's site. Trailer video below.

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Wilco at Sasquatch (more by Josh Darr)

The Autumn Defense (John Stirratt and Pat Sansone of Wilco) have announced a NYC show before they play WIlco's Solid Sound Festival later this month. The band will play The Living Room on June 18 at 9 PM, before Joseph Arthur, who Sansone collaborated with in Holding the Void, plays one of his ten shows at the same venue.

John Stirratt and Jeff Tweedy's ex-Uncle Tupelo bandmate Jay Farrar also has a few shows coming up. Those include October 14 and 15 at City Winery in NYC. Tickets are on sale.

Nels Cline of Wilco plays Le Poisson Rouge with Marc RIbot tonight (6/15). Tickets are still available. Nels also plays Blue Note on Friday (6/17) as part of the Spontaneous Construction series. The show is part of the Blue Note Jazz Festival. Tickets are on sale. He will also play with The Les Paul Trio at The Iridium on July 11 as part of their Les Paul Guitar Tribute Mondays. Nels plays Solid Sound with Thurston Moore under their Pillow Wand moniker.

Jeff Tweedy has no NYC dates but you can catch him at Winnipeg Folk Festival with Mountain Man, Dawes, Lucinda Williams and others on July 6-10.

All tour dates, Wilco included, below...

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Pajama Club

And the official bio says...

"It's always been the element of struggle that makes music human and exciting. Neil and Sharon Finn discovered that for themselves at home late one night in their pajamas, having their first jam, making a racket in the grand tradition of enthusiastic amateurs.

For Neil, after a career of writing songs and strumming guitars, it was liberating to be behind a drumkit, no chords or melody to navigate, just keeping time and making it swing. For Sharon, after raising 2 fine boys and coping with Neil it was just 3 notes, pure feel on the bass guitar...

And so inspired, Sharon and Neil were compelled to take it further. They invited respected Auckland songwriter and musician Sean Donnelly to lend a hand. The three of them went to work and steadily those jams became songs, a body of work more diverse and dynamic than any of them had imagined...."

As stated above, Pajama Club (who just officially changed their name from "Pajama Party") features the great Neil Finn and his wife Sharon Finn, with Sean Donnelly and Alana Skyring rounding out the lineup.

Already announced on the lineups of both Wilco's Solid Sound Festival (they go on right before Wilco) and Outside Lands in San Francisco, new June headlining dates are now starting to pop up. On June 23rd they'll play a show in Virginia (right after Solid Sound), and on June 26th you can catch them at Bowery Ballroom in NYC. Tickets for that show go on sale on Friday at noon.

All currently announced dates and a teaser video is below.

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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.

words & photos by Lori Baily

The Baseball Project

The Baseball Proiject headlined a show at Maxwell's on Thursday night. It was before their set over the weekend at Wilco's Solid Sound Festival in North Adams, MA...

Wilco headlined, and Mavis Staples was their lead-in, but there was six hours of music before them Saturday at Solid Sound Festival at Mass MoCA in North Adams, Mass.

The warm, sunny afternoon made for perfect festival conditions for a series of sets by Wilco-curated bands which alternated between a pair of stages set up in outdoor courtyards on the Mass MoCA grounds.

Alt-rock supergroup the Baseball Project brought together Mike Mills of R.E.M., Steve Wynn of the Miracle 3 (and formerly of the Dream Syndicate), Scott McCaughey of the Minus 5 and journeywoman drummer Linda Pitmon to perform songs that were, in fact, mostly about baseball. Call it good, clean, nerdy fun.

With a rollicking rock 'n' roll sensibility, the foursome sang a tune written after a night out drinking with now-retired pitcher Jack McDowell, advocated for the inclusion of Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher Harvey Haddix on the list of starters who have thrown perfect games (Haddix kept one going for 12 innings in 1959 before losing in the 13th) and threw in a couple of Minus 5 tunes, including "Lies of the Living Dead" and "Aw Shit Man." [Hartford Courant]

Mike Mills was filling for Peter Buck at that show and at the one in NJ on Thursday, where everyone was having a good time - performers and audience alike.

I know nothing about baseball or I would've been entertained even more. Scott McCaughey joined opener Dennis Diken for a couple of songs at the end of their set. The guys (and gal) in both bands are all really sweet and down to earth, Mike Mills even requested that he not be "lit like a lead singer, cause I'm not a lead singer."

More pictures of the NJ show, below...

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The Baseball Project
The Baseball Project

Move over Gary Glitter:

The Baseball Project understands that music heard in a sports stadium is not particularly good. And, although that wasn't the sole impetus, the rock quartet conspired to write rock songs that mostly deal with America's cherished pastime.

Veteran musicians Peter Buck, Scott McCaughey, Linda Pitmon and Steve Wynn comprise a supergroup that formed in 2008. ...Up until they started writing and recording in the same room, the group members already had a hand in each other's associated projects. For example, singer-guitarist James McCaughey, a frontman for Washington acts The Minus 5 and The Young Fresh Fellows, has collaborated with R.E.M. since the early '90s.

...Their songs range from the irreverent to the deep and ruminative, which is to say, not tailor made for a Joe Schmo at the stadium. The band's single "Past Time," has reportedly been played at Siebert Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

When the baseball season starts up in early April, the gang is back in session. Come this fall, The Baseball Project will have recorded 40 songs, 18 of which will appear on the second album slated for February 2011, McCaughey said. - [NJ.com]

The foursome have been releasing free material every month since March via ESPN (stream it below), and now the band is hitting the road for a pair of dates that will include Maxwell's TONIGHT (8/12, show was previously at Southpaw) and the Solid Sound Festival in North Adams, MA on Saturday (8/14).

Peter Buck won't be on tour for the trek but R.E.M. co-conspirator Mike Mills will, as they tear through their quiver of originals as well as material from The Dream Syndicate and The Minus 5. Dennis Diken with Bell Sound will support at Maxwell's and though tickets are still on sale (as they likely will still be at the door), you can also try you luck at winning a pair. Details on how to win are below.

The Solid Sound Festival this weekend in Massachusetts features a headlining set from Wilco in their "in their only East Coast performance of the summer". It also happens to be Wilco's very own festival and they'll be playing alongside Mavis Staples, The Nels Cline Singers, Avi Buffalo, Sir Richard Bishop, The Books, Mountain Man, Vetiver, a Jeff Tweedy solo set, and much more over its three days. Full lineup is below and tickets are still available. Bob Lefsetz is dying to attend and he's not even that big of a Wilco fan.

The Baseball Project stream, Solid Sound lineup, and tour dates are below...

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