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Wilco at Beacon Theatre (March 19, 2017)

By Will Oliver, March 28th 2017

Longstanding Chicago rock staple Wilco have proven themselves to not only be one of America’s most reliable bands in terms of studio releases, but one of the great live acts of rock music. They seem to tour non-stop, but the demand always stays at feverish levels because you know that you are always going to get a top quality show from Jeff Tweedy and co.

Although they released Schmilco last year (via their own dBpm Records), they hadn’t properly brought the tour to us in New York, save for a special Rough Trade NYC in-store performance last fall for fans who bought the record. They righted that this month, with a four-night run of shows at Beacon Theatre.
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Wilco at Rough Trade NYC (September 22, 2016)

By Will Oliver, November 30th 2016 — with 1 comment


On September 22 Wilco celebrated the release of their new album Schmilco (released via Dbpm Records) with a special in-store performance at Rough Trade NYC. Entry was given to any fans who were quick enough to grab a copy of the record at the store a few weeks ahead of the performance (on September 6). For those who were able to gain entry, they witnessed one of the most intimate shows you’ll ever see Wilco play at this point of their career, especially somewhere like New York.

I half-expected the band to play all of the new album, but their 9-song set actually featured a mix of new songs, along with older favorites like “I Am Trying To Break Your Heart,” and “Misunderstood,” along with more recent ones like “Bull Black Nova.” It was surreal to see the band in action up close and personal, and you could tell the band were enjoying it too, smiling throughout and sharing some great stage banter with the crowd.

Find their setlist posted below, along with a few iPhone shots I took of their set.
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Wilco at The Capitol Theatre (February 2, 2016)

By Anthony Bauer, February 4th 2016 — with 1 comment


This past Tuesday night brought the return of Wilco to one of the best venues the tristate has to offer, their return to The Capitol Theatre in Port Chester. We were there night one & night three of their masterful performances at The Cap back in 2014 during their 20th anniversary tour and were very excited that they were coming back for a two night run in 2016. Tweedy himself even acknowledged the venue saying “It’s great to be back here, this is an amazing place” in the middle of their set.

Kicking off the first night of this two night run, Wilco brought along Nashville’s own William Tyler to open the show. We’ve had the privilege to see Tyler play before in a much smaller and intimate venue, so we were really excited to catch him in a larger venue and he did not disappoint at all.


Promptly after Tyler’s set was finished, Wilco’s roadies came out and started their final prep – running some wires, last minute sound checking, placing set lists, etc. One of my favorite touches to the stage was the cat that was perched up on John Stirratt’s amp (a very nice tie in with the album cover of Star Wars). It was glorious.


After all that final prep Wilco took to the stage as the opener from their latest release, Star Wars, “EKG” played over the sound system while their beautiful LED light curtains flipped on. They then kicked things off by playing Star Wars in its entirety from start to finish, 10 songs that seemingly flew by in only 35 short minutes. “Thats Star Wars fuckers!” proclaimed Jeff Tweedy after finishing playing the album.


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WilcoStarWarsLate this afternoon and to everybody’s surprise, Wilco released a brand new album titled Star Wars literally out of nowhere with absolutely no teasers, no hype, no lead single, no nothing. It’s their ninth studio album, and the first release of brand new music since 2011’s wonderful ‘The Whole Love’ (via its own dBpm records). Even better? They’re giving it away for free. Yes, you read that correctly… they’re giving it away for free (albeit for a “limited time,” with an additional quick input of your email address).

“Why release an album this way and why make it free?” Tweedy states on the official Wilco Facebook page. “Well, the biggest reason, and I’m not sure we even need any others, is that it felt like it would be fun. What’s more fun than a surprise?”

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Wilco at The Capitol Theatre (October 30, 2014)

By Will Oliver, November 17th 2014


After catching the first night of Wilco’s sold out 3-night run at The Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, I was fortunate to attend the third night thanks to a bit of good luck and kindness from our very own Dana Pacifico.

The show continued the celebration of the 20th anniversary of one of America’s finest, and the setlist was much more favorable than the first night (in my opinion). It’s amazing that Wilco played 90 songs throughout all three nights, doing no repeats, making each show truly special and unique for all those lucky enough to be in attendance.
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Wilco at The Capitol Theatre (October 28, 2014)

By Will Oliver, November 14th 2014 — with 3 comments


Believe it or not, Wilco have been around for 20 years. It’s been a long and healthy career for one of America’s best bands (if not the best), and late in October they brought the celebration to New York for a completely sold out three night one at the prestigious Capitol Theatre in Port Chester.

The one and only time I saw Wilco previously was at Terminal 5 in 2012. So this was a step up in every way. The show was billed as “An Evening With Wilco” which meant no openers, and an epic 30-song performance that flirted with three hours in length. If you’re a Wilco fan, this was pretty much a dream come true.
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Tweedy is the father/son duo of Wilco frontman Jeff Tweedy and his 18-year-old son Spencer, who plays drums. On September 16 they will release their debut album Sukierae, which will be release via Wilco’s label dBpm. Joining in on the fun live on tour are bassist Darin Grey, guitarist Jim Elkington, and keyboardist Liam Cunningham.

Earlier this month they released their debut track “I’ll Sing It” on Wilco World. It’s a lovely little number that features backing vocals from Jess Wolfe and Holly Laessig of Lucius. Spencer holds is own very well alongside his dad. After all, he does have the mans genes.

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Wilco @ Terminal 5 (7/25/2012)

By Will Oliver, July 26th 2012 — with 1 comment

I would call myself a pretty casual fan of Wilco. I am very familiar with there recent releases, and somewhat familiar with the earlier stuff at the front end of their career. I went in expecting to hear a good mix of both, since a band like Wilco is known for long sets with often multiple encores.

Last night was definitely not a show for the casual fan. Wilco dove into the deep end of their earlier material, pulling out rarities and b-sides. Either way, all the songs sounded top notch. “Art Of Almost” was as intense as I hoped, and “I’m The Man Who Loves You” was great to hear. The best moment of the night for me was “Impossible Germany”, in which Nels Cline just went all out on his guitar. Man, that guy can play.

I would have loved to hear more Yankee Hotel Foxtrot stuff (no Jesus Etc. & Heavy Metal Drummer), but that’s just me. I went with a pretty big Wilco fan and even he was caught off-guard by their setlist. My other friend was ecstatic getting to hear a bunch of early material that he was wonderfully shocked to hear. So it all depends on the type of fan I suppose.

So for me, the set wasn’t what I would have preferred, but that’s my own fault. For the diehard Wilco fans that were there, they must have been in heaven. And that’s what it’s all about. The band sounded as great as they were reputed for, and that’s all that I can ask.

Check out the setlist after the jump.
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