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Wilco | The Whole Love

Wilco's evolution from Uncle Tupelo detritus to post-Americana thinking-man's jam band goes two steps back on their eighth studio album, and that's a good thing.
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By ZETH LUNDY  |  September 30, 2011
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Feeling bad with Good Kids Sprouting Horns

We have a natural inclination toward harmony. We look for patterns and symmetry and create narratives out of coincidences.
Animal instincts
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  May 27, 2011
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From solid to standout

Maybe the most surprising thing about Portland indie band Brenda’s set at the Wilco-curated Solid Sound Festival on the Mass MoCA campus in North Adams, Massachusetts, on Saturday was that people were actually there to see it. Lots of them.
Brenda’s big summer ends at Wilco’s festival
By CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  August 20, 2010

Wow, are we jealous

From the minute Wilco announced their Solid Sound Festival at MASS MoCA, we’ve wanted to go in the worst way.
Sibilance
By PORTLAND PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  April 23, 2010
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Flanagan’s empire

Once a staple of the pages of The NewPaper (original incarnation of The Providence Phoenix ), Warwick-born Bill Flanagan went on to become a prominent rock journalist whose credits include U2: At the End of the World , the definitive portrait of on
Native son Bill Flanagan — novelist and MTV executive — dissusses big books, musical longevity, Irish Catholicism, and behind the music.
By MICHAEL ATCHISON  |  February 05, 2010
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Americana: land of progress

You can listen to 30 seconds of any Califone song and get a fair idea of what the band is all about.
Califone’s peerless take on the future of roots-rock
By CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  October 16, 2009


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Rosanne Cash | The List

In 1973, when she was an 18-year-old rock fan, Rosanne Cash's dad gave her a list of songs he felt she should know — mostly country, all falling under the current banner Americana. She held onto that list, and now she's recorded a dozen tunes from it.
Manhattan (2009)
By JEFF TAMARKIN  |  October 02, 2009
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Photos: Bonnaroo 2009

Bruce Springsteen, Wilco, Elvis Costello and more at Bonnaroo 2009 in Manchester, Tennessee
Bruce Springsteen, Wilco, Elvis Costello, and more at Bonnaroo 2009
By LEXY WINTER  |  June 19, 2009
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Wilco | Wilco (The Album)

The cover photo of a camel wearing a party hat on a terrace is a clue: after nearly a decade of fighting Jeff Tweedy and Wilco have lightened up.
Nonesuch (2009)
By RYAN STEWART  |  May 22, 2009
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Touch me, feel me

After three increasingly good discs in 2004, 2005, and 2006, Subject Bias took 2007 off, but return with eight songs in 2008 that continue to show that Kevin Ouellette is one of the area’s best songwriters.
Subject Bias tell you When, Where, and How
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  July 16, 2008
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Rock-and-roll heart

Stephen Malkmus: expert Scrabble player, The Wire enthusiast, husband, father, indie-rock demigod.
Stephen Malkmus gets Jicky with it
By WILL SPITZ  |  March 18, 2008


Push all the livid out

Just when you thought it was safe to slag all those pesky young people with a reputation for laziness, here comes Sean Morin.
Cambiata side project Daro go more alt-country than alt-rock
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  February 06, 2008
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Cynthia M. Reed

I’m your friendly neighborhood socialite/librarian.
Almost famous
By FRANK MULLIN  |  November 14, 2007
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At home with home

Women may dominate the pop charts from time to time, but in the annals of acknowledged rock/pop greatness, they are few in number.
Sara Cox arrives at domesticity with Crowded Is the New Lonely
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  May 30, 2007
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On the Racks: May 15, 2007

Don’t feel bad if you find yourself thinking of Tio Bitar as the sophomore album by the Swedish neo-psychedelic band Dungen.
New discs by Dunger, Dolores, Rufus, Wilco, and Linkin Park
By MATT ASHARE  |  May 15, 2007
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Evolution rock

