The August Spin Wilco cover story by former City Pages music editor Jon Dolan shows a damaged bandleader grown healthily and fruitfully boring—a warning sign for this fair-weather fan of "Box Full of Letters" and "California Stars" (and not of 2002's masterpiece-by-reputation, Yankee Hotel Foxtrot). But a good life equals good music on Wilco (The Album), with Jeff Tweedy making as bright, lush, and (sometimes) catchy use of happiness as Bruce Springsteen or David Byrne in their realms, at his best taking a left turn into crime horror with "Bull Black Nova"—where the narrator is covered in blood and fleeing the scene, but knows "I'm not going far." With Liam Finn. All ages. (Photo by Anton Corbijn)
Fri., Oct. 2, 7:30 p.m., 2009
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