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Wilco @ Kings Theatre 2/5/2016
The chemistry of the current lineup is palpable and it's no wonder Tweedy hasn't altered the lineup since 2004 after making multiple changes over the course of Wilco's first decade. Guitarist Nels Cline had plenty of chances to shine as his "Impossible Germany" solo continues to be a highlight of Wilco performances and his work on "Art Of Almost" left many jaws on the floor. "Spiders (Kidsmoke)," which kicked off the post-Star Wars portion of the main set, showed Tweedy also has plenty of instrumental chops. The audience seemed to be filled with diehard fans as many tunes turned into singalongs.Following shows at Port Chester's Capitol Trheatre, Wilco's tour headed to Brooklyn for two consecutive nights at Kings Theatre on February 5 & 6. Pictures from night 1 (with opener Jim Campilongo) are in this post, the review above is from night 2 (with opener Steve Gunn), and setlists from both are below.
By opening with Star Wars, material which came off better on the record than in concert, Wilco loaded the backend of the main set with one beloved classic after another. The band pulled from seven different albums following the presentation of their new LP, with four songs a piece from 2001's Yankee Hotel Foxtrot and 1996's Being There to the delight of fans. Tweedy and his mates paced the show well as they mixed tempos throughout the 12 songs that came after Star Wars. The show built to a peak with barn-burning renditions of "I Got You (At The End Of The Century)" and "Outtasite (Outta Mind)" concluding the main set. - [Jambase]
Both night started and finished the same same way: playing new album Star Wars in full, and a final acoustic encore cover of David Bowie's "A Space Oddity." Video of the Bowie cover is below.
While in town, Wilco stopped by The Late Show with Stephen Colbert to play Star Wars cut "Random Name Generator" and Jeff Tweedy sang Stephen a lullaby. Video of both are below.
photos by Greg Cristman
Wilco @ Capitol Theatre 2/2/2016
Wilco are currently on tour in support of their album Star Wars and played Port Chester's Capitol Theater on Groundhog Day (2/2) with William Tyler and February 3 with Steve Gunn. This tour has Wilco playing Star Wars in full, followed by a second set featuring songs from the rest of their catalog. At the 2/2 show, Tyler joined Wilco during the encore for "Airline to Heaven" which was originally on the Mermaid Ave. Vol 2 album with Billy Bragg. Pictures from that first night, and setlists from both Capitol Theatre shows, are below.
This tour hits Brooklyn's Kings Theatre this weekend on February 5 with Bill Frisell (tickets) and February 6 with Steve Gunn (sold out).
Glenn Kotche (photo by Zoran Orlic)
Wilco drummer (and Seth Meyers' house band's guest drummer) Glenn Kotche and percussive quartet (and Dan Deacon collaborators) So Percussion have teamed up for the album Drumkit Quartets, due February 26 via Cantaloupe Music. One of the tracks, "Drumkit Quartet #51," features Cibo Matto's Yuka Honda reciting haiku. That one's not out yet, but you can stream "Drumkit Quartet #54" below.
They'll be celebrating the album in NYC at Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall on February 12. That show also has My Brightest Diamond's Shara Worden joining So Percussion on vocals. Here's the show details:
ProgramTickets are on sale now. So Percussion and Glenn Kotche both have other upcoming dates (separately), which are listed below.
GLENN KOTCHE Drum Kit Quartets (with Yuka Honda, Voice)
GLENN KOTCHE Migrations (World Premiere, commissioned by Carnegie Hall)
STEVEN MACKEY Before It Is Time (NY Premiere, co-commissioned by Carnegie Hall)
SO PERCUSSION / SHARA WORDEN Timeline (NY Premiere, co-commissioned by Carnegie Hall)
Pre-concert talk starts at 8:00 PM in Zankel Hall with members of So Percussion, Glenn Kotche, Shara Worden, and Steven Mackey in conversation with Jeremy Geffen, Director of Artistic Planning, Carnegie Hall.
