Bob Dylan, Butchershop Quartet, Jeff Buckley and more.
Alan Sparhawk on the secrets of keeping a marriage and a band intact . . . at the same time
Paul McCartney, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Wilco, Bjork and an iTunes library worth of others
They’re just getting warmed up
Sunday, July 8th was the Geneva convention for Wilco fans, who flocked to Fifth Third Ballpark to watch their heroes with Andrew Bird and The Congregation.
For the first half hour, Jeff Tweedy hardly spoke to the audience. For a homecoming gig, that’s an interesting choice, one that didn’t hinder Wilco’s kick-off of their five-night Chicago residency a bit.
Energizing Bunnies: The Windy City’s resurgence as a setting for motion pictures has spilled onto the small screen, notably with “Boss” and “The Playboy Club” hoping to outlast the since-canceled “Chicago Code.” These programs draw high numbers of Chicagoans, who no doubt sit close to their sets wearing loupes to pinpoint flaws.
A Family Staple
You can’t help but hearing it nearly every few hours on WXRT. Rock And Roll Hall Of Famer and soul and gospel legend Mavis Staples recorded her recent album, You Are Not Alone (Anti) at the WILCO LOFT in Chicago.
If Sonar Festival represents the future of music this weekend, we have a pair of acts playing Friday night for those of you who fear change.
This space was originally a set of light jibes regarding the legal dispute brought against Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy by former bandmate and writing partner Jay Bennett. Bennett, who was fired in 2001 after seven years in Wilco, claimed Tweedy owed him songwriting royalties as well as compensation for his appearance in the documentary I [...]