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Listen to Wilco’s new benefit single, “All Lives, You Say?”

Wilco | via wilcohq.bandcamp.com

Chicago rockers Wilco responded to the weekend’s unrest in Charlottesville, Virginia with a new song called “All Lives, You Say?”, available for streaming and download on its Bandcamp page. Proceeds from the sale of the single will be donated to the Southern Poverty Law Center in the memory of Jeff Tweedy’s father, Robert L. Tweedy. Continue reading →

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XPN Fest Recap: Wilco jams, Conor Oberst rages and Hop Along smokes to wrap XPNFest day one

Wilco | photo by Jeremy Zimmerman for WXPN

There was a lot of pent-up energy in the air last night as the XPNFest crowd settled in for the headlining BB&T Pavilion show. Was it going to rain or no? Would all the shifting around of sets and times throw a wrench in the festival works? Was that ominous flock of Canada geese going to go at it with the crowd on the lawn?

The answers: no, no and no. The show was kicked off by an explosive 30 minute set from Hop Along, sauntered through a powerful mix of Bright Eyes and solo tunes from Conor Oberst and was capped by a 95-minute jammer by Wilco — shorter than their usual fare, but nevertheless satisfying. Continue reading →

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Jeff Tweedy reworks Wilco favorites on acoustic Together At Last, out now

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Jeff Tweedy | Photo By Noah Silvestry | silvestography.com

Earlier this week Bob Bumbera reported on Jeff Tweedy‘s solo record during the XPN Morning Show, sharing a video of the Wilco frontman performing album cut “I Am Trying to Break Your Heart” on Late Night With Seth Myers. Yes, you already know that Wilco classic and yes it is appearing on Together At Last – that’s because the new effort, out today, features a number of Tweedy favorites, from main projects and side projects, done in an intimate, acoustic style.

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Listen to Wilco cover “(What’s So Funny Bout) Peace, Love and Understanding”

Wilco| Photo By Noah Silvestry | silvestography.com

Wilco, in case you haven’t heard, play terrific covers. Their latest is a rendition of the timeless Elvis Costello jam “(What’s So Funny Bout) Peace, Love and Understanding,” recorded recently in New York for the Spotify Singles Series. (UPDATE: Okay, social media sticklers, this is technically a cover of a cover, as Nick Lowe wrote the song that Costello popularized. We apologize for the mis-characterization, but stand by our terming it a “jam” however. <3 – ed.) Along with it, the band also played a new version of “If I Ever Was a Child” from last year’s Schmilco. Listen to the EC cover below, stream both songs here and catch Wilco live this summer at the XPoNential Music Festival; tickets and more info can be found at XPNFest.orgContinue reading →

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Speak Into My Good Eye announce special Wilco cover project I’ll Be There with Jackson Pines’ version of “Red Eyed and Blue”

Jackson Pines | via jacksonpines.bandcamp.com
Jackson Pines | via jacksonpines.bandcamp.com

Brooklyn/Asbury Park music source Speak Into My Good Eye announced I’ll Be Around, a special Wilco-tribute cover record in support of The Project Matters, a nonprofit that provides resources to emerging young musicians.

Set to be released on May 5th, SIMGE released Jackson Pines‘ wonderfully stripped-down piano-teasing version of the band’s “Red Eyed and Blue” track from 1996’s Being There. This marks the group’s second foray into charity records with their release of a Queens of the Stone Age cover album back in 2014.

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Wilco, Conor Oberst and Hop Along will headline night one of XPoNential Music Festival 2017

Wilco| Photo By Noah Silvestry | silvestography.com

The 2017 edition of WXPN’s XPoNential Music Festival takes place July 28th through July 30th at Wiggins Park and BB&T Pavillion in Camden, and we are thrilled to bring you the first wave of artist announcements today.

Kicking off the weekend at BB&T on Friday, July 28th will be a set from Wilco, who previously played XPoNential in 2013 and 2012. In the time since, they’ve released two albums — 2015’s left-of-center rock set Star Wars and 2016’s contemplative collection Schmilco — and performed a dazzling set in Philly last summer.

Also headlining on Friday are Conor Oberst, the acclaimed singer-songwriter behind Bright Eyes who releases his new Salutations LP on March 17th via Nonesuch Records, and Hop Along, the killer Philadelphia rock and roll four-piece who wowed us in 2015 with Painted Shut and who we generally love around these parts. Continue reading →

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Wilco share lineup for next installment of their Solid Sound Festival, featuring Kurt Vile and more…

Wilco | photo by Austin Nelson | courtesy of the artist
Wilco | photo by Austin Nelson | courtesy of the artist

This June, Wilco’s Solid Sound Music & Arts Festival will return to Massachussets’ Museum of Contemporary Art, and now, the full lineup of bands has been announced.

Those who purchase three day passes can expect performances from Kurt Vile & The Violators, the legendary Television, Big Thief, and more.  Along with appearances by Wilco themselves and their various side projects, attendees can once again expect a comedy stage hosted by multi-disciplinary humorist John Hodgman. Find the full lineup, tickets, and more information here. Continue reading →

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XPN MusicNotes: Watch Jeff Tweedy explain how Wilco names albums, listen to the new Pixies album Head Carrier

Wilco at Solid Sound Festival | Photo by Noah Silvestry | silvestography.tumblr.com
Wilco at Solid Sound Festival | Photo by Noah Silvestry | silvestography.tumblr.com

“The next time someone tells you Wilco doesn’t put a lot of work into things, just tell them…I don’t know. Something. You make it up.”
-Jeff Tweedy

With tongue firmly planted in cheek, Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy recorded a video, (prior to last night’s appearance on The late Show with Stephen Colbert) in which he responds to critics of the band’s recent album titles. Funny stuff. Continue reading →