My Brightest Diamond also has other upcoming shows including two previously-mentioned ones in NYC. There's the Paradigm/Windish Agency APAP showcase at Rockwood Music Hall on Saturday (1/16) with Gabriel Kahane & Rob Moose, Chris Eldridge, and Kate Davis (tickets) and the show at BRIC House on March 18 (tickets). Updated dates are listed below.
photo: Courtney Barnett at MGS in 2015 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
The annual upstate NY jam festival Mountain Jam returns in 2016 from June 2-5 at its usual location of Hunter Mountain. As always, co-founder Warren Haynes' band Gov't Mule plays, along with Beck, Wilco, Courtney Barnett, Jason Isbell, The Avett Brothers, Umphrey's McGee, Thievery Corporation, Brandi Carlile, Gary Clark Jr, Nathaniel Rateliff, Lettuce, Third World and more. Tickets are on sale now. Full lineup below.
Warren Haynes is also playing with Phil Lesh for Phil's 76th birthday shows at the Capitol Theatre.
Beck and Courtney Barnett also play NYC's Governors Ball.
by Bill Pearis
The first season of FX series Fargo, loosely based on the Coen Brothers 1996 film of the same name, defied expectations by being really good. The second season continues to defy, by actually being possibly better than the first -- something True Detective could not pull off. (Final judgement withheld till Monday's season finale.) Season 2 also cleverly draws from the rest of the Coen Brothers universe, incorporating flashes from their other films into Fargo's world, this season set in 1979. It's got a great cast (Patrick Wilson, Ted Danson, Kirsten Dunst, Jesse Plemons, Nick Offerman to name a few), balances humor, tension and very human moments deftly, and is one of the best-looking shows on TV.
The second season also ups the ante with an amazing soundtrack filled with brilliantly chosen, sometimes surprising, songs from the era, but also cover versions of songs used in various Coen Brothers films. The fourth episode uses The Chieftains & Bon Iver's version of "Down in the Willow Garden" (which is woven throughout Raising Arizona), but they've commissioned a number of covers just for the show, including: Blitzen Trapper's great, '70s southern-fried boogie take on "Man of Constant Sorrow" (from O Brother Where Art Thou?); Tweedy doing Jose Felciano's "Let's Find Each Other Tonight" (originally in Fargo); White Denim turn Kenny Rodgers' "Just Dropped In (To See What Condition My Condition Was In)" (used in The Big Lebowski) into cheesy disco; and Spoon's Britt Daniel delivers a fine solo acoustic version of Creedence Clearwater Revival's "Run Through the Jungle" (also Lebowski). It comes off like a Coen Brothers tribute album (for that matter Fargo is at times like a Coen Brothers tribute series).
None of the original recordings of these have been released yet in any official way, and there's been no word on a soundtrack yet, apart from there will be one. But people have been ripping them and putting them on YouTube. Listen to rips of Blitzen Trapper, Britt Daniel, and White Denim's contributions (and that Cheiftains/Bon Iver cover), and check out the soundtrack listing of each episode (courtesy show music supervisor Maggie Phillips' blog), below.
Illustration by Derek Erdman
AV Club have published their list of The 15 Best Albums of 2015. Besides two forward-thinking California rappers (guess which ones?) and Grimes, this list leans the most heavily on guitar rock of all the ones we've seen this year, whether it's the hushed sounds of Sufjan Stevens and Julien Baker or the harder-edged Sleater-Kinney and Courtney Barnett. You can check out the full list below, and see the writers' individual ballots here.
The 58th Annual Grammy Awards nominees have been announced. Album of the Year nominees include Alabama Shakes for Sound & Color, Kendrick Lamar for To Pimp A Butterfly, Chris Stapleton for Traveller, Taylor Swift for 1989 and The Weeknd for Beauty Behind The Madness. Record of the Year also includes Taylor ("Blank Space") and The Weeknd ("Can't Feel My Face"), plus D'Angelo ("Really Love"), Mark Ronson ft. Bruno Mars ("Uptown Funk") and Ed Sheeran ("Thinking Out Loud"). Song of the Year has those same Taylor Swift and Ed Sheeran songs against Kendrick's "Alright," Little Big Town's "Girl Crush," and Wiz Khalifa ft. Charlie Puth's "See You Again."
