WILCO AT STUBB'S BBQ - PHOTO GALLERY BY MICHAEL MULLENIX

This past week was an exciting spectacle of music in the Lone Star State, but beyond all the hype surrounding the Festival Grounds, the music scene downtown was as lively as ever.  Of many of the events, I want to bring attention to Wilco's performance at Stubb's BBQ.  Quickly becoming my new favorite spot for live music, Wilco brought their pseudo-jam-band style for a low-key night of groovy music in the glow of the Downtown Austin city-scape.  Wilco was given time-enough for two sets and upon taking the stage, the band immediately played through their newest album, Star Wars.  The new album has an interesting vibe, very etherial and whimsical at parts while still maintaining a great deal of energy and bite.  In general Wilco's direction is a something approaching everything.  They are a little big jam-bandish, but not fully.  They are a little bit alt-country, but not quite.  The only consistent thread of theirs seems to be singer Jeff Tweedy's fondness for the works of singers like Bob Dylan and Neil Young and other songwriters of the 60's and 70's.  The final outcome though is something unique without glamorous hype build-up or a storied legacy to live up to.  Wilco has been solidly putting out music for two decades now, but they've remained the casual hometown rock-group they always were.  Seeing their set isn't about seeing a larger than life icon, it's about seeing six of the finest musicians you can watch work their magic on a sold-out room (or backyard in this case).

After the full play through of Star Wars, the band played an entire second set of fan favorites like Jesus, etc, I'm Always In Love, and The Late Greats.  It is my pleasure to bring you WILCO!


























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