“Everybody okay? Everybody situated? Got your programs? No? I’m sorry! You guys really look good. I’d always wondered what that meant,” Jeff Tweedy told swooning fans on Monday night, halfway through Wilco’s shiny Coney Island show. “Very, very attractive audience—you should feel good about yourselves!”
It’s not that Mr. Tweedy has only become more Read More
The death of Michael Jackson has prompted a flood of articles declaring him the apotheosis of pop stardom, musical success, and universal appeal. This past century of recorded music, writers say, culminated in Michael Jackson, and there will never be another.
They’re not wrong: Jackson’s deep well of talent and charisma, his sense of the Read More
In late April, ex-Wilco band member Jay Bennett wrote on MySpace about his hip replacement surgery, under-insurance problems, arthritic aches and knee trouble: “I have been saving as much money as possible ever since I made this new commitment to my health, my future, and my quality of life,” he shared, “and have sold Read More
With as many musical genres competing for your attention as there are iPods currently plugged into ears, there’s a huge demand today for aurally inclined curators. What regular person has time to sort through everything? We need people who know the scene, who have the taste, who can lead us through the confusion of sound Read More
The soundtrack for NBC’s popular superhero drama, Heroes, will hit stores on March 18, bringing fans 18 songs from the show that mix the old (Bob Dylan and David Bowie — the Bowie track is "Heroes," obvs!), with the new (Wilco, Panic! at the Disco, and Imogen Heap), according to The Hollywood Reporter. Read More
If you find yourself frolicking in a meadow with bell-bottomed blondes this summer, you’ll want to have Sky Blue Sky playing in the backdrop: Wilco’s sixth album is their most easygoing yet, sweet and exquisitely soft.
“Why is there no breeze?” is the kind of question that Marlboro-voiced Jeff Tweedy has on his mind Read More
Don’t ask me how I know this, but I hear that summer’s on the way out. I can’t say I’m completely surprised. Things have gotten pretty lax around here. When was the last time we put in a full day’s work? It has definitely been nice. But “nice” isn’t going to cut it any longer. Read More
Folk rock, like Cher, is one of the record industry’s distress signals. Its re-emergence is a sure sign that a lucrative rock trend is on the wane, or that its demographic is getting too old. When the A&R guys trundle out their stable of folkies, it’s their way of saying, “It’s O.K., record buyers, Courtney’s Read More