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06.03.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Evan Rytlewski
In the spirit of Record Store Day, the successful annual promotion where independent music retailers lure customers to their shops with rare releases, the Record Store Day people have launched a monthly offshoot: Vinyl Saturday. It'll take place on the third Saturday of each month, beginning June 20, which will see the release of 7-inches from Wilco, Modest Mouse, Green Day and Pete Yorn and Scarl...
05.25.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Evan Rytlewski
In part because of a reluctance to insinuate that Wilco might be past their prime, obituaries for Jay Bennett, the former Wilco multi-instrumentalist who died in his sleep yesterday of unknown causes, have downplayed Bennett's contributions to the band. So here's some context: Bennett played on Wilco's three best albums (Being There, Summerteeth, Yankee Hotel Foxtrot, taking on increased responsib...
05.08.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Evan Rytlewski
H/T to Ryan at the Pabst for this: Wilco just debuted the so-bad-it's-good cover art for their upcoming Wilco (The Album), which was shot during the band's recent stay in Milwaukee and very clearly shows Mader's restaurant in the background�and a camel in the foreground: ...
04.23.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By David Luhrssen
Wilco has grown older, extending its reach without entirely outgrowing the No Depression movement that nurtured the band in the early years of the 1990s. Unlike many two-dimensional cow punks and shallow traffickers in Americana, Wilco had enough substance and vision to build a body of work that continues to widen in scope. In concert footage from the documentary Ashes of American Flags...
Monday, April 20, 2009

Tonight @ The Turner Hall Ballroom, 7:30 p.m.

The last major Wilco documentary, I Am Trying To Break Your Heart, was a sometimes turbulent account of the band’s attempts to record and release their masterwork, Yankee Hotel Foxtrot, but the new documentary Ashes of American Flags, also named for a Foxtrot song, strikes a far lighter tone. It’s a straight-forward concert film, one that finds the band in good spirits as they play some of America’s most scenic music...
Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Tonight @ The Pabst Theater, 8 p.m.

Since their 1995 studio debut, A.M., Wilco has grown from one of the defining alt-country bands into arguably one of the most important bands of their generation. With 1999’s Summerteeth, singer-songwriter Jeff Tweedy indulged his studio-pop fascination, and by 2002’s Yankee Hotel Foxtrot and 2004’s A Ghost Is Born, he had transformed the band into avant garde innovators of American music. Each release...
Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Tonight @ The Pabst Theater, 8 p.m.

Since their 1995 studio debut, A.M., Wilco has grown from one of alt-country’s defining bands into one of the most important bands of their generation, period. With 1999’s Summerteeth, singer-songwriter Jeff Tweedy indulged his studio-pop fascination, and by 2002’s Yankee Hotel Foxtrot and 2004’s A Ghost Is Born, he had transformed his roots-loving rock band into avant-garde innovators of American...
04.13.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Evan Rytlewski
Those who won't be able to catch Wilco at either one of their ultra-sold out concerts at the Pabst Theater tomorrow or Wednesday will have a chance see to the band in a different capacity tonight at Miller Park, where they'll be throwing the first pitch at the Brewers' 7:05 p.m. game against the Cincinnati Reds. Jeff Tweedy will toss the ceremonial pitch, but the whole band should be there with hi...
Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2009

The culture of an alternative

Old Roots, New Routes: The Cultural Politics of Alt.Country Music(University of Michigan Press) is a collection of in-depth essays approaching the subject matter with the best of intentions. Each explores characteristics of the music from thoughtful and well-researched perspectives. But most if not all leave no hint that they are investigating a musical idiom that possibly exists nowhere except in the minds of those for whom...

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