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If you’ll permit me to get self-indulgent here for a second, the Pitchfork Music Festival and I have some history. I was at the first one of these festivals, 10 years ago, when it was still called the Intonation Festival. I’d just started writing for Pitchfork then, and this was the first time I met… More »

You can tell a lot about a Wilco record based on the first few seconds. This is true of any album-oriented band, but especially so when you’re dealing with such an accomplished and wide-ranging catalog. The lovelorn twang of “I Must Be High,” the thunderous churn and down-home charm of “Misunderstood,” the studio-pop fantasia of… More »

Following up a career-making, universally acclaimed opus is enough to fray the edges of a human being’s sanity. We saw this in Meeting People Is Easy, the impossibly morbid documentary about Radiohead’s tour in support of OK Computer, and we heard it in Kid A, Radiohead’s even more insular and paranoid follow-up album. Wilco’s 2002… More »

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Wilco Thank You For Downloading Star Wars And Recommend 17 Recent Albums To Buy

Wilco just surprise-released their new album Star Wars, offering it up as a free download on their official website. Now, in a new blog post entitled “Thanks for downloading Star Wars,” Wilco acknowledge that not all bands have the luxury of giving away their work for free, so they’ve helpfully put together a list of… More »

By: Peter Helman / July 22, 2015 - 9:50 pm

Watch Wilco Play Star Wars Songs Live For The First Time At Pitchfork Fest

Wilco just surprise-released their scruffy new album Star Wars on Thursday night, and yesterday, they began their headlining set at Pitchfork Fest by playing through the whole thing. Watch some clips of the band playing the new material live for the first time below. More »

By: Peter Helman / July 18, 2015 - 5:00 pm

Download Wilco’s Surprise New Album Star Wars

In these modern times, albums have a tendency to suddenly rain down from the heavens without warning. Wilco have just joined the growing pack of surprise releasers, dropping a free 11-track LP on the world completely unannounced. As Jeff Tweedy said via Instagram, “Why release an album this way and why make it free? Well,… More »

By: Peter Helman / July 16, 2015 - 8:11 pm

Watch Tweedy Play CBS This Morning

Tweedy, the father-son duo of Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy and 19-year-old drummer Spencer Tweedy, released their debut album Sukierae last year. Today, they appeared on CBS This Morning to perform Sukierae singles “Wait For Love” and “Low Key,” and the two also sat down for an interview with Anthony Mason. Watch both performances and the full… More »

By: Peter Helman / July 4, 2015 - 2:09 pm

Download Wilco’s First-Ever All Acoustic Show From Solid Sound 2015

Wilco’s biennial three-day Solid Sound Festival just kicked off last Friday. Two years ago, they performed a set of fan-requested covers, and this year they performed their first-ever all-acoustic show. Check out the full setlist and listen to “Hesitating Beauty” below, which Jeff Tweedy said was “so much nicer” to sing “now that everyone ca… More »

By: Peter Helman / July 4, 2015 - 12:06 pm

Watch Wilco Cover Pavement In Solid Sound Doc Every Other Summer

Every Other Summer, a new documentary about Wilco’s three-day Solid Sound Festival at Mass MoCA in North Adams, MA, is now available to rent or buy via Vimeo On Demand. Directed by Christoph Green and Brendan Canty, the film documents the most recent Solid Sound Fest in 2013, and it contains performances by Neko Case,… More »

By: Peter Helman / June 18, 2015 - 8:57 pm

Watch Members Of Wilco, Shellac, American Football, & More Join Wire On “Pink Flag”

Wire’s classics tend to be terse, minimal constructions that don’t necessarily lend themselves to massive, sprawling all-star superjams. But this past weekend, one of them got the superjam treatment anyway. Wire headlined their won DRILL: CHICAGO festival over the weekend, and we’ve already posted video of them playing “Drill” with St. Vincent. And they also… More »

By: Tom Breihan / June 16, 2015 - 1:15 pm

Read Nick Offerman’s Love Letter To Jeff Tweedy

Jeff Tweedy and Nick Offerman’s relationship has gone public over the past few years — Wilco showed up on Parks And Recreation a few times over the series’ run, and Offerman directed the “Low Key” video from Tweedy’s most recent solo album, Sukierae. Now, Offerman has dedicated a part of his new book, Gumption: RelightingMore »

