In this week's print edition, Ben Westhoff, music editor of our sister paper the LA Weekly, wrote of the Bottle Rockets and the new reissues of two of the band's albums -- one self-titled, the other The Brooklyn Side. Those re-released records are available today from Bloodshot Records. In the meant ... More >>
Last summer, I had one of the most unforgettable experiences of my life at Bonnaroo. As my chums and I limped off the premises I vowed to make attending a music festival an annual event. Besides just being a great time and an efficient way to pack in many shows in a short period of time, it is an ex ... More >>
Wilco's Yankee Hotel Foxtrot is rightfully associated with excellence, a piece of work commonly heralded as one of the best albums of the 2000s. It's the type of record with enough depth, lyricism and experimentation to get people interested in serious music, no small feat for any band, and this one ... More >>
Image viaWilco is uniquely positioned as a rock band with the resources to do whatever and a total antipathy for convention. In the last year, we have seen the emergence of Tweedy Family Band the Racconists, a Black Eyed Peas cover set, a guest spot forecasting the weather on WGN and an incre ... More >>
LouFest 2012 has a few announcements coming down the pike, and $50 presale passes are already sold out. The festival, entering its third year, will be looking to once again expand slightly, and hopefully the lineup will continue its trend of evolution. We'll be bringing you our 2012 LouFest lineup ... More >>
Image via"Looks pretty good. I dunno...things could be worse?"Jeff Tweedy has been affably impossible to look away from this year. Wilco made a recent appearance on WGN in Chicago, and Tweedy was a good enough sport to stick around for the most noncommittal weather forecast in the history of ... More >>
Wilco | Nick Lowe Peabody Opera House October 4, 2011 Wilco kicked off an eight-song encore with "Via Chicago," a song against which I refuse to hear arguments. Not that there are many coming, at least from the thousands assembled in the instantly-sold-out Peabody last night -- it, like pretty muc ... More >>
"People love that shit."We will stop giving you daily updates on Wilco and/or Jeff Tweedy when it/he stops doing awesome stuff. For your Friday afternoon viewing pleasure, we present the entire Black Eyed Peas cover set Tweedy performed at this week's release of Dan Sinker's The F***ing Epic ... More >>
The Raccoonists Tumblr PageJeff Tweedy has never been known for broadcasting his intentions. So it should come as no surprise that, if he were to start a band with his two sons, Spencer and Sam, they would release their first song as a b-side on a 7" collaboration project with Deerhoof. Tha ... More >>
9 p.m. Thursday, June 23. Off Broadway, 3509 Lemp Avenue.
Annie ZaleskiJeff Tweedy at the Pageant, 2008Over the weekend, A to Z was in Cleveland and headed to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and Museum. To her delight, there was a new exhibit on display called Kick Out the Jams, which focused exclusively on music from the Midwest. Our fair region was w ... More >>
Miss the Grammys telecast? Couldn't care less about the awards? Either way, A to Z watched the entire show - and even some of the pre-show -- so you didn't have to. Here are ten highlights from the night. Mavis Staples winning her first Grammy If you weren't watching the pre-show telecast, y ... More >>
Image viaYesterday, Wilco announced the second edition of its Solid Sound Festival. This year, the event is taking place June 24-26, again at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (MASS MOCA for short). Two headline sets by the band are part of this year's festivities, as is a comedy c ... More >>
8 p.m. Saturday, December 4. Off Broadway, 3509 Lemp Avenue.
Unsurprisingly, Jeff Tweedy's solo appearance was what many LouFesters came to see. Wilco's frontman obliged fans with an 85-minute acoustic set featuring both obscurities and familiar songs. The night's first tune, "Sunken Treasure," conjured chills - from its wavering harmonica and understated aco ... More >>
A few hours before Wilco's Jeff Tweedy played a rousing solo set at LouFest, Mayor Slay proclaimed it "Jeff Tweedy Day" in St. Louis. The presentation of the proclamation wasn't public; it happened backstage during the afternoon, so there was really nothing to see. (And unfortunately, I don't think ... More >>
LouFest is now mere weeks away. Are you excited? (You should be!) Do you have tickets yet? If not, well, then this blogpost is for you: A to Z has a pair of two-day passes to give away to one lucky person. That's right -- a free pair of passes so you can see Broken Social Scene, She & Him, Lu ... More >>
It's hard to believe that the inaugural LouFest is only a month away. August 28 and 29 in Forest Park you can catch acts such as She & Him, Broken Social Scene, Jeff Tweedy and Alejandro Escovedo. This week, the festival is holding a contest to choose the official LouFest T-shirt. Five designs have ... More >>
Lee HarrisBottle Rockets at KDHX's Midwest Mayhem, 5/14/10The Bottle Rockets are now opening LouFest on Saturday, August 28. Local folk act Northwoods, who was previously scheduled, had to drop off due to a scheduling conflict. The BoRox will play at noon, kicking off the two-day festival of ... More >>
Taea ThaleShe & Him headline day two of LouFest.Indie-pop duo She & Him, Canadian rock collective Broken Social Scene, Wilco front man Jeff Tweedy, veteran fuzz-rockers Built to Spill, indie upstarts Airborne Toxic Event and grizzled Texas rocker Alejandro Escovedo are topping the LouFest lin ... More >>
[Update, May 25: Sad news to report -- Jay Bennett, R.I.P.] Now that swine flu hysteria appears to be waning, news organizations must be trying to figure out how to fill space. How else to describe the beyond-comprehensive coverage of the breach-of-contract lawsuit ex-Wilco member/one-time Undertow ... More >>
B-Sides squares off in a debate about Wilco's new Sky Blue Sky, and compares children's-music faves Trout Fishing in America with, well, the real thing.
Wilco's drummer beats a retreat on his solo disc.
Another Fine Day (Lost Highway)
Born Again in the U.S.A.(Drag City)
Kicking Television: Live in Chicago (Nonesuch)
We check out some "important" songs, mourn ODB and read some, um, crap
Jay Farrar's band is reborn, Nelly sells, and some guys from the 'burbs get signed
We tell Metallica how to get its act together, tour the state with LL Cool J and listen to Wilco
We talk with the Old 97's, turn up the freedom rock and marvel at Wilco's PR machine
Uncle Tupelo: The Voice of Missouri
For Uncle Tupelo fans, there's No Depression in reissue heaven
Loose Fur (Drag City)
Wilco commits commercial suicide and succeeds as never before
I Am Trying to Break Your Heart pushes pop propaganda
Tuesday, July 23; Pageant
Our intrepid columnist weighs in with her faves for the year that was
With Sebastopol, Jay Farrar has made one of the finest and most unusual records of his storied career
Wilco's Yankee Hotel Foxtrot is the best album this year. Here's why you can't listen to it.
Summer Teeth (Reprise)
Jeff Tweedy used to be in a band called Uncle Tupelo. He's not anymore.