Wilco – w/ Yo La Tengo in Coney Island tonight, on Letterman w/ Feist Tuesday, Dutchess County on 7/18
Wilco @ Baltimore Virgin Fest ’08 (more by Bao Nguyen)
Wilco will play Brooklyn’s Keyspan Park tonight (June 13th) with Yo La Tengo. Tickets are sold out (no tickets at the door even), but there are still tickets available to Wilco’s July 18th show at Dutchess Stadium in Wappingers Falls, NY (about an hour and a half north of NYC). That show pairs the band with opener Conor Oberst & the Magic Family Band (who played NYC on July 4th with Jenny Lewis). Oberst recently opened other shows for Wilco, including Friday, July 10th in Wilmington, Delaware.
In Friday’s opener, “Wilco (the song),” a generous-spirited rocker, the raspy-voiced Tweedy volunteered his accomplished band as “a sonic shoulder to cry on,” and promised the intergenerational crowd, “Wilco will love ya, baby.”
That affection was expressed in a career-spanning set that reached back as far as 1994’s underrated A.M. for the bittersweet “Box Full of Letters.” But rather than a shoulder to cry on, Wilco’s songs typically offered a chance to bond over shared anxieties.
Tweedy is not always the most articulate lyricist; I’m not quite sure what it means to be “cold as gasoline,” as he sings on the new disc’s “Solitaire.” But his band, whose standout star is avant guitarist Nels Cline, is expert at expressing its leader’s discomfort in songs such as “Muzzle of Bees.”
Even a song that declares “I’m Always in Love” finds reason to worry. The only carefree tune after the opener was the closer, the deliriously happy “Hoodoo Voodoo,” whose lyrics were not written by Tweedy but by Woody Guthrie… [Philadelphia Inquirer]
Videos from that July 10th show and their July 11th show in Lowell, MA, are below.
Tuesday night, July 14th, Wilco will perform “You and I” from Wilco (the album) on The Late Show with David Letterman with special guest vocalist Feist. Feist also recently played guest with Grizzly Bear (who she has also played on TV with), and joined her old band Broken Social Scene on stage in Toronto.
All the above-mentioned videos, and tour dates, below…
WILCO – Nothing’severgonnastandinmyway (Again) 7-11-09
WILCO – Bull Black Nova 7-11-09 Lowell, MA
Wilco – Spiders (Kidsmoke) Live @ Frawley Stadium in Wilmington, Delaware on Friday, July 10, 2009
Wilco – 2009 Tour Dates
7/13 – Keyspan Park Brooklyn, NY
7/17 – Maine State Pier Portland, ME
7/18 – Dutchess County Stadium Wappingers Falls, NY
7/19 – Art Park Lewiston, NY
7/21 – Royal Oak Theatre Royal Oak, MI
7/23 – 10,000 Lakes Festival Detroit Lakes, MN
Wilco will perform “You and I” from Wilco (the album) on The Late Show with David Letterman on Tuesday, July 14 with special guest vocalist Feist.