By: James Rettig / June 10, 2015 - 10:15 am

Wilco’s Canceled Indiana Concert Is Back On

Wilco canceled a scheduled appearance at the Murat Theater in Indianapolis earlier this week in protest of the Indiana Religious Freedom Restoration Act, a move implicitly criticized by Indiana’s music businesses in a joint statement asking artists to turn their Indiana concerts into protest events. Now, as Pitchfork points out, Wilco have decided to play… More »

By: Chris DeVille / April 3, 2015 - 1:16 pm

Wilco Cancel Indianapolis Show In Protest Of Indiana Religious Freedom Restoration Act

Last week, Indiana governor Mike Pence signed a disgusting piece of legislation into law that will allow businesses to discriminate against LGBT people based on the grounds of “religious freedom.” (Well, the actual wording of the law is a little more complicated than that, but that’s what it will end up doing in effect.) I… More »

By: James Rettig / March 30, 2015 - 6:21 pm

Solid Sound Lineup 2015

The Wilco-curated Solid Sound festival has announced their 2015 lineup. Unsurprisingly, Wilco will play on two of the nights, and Tweedy will take up another slot. Other artists on the bill are Mac DeMarco, Parquet Courts, Shabazz Palaces, Real Estate, Jessica Pratt, Ryley Walker, and Cibo Matto. The comedian lineup is pretty strong as well,… More »

By: James Rettig / March 3, 2015 - 11:41 pm

Watch Wilco Play “I’m The Man Who Loves You” Backstage At The Tonight Show

Wilco brought their alt-country charm to The Tonight Show last week, playing “Cars Can’t Escape” and “A Magazine Called Sunset” on the broadcast. Today we get more: In a crowded backstage room, the band played Yankee Hotel Foxtrot’s “I’m The Man Who Loves You,” which is now available to watch as a web exclusive. Check… More »

By: Maggie Stamets / November 3, 2014 - 4:19 pm

Watch Jeff Tweedy Play Charades With Ewan McGregor, Wilco Perform On The Tonight Show

Jeff Tweedy took a break from promoting his new Tweedy album to promote Wilco’s 20th anniversary on last night’s episode of Fallon. He even put in more time than usual as a Tonight Show guest: In addition to performing “A Magazine Called Sunset” and “Cars Can’t Escape” with the band, he also played charades with… More »

By: James Rettig / October 28, 2014 - 9:17 am

Watch Tweedy’s Full Austin City Limits Episode

Tweedy was the latest artist to be featured on this season of Austin City Limits. The father/son group did an hour-long set, and played a mix of tracks from their new debut album, Sukierae, and some old Wilco cuts. They also performed a cover of Doug Sahm’s “Give Back The Key To My Heart,” which… More »

By: James Rettig / October 26, 2014 - 11:45 am

Wilco Reveal Tracklists For Rarities & Greatest Hits Comps

As promised, Wilco will release a pair of compilations in conjunction with their 20th anniversary. What’s Your 20? Essential Tracks 1994-2014 is a double-disc 38-track greatest hits collection. Alpha Mike Foxtrot: Rare Tracks 1994-2014 is a 4-CD/4-LP box set of rare studio and live recordings. Both of them sound like the sort of thing Wilco… More »

By: Chris DeVille / October 14, 2014 - 1:59 pm

Watch Tweedy’s Star-Studded “Low Key” Video, Directed By Nick Offerman

Here’s an incomplete list of famous people who appear in Tweedy’s new video for “Low Key,” a song from their new album Sukierae: Michael Shannon, John Hodgman, Conan O’Brien and Andy Richter, Chance The Rapper, Mavis Staples, Steve Albini. That is an extremely random group of people! There are probably other notable Chicagoans in there,… More »

By: Tom Breihan / September 26, 2014 - 11:56 am

Watch Tweedy’s Full Album Release Show At Brooklyn Academy Of Music

Father-son duo Tweedy released their debut album, Sukierae, yesterday and celebrated with a release show last night at the Brooklyn Academy Of Music. Tweedy were backed by their touring band, which consists of Jim Elkington, Darin Gray, and Liam Cunningham. Jess Wolfe and Holly Laessig of Lucius (who contributed vocals on the album) also joined,… More »

By: James Rettig / September 24, 2014 - 7:07 pm

Watch Stephen Colbert Unleash The Dad Jokes Upon Tweedy

In his capacity as the frontman of Wilco, Jeff Tweedy has been on The Colbert Report more than once. He was on again last night, this time as half of Tweedy, his new band with his son Spencer. Unsurprisingly, the whole idea of a father/son band gave Colbert a whole lot of material to work… More »

By: Tom Breihan / September 23, 2014 - 10:08 am
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