Solid Sound Festival 2017

As promised, Wilco performed its 1996 album Being There from beginning to end on Friday, June 23. Being There had won an online poll asking Wilco fans which of the band’s records it should perform on the opening night of Solid Sound, a festival Wilco curates every other year at Continue Reading

Solid Sound Festival: Photos of Day 3

Photos from the third day of the 2015 Solid Sound Festival, June 28, 2015, at Mass MoCA in North Adams, Mass. (Also see my review of Solid Sound and my photos of Day 1 and Day 2.) Glenn Kotche rehearsal Wilco signs the band’s poster book Jeff Davis William Tyler Nels Cline & Norton Wisdom’s Stained Radiance Glenn Continue Reading

Solid Sound Festival: Photos of Day 2

Photos from the second day of the 2015 Solid Sound Festival, June 27, 2015, at Mass MoCA in North Adams, Mass. (Also see my review of Solid Sound and my photos of Day 1 and Day 3.) Superego Luluc Bill Frisell and Sam Amidon John Hodgman Jessica Williams and Phoebe Robinson NRBQ Jessica Pratt Wilco stage Continue Reading

Tweedy on Sound Opinions at Lincoln Hall

Wilco frontman Jeff Tweedy is releasing his first solo album — or rather, an album called Sukierae under the moniker “Tweedy” — on Sept. 23, and he was scheduled to play a headlining concert on July 12 at Taste of Chicago. The city canceled that show after heavy rainstorms earlier Continue Reading

Solid Sound, Part 4

My recap of Solid Sound 2013, continued from blog posts 1, 2 and 3… The Solid Sound festival also featured rousing soul music by the Relatives; rootsy jamming by White Denim; harmonic pop by Lucius (who were most impressive when they guested with Wilco); Miracle Legion founder Mark Mulcahy doing Continue Reading

Solid Sound, Part 3

Read more about Solid Sound and see more photos in Parts 1, 2 and 4 My last two blog posts about Solid Sound were about what the members of Wilco were up to during this festival. But like any decent fest, this one wasn’t entirely about one band. In brief, Continue Reading

Solid Sound, Part 2

Read more about Solid Sound and see more photos in Parts 1, 3 and 4 Given the fact that Solid Sound was a festival organized by Wilco, it’s not surprising that it also featured side projects by the band’s various members on Sunday (June 23). The most impressive of these Continue Reading

Solid Sound, Part 1

Read more about Solid Sound and see more photos in the rest of my report: Parts 2, 3 and 4 Wilco’s home base is Chicago, but the band’s vacation home seems to be MASS MoCA — the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art in North Adams, Mass.  Wilco held its Solid Sound festival Continue Reading

Best concerts of 2011

These are my favorite musical performances that I saw in 2011, with quotes from my original blog posts. 1. ALABAMA SHAKES (Dec. 15 at Hideout). “Wow, did Alabama Shakes live up to the hype. This was the most joyous, energetic and lively musical performance I’ve seen in 2011, and a Continue Reading

Wilco at the Riviera

Although I missed Wilco’s concert Monday at the Civic Opera House, the band’s website helpfully provides not just a set list, but also a pie chart showing how many songs Wilco played that night from each of its albums. From all reports, it was a pretty epic concert, and I Continue Reading

Jeff Tweedy at the Vic

As much as I like Wilco and everything that band does to flesh out Jeff Tweedy’s songs, there’s still something special and extraordinary about seeing Tweedy perform a solo concert. It’s strange how his music flows along these two parallel paths: acoustic music, usually heard only in concert, and band Continue Reading