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Review: Wilco bring years of rock 'n' roll influences to the Straz Center in Tampa


I last saw Wilco in concert in 1999, some half-dozen albums and members ago.

That Wilco was not the same Wilco that rose from the ashes of alt-country icons Uncle Tupelo in the early ‘90s, nor was it the same Wilco that became critical alt-rock darlings after 2001’s landmark album Yankee Hotel Foxtrot, nor was it the same Wilco that played the Straz Center for the Performing Arts in Tampa Monday night.

But the secret of Wilco’s success – and the genius of frontman Jeff Tweedy – is that your history with the band matters not. No matter when you find them, you know who it is you’re hearing.

Performing for an all-ages crowd of 1,960, Tweedy led the rollicking six-piece in a more than two-hour revue of the Chicago band’s 18-year songbook. You want feather-soft, gently rollicking folk? You got it. You want head-spinning, avant-garde alternative? You got that, too. And that was just in the first two songs: One Sunday Morning (Song for Jane Smiley’s Boyfriend) and Art of Almost.

For our full review of Wilco at the Straz Center in Tampa, click here.

Photo: Willie A. Allen Jr., tbt*

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 15, 2012 12:20am]


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