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What's up with Wilco: August 2014

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First off, a performance of Tweedy's new song “High as Hello” off their upcoming album Sukierae (out on dBpm Records on Sept. 23) - the solo side project Wilco front man Jeff Tweedy - was posted today to NPR Music. It was recorded at the Newport Folk Festival a couple weeks ago, with the band augmented by Jess Wolfe and Holly Laessig from Lucius, at Fort Adams State Park in the tunnels under the fort.

The entire Newport show is also available for streaming on NPR Music.

Next up, some Tweedy setlists to catch up with, including the aforementioned Newport gig, since I’ve taken some time off from Wilco Examining (because summer). So here’s what was played at Tweedy’s last three shows:

The Music Hall, Portsmouth, NH 7/25

“Down From Above” / “Diamond Light” / “Flowering” / “Summer Noon” / “Honey Combed” / “Desert Bell” / “World Away” / “New Moon” / “Fake Fur Coat” / “Hazel” / “High as Hello” / “Low Key” / “Slow Love” / “Nobody Dies” / “I Am Trying To Break Your Heart” / “One Wing” / “Hummingbird” / “New Madrid” / “Please Tell My Brother” / “Ruling Class” / “Passenger Side” / “Laminated Cat” / “Born Alone” / “Jesus Etc.” / “I’m The Man Who Loves You”

Encore: “You’re Not Alone” / “Give Back the Key To My Heart” / “Only The Lord Knows” / “California Stars”

L.L. Bean Flagship store, Freeport, ME 7/26

“Diamond Light” / “Flowering” / “Summer Noon” / “Honey Combed” / “Desert Bell” / “World Away” / “New Moon” / “Love Like a Wire” / “Fake Fur Coat”/ “Hazel” / “High As Hello” / “Low Key” / “Slow Love” / “Nobody Dies Anymore” / “I Am Trying to Break Your Heart” / “New Madrid” / “Hummingbird” / “Passenger Side” / “We've Been Had” / “Pecan Pie” / “Born Alone” / “Jesus, Etc.” / “Hesitating Beauty” /
“I'm the Man Who Loves You”

Encore: “You Are Not Alone” / “Give Back the Key to My Heart” / “Only the Lord Knows” / “California Stars”

Newport Folk Fest, Fort Adams State Park, Newport, RI, 7/27

“Diamond Light” / “Flowering” / “Summer Noon” / “Honey Combed”/ “Hazel” / “World Away” / “New Moon” / “High As Hello” / “Low Key” / “Fake Fur Coat” / “I Am Trying To Break Your Heart” / “New Madrid” / “Please Tell My Brother” / “Jesus, etc.” /

Encore: “Wrote A Song For Everyone” (CCR cover!) / “Only The Lord Knows” / “California Stars”

In September, Wilco will play their first show of 2014 at LC Pavilion in Columbus, Ohio on the 3rd. The next evening, the Chicago band will perform at Akron Civic Theatre in Akron, then put in two shows at the Lockn’ Festival in Arrington, Virginia on September 6th and 7th. Check out their official website ( for ticketing info.

Tweedy will then return to touring with his side project with his son Spencer on drums, guitarist Jim Elkington, bassist Darin Gray, and keyboard player Liam Cunningham, for a string of dates from fall into winter, starting at the Georgia Theatre in Athens, GA on September 19th.

Again, check out Wilco’s official website ( for ticketing info.

Tweedy's fellow Wilco band mates, John Stirratt and Pat Pansone, are playing a gig with their side project The Autumn Defense on Saturday August 9th, at the Mile of Music Festival, Appleton, WI. Click here for ticket info. If you haven't heard The Autumn Defense's new album, Fifth, which was released earlier this year, do yourself a favor and get on that.

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