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Mojo Mag

Like their sister magazine Q, the folks at MOJO are fans of Julia Holter's Have You in My Wilderness, naming it 2015's Album of the Year. (It is a fine, fine choice.) For a magazine that usually has a Beatle on the cover twice a year, MOJO's albums list feels pretty contemporary, with Kendrick Lamar, Tame Impala, Sleaford Mods, Sufjan Stevens and Bill Ryder-Jones all making the Top 10. Don't worry, there's room for Bob Dylan, Keith Richards, Paul Weller, Boz Scaggs and and other classic artists on the list, too. Check out MOJO's whole Top 50 Albums of 2015 list, below...

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British music mag Q just put out their latest issue which has Coldplay on the cover and also includes their Top 50 Albums of 2015 list (not including the new Coldplay album, which isn't out yet). It's got a lot of the bands that the UK press tends to favor more than the American press (Palma Violets, Wolf Alice, Years & Years, Slaves, Everything Everything), tons of the stuff we'll probably see on most lists (Tame Impala, Sufjan Stevens, Kendrick Lamar, Courtney Barnett), and a few surprises.

Check out the full list below...

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by Rob Sperry-Fromm

photo: William Tyler at Bowery Ballroom in May (more by P Squared)
William Tyler

Guitarist William Tyler, who plays beautiful, atmospheric instrumental acoustic guitar compositions and has played with Silver Jews and Lambchop, is touring with Wilco in early 2016. That includes one of Wilco's NYC-area dates (2/2 at the Capitol Theatre), and right after that William will play his own NYC show at Union Pool on February 3. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

William's last release was 2014's Blue Ash Montgomery, which is currently available at bandcamp as a $1,000 download. You can also stream it for free, and check out his tour dates, below...

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Jody Stephens w/ End of Love, 2014 (photo via Conni Freestone)
Jody Stephens

As mentioned, early '00s Americana/powerpop band End of Love are releasing a new album, Ghosts on the Radio, that features Big Star's Jody Stephens, Wilco's Nels Cline, Sonic Youth's Lee Ranaldo and more. That album's out December 11 and if you haven't checked out the single "Take This Heart" you can listen, along with "100 Years," below.

End of Love will be playing NYC's Joe's Pub on January 9 and both Stephens and Cline will be a part of the band, with more special guests to be announced. Tickets for that show, their only announced date, are on sale now.

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photo: Wilco at Pitchfork Festival 2015 (more by James Richards IV)
Wilco at Pitchfork 2015

Wilco have expanded their 2016 'Star Wars' tour further, including a couple more NY-area shows at Port Chester's Capitol Theatre on February 2 & 3. The Groundhog Day show (2/2) is with William Tyler while the 2/3 show is with Steve Gunn. Tickets for both Cap shows go on sale Friday (10/23) at noon. You can still get tickets Wilco's two shows at Brooklyn's Kings Theatre (2/5 & 2/6) but Ticketmaster says "not many left." All dates are listed below.

In other news Star Wars is currently atop the vinyl sales chart. In celebration of this, Wilco are offering up a $2 off coupon for the LP at select brick-and-mortar record stores. Get it here and use it by October 27.

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photo: Wilco at Pitchfork Festival 2015 (more by James Richards IV)
Wilco at Pitchfork

Wilco will continue their Star Wars tour in the new year with a whole bunch of just-announced dates, including two nights at Brooklyn's Kings Theatre on February 5 & 6. The 2/5 date is with Bill Frisell, and the 2/6 date is with Steve Gunn. Tickets for those Brooklyn shows go on sale Friday (10/16) at 11 AM with a venue presale starting Thursday (10/15) at 10 AM.

Initially released digitally, vinyl copies of Star Wars will be available on October 30. All dates are listed below.

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Outside Lands stream

The 2015 Outside Lands festival is now underway in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park. If you're there, make sure to come say hi to us in the Toyota Tent. If you're not, you might be interested to know you can livestream performances on three separate channels starting at 3:30pm PT (6:30pm EST) each day (Aug 7-9) at sfoutsidelands.com/.

The actual fest schedule is HERE, and the streaming schedule is below...