Alabama Shakes' album is also up for Best Alternative Music Album, along with Bjork, My Morning Jacket, Tame Impala and Wilco. Kendrick's album is also up for Best Rap Album, along with J. Cole, Dr. Dre, Drake and Nicki Minaj.
Other nominees include Courtney Barnett (up for Best New Artist), Florence + the Machine, Bob Dylan, The Chemical Brothers, Flying Lotus, Skrillex & Diplo, Caribou, Disclosure, Jamie xx, Bill Frisell, Ghost, Death Cab For Cutie (Best Rock Album), Jeremih, Jazmine Sullivan, Miguel, The Internet, Kehlani, Leon Bridges, Fetty Wap, Kanye West, Big Sean, Common, Jidenna, Kacey Musgraves, Robert Glasper, Punch Brothers, Mavis Staples, Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell, Jason Isbell, Buddy Guy, Bettye LaVette, Glen Hansard, Patti Smith, Amy Poehler, Wyatt Cenac, Louis C.K., the Hamilton soundtrack, David Bowie, Snoop Dogg, Elvis Presley, Father John Misty, The Rolling Stones, Grateful Dead, The Decemberists, Joni Mitchell, The Bird and The Bee, Blake Mills (Producer of The Year for Alabama Shakes' Sound & Color), A$AP Rocky, The Dead Weather, Pharrell Williams, Amy Winehouse doc Amy, and many more.
Kendrick Lamar picked up 11 total nominations, and The Weeknd picked up seven. The ceremony will happen February 15 at the Staples Center in LA, and air live on CBS.
Check out a fuller list of nominees below and the whole thing here.
Dinosaur Jr. are now at the midway point of their seven-show, 30th anniversary run at Bowery Ballroom where they're playing their 1985 debut album in full. Like Thursday's kickoff show, Friday and Saturday night featured loads of special guests in the second sets.
Friday (12/4) actually had a special guest during the Dinosaur set -- Frank Black came out to sing "Gargoyle." During the second set, Lee Ranaldo came out for "Little Furry Things." Then they brought out Scott Helland, making for a reunion of Deep Wound, Lou Barlow and J Mascis' early-'80s hardcore band, playing their song "Training Ground." Later, Fred Armisen appeared for a cover of "Hey Policeman," by Fred's alter ego, Ian Rubbish. Armisen also played on "The Lung" and "Feel the Pain," and then returned for the encore of Neil Young's "Cortez the Killer."
Saturday night (12/5) was even more guest-filled. They brought out Valerie June for "Watch the Corners" and "Feel the Pain" and then it was Jeff Tweedy for "Get Me" and "Tar Pit." Still more: Jesse Malin joined the band for a cover of The Stooges' "TV Eye," and then Charles Bradley was brought out for a cover of Neil Young's "Heart of Gold." Henry Rollins, who introduced the band on Thursday and Friday (and Sunday), came out for "Don't." Then Tweedy and Malin returned for "Cortez the Killer."
The fourth Bowery show happens tonight. Who will guest? Setlists from both Friday and Saturday's Dinosaur Jr shows, plus more Instagrams and videos, below...
