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What’s up with Wilco: Winter 2014

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Wilco may be in hibernatng, as the Washington Post recently put it, but there’s still lots to cover concerning the various members of the Chicago band.

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Since the band isn’t holding their Solid Sound Festival this year has no upcoming concert dates listed on their official website (the only one scheduled is front man/leader Jeff Tweedy’s solo gig at Mountain Jam in Hunter, N.Y. in June), 2014 may be year that finds Wilco laying low. Word is that they will be going into the studio, “later in the year and maybe over the summer” multi-instrumentalist John Stirratt said in a recent interview, to record their 9th studio album, but it’s a bit odd that they have no event planned to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the band. Still, it's only March so there's time for something to come together.

Meanwhile, Stirratt and fellow Wilco member Pat Sansone are currently touring as The Autumn Defense to promote their excellent new release Fifth, with scheduled performances and panel appearances at the SXSW Festival in Austin, Texas starting on March 11th, at Red 7. Consult The Autumn Defense’s official site (http://autumndefense.tumblr.com/) for a complete listing of tour dates.

Sample some of The Autumn Defense’s new tunage with this performance of the Fifth track “This Thing That I’ve Found” at the office of the magazine Relix, posted earlier this week on the left.

On Friday, March 7th, The Autumn Defense will be appearing on The Interview Show hosted by Mark Bazer at the Hideout in Chicago, Illinois. Click here for more info.

The most amusing recent Wilco news is that Tweedy will be guest starring on an upcoming episode of the NBC sitcom Parks and Recreation, starring Amy Poehler. However, Tweedy won’t be putting in a cameo as himself, he’ll be playing a fictional character – a musician that used to front the band Land Ho! (Tweedy’s idea).

The premise is that Poehler and Chris Pratt are trying to get Tweedy and the rest of group to re-unite for the Unity Concert they are organizing to celebrate the merging of the towns Pawnee and Eagleton. Thing is, the band’s break-up wasn’t amicable (shapes of Uncle Tupelo?). No info yet about when the episode will air so stay tuned to this space.

Also on the Tweedy front, his solo benefit shows at Chicago's Vic Theatre on February 14th and 15th are now on sale in the Roadcase section of the Wilco Store. The proceeds go to benefit academic scholarships.

Wilco lead guitarist Nels Cline will guest with Kronos Quartet for the World premiere of their performance of Cline’s composition “Views from Here to the Heavens (for Scott Fraser)” at Royce Hall, Center for the Art of Performance at UCLA, in Los Angeles on Friday, March 14th. Tickets and more info.

Later in March, Cline will be embarking on a European tour with Medeski, Martin and Wood. The tour kicks off on the 27th in France at VAULX-en-VELIN (Centre Culturel Charlie Chaplin). After that, Cline will return to America for a short tour in May with The Nels Cline Singers. Go to nelscline.com for more info.

Speaking of Kronos Quartet, they appear on Wilco drummer Glenn Kotche’s fourth studio album Adventureland on Cantaloupe Music. The album features Kotche’s compositions for ensembles and also had guest appearances by eighth blackbird, Lisa Kaplan, Doug Perkins, Matthew Duvall and Yvonne Lam. You can check out one of the tracks, “Anomaly Mvt. 2,” here, and pre-order the disc at bangonacan.org.

Finally, you can listen to Wilco lead pianist and keyboardist Mikael Jorgensen’s live performance last month (Feb. 23) at Trip, Santa Monica, California on his website: mikaeljorgensen.com.

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