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photo: Wilco at Pitchfork Festival 2015 (more by James Richards IV)

Wilco dropped a new album called Star Wars out of nowhere on us Thursday evening (7/16), then they played it in full (followed by hits) the next night at Pitchfork Festival. Check out more pictures like the one above, and their setlist, here.

Now they announced another tour for September, with support from William Tyler. It doesn't hit NYC, but does hit New York State for an Ithaca show. They'll be close to NYC before that tour though, when they play Bridgeport, CT's Gathering of the Vibes festival (7/30-8/2) with Weezer, Gregg Allman, Sharon Jones, The Gaslight Anthem, New Riders of the Purple Sage and more (tickets).

All dates are listed below...

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photos by James Richards IV

Wilco / Panda Bear / Jessica Pratt
Pitchfork Festival 2015 - Friday
Pitchfork Festival 2015 - Friday
Pitchfork Festival 2015 - Friday
Pitchfork Festival 2015 - Friday

We have an early front-runner for the weekend's quietest act, and perhaps the festival's quietest act ever. It's all about two barefoot guitarists seated in the shade. Jessica Pratt must imagine she's playing in her living room instead of a small outdoor stage tucked in the southwest corner of Union Park. How else could she play through the noise and distractions that permeate a big outdoor music event such as this? Her melodies whisper, her guitar tones hover, and her voice suggests that it wants to make each of the few hundred listeners pressed close to the stage feel like he or she is the only other person within earshot. It works. It's easy to feel empathy for solo performers facing a big festival crowd, their panic intensifying as they struggle to command a restive audience's attention. But Pratt plays as if none of that is a concern. [Greg Kot for Chicago Tribune]
The 2015 Pitchfork Festival kicked off yesterday (7/17) with sets from Wilco, Panda Bear, Mac DeMarco, Iceage, Ought, Steve Gunn, iLoveMakonnen, Jessica Pratt, Ryley Walker and more. That's a review of Jessica Pratt's set above. Wilco, fresh off surprise-releasing their new album Star Wars, opened by playing the album in full front to back. Then they continued with older favorites: "Camera," "Via Chicago," "Heavy Metal Drummer," and more. Pictures of day 1 and Wilco's full setlist are in this post.

The fest continues today (7/18) with Sleater-Kinney, Future Islands, The New Pornographers, Kurt Vile, Ex Hex and more. If you're not there, are you streaming it live?

UPDATE: Day 2 pics and day 3 pics are up. More day 1 pictures below...

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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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photo: Wilco at the Cap in 2014 (more by PSquared)

Wilco recently canceled their May Indiana show in protest of the state's Religious Freedom Restoration Act, but now that the act's been amended to have limited protections for the LGBT community, Wilco uncancelled their show. They write:

We consider the changes to Indiana's RFRA a good first step toward creating the sort of welcoming environment we encourage everywhere, so we're reinstating our May 7 show at The Murat, which we canceled earlier this week. To quote an Indiana University statement from yesterday, "religious liberty and equal protection under the law are both cornerstones of our democracy and they should not be in conflict with each other." Well said, IU.

Now for the practical stuff: Tickets purchased through Ticketmaster or The Murat are still valid. If you purchased your ticket during the Wilcoworld pre-sale, you will be contacted directly regarding repurchase. If your plans have changed for whatever reason or if you no longer want to attend the show, refunds are available at your point of purchase.

We've been putting on shows with our neighbors in Indiana for more than 20 years and are happy to continue that at the Murat in May. We'll also donate a portion of the proceeds from this show to organizations fighting to build on the progress we hope this change makes in Indiana and beyond. More details soon.

Love, Wilco

Ticket info here.

photo: Outside Lands 2014 (more by Samantha Saturday)

Outside Lands, which happens August 7-9 in San Francisco with Elton John, Mumford & Sons, The Black Keys, Kendrick Lamar, Wilco, D'Angelo, St. VIncent and more, announced its daily lineups today. Check those out below.

3-day passes are sold out, and single-day passes go on sale Thursday (4/2) at 10 AM PDT.

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photo: Wilco at the Cap in 2014 (more by PSquared)

Wilco join the growing list of people (including Hillary Clinton, Miley Cyrus and the state of Connecticut) protesting Indiana's Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA). They write on Facebook:

We are canceling our May 7 show at the Murat in Indianapolis. The "Indiana Religious Freedom Restoration Act" feels like thinly disguised legal discrimination to us. Hope to get back to the Hoosier State someday soon, when this odious measure is repealed. Refunds available at point of purchase.
Indiana Governor Mike Pence says the bill -- which could make it legal for businesses to turn away LGBT customers for religious reasons -- "isn't about discrimination," but not everyone's buying it.

In less upsetting news, the daily lineups were announced today for Wilco's Solid Sound Festival.

Outside Lands

Another Planet Entertainment, Superfly and Starr Hill, in a partnership with the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department, have announced [the] lineup for the eighth annual Outside Lands Festival. After four consecutive sold-out years, the world's only gourmet music festival that Rolling Stone hailed as "one of America's best," and the Huffington Post called "a well-rounded cultural event," will once again take place in San Francisco's historic Golden Gate Park August 7 - 9, 2015. While the Eager Beaver on sale had the fastest sell-out in the history of the festival, a limited number of 3-Day General Admission and VIP regular tickets go on sale this Thursday, March 26th at 10am PDT via SFOutsideLands.com. A significant portion of every ticket sold will directly benefit San Francisco's Recreation and Park Department. The festival has given more than $10 million to the department since its inception.
The full lineup for this year's fest is listed, and in Funny or Die video form, below...

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photo: David Crosby at City Winery in 2014 (more by Greg Cristman)

David Crosby was once the radical musician who pushed The Byrds in a more psychedelic direction until it resulted in his departure, and then formed one of the greatest folk rock supergroups of all time. And as Stereogum points out, yesterday the 73-year-old legend himself took to Twitter to answer questions from fans, including a lot about his opinions on other people's music.

Here's what Croz had to say about Kanye West:

As for someone who does have talent, Billy Joel...

If you didn't already know, Croz has kept up to date too. He digs Fleet Foxes, the band you may have heard compared to CSNY:

And Wilco:

And Jessica Pratt:

He likes Kanye collaborator Paul McCartney:

But thinks he'd only work with 'Ye to widen his audience:

He loves Brian Wilson:

But definitely not Mike Love:

There's at least a chance you could see him jam with Phil Lesh during all this Grateful Dead excitement:

But not at the actual Dead shows in Chicago or the Jerry tribute in Maryland:

He does not dig The Doors though:

And last but not least (for now), Ryley Walker asked him about bongs:

You can read way more of the very entertaining Q&A at his Twitter.

Listen to some of Crosby's finest (and one of his weirdest) moments below...

Continue reading "David Crosby calls Kanye West a talentless poser & Mike Love a jerk, but likes Fleet Foxes, Wilco & Jessica Pratt"


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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Pitchfork Fest
photo: Pitchfork Fest 2014 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)

Already on sale for a while, Pitchfork Festival just announced the lineup to this year's fest at Chicago's Union Park, and it looks like this...

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Shaky Knees

We're officially in Music Festival Announcement Season, and the latest one is Atlanta's annual Shaky Knees Festival, happening May 8-10. This year includes The Strokes, The Avett Brothers, Wilco, Pixies, Social Distortion, Ryan Adams, Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds, Tame Impala, Brand New, Mastodon, Neutral Milk Hotel (supposedly one of your last chances to see them for a while), Interpol, Flogging Molly, TV on the Radio, Manchester Orchestra, James Blake, Death from Above 1979, Dr. Dog, Spiritualized, Panda Bear, American Football, Clutch, Black Lips, The Mountain Goats, Best Coast, Real Estate, Wavves, Built to Spill, The Both, Mac DeMarco, Minus the Bear, Old 97's, FIDLAR, METZ, THe Bronx, Speedy Ortiz, Palma Violets, VIet Cong, Strand of Oaks and more. Tickets are on sale now.

Full initial lineup (even more TBA) below...

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New Orleans Jazz Fest, which has much more than just jazz, returns this year for two weeks, April 24-26 and April 30-May 3. The lineup includes Elton John, The Who, Jimmy Buffett, Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga, No Doubt, Pitbull (??), T.I., Chicago, Jerry Lee Lewis, Ryan Adams, Wilco, The Meters, Jimmy Cliff, Buddy Guy, Allen Toussaint, The O'Jays, Dr. John (interpreting Louis Armstrong), Third World, Taj Mahal Trio, Juvenile & Mannie Fresh, The Blind Boys of Alabama, Big Freedia, Galactic ft. Macy Gray, Anders Osborne, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Sturgill Simpson, Bela Fleck & Abigail Washburn, and more. Tickets go on sale at 10 AM on Tuesday (1/13).

Full lineup below...

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photos by P Squared Photography


Wilco are currently celebrating their 20th anniversary as a band with What's Your 20? Essential Tracks 1994-2014 and Alpha Mike Foxtrot: Rare Tracks 1994-2014 (4-LP Set) (both due 11/17 via Nonesuch), and a tour. The band were just in the NYC-area for a 3-night run at Capitol Theatre and an appearance on "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon" (10/28) where they played "Cars Can't Escape" and "Magazine Called Sunset," and Jeff Tweedy acted in a Charades skit.

The Capitol Theatre run kicked off that same night (10/28) and continued on 10/29 and 10/30. None of the three shows had any repeats in the setlists (except a cover of Doug Sahm's "Give Back The Key To My Heart" on nights 1 and 3) and spanned their entire career with just a few covers thrown in, like The Grateful Dead's "Ripple" (video below). We caught night 2 and have a set of pictures from that one. More, with all three setlists and the 'Fallon' videos, below...

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Tweedy @ ACL TV taping this year (more by Tim Griffin)

Tweedy's debut album, Sukierae, is out this week and Jeff & Spencer and the rest of the band (including the ladies of Lucius) were on The Colbert Report last night for an interview and live performance. Colbert commented on the Tweedys' "monochromatic denimscape" and asked if Jeff ever had to threaten to pull the tour bus over if Spencer didn't behave. They also played "Low Key" from the album, and also did "World Away" as a web exclusive. You can also watch Tweedy perform "High as Hello" in a tunnel over at NPR.

The same version of Tweedy, complete with the Lucius ladies, will be at BAM's Howard Gilman Opera House tonight (9/23) as part of the Nonesuch Records anniversary celebration. Jeff will do a solo set in addition to playing with Tweedy. There are still a few tickets left but if you're unable to attend the show yourself, BAM is also streaming it live tonight starting at 9 PM. When that goes live you can watch that below as well.

Continue reading "Tweedy released 'Sukierae,' played w/ Lucius on 'Colbert' (watch); tonight's show at BAM will be webcast live"

Wilco at Solid Sound 2013 (more by PSquared)

As discussed, Wilco are celebrating their 20th anniversary with a best-of comp this year and also going on a tour that includes NYC-area shows on October 28 & 29 at Capitol Theatre. Those have both sold out, but a third's been added happening October 30 at the same venue. Tickets for the newly-added date go on sale Wednesday (9/10) at noon, and a portion of the proceeds will be donated to HeadCount's "GoVote" campaign, "aimed at driving voter turnout in the midterm elections in November." There's also a presale HERE starting today (9/9) at 10 AM.

Updated dates are listed below...

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Wilco @ Solid Sound 2013 (more by PSquared)

Wilco are celebrating their 20th anniversary this year which seems like as good an excuse as any to put out a Best Of compilation. There will also be a box set of rarities and details on both those are still to come. Around this, Wilco will also be on tour, including two NYC-area shows at Port Chester's Capitol Theater on October 28 & 29. Tickets for those shows go on sale Friday (9/5) at noon.

Meanwhile, Jeff's band with his son, Tweedy, will release their debut album on September 23 (the same day they're playing BAM). All Wilco tour dates below...

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Jeff & Spencer Tweedy at ACL taping in June (more by Tim Griffin)

Tweedy, the new project of Wilco frontman Jeff Tweedy and his 18-year old son Spencer who are releasing an album this year, will make their NYC debut on September 23 at the BAM Howard Gilman Opera House. Tickets are on presale now. In addition to Tweedy performing songs off their upcoming LP, Jeff will also play a solo acoustic set of Wilco songs.

Check out the setlist and photos from his June ACL TV taping (and stay tuned for that recording to also premiere on TV).

All of Jeff's and Wilco's dates are listed, with a Tweedy video, below...

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