by Andrew Sacher
...then there's people like Emitt Rhodes, who's a cult hero for no good reason whatsoever. Far from obscure, his music is loaded with melodic charisma, that essential ingredient that makes you want to hear some records over and over again. Often called a musical dead ringer for Sir Paul McCartney, Rhodes is really the Macca we all wish Macca would be: an incredible pop tunesmith without all the gooey sentimentality and overflowing cuteness. The crown jewel of Rhodes' small body of work is his self-titled debut album. Released to critical acclaim and modest commercial success in 1970, Emitt Rhodes has since taken on mythical status among power-pop and '70's rock aficionados. The album is a tour-de-force: just like McCartney on his first solo album, Rhodes played all the instruments and sang all the vocals himself. But even more impressive are the songs. Only 20 years old at the time, Rhodes had already absorbed the best of '60s rock and matched it. Lennon/McCartney certainly weren't writing songs the caliber of "Somebody Made for Me" or "With My Face on the Floor" at that age. This precocious, good-looking kid should have been unstoppable. [Steven Hyden for 'Perfect Sound Forever,' 2001]Cult musician Emitt Rhodes was a drummer in '60s pop group The Palace Guard and then a member of psych-pop band The Merry-Go-Round (whose single "Live" was covered by The Bangles on their first album) before releasing four solo albums in the early '70s. His most classic, as the above quote points out, was his McCartney-esque self-titled debut. Now, 43 years after the release of his last album (1973's Farewell to Paradise), Emitt is returning with album #5, Rainbow Ends. It's due February 26 via Omnivore Recordings.
The album has a handful of impressive guests too, including The Bangles' Susanna Hoffs, Aimee Mann, Nels Cline and his Wilco bandmate Pat Sansone, Jon Brion, members of Brian WIlson's band, and more. And the backing band includes New Pornographers drummer Joe Seiders. Chris Price produced it, and he says:
I view this as a continuation album, meaning it isn't meant to be recreating the sound from his first record, but instead what he might have sounded like after his third album, Farewell to Paradise, if he kept making music in the mid-to-late '70s.Emitt adds:
I had a spurt there, you know. I just wrote a whole bunch of songs. I'm just gonna write what my heart tells me, because that's the only thing that really matters, isn't it? Sometimes you don't know, and then the light goes on and you do know.We've got the premiere of the album's first single, "Isn't It So," which has Emitt in fine form. Like Chris Price said, it does sound right out of the mid-to-late '70s, but it doesn't sound dated, partially because that sound had a bit of a moment this year (thanks to Father John Misty, Matthew E White, Natalie Prass, etc). Listen below. Various pre-order options are at PledgeMusic.
Emitt is set to play SXSW, and more dates are TBA.
Rolling Stone has published their list of the Top 50 Albums of 2015. As always, it has older artists who don't seem to pop up on many other lists (Madonna, Darlene Love, Mark Knopfler, Boz Scaggs, Keith Richards, James Taylor, Don Henley) (did you even know Don Henley released an album this year?). There's also two major rap albums in the top 3 (with Adele sandwiched in between), a good amount of country (Jason Isbell, Chris Stapleton, Eric Church, Ashley Monroe), smaller indie rock bands (Hop Along, Car Seat Headrest), mainstream pop (Selena Gomez, Carly Rae Jepsen), alt-rock giants (Muse, Marilyn Manson), and a lot more. And they're counting D'Angelo's December 2014 release for this list (it cracks the top 5).
Read their commentary here and check out the whole list below...
The new issue of UK music mag Uncut is out now, and it includes their Top 75 Albums of 2015 list. Like fellow UK mags MOJO and Q, they've got a lot of love for Julia Holter. They also have Sleaford Mods pretty high, lots of the 2015 year-end regulars in the top 10 (Kendrick, Sufjan, Father John Misty, Tame Impala, Courtney Barnett), and lots of older musicians throughout the list (Keith Richards, Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Richard Thompson, Nick Cave, Killing Joke, PiL, Paul Weller, Robert Forster, etc). Check out the full list below.
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...
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...
by Rob Sperry-Fromm
photo: William Tyler at Bowery Ballroom in May (more by P Squared)
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...
Jody Stephens w/ End of Love, 2014 (photo via Conni Freestone)
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.
photo: Wilco at Pitchfork Festival 2015 (more by James Richards IV)
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.
photo: Wilco at Pitchfork Festival 2015 (more by James Richards IV)
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.
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...
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...
photos by James Richards IV
Wilco / Panda Bear / Jessica Pratt
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?
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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.
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.Ticket info here.
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.
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.
photo: Wilco at the Cap in 2014 (more by PSquared)
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.