For the past 11 years, Wilco leader Jeff Tweedy has been trying to carve his band’s image into the Mount Rushmore of Great American Rock.
Jeff Tweedy takes Wilco to the next level
By TED DROZDOWSKI  |  May 08, 2007


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Son Volt

The usual rap against Son Volt is that the group adhere too tightly to roots-music orthodoxy — in other words, that they’re dead boring.
The Search | Transmit Sound/Legacy
By MIKAEL WOOD  |  April 10, 2007
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The Autumn Defense

An amiable soft-rock duo comprising two members of Wilco, the Autumn Defense provide a refuge for alt-country traditionalists vexed by Wilco’s increasing artiness.
The Autumn Defense | Broadmoor
By MIKAEL WOOD  |  March 12, 2007
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American classic

How old-school is Country Music Hall of Famer Charlie Louvin?
Charlie Louvin returns
By TED DROZDOWSKI  |  March 06, 2007
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Rhino Hi-Fives

Rhino has stuff you won’t find at most stores or even find out about unless you check in with Rhino.
More songs for less
By MATT ASHARE  |  December 19, 2006
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Hunting the wild Klosterman

He is Charles John “Chuck” Klosterman: pop-culture critic, four-time author, celebrity profiler, Esquire columnist, ESPN Page 2 sportswriter, former Spin senior editor, unrepentant Billy Joel fan. And he makes girls spit. Chuck Klosterman reads f
Things about the pop-culture writer that are true, things that might be true, and something that isn’t true at all
By CAMILLE DODERO  |  October 05, 2006


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On Golden Smog

Golden Smog's tours feel like an easy excuse for a bunch of old buddies to get together and do what they love. Slideshow: Golden Smog at the Paradise
Golden Smog, the Paradise, September 18, 2006
By TOM KIELTY  |  September 19, 2006
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Forward into the past!

Could it be just a coincidence that as I sit here writing this, a grizzled Bob Seger is gearing up for the release of Face the Promise , the Detroit rocker’s first proper studio album in, oh, forever and a day? The Lemonheads, "No Backbone" (mp3)
Oldies and more in the season’s CD releases
By MATT ASHARE  |  September 14, 2006
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Missionary man

Parsons’s influence is pervasive, from the Stones to Elvis Costello, Uncle Tupelo, and Wilco.
The country-rock gospel of Gram Parsons
By MATT ASHARE  |  August 03, 2006
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Oh brother, where alt thou?

In the summer of 1995, Grant Alden was documenting “the tail end of the grunge years” as managing editor of a Seattle music weekly, the Rocket . Alejandro Escovedo, "Broken Bottle" (mp3 via MySpace) Drive-By Truckers, "Feb. 14" (mp3 via MySpace)
A popular cult genre searches for its lost highway
By FRANKLIN SOULTS  |  August 02, 2006
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On the racks: July 18, 2006

Plus MSTRKRFT and Lily Allen
Golden Smog, Helmet, Billy Ray Cyrus
By MATT ASHARE  |  July 20, 2006


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Drum talk

Glenn Kotche is not under the illusion that solo percussion albums have a built-in audience. So who might buy his new Mobile (Nonesuch)?
Wilco’s Glenn Kotche and Loose Fur
By MIKAEL WOOD  |  March 28, 2006
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Big business

Now that the music biz has licked its wounds from a nasty 2005, things are finally starting to heat up, and an indie-heavy winter is giving way to a more major spring.
The majors gear up for a promising spring
By MATT ASHARE  |  March 10, 2006
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Fully Bully

Somewhat quietly, Doug Cowan’s band, Bullyclub, has stuck around long enough to become one of the Portland scene’s elder statesmen.
Doug Cowan’s club emphasizes the literate indie pop they’ve always done best
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  February 16, 2006

Wish list

For 2006, I’ve decided to reach for the stars, going with the old adage that if I come up short, I’ll likely still have the moon, or some clouds, or something.
Portland beat report: the year ahead
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  January 